Weekly
Global Report

Country Updates

low impact

Australia - 07-Oct

Australia Post advises it is experiencing processing delays in Perth due to an influx of volume that was rerouted there from Melbourne while it was under lockdown status due to COVID-19. The post is taking aggressive steps to address the issue, however, customers may experience temporary delays on mail items destined to these areas until the volume is cleared.

Mexico - 01-July

The Mexican Customs Authority announced a change to the TMEC import taxes. The following is a summary:
– If items are less than $50, there is no tax.
– If items are $50-$117 and made in the US or Canada, the 17% Global Tax applies.
– If items are $50-$1,000, the 19% General Tax applies.
– If items are over $1,000, the 20% General Tax applies.
UPDATE – Many trade organizations including the Customs Brokers Association and Chambers of Commerce from the USA, Mexico and Canada petitioned Mexico’s Finance Ministry to increase the exemption to $117 and keep the “Global Tax” to 16% for items above the $117 threshold and under $1,000 to better reflect the spirit of the USMCA.

medium impact

Samoa - 30-Sep

Samoa Post advises that the government has extended a state of emergency until Oct. 26. It can send outbound mail and receive inbound mail only once per week.

It is able to send only express mail service items to the United States. Normal parcel and letter post remain suspended. Also, all inbound mail is subject to a seven-day quarantine before being processed and delivered. The post says to expect delays.

Brazil - 26-Aug

The Brazilian Postal Service, Correios, is going on strike. Items are still being delivered, but the combination of COVID measures and this work slowdown has resulted in an additional business day or 2 for delivery after clearance.

high impact

All Services Temporarily Suspended Due to Covid-19 Outbreak - 14-Oct

Angola, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Cuba, Curacao, Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Niger, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, St Marten, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, Yemen

Macao - 13-Oct

Macao’s post advises that all postal services have been suspended effective Oct. 13 due to a tropical cyclone.

Restricted Service Updates

Haiti

Due to a carrier embargo, mail delivery to Haiti has been temporarily suspended. New volumes are currently buffered at Amsterdam Airport and will be shipped when a new route is found.

South Sudan

The suppliers have temporary stopped accepting mail to South Sudan. Mail will be held until this matter is resolved, hence delays are to be expected

Guatemala

25-Apr 2019: The U.S. Postal Service has restored mail service to Guatemala. This ends a temporary suspension of most mail services to the country that had been in effect.

5-Mar 2019: Guatemalan Post has advised they are resuming acceptance and processing of inbound letters and packages.

20-Feb 2018:  Correos y Telégrafos is in its final phase to hire additional staff to help clear an ongoing backlog. As a result, international letter-post, parcel-post and EMS services (inbound/outbound) will continue to be disrupted for at least another 4 months. Correos y Telégrafos has asked the designated operators of other countries to hold back any mail destined for Guatemala until further notice.

11-Apr 2017:  The USPS has temporarily suspended mail services to Guatemala until further notice. This will impact the following USPS services; PMEI, PMI, FCMI, FCPIS, IPA, and ISAL. For already deposited items, USPS will endorse them “Mail Service Suspended – Return to Sender” and then place them in the mail stream for return.

Iraq

2-Nov 2017: Due to political developments in northern Iraq, the government has issued an embargo on flights into the region. It is expected that no deliveries will be possible until the situation is resolved.

UAE, Bahrain

6-Jun 2017: According to reports, in accordance with the declaration issued by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are cutting ties with Qatar, the provision of postal services with that member country has, until further notice, been suspended.

Libya

Due to civil unrest in Libya, all mail services have been suspended until further notice.

Syria

Due to the current exceptional transportation circumstances in the Syrian Arab Republic, all mail and parcel deliveries have been suspended until further notice.

Yemen

Due to current situations in the Yemen region, all mail services have been suspended until further notice.

Ukraine

The Ukrainian post office, Ukrposhta, has suspended all mail services to Crimea (postcodes 95000-98999), Sevastopol (postcodes 99000-99999), Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast regions until further notice.

Somalia

Due to the unstable general safety in Somalia, there are no mail services available.