Finland

The Finnish Postal workers union (PAU) strike that began Monday, November 11, 2019, ended on Wednesday, November 27. 2019 with operations returning to normal. Delays can be expected as backlogs are cleared.

Israel

The Israel Postal Company announced that services returned to normal on Monday, November 18, 2019.due to interruptions and delays in the distribution and collection of mail (letter-post, parcels and EMS items) in the south and center of Israel as a result of the security situation in those regions since Monday, November 11, 2019.

Finland

The Finnish Postal workers union (PAU) has announced a strike from November 11-24, 2019. Some transport trade unions have announced to support the strike.

An embargo has been declared for both inbound and outbound airmail. The Office of Exchange will not be able to operate during the strike period. This information applies to letter, EMS and parcel mail.

Mail deliveries injected by road are working but may incur delays. Click for further information.

Israel

The designated operator of Israel, Israel Postal Company, has reported that interruptions and delays in the distribution and collection of mail (letter-post, parcels and EMS items) in the south and center of Israel are to be expected as a result of the security situation in those regions.

Australia

Bush fires have impacted Australia Post operations in the following QLD and NSW post codes:
QLD:
4703
4565
NSW:
2430
2429
2424
2427
2443
2446
2428
There will also be no deliveries to residents in Taree until further notice.
At this time, our normal operations are to continue to receive and process your packages destined to Australia. Packages will be transported to Australia and held until informed by Australia Post that delivery services have resumed. We will continue to keep you posted.

United Kingdom

Royal Mail Potential Strike During Christmas Season

On October 15, 2019, Royal Mail workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of striking, with a turnout of nearly 76% of Communication Workers Union (CWU) members who backed the action by 97%. The dispute, which is over job security and employment terms and conditions, increases the threat of industrial action leading up to Christmas, and potentially the first national postal strike in a decade. Strike action is threatened for unspecified dates across the Christmas period, with concerns of a strike during Black Friday which would cause millions of packages to be undelivered.

In an effort to avoid nationwide strikes over the peak holiday season, Royal Mail made a plea to CWU bosses to restart talks. Royal Mail offered to enter into discussions “without preconditions”, if the CWU provided a “binding commitment” to remove the threat of walkouts over the holidays.

Yesterday, Royal Mail announced that the CWU had rejected its offer aimed at avoiding strike action for the rest of the year. The CWU has not yet set a date for any strike.

For automatic updates from the Royal Mail about service issues, you can sign up for their email alerts. Asendia USA will continue to monitor this situation and will update customers regarding any significant developments.

Chile

Chile will celebrate patriotic holidays on September 18, 19 and 20, 2019.  Customs will be closed on September 18 and 19 and no shipments will be cleared.  On September 20, shipments can be received, but will not be cleared until Monday, September 23, 2019.

Hong Kong

The designated operator of Hong Kong, China, Hongkong Post, owing to a public event resulting in a blockage of streets in major areas of Hong Kong on  June 12, 2019, the night- and daytime processing of all inbound, outbound and local mail was seriously affected. Quality of service for all types of inbound and outbound mail (EMS, parcels and letter mail) has therefore been affected. The impact is expected to last for a few days.