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Incident bulletin 17th January 2020

Incident bulletins are sent weekly with information about situations that affect postal distribution.

This week’s bulletin contains updates about: Belgium, Greece, France, Slovakia, Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, Guadalupe, Taiwan.

 

 

Belgium

Start date: 15th January
End date: 15th January

Bpost drivers suspend strike in Limburg: approximately 30 Bpost postal service drivers have suspended a strike on January 15 in Limburg while they await a management proposal on the evening of January 16. Postal disruptions were still reported on January 15 due to the strike but were not expected on January 16.

Greece

Start date: 10th January
End date: Ongoing

Heavy snowfall and ice has struck in Greece and is expected to continue for the remainder of the week.

Please be advised that this may impact final mile deliveries.

We will issue further updates as necessary.

France

Start date: 13th January
End date: 17th January

Air traffic controllers have continued to stage nationwide strikes against pension reforms starting from 6 pm local time on January 13, with the strikes scheduled to last until 5:30 am on January 17. Air France announced disruptions to short and medium-haul flights on January 14, 15 and 16, while Alitalia cancelled around 140 flights as a result of the strike so far.

Slovakia

Start date: 10th January
End date: 25th January

General elections impact postal operations: On January 14, Slovenska Post issued a notice to postal operators to take special care of processing electoral mail sent to Slovakian citizens abroad, as part of the country’s parliamentary elections taking place on February 29. The items will be sent between January 10 and 25 and a peak in inbound volume is expected for the middle of February.

Philippines

Start date: 12th January
End date: Ongoing

Volcano eruption affects hundreds of flights: Sources indicate on January 13 that hundreds of flights to and from Nino Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, Philippines have been suspended due to the eruption of the Taal Volcano on January 12. Operations are gradually resuming, but delays persist.

Start date: 13th January
End date: Ongoing

Truck drivers go on strike: On January 15, media sources reported that the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) began an indefinite nationwide cargo transportation strike against several local government bans and other grievances on January 13. Disruptions should be expected across the Philippines throughout the duration of the strike.

Indonesia

Start date: 31st December 2019
End date: 13th January

Pos Indonesia, would like to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that the collection and delivery of inbound and outbound letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items in the Special Capital Region of Jakarta and West Java Province is back to normal as of 13 January 2020.

Brazil

Start date: 14th January
End date: Ongoing

Brazil Post is experiencing delays as a result of significant increases in inbound volumes which were 56% higher in December 2019 over the same period in 2018. These unexpected high volumes associated with some technical transmission issues have generated an impact on the treatment and information exchange of some items.

Guadalupe

Start date: 14th January
End date: Ongoing

Postal service unions in Guadeloupe have started an indefinite strike on the morning of January 14. The trade unions CFTC Poste, FOCOM, CGTG PTT and SUD PTT GWA called for the strike after a general assembly held on December 14 to demand better working conditions.

Taiwan – Customs regulation change

Start date: January
Please be aware due to a Customs regulation change by Taiwanese customs, all nationals are now required to be registered with Customs in order to receive the shipments. This can be done via two methods:

1. Through a mobile app called EzWay.
2. Through the Customs website – see link below.

The recipient will only need to register once with customs, please note failure to do this may lead to customs delays or returns.

More information can be found on the website: https://etaipei.customs.gov.tw/

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