Incident bulletin 18th January 2019

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

This week’s bulletin contains updates about: Italy, Finland, USA, Greece, France, Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Ukraine, South Korea.



Start date: 7th January
End date: 14th January

Postal services resume: Poste Italiane indicated that postal services have resumed following disruption caused by adverse weather conditions, which affected operations and delivery services in southern Italy.


Start date: 17th January
End date: Ongoing

Adverse weather affects airport operations: heavy snowfall has affected operations at Helsinki Airport (HEL) in Finland. Multiple flights for January 17 have been cancelled or delayed. No timeline as to when the operations would resume has immediately been provided.

United States

Start date: 13th January
End date: Ongoing

Snowfall disrupts road traffic in Midwest and eastern United States: snowfall caused by Winter Storm Gia has resulted in significant delays on major roadways in the Midwest and the eastern United States. According to forecasts, further heavy snowfall and icy conditions along roadways are expected throughout the week.


Start date: 1st January
End date: 15th January

Postal services resume following IT issues: Hellenic Post ELTA indicated on January 15 that postal operations have resumed following technical issues.


Start date: 1st January
End date: 14th January

Services normalize following disruption: Poste Italiane reported that postal operations have resumed following technical issues.


Start date: 10th January
End date: 11th January

Please be informed that the IT issue is now solved and the EDI are correctly sent.



Start date: 14th January
End date: 17th January

Swiss Post (CH) would like to inform all IPC members that heavy snowfalls have affected delivery in the Alps region of Canton Graubünden in the Eastern part of Switzerland.
The weather has now stabilized and mail services resumed on 17 January, with the exceptions of a few homes that remain isolated.
Previously impacted postcode areas were 72xx, 73xx, 75xx, 76xx and 77xx due to roads closures.
Please note a few days may be required to clear any backlog, hence may still observe some delays through to the weekend.


Start date: 15th January
End date: 16th January

Deutsche Post reports: due to strike actions of the security staff at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday 15th of January the airmail inbound and outbound processing has been restricted, delays should have been expected during the whole day. For road transports to IPZ Frankfurt, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the access via “Tor 3” was closed due to demonstrations.


Start date: 4th January
End date: 9th January

Postal services resume following passing of storm: On January 11, Thailand Post indicated that postal services in Nakhon Si Thammarat province have resumed following earlier disruption caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk. No further disruptions have occurred since January 9.


Start date: 14th January
End date: Ongoing

The EMS operator of Ukraine, the State Enterprise of Special Post, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that it is currently dealing with a backlog of EMS mail. This follows the recent embargo on cargo and mail imports at Boryspil International Airport (KBP) and the significant increase in volumes of incoming international mail following the lifting of that embargo.
Consequently, the processing and delivery of EMS items in Ukraine are currently taking longer than normal. The State Enterprise of Special Post is taking every possible measure to stabilize the situation.

South Korea

Start date: 16th January
Expected end date: 5th February

Due to a backlog at the sorting centre in South Korea, there are currently delays monitored. Expectations are that delays will remain until the end of the Lunar New Year (the 5th of February).

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