Incident Bulletin 25th of February 2022

This week’s bulletin contains the latest information about Hong Kong, Latvia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine and Vanuatu.

 

Hong Kong

Start date: 28 January 2021
End date: ongoing
Incident: coronavirus

Hongkong Post, the People’s Republic of China’s designated operator, would like remind that, owing to the current pandemic situation, all airmail centre staff have been required to undergo multiple COVID-19 tests as from 6 February 2022 and to work from home until they receive a negative test result.

Consequently, operations at airmail centres have been severely affected, with functions reduced to a minimal level. All mail processing and transportation have been disrupted. Quality of service for all types of mail will be affected until further notice.
 

Latvia

Start date: 21 February 2022
End date: ongoing
Incident: coronavirus

The designated operator of Latvia, Latvijas Pasts, would like to inform that, owing to a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 infections among its operational staff and temporary closure of several post offices, delays are to be expected in the processing and delivery of inbound and outbound postal items.

 

Netherlands

Start date: 18 February 2022
End date: ongoing
Incident: storm 

PostNL wishes to inform that storm “Eunice” is causing operational disruptions in the Netherlands. For this reason many flights to and from Schiphol airport have been cancelled for 18 February, also departures of ferry’s to GB and IE are affected (delayed or cancelled) and the international truck departures are not as scheduled. Besides this also the OE-activities are limited because public transport in The Netherlands has been stopped since 14:00 hr on 18 February and people are strongly advised not to go on the road.
 
Domestic collection/transport/sorting and delivery of mail and parcels in the Netherlands will also be impacted.
 
PostNL have been arranging additional processing capacity during this weekend to deal with possible backlogs caused by this extreme weather situation but they expect that it might still have an impact on performance also early next week.

 

Switzerland 

Start date: 25 March 2020
End date: 22 February 2022
Incident: coronavirus

Further to Incident Bulletin 07/05/2021, the designated operator of Switzerland, Swiss Post, would like to share that that the measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted, and postal services have returned to normal.

 

Ukraine

Start date: 24 February 2022
End date: ongoing
Incident: Declaration of martial law

The designated operator of Ukraine, Joint Stock Company “Ukrposhta”, wishes to inform that, owing to the Russian Federation’s military actions, martial law has been declared in Ukraine.
 
Ukrainian airspace is temporarily restricted for civilian air transportation. Consequently, Ukrposhta is working with its postal partners in Europe on alternative surface transportation routes.
 
Ukrposhta has already made arrangements with the designated operators of Latvia, Poland and Slovakia for the exchange of international postal items sent to or from Ukraine through their respective offices of exchange located close to the Ukrainian border. Ukrposhta therefore requests that the designated operators of other Union member countries send any postal items addressed to Ukraine to Latvia, Poland or Slovakia. Ukrposhta will then collect these postal items using its own vehicles.

Moreover, in order to keep customers and employees safe, Ukrposhta post offices will remain closed on Thursday, 24 February 2022, and postal deliveries are suspended until further notice. As soon as the situation allows, Ukrposhta will immediately resume delivery of all international postal items, as well as pensions and money orders.

Finally, for the above force majeure reasons international postal transit through Ukrainian territory has been suspended until further notice.

 

Vanuatu 


Start date: 31 December 2021
End date: 22 February 2022
Incident: coronavirus

The designated operator of Vanuatu, Vanuatu Post, wishes to inform that the Vanuatu Government has lifted the state of emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
A state of health emergency is now in place, but postal operations have resumed as normal.

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