Incident bulletin 5th July 2019

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

This week’s bulletin contains updates about: Italy, Spain, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, China, Tunisia, India, South Korea, Sweden.



Start date: 2nd July
End date: Ongoing

Following union involvement with staff at Malpensa Office of Exchange (International Mail Hub) there is potential for delays in the processing of inbound and outbound mail services.


Start date: 1st July
Expected end date: 1st September

Airport workers plan multiple strikes: the Aena airport workers plan multiple strikes at Bilbao Airport between July 1 and September 1. For July, planned dates for the industrial actions are 1, 7, 14, 15, 21, 24, 25, 28 and 31. Flight cancellations have already been announced for flights to Barcelona, Munich, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Further disruptions to airport operations are expected through September 1.

Canada – back to normal

Start date: 5th May
End date: 3rd July

The effects of the severe flooding since 5th May 2019, which disrupted mail operations in Northern and Eastern Ontario and Quebec regions has now ended. Mail services have returned to normal.

Unites States

Start date: 4th July
End date: Ongoing

Earthquake damages roads and infrastructure: a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in the Mojave Desert, California, has damaged roads and infrastructure in San Bernardino and Kern County. Several 4.0 aftershocks have been reported in the area and are expected to continue throughout the week.

Start date: 4th July
End date: 4th July

Thursday 4th July, Independence Day is a public holiday in the United States. Many businesses close down for the day, including US office. No inbound or outbound mail will be processed, which could result in a 24-hour delay.

Hong Kong, China

Start date: 1st July
End date: 3rd July

The designated operator of Hong Kong, China, Hongkong Post informs other Union member countries that, owing to a public event resulting in a blockage of streets in major areas of Hong Kong on 1 July 2019, the 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-post items) has therefore been affected.


Start date: 1st July
Expected end date: 4th July

Postal workers begin a 3-day strike: According to local sources, the Rapid Post Union called for a general strike action across Tunisia starting on July 1. The strike is expected to last for three days. The strike is likely to affect all incoming and outgoing mail operations.


Start date: 28th June
End date: Ongoing

Flooding disrupts road and air traffic: flooding following heavy rainfall since June 28 continues to disrupt the Mumbai Metropolitan region in India. Severe traffic congestion has occurred on the Western Express Highway. Additionally, the main runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is being affected with at least 52 flights cancelled and 55 more diverted.

South Korea

Start date: 9th July
End date: 9th July

Postal employees to go on strike: the employees of Korea Post have voted for a general strike on July 9. Workers demand the establishment of a conventional five-day workweek and an increase in the number of postal workers.

Technical problems


Start date: 15th March
End date: 3rd July

The designated operator of Sweden PostNord Group AB, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that the problem in transmitting EDI data for inbound mail items has now been resolved.

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