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Incident bulletin 8th February 2019

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

This week’s bulletin contains updates about: Germany, USA, Canada, Chile, India, Australia, Japan, China, Belarus, Jamaica.

 

Germany

Start date:      4th February
End date:       5th February

Strike disrupts airport operations: Verdi union has called for a strike of ground staff at Hamburg Airport (HAM) on February 4. The strike over demands for a pay increase began at 3:00 am local time and was expected to last throughout the day. It has caused some flight cancellations and delays.

Start date:                 7th February
Expected end date:   8th February

Strike disrupts airport operations: Verdi union has called for a strike of ground staff at Hannover (HAJ) and Dusseldorf (DUS) airports on February 7. The strike over demands for a pay increase began at 3:00 am local time and was expected to last until 11:00 am local time. Flight delays and cancellations are likely to occur.

USA – back to normal

Start date:      31st January
End date:       5th February

United States Postal Service (USPS) informs other Union member countries and their designated operators that operations have returned to normal following last week’s suspension of deliveries owing to extremely cold temperatures.

Canada

Start date:      6th February
End date:       Ongoing

Severe snow and cold temperatures continue to affect Ontario and Quebec regions with flight delays and cancellations in & out of Toronto & Montreal. Icy Road conditions are affecting road services to various regions out of Toronto.

Mail deliveries were suspended on Wednesday 6 February in the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario due to the severe weather conditions. Mail services into the above regions will continue to experience delays until conditions improve.

Chile

Start date:      7th February
End date:       Ongoing

Correos de Chile informs other Union member countries and their designated operators that a severe weather event, with rain and flooding, in Arica and Parinacota, Chile, is affecting the collection and delivery of all mail products. Delays can be expected for all mail products into and out of these areas of Chile.

India

Start date:                   5th February
Expected end date:    12th February

Strike disrupts transportation services: strike of two million government employees across Uttar Pradesh State, India, has been affecting road traffic and airports operations. The action was called due to a new pension scheme and is expected to last for a week.

Australia, Japan, China

Start date:      5th February
End date:       Ongoing

Possible delays to mail for the Far East due to the Chinese New Year. It is not uncommon at this time for some flights to be cancelled and others rerouted to accommodate extra passenger traffic. Extended delivery periods should be expected for Australia, Japan and China.

Japan

Start date:      5th February
End date:       Ongoing

Heavy snowfall disrupt road traffic: heavy snowfall has caused disruption across Hokkaido Island, Japan. Several roads were closed due to blizzards and low visibility.

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Technical problems – update
Jamaica

Start date:       30th January
End date:        31st January

Jamaica Post informs other Union member countries and their designated operators that forwarding of outbound dispatches, including those in transit, resumed on Thursday, 31 January 2019.
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Belarus

Start date:      1st January 2019
The designated operator of the Republic of BELARUS, RUE Belpochta, informs the designated operators of UPU member countries that, owing to changes in its national legislation, the limits of the duty-free import of goods sent in international postal items and addressed to private persons have been amended effective 1 January 2019. Goods may be imported duty-free if the total value of goods sent within a calendar month in international postal items to the address of one recipient does not exceed an amount equivalent to 200 EUR and if the total weight does not exceed 31 kg. In addition, the value of goods sent in one international postal item may not exceed an amount equivalent to 22 EUR and the weight may not exceed 10 kg.

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