Mexican Customs has informed us that there has been an incident with the SAT system which has generated delays in the release of mail and parcels as of 08 February 2024.
The system has been reestablished today, 09 February, and operations are returning to normal.
Delays may be expected in the delivery of mail and parcels in Mexico.
Due to wildfires in Chile, delays are expected in the delivery of mail and parcels in Chile.
Expected delays: 1-3 days
Due to industrial actions in Mayotte, delays are expected in the delivery of mail and parcels in Mayotte.
Expected delays: 1-3 days
Due to farmers protests in Belgium, delays are expected in the delivery of mail and parcels.
French farmers plan blockade of several highways leading to Belgian border: Media sources reported on February 1 that French farmers have planned a blockade of major highway crossings between France and Belgium, including the A22 at Rekkem, the A27 at Baisieux, and the A2 at Saint-Aybert. These border regions are likely to experience heavy traffic. Logistics disruptions are likely.
Due to a backlog at Poste Italiane, please expect delays in the delivery of mail and parcels in Italy.
Portugal: Mail and parcels with destination Spain/Portugal and returns from Spain/Portugal may be delayed due to strikes and blockades of the agricultural sector in France.
Highway blockades due to farmer protest: On January 29, media reports revealed that farmers from the Federation of Young Farmers (FJA) have begun launching intermittent highway blockades across Belgium since the evening of January 28. As of the morning of January 29, blockades are being reported along several roadways includ-ing the E411, E42, E19, the Brussels ring road, and the N4. The blockades are expected to last for a few hours until the end of the morning rush hour. Further blockades are possible over the course of the week. Disruptions to logistics operations are possible.
Postal workers join nationwide strike: Media sources indicate that the Finnish Post and Logistics Union (PAU) have confirmed their partic-ipation in a nationwide strike across Finland on February 1 and February 2 respectively. The work stoppages will be held from 00:00 to 02:00 local time on February 1 as well as on shifts starting from 18:00 local time on February 2. The strikes are to oppose the government's planned legisla-tive reforms related to social security cuts. Delays in the mail and parcel delivery services of Posti Group Oyj can be expected.
Due to storm Jocelyn, please expect delays in the delivery of mail and parcels in the United Kingdom.
Due to a relocation of the Thailand Post sorting center, please expect delays in the delivery of mail and parcels in Thailand.
Expected delays: 2-3 days
Due to storm Isha, please expect delays in the delivery of mail and parcels in Ireland.
Expected delays: 2-3 days
Postal workers in Brazil will be going on indefinite strike in Sao Paulo, Rio, Tacantins and Maranhao starting November 23. This strike will affect 40% of the national workforce.
We do not know whether or not this is a total work stoppage or a slowdown but please expect clearance and delivery delays.
Israel Post would like to inform you that, as a result of the ongoing conflict and severe military situation in Israel, it is currently unable to deliver postal items to, or receive them from, the Gaza Strip.
Therefore, there will be no postal exchanges with the Gaza Strip until further notice.
Royal Mail continues to dispatch export mails for all subclasses utilizing international mail processing center (IMPC) codes GBLALE and GBATHA through the UPU Postal Technology Centre’s IPS Cloud solution. Outbound dispatches are still being delayed and tracking elements impacted owing to the fact that the Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre (HWDC) is not currently fully operational.
Import letter-post volumes to the UK are being subjected to continued delays, which is negatively affecting quality of service owing to the need to use contingency operational sites, processes and routings in the UK to mitigate the lack of processing capability at the HWDC import office of exchange.
Clearance delays should be expected.
CANADA'S BAN ON CERTAIN HARMFUL SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
Effective December 20, 2022, the manufacture and import for sale of the following harmful single-use plastics in Canada will be prohibited:
- checkout bags
- foodservice ware made from, or containing, problematic plastics that are hard to recycle
- stir sticks
- straws (with some exceptions*)
To provide businesses in Canada with enough time to transition and to deplete their existing stocks, the Regulations will enter into force through a phased approach:
- Starting on December 20, 2022, with the prohibition on the import and manufacture of single-use plastic checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware made from problematic plastics, stir sticks, and straws; the prohibition on the sale of these items will come into force in December 2023.
- In June 2023, the manufacture and import of ring carriers in Canada will be prohibited and the sale of these items will be prohibited in June 2024.
- As of June 2024, the sale of flexible straws packaged with beverage containers will be prohibited.
- By the end of 2025 the Government will also prohibit the manufacture and import for the purposes of export of all six categories of single-use plastics, making Canada the first among peer jurisdictions to do so internationally. These phased timelines recognize the complexity associated with retooling manufacturing lines for these products.
* Exceptions to the ban on straws allow single-use plastic flexible straws to remain available for people in Canada who require them for medical or accessibility reasons. This includes for use at home, in social settings, or in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and long‑term care facilities. All other types of single-use plastic straws will be prohibited.