Service Alert - 19 January 2023

In an effort to ensure you’re aware of any service disruptions that may impact your business, please see the postal and carrier alerts and updates around the globe.

We will update regularly with continuing news and information as we receive it, in order to keep your operations informed.

Around the Globe


Nationwide industrial action will take place on Thursday 19th January in France.

As a consequence of this, we expect delays to impact the French network as well as onward connections.


Please be advised that we’re having reports that there is already disruption at Eurotunnel today, as a result of the major strike in France.

We forecast delays in channel crossings for trucks and backlogs as the strike goes on.


PostNL drivers to strike again between January 19 and 21: Updated media sources reported that the FNV trade union is planning another strike action for PostNL drivers from the morning of January 19 to the morning of January 21. Previously PostNL delivery drivers held a strike from January 13 to 14.


Due to heavy rainfall in the state of California delays can be expected in the delivery of mail and parcels in California. The worst affected counties are Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Solano, Stanislaus and Los Angeles.


The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted a ground stop that it issued Wednesday morning following an outage to a system that provides pilots with notices they need before flying.

More than 4,500 flights within, to and out of the U.S. were delayed as of around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the online flight tracker FlightAware.

More than 900 flights were listed as canceled.

Please note, that delays are expected on outbound shipping.

More than 900 flights were listed as canceled.


Please note that due to severe weather conditions and high winds, all ferry connections to / from Greek islands have been disrupted or cancelled for the next 24 hours.

Transit and / or delivery delays of up to 48hours should be expected for Island destinations.

Affected zip codes are: : 37002 / 37003 / 37004 / 37005 / 58700 / 64002 / 64004 / 64005 / 64010 / 7XXXX / 8XXXX


Effective December 20, 2022, the manufacture and import for sale of the following harmful single-use plastics in Canada will be prohibited:

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:

* 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.


Due to heavy rain and floods, please expect delays in the delivery of mail and parcels in Malaysia.

The most affected postcodes are Terengganu Jerteh 21450–22399 and 22000–22020, Dungun 23000–23499, Kuala Berang 21040–21899, Sungai Tong 21500, Permaisuri 22100–21450, Chukai 24000–24399, Kijal 24100–24199, Cheneh 24050–24099, Paka 23100–23199, Bukit Payong 21400–21449, Kuala Terengganu 20000–21039 and 21050–21699, Air Puteh 24050–24099, Paka 23100–23199, Kelantan Bachok 16050–16320, Kuala Krai 18000–18500, Kubang Kerian 16150, Tanah Merah 17500, Pasir Mas 17000–17070 and Rantau Panjang 17200–17299


Due to heavy floods please expect delays in the delivery of mail and parcels to Thailand.

The most affected postcodes are: 80XXX, 84XXX, 90XXX, 92XXX, 93XXX, 94XXX, 95XXX and 96XXX


Due to local capacity backlogs in Northern and Central Mexico, recipients may experience delays of up to a week in the delivery of mail and parcels.

Mexico City and Southern areas are seeing a lesser impact.


Postal workers begin indefinite strike across Corsica:

Media sources reported on November 15 that postal workers are on strike at many post offices on the French island region of Corsica, with affected locations including Prupià, Livia, Petretu è Bichisgià, Ulmetu, and Sartè.

The strike began on November 15 and is indefinite.


No Russian and Afghanistan transportation as of yet. International Transportation will keep us posted


Due to a reduced number of flights, there are currently delays in the delivery of all types of mail and parcels to Cyprus.


Due to restrictions imposed by governments and/or carriers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you please not send any shipments destined to Belarus until further notice.

Please note, if material to Belarus is received by APC accidentally, we will ship once restrictions have been lifted and service resumes.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your Customer Service Representative or your Sales Representative.


The designated operator of Ukraine, Joint Stock Company “Ukrposhta”, wishes to update all on the situation with postal operations following the Russian Federation’s military actions towards Ukraine.

Situation as of 10.00 on Monday, 28 February 2022:

Despite ongoing heavy fighting in Kyiv, other major cities and other locations in Ukraine, Ukrposhta has opened post offices in 20 regions, so that customers can receive pensions and other benefits, and receive parcels. The working hours of most open post offices will be reduced to enable staff to return home earlier.

With road access for postal exchanges with its centre in Kyiv severely limited, Ukrposhta has moved some outbound mail processing operations to the Lviv office of exchange.

Ukrposhta is again asking the designated operators of other Union member countries to send their international postal items to Ukraine in closed transit via Poland, Slovakia or Latvia. Ukrposhta is collecting the consignments from those countries.

Ukrposhta is doing its best to deliver all incoming postal items to addressees in Ukraine as quickly as possible; however, this will depend on the security situation in specific locations, as the lives of staff and customers are the top priority.

Many designated operators have asked how they can help Ukraine, so a special “Help Ukraine” project ( has been launched to provide humanitarian aid. Currently, the project involves one warehouse in Poland, but more will be added, probably also in other countries. A green corridor will be organized for such humanitarian aid. Those wishing to help Ukraine are asked to use this special warehouse as a transhipment terminal.

If postal customers abroad wish to send aid to specific addressees in Ukraine, they are kindly requested to send it in closed transit via the Polish, Slovak or Latvian Post. The value of such private parcels may not exceed 100 EUR.

Ukrposhta is grateful for all the incredible support that the world is providing to Ukraine and to Ukrposhta at this difficult time. It will continue to inform the international postal community about any developments.


Due to backlogs in the Brazilian Post’s (Correios) airport operations at Guarulhos Airport in Sao Paulo (GRU), shipments will be delayed up to 4 days before arriving at their processing plant in Curitiba (CWB).


Friday, 30 December 2022

PERU: Bank Holiday

Saturday, 31 December 2022


Country Specific Restrictions Due to COVID-19

Due to restrictions imposed by governments and/or carriers due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please do not send any shipments to the following countries until further notice:

Country Restrictions

Service has been RESTORED to the following countries:

Due to the current backlog of items on hold, please allow additional processing time for these countries.

02 DECEMBER 2022

11 MARCH 2022:

04 MARCH 2022:

04 FEBRUARY 2022

14 JANUARY 2022:

10 SEPTEMBER 2021:

06 AUGUST 2021:

09 JULY 2021:

18 JUNE 2021:

28 MAY 2021:

14 MAY 2021:

07 MAY 2021:

02 APRIL 2021:

26 MARCH 2021:

05 MARCH 2021:

05 FEBRUARY 2021:

29 JANUARY 2021:

08 JANUARY 2021:

Customers should expect delays to all counties where mail and parcels are being accepted for delivery.

Brazil Customs Requirement

We have been informed that effective January 1, 2020, Brazil Customs will require the importer's Tax Identification Number** to be provided for all items containing goods sent to recipients in Brazil.

Customs is stating that it will not accept shipments not containing this number and that items missing this information is subject to return.

Please note, APC will continue to ship all packages destined to Brazil normally, with or without the recipient Tax ID number included but recommends that you begin gathering the required information from your Brazilian recipients to minimize any potential returns due to the Tax ID number not being included on the address label.

Please contact your APC sales representative if you have questions.


** In Brazil, the importer's Tax ID Number is known as CPF (format: 000.000.000-00) for natural persons and CNPJ (format: 00.000.000/0000-00) for legal persons

Embargoed Countries

Due to international embargoes all volumes to the following destinations will cease with effect 30th July 2019:
• Iran
• North Korea
• Syria
• Sudan
• Somalia
• Ukraine (Crimea and Sevastopol only - remaining country can be dispatched)