Brazil:  Strike action is reported to take place on 8 August.  Please expect nationwide delays.

Chile:  Correos Chile has informed us of delays at customs due to increasing international volumes. Items can be queued up to 20 working days before being processed by Chilean customs.

Costa Rica: Correos de Costa Rica, informs us that the public sector labour unions have called an indefinite strike as of Monday, 10 September. This situation may result in collection, processing and delivery delays for both inbound and outbound mail (letters, parcels and EMS).

Guatemala: The procedure under way to enable Correos y Telegrafos to carry out its activities as designated operator and to hire additional staff is currently in the final stages.  Letter-post, parcel-post and EMS services (inbound and outbound) will continue to be disrupted.  Correos y Telégrafos asks operators to continue to hold items to be sent to Guatemala until services have been re-established. 

India: Severe flooding has been impacting Kerala State, India, causing widespread disruption since August 11. Several roads and bridges have been destroyed and operations at Kochi International Airport have been disrupted.  Mail delivery is expected to be delayed in the area for a minimum of 14 to 28 days.

Indonesia:  Mail delivery delays of 7-14 days can be expected in the following regions of Indonesia due to an earthquake on the 5th August:  Mataram (83000–83365), Selong (83600–83672) and Sumbawa Besar (84300–84381).

Indonesia: Traffic restrictions August 18 to September 2 will impact ground transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to the celebration of the Asian Games.

Italy:  17 Aug, A 1-3 day delay in delivery can be expected in the Genoa region of Italy due to a collapsed bridge in the city.

Japan:  The Postal service of Japan is experiencing delays in delivery of mail items and parcels in the Hokkaido region (postcode: 0004-09 ), due to the impact of the strong earthquake that hit this region in the northern part of Japan on 6 September 2018.

Macao: Typhoon Mangkhut hit Macao on 16 September 2018, as a result Macao Post will not provide any postal services on 17 September 2018, and has suspended postal delivery services until further notice.

Nicaragua: The processing of post in Nicaragua has been halted due to political unrest in the country. IMS will continue to accept items for Nicaragua until the embargo has been lifted. Deliveries will suffer delays until the situation has been resolved.

Romania:  The national courier of Romania has notified us that they are coping with backlogs, mostly due to peak volumes since earlier this year.
Deliveries to and from the region can experience delays until the backlog has been cleared.

Saudi Arabia: Parcels – Effective 1 January 2018, a value-added tax (VAT) of 5% will be applied to the total value of each individual item entering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to be paid by the consignee. This includes, without exception, all commodities being sent to Saudi Arabia, regardless of their purpose.

South Africa:  Please expect delays in postal delivery due to a strike action from 3 July to 24 July.  The strike has ended and backlogs of mail are now being processed.

Sweden: The Swedish government recently announced the introduction of a 25% Value Added Tax (VAT) on all ecommerce items imported from outside the European Union by consumers into Sweden.  The effective date is March 1 2018.

Holidays Around the World

Australia  8/15;  Brazil 9/7;  Canada 8/20, 9/3;  Chile 9/18, 9/19;  China 9/22, 9/24;  Colombia 8/20;                         India 8/11, 8/14, 8/15, 8/16, 8/17, 8/22 thru 8/26, 8/28, 9/2, 9/10, 9/19-9/21;                                                           Indonesia 8/17, 8/22, 8/23, 9/11;    Israel 9/10, 9/19, 9/23, 9/24, 9/25;    Japan 8/11, 9/18, 9/23;                              Malaysia 8/31, 9/9, 9/11, 9/16, 9/22;   Mexico 9/16;  Philippines 8/21, 8/27, 9/11, 9/21;   South Korea 8/15;   Singapore  8/9, 8/22;   So Korea 8/15, 9/23;    Thailand 7/27, 7/28, 7/29, 7/30, 8/12;  Vietnam 9/2;                UK 8/6, 8/27;