Antiqua: Postal workers strike in Antigua has ended.   Services resumed on June 29th.

Barbuda: Postal workers strike in Barbuda has ended.  Services resumed on June 29th.

Brazil:  The strike has ended, however, the current backlog of mail is causing delivery delays of 7 to 14 working days for all flows to Brazil.

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.

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. 

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.

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 6/4, 6/11;        Canada 6/21, 6/24, 6/25, 7/1, 7/2, 7/9;        Chile 6/24, 7/16;        China 6/16, 6/18;        Colombia 6/4, 6/11; France 7/14; Hong Kong 6/18; India 6/12, 6/14, 6/15, 6/16, 6/17, 6/28, 7/5, 7/13, 7/14;  Indonesia 6/1, 6/13, 6/15, 6/16, 6/18; Japan 7/16;  Malaysia 6/1, 6/2, 6/15, 6/16, 6/17, 7/7, 7/14;                       Philippines 6/12, 6/15, 6/16, 6/24;  South Korea 6/13;   Singapore  6/15;  So Korea 6/6, 6/13;                                  Thailand 6/15, 6/16;  UK 7/12;