Bolivia: Services to Bolivia have resumed. We expect that backlogs can cause minor delays. Normal service levels are expected to be reached by the end of April.
Brazil: The strike has ended, however, the current backlog of mail is causing delivery delays of up to 25 working days for all flows to Brazil.
Chad: The national postal organization of Chad has been unable to process mail since 1 February due to a worker strike. Deliveries to and from the region will suffer delays until the strike has ceased.
Germany: Due to a strike at Frankfurt Airport, Deutsche Post destinations serviced by the airport, may suffer minor delays of 1 to 3 days.
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.
Israel: Israel Post informs us that inbound customs clearance activities will be interrupted between 10 and 14 January 2018 as a result of the switchover to Shaar Olami (Global Gate), Israel’s next generation computerized customs clearance system. Although delays are to be expected in the release of postal items, Israel Postal Company Ltd. will make every effort to limit the impact as much as possible. In addition, effective 1st October 2017 only the new seven digit postal codes will be accepted by Israel Post.
Malaysia: Delays possible at Kuala Lumpur International Airport due to temporary runway closure.
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.