Brazil: There have been gradual improvements to transit times to Brazil after the worker strikes at the Brazilian postal services in November.  A combination of strikes at Brazilian customs, a nation-wide protest and an increase in volume during December peak-period may cause continued delivery delays until early 2018.

Greece: Greece Post has been applying new customs procedures on International mail collection and delivery. Deliveries are expected to be delayed 7-14 days during this adjustment period. In addition, a 24 hour strike at Greek post has caused deliveries in the country to be further delayed 1-3 days.

Iceland:  Iceland Post informs us that a strike action by Icelandair may cause delays in mail delivery as inbound and outbound flights are canceled or delayed, beginning on 17 December for an indefinite period of time.

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.

Portugal: Correios de Portugal, informs us of worker strikes on 21 and 22.  Delays in mail delivery are expected.

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.

 Recent National holidays Worldwide are as follows:

Austria 12/26;   Australia 1/26;   Azerbaijan 12/31;   Bahrain 12/16, 12/17;   Burkina Faso 12/11;             Cambodia 12/10, 12/11;   Colombia 1/8;  Croatia 12/26;  Finland 12/6;    Germany 1/6;  Ghana 12/1;    India 12/2, 1/26;  Iran 12/6;  Ireland 12/16;  Italy 12/26;   Japan 12/23, 1/8;   Kenya 12/12;   Latvia 12/31;  Liechtenstein 12/26;      Luxembourg 12/26;      Macao 12/20;      Macedonia 12/8;     Malta 12/13;                Namibia 12/10, 12/26;   Pakistan 12/26;  Panama 12/8;  Paraguay 12/8;   Philippines 12/30, 12/31;                    Portugal 12/1;    Qatar 12/18;    Russia 1/5, 1/7, 1/8;    Slovenia 12/26;     South Africa 12/16, 12/26;                             Sri Lanka 12/3;   Thailand 12/5, 12/10, 12/11, 12/31;  Venezuela 12/31;  Zimbabwe 12/22