Brazil: The designated operator of Brazil, Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos, informs us that a strike has been affecting mail delivery operations in some regions of Brazil, since Wednesday, 20 September 2017.  Expect delays and back up of materials.

Dominica: Due to Hurricane Maria, all postal services are suspended until further notice.

Mexico:  Servicio Postal Mexicano, has informed us that due to the earthquake that struck Mexico on Tuesday, 9/19, operations at Mexico City International Airport have been temporarily halted.  Delays in delivery can be expected.

Korea (Republic): Korea Post, has informed us that there will be a prolonged operational stoppage for 10 days in a row owing to the combination of various holidays: Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Hangul Proclamation Day, and the specially designated one-time holiday on 5 September.  The 10-day holiday will run from 30 September to 9 October 2017.  Additionally, there will be an extended shut-down of the office of exchange, domestic mail centre and delivery office on 2 October.

St. Martin and St. Barthélemy:  Due to hurricane Irma, delivery of parcels and mail to the islands of St. Martin and St. Barthélemy, is currently suspened. These destinations will remain closed until further notice.

France: On Tuesday 12 September 2017, a general and nationwide strike is due to take place across France.  Postal deliveries will experience delays and backlog during this time.

South Korea: Due to a 10-day period of national holidays, running from 30 September to 9 October 2017, there will an operational stoppage for 10 days resulting in the shut-down of the office of exchange, the domestic mail centre and delivery offices.  Delays can be expected in the processing of all mail.

Italy: Italian postal unions expanded their strike actions from July 22 to August 21.  Areas involved are the Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna regions.  Please expect delays in mail delivery.

Hong Kong, China, Macau, Thailand: Typhoon Hato batters Southern China and Hong Kong, Tropical Storm Pakhar Reaches China, Hong Kong and Macau: Typhoon Hato reached Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland on August 23, causing severe flooding, uprooted trees and damage to property. Several hundred flights at Hong Kong Airport (HKG) were cancelled or delayed. Hong Kong and Macau were hit again by a tropical storm on August 27. Macau postal deliveries are suspended until the typhoon alert is lifted.

Switzerland: Swiss Post informs us that a landslide occurred on 23rd August 2017 affecting Bergell/Egadin (Canton Graubünden) in the Eastern part of Switzerland, primarily postcode areas 7602 – 7610.  Postal deliveries are difficult, and in some parts even impossible.

Many countries worldwide will celebrate Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) from Sept 1st – 5th

Recent National holidays Worldwide are as follows:

Bahamas 8/7;   Bahrain 9/2 – 9/6, 9/22;   Bolivia 8/6;    Brazil 9/7;  Brunei Darussalam 9/23;  Bulgaria 9/6, 9/22;  Cambodia 9/24;  Canada 8/7, 9/4;   Chile 9/18;   Colombia 8/7;   Costa Rica 8/2, 9/15;  Croatia 8/5;            Ecuador 8/10;  Egypt 9/22;  El Salvador 9/15;  Iceland 8/7;   Indonesia 9/22;  Ireland 8/7;  Israel 9/21, 9/22;  Jamaica 8/1, 8/6, 8/7;  Japan 8/11, 9/18,9/23;  Jordan 9/22;   Liechtenstein 9/8;   Macedonia 8/2, 9/8;    Malaysia 8/31, 9/16, 9/22;  Malta 9/8, 9/21;  Mexico 9/15; Morocco 8/14, 9/22; Peru 8/30;   Philippines 9/22;   Qatar 8/31;   Saudi Arabia 9/23;    Singapore 8/9;  Slovakia 8/29,9/1, 9/15;  South Africa 8/9, 9/24, 9/25;                Sri Lanka 9/5;   Thailand 8/14;   Togo 9/24;  Trinidad & Tobago 8/31, 9/24, 9/25;   Tunisia 8/13, 9/22;            Turkey 8/30;  UAE 8/31, 9/21;   Vietnam 9/4;   Zimbabwe 8/8, 8/14;