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UK Service Messages - (Advisory / Suspensions)

Last updated today at 10:29

The table below shows the current advisory and suspended service changes in place across the UK. These messages are reviewed daily.

Last Updated: 22nd February 2024
 
Message Status Issue Date Raised Details
Advisory Deliveries today 22nd Feb 2024

We are temporarily experiencing delays to deliveries in a number of depots today due to local issues such as adverse weather or other local issues.

We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. We will regularly update customers on the depots most impacted here: 

If you need to collect an item for which we've left an 'attempted delivery' card, you can collect your item from the depot indicated on the card that was left along with a form of ID.

Service suspension guarantee Ferry cancellation 20th February

Delivery delays are expected in the Isle of Man on the 20th February due to the cancellation of the ferry.  Postcodes affected are:-

  • All IM
Service suspension guarantee Ferry cancellation 21st February

Delivery delays are expected nationwide on 23rd Feb for items collected in the Shetland Islands area on the 21st February due to the cancellation of the ferry. 

Items due for delivery on 22nd February in the Shetland Islands area will also experience delay.

 Postcodes affected are:-

  • All ZE
Service suspension guarantee Traffic congestion 21st February

Delivery delays are expected in the Aldershot area on the 21st February due to traffic accidents and road works on the M3/M25/A331.

Post codes affected are:

  • GU1 – GU12, GU21 – GU30, KT8, KT10 – KT16, KT18, KT20 – KT24, TW8 – TW20
Service suspension guarantee Traffic congestion 22nd February

Delivery delays are expected in the Solent area on the 21st and 22nd February, also delivery delays Nationwide for items collected in the Solent area due for delivery 22nd and 23rd February due to a traffic accident on the M27.

Post codes affected are:

  • All SO
  • All PO

International

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Europe

Last updated today at 7:00

Please see below for information on sending to specific countries.

Last updated: 20th of February 2024

Important Update below
 

Welcome to our live service update page for Europe. Below is a round-up of any issues that may be impacting our services to and from destinations in Europe. We keep this page as up-to-date as possible, with information supplied to Parcelforce from our partners. 

Service update: 20th of February 2024

Important Notices:

Import Control System 2 (ICS2) 
ICS2 is a regulatory change required by the EU, focused on continuing to improve the security of parcels shipped internationally. It allows customs authorities to identify items which may require control earlier in the supply chain and take the appropriate action. Sending countries must provide the required parcel/customs information. This means that any item that requires a customs declaration (including gifts, samples, goods and other categories) must have the relevant customs documentation attached and associated Electronic Data must also be supplied. You can use an approved Parcelforce or Third-Party Shipping Solution where this is captured so you can continue exporting with the required compliant electronic data. From the 1st July 2023 any items containing goods that do not have mandatory data fields completed will be at risk of being delayed, returned, or even destroyed. Please see here and here for more information.

All countries across Europe are now under a suspension of service guarantee for delivery speed delays, unless stated in Table A. This is in place from 16 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.           (000E)
 
Our partners around the globe may have changed their proof of delivery (POD) processes to adhere to local regulations.
 
We advise customers who are planning to send permitted perishable items internationally to be particularly aware of potential delays to delivery and check our country specific service updates before shipping. Details on permitted perishable items can be found here.
 

Table A - These are countries that currently have service guarantees in place

Country
Ireland 

Cyprus

Country updates

Country Issue Current Status  Latest Update
Austria  No service for Global Priority Returns Service is currently suspended until further notice. 28th March 2022
Belarus Service availability / Globalexpress

We are still despatching items to Belarus however dispatch is once a week via a transit destination therefore longer transit times should be expected. We are continually monitoring the situation and will provide an update if there are any changes to our service moving forward.

Globalexpress suspension
Service is currently suspended until further notice. Any shipments already in transit are likely to be returned.

1st December 2023
Belgium Farmers Movements 

Belgian Post have informed us that due to the Belgian farmers’ movement throughout the country, the majority of motorways, strategic sections and access to major cities are currently subject to disruption. This movement is expected to last until 2 February 2024 at least.

As a result, BPost is experiencing difficulties in the receipt of international shipments, transportation, collection and delivery of all mail types with delays to be expected until situation returns to normal.

8th February 2024
Cyprus Strike

Cyprus Post have informed us that certain unions have announced a 3-days strike from Monday 11th December and this is due to end on Thursday 14th December.

As result, delivery delay can be expected during and immediately after the strike in case of any possible backlog.

12th December 2023
France Strikes in Mayotte

La Poste have informed us that due to industrial action in Mayotte, parcel-post and services to and from the archipelago have been suspended since 29 January 2024 and as such services to this region are likely to be impacted by delays currently until the situation returns to normal.

9th February 2024
Gibraltar Infrequent dispatch Dispatch is three times a week 17th January 2023
Iceland Earthquake and Volcanic Activity

Icelandic Post have advised that a new volcanic eruption started just north of Grindavik in the Reykjanes peninsula on Sunday 14th January 2024.

It is deemed likely that more eruptions will occur around the town in the coming weeks, hence It is unlikely that habitants will be allowed to return to live in Grindavik in the coming weeks or months.

Iceland Post has not delivered mail in the Grindavik area since the original evacuation 13th of November 2023 and due to the area being uninhabitable it seems unlikely it will be possible to deliver mail in Grindavik in the near future. We will provide any further updates on this as they become available.

19th January 2024
Ireland  Import controls

Our service to Ireland is operating as normal. However, items that require the payment of import taxes by the recipient may take longer to be delivered as payment is required before items are released from Irish customs.

Please note: Delivered Duties Unpaid items sent to Ireland are handled as follows:
•Where a mobile number and /or email is provided, the recipient will receive a text and / or email and a letter with the amount of tax to pay plus An Post’s processing fee.
•Where just the address has been provided, the recipient will receive a letter.

In both situations the recipient will receive instructions on how to pay and will have 16 working days to make the payment before the item is returned. The pay by date is included in the customer notification.All items are held in the Dublin Mail Centre Campus before being released, once payment is received. If payment is not received by the payment due date or the customer rejects the item then it is returned to sender.

1st September 2022
Israel Security Situation

As a result of the current situation in Israel we are experiencing delays with many flight cancellations. This is a fluid situation and may change at short notice. Throughout the country, the retention period for unclaimed items has been extended to 30 days. All items are subject to delay and we will continue to provide updates as we receive them. 

Please note at this time, we are unable to accept items addressed to Gaza or Khan Yunis and The West Bank.

9th November 2023
Italy Unauthorised Strike

Post Italiane have informed us that an unauthorised strike has been ongoing since 00.01 CET on the 10th February 2024. It involves personnel at Malpensa airport and is preventing the shuttle service between the Office of Exchange and Malpensa Air Mail Unit.

The strike has caused disruption to inbound and outbound mail handling despite contingency measures. Local authorities are engaged in mediation between the parties with an end date not known at present. As result, delays may be experienced until the situation returns to normal locally.

19th February 2024
Moldova  Airspace currently unavailable Due to the situation in neighbouring Ukraine, we have been advised that Moldovan airspace is closed. We are working with our postal and transportation partners to put in place alternative routes. An alternative transit route is in place for Moldova. However as this is a non-direct route, please be advised that there may be short delays to the delivery of your item. 26th June 2023
Norway  Construction Work at Office of Exchange Norwegian Post have informed us that due to construction work at their Office of Exchange NOOSLB for next 3 weeks, until 25th February, there may be some disruption in the processing of traffic through the office as result and delays may be experienced throughout this period. 7th February 2024
Poland  Delivery delays

Poland Post are still experiencing high volumes of items received into their network due to the aid assistance they are providing to bordering Ukraine. Poland Post is continuing to process and deliver items as soon as possible however, due to the increased volumes, delays are to be expected. We are continuing to work with Polish Post and will provide an update once the situation has improved.

2nd September 2022
Russia  Global Express service temporarily suspended

Our Global Express Service to Russia is suspended until further notice. Shipments already in transit will be temporarily held in our network.

Russia can still be reached via our Global Priority service. 

 

Latest update
We are still despatching postal items to Russia (except via our Global Express service). We are continually monitoring the situation and will provide an update if there are any changes to our service moving forward.

 

11th April 2022
Ukraine  Global Express suspension/ delays

The Ukrainian postal service (Ukrposhta) has provided an update that road access for postal exchanges with Ukrposhta’s centre in Kyiv is severely limited, some international mail processing operations have been moved to Lviv. Longer transit times continue to be experienced due to queues at the border and difficult road connections within Ukraine. Ukraine Post continue to remain committed to maintaining postal operations, but will not be able to guarantee compliance with the agreed delivery standards.

To identify open post offices within Ukraine and their working hours please visit Ukrposhta’s webpage that is updated daily at: offices.ukrposhta.ua. An update will be provided once available.

Global Express suspension
Service is currently suspended until further notice.  Shipments already in transit will be temporarily held in our network.

Ukraine can be reached via our Global Priority service. 

 

Latest Update
We continue to make regular mail despatch to Ukraine transiting via our Postal Partners. Ukraine Post has updated that the country’s infrastructure has suffered severe damage. The attacks on the power grid and local energy facilities are necessitating rolling power cuts lasting from one to four hours. In some cases, following a direct missile strike, power may be cut off for several days in certain areas. In areas without active hostilities, all Ukrposhta post offices will remain open. In places with up to 24 hours power outage, Ukrposhta employees will hand out postal items and pay out money orders and upload the delivery data into the system at a later stage, once power and Internet access are restored. Sorting facilities are equipped with electricity generators to ensure uninterrupted work and maintain normal customs and sorting procedures. However, operationally there may be delays. Therefore, delays should continue to be expected for items destined to Ukraine until further notice.

28th October 2022
Ukraine - Crimea region and other oblasts No service to the Crimea region and other Oblasts as shown in the next column 

There are 24 delivery regions in Ukraine (Oblasts) and we are currently unable to deliver to 3 of these;

Donetsk Oblast - postcodes starting 83xxx to 87xxx - including cities of Donetsk and Mariupol

Luhansk Oblast - postcodes starting 91xxx to 94xxx - including cities of Luhansk and Krasnyi Luch

Crimea (annexed by Russia in 2014) - postcodes starting 95xxx to 99xxx - including Simferopol and Sevastopol

28th March 2022

 

 

Rest of the World

Last updated today at 7:00

Please see below for information on sending to specific countries.

Last updated: 19th of February 2024
Important update below
 

Service update: 19th of February 2024

Important Notices:

All countries globally are now under a suspension of service guarantee for delivery speed delays, unless stated in Table A. This is in place from 18 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation (000R).

We advise customers who are planning to send permitted perishable items internationally to be particularly aware of potential delays to delivery and check our country specific service updates before shipping. Details on permitted perishable items can be found here

Table A - These are countries that currently have service guarantees in place 

Country
Canada
Norway
Taiwan
Thailand 
UAE
Monaco
Iceland

Country Updates

Country  Issue  Status  Last reviewed 
Afghanistan No Service except for globalexpress to some locations 

Service is suspended until further notice for our globalpriority and globalvalue services. Parcels should not be accepted and if sent will be returned to sender.

However, Afghanistan currently can be reached via our globalexpress service.

28th March 2022
Australia Rail Incident / Cyclone

Rail Incident

Due to a rail incident in South Australia, deliveries to Western Australia are currently delayed. Items sent from the 28th December between other states and territories to Western Australia may take an extra 1-2 days to be delivered.

Cyclone

Due to the flood emergency taking place in Far North Queensland following Cyclone Jasper on the 18th of December, the following areas have been impacted and delays may be experienced:

Arundel, Bundall, Mt Tamborine, Canungra, Burleigh, Logan City, Nerang, Yatala, Stapylton.

Postcodes affected include 4207, 4208, 4209, 4210, 4213, 4223, 4226, 4270, 4271, 4272, 4275.

5th January 2024
Bolivia Infrequent dispatch Dispatch is once a week 17th January 2023
Chile Wildfires

Chilean Post have informed that its operations in the Valparaíso region are currently disrupted by a number of fires with shipments to and from the region being delayed by at least 24 hours.

The following areas will not have home delivery services until further notice: 

Viña del Mar:-

Canal Beagle, Villa Dulce, Limonares, Villa Independencia, Villa Hermosa, El Olivar, El Salto, Chorrillos,

Santa Julia, Miraflores, Achupallas, Reñaca Alto, Villa La Cruz, Rukán.

Quilpué: - Canal Chacao, Pompeya norte/sur, Villa Olímpica, Colina de Oro, Población Argentina, Paso hondo, Los Pinos

Villa Alemana: Fundo El Rincón, Las Acacias

Items sent to the above areas will be delivered to the nearest branch for pickup. The operating hours of some Correos Chile branches may also be shortened where necessary, leading to delays in the transportation, collection and delivery of all mail types.

7th February 2024
Dominica  Infrequent dispatch  Dispatch to Dominica is made via sea and therefore longer transit times should be expected 20th July 2022
Guinea-Bissau Infrequent dispatch Dispatch is infrequent and therefore longer transit times should be expected 29th June 2023
Guyana  Infrequent dispatch Dispatch is twice a week 11th January 2024
Japan Earthquake

Japan Post continue to accept mail but have notified us that the delivery of all types of items are currently being delayed owing to damage caused by the earthquake that struck the Hokuriku region on 1 January 2024

The worst affected areas are as follows and delays are likely to be experienced:

Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui areas

Parts of Hokkaido, Yamagata, Nagano and the Hyogo areas.

We will provide a further update as this becomes available

2nd January 2024
Kiribati

Infrequent Despatch 

Connecting flights to Kiribati have been available again since the 15th of December. However, please note this service is infrequent and therefore customers should expect items to take between 2-3 months to reach their final destination.

29th June 2023
Laos Infrequent dispatch  Dispatch is twice a week 17th January 2023
Mexico Hurricane Otis

Mexico Post have updated that whilst the situation in Acapulco and the surrounding regions remains critical, basic postal services have now been re-established since the passing of Hurricane Otis. However, the Post is still unable to guarantee electronic data interchange with its partners owing to a lack of power and connectivity in the affected areas.

Municipality / Postcode Range

Ayutla de los Libres - 39200 - 39229

Acapulco de Juárez - 39300 - 39937

San Marcos - 39960 - 39997

Petatlán - 40830 - 40859

Zihuatanejo de Azueta - 40880 - 40897

Técpan de Galeana - 40900 - 40929

Atoyac de Álvarez - 40930 - 40958

Coyuca de Benítez - 40970 - 40997

San Luis Acatlán - 41600 - 41637

Ometepec - 41700 - 41736

Cuautepec - 41840 - 41860

2nd February 2023
Niue Service Availability We are no longer able to offer a Globalpriority service to Niue 13th July 2023
Paraguay Infrequent dispatch  Dispatch is once a week 17th January 2023
Somalia No service There is currently no service to this country / territory. 28th March 2022
South Africa Delays  Please note that customers currently using our services to South Africa may experience delays. We are continuing to export as normal however are aware of extended processing times locally at present. We will provide further updates as they become available. 1st November 2023
South Sudan No service There is currently no service to this country / territory. 28th March 2022
St Vincent & The Grenadines Infrequent dispatch Dispatch is once a week 17th January 2023
Syria  No service There is currently no service to this country / territory. 28th March 2022
Yemen No Service except for globalexpress to some locations 

Service is suspended until further notice for our globalpriority and globalvalue services. Parcels should not be accepted and if sent will be returned to sender.

However, Yemen currently can be reached via our globalexpress service.

28th March 2022


 

 

Imports into the UK

Last updated today at 7:00

Imports into the UK

We are processing both GLS and postal imports with traffic flowing in both cases. Whilst there have been some short-term delays, items where duties, taxes and charges need to be paid are being processed through the depot network and recipients will be notified accordingly.

Where import items and in particular GLS imports require customs clearance these are flowing through the network but can be subject to delay due to import documentation requirements.

Please note – if you are aware that your item is being held in one of our delivery depots awaiting payment of customs charges you are not required to wait for the charge letter to arrive. Please contact the depot holding the item to arrange payment of these as soon as possible. Depot details can be located here.

Service Advice/ Suspensions

Last updated today at 7:00

The table below shows the current advisory and suspended service changes in place outside the UK. These messages are reviewed regularly.

Last Reviewed: 28th April 2023
 
       
Service Temporarily Suspended globalbulk direct April 2023 We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Service Temporarily Suspended

europriorityimport 

April 2023
Recent changes in customs clearance processes mean that we continue to implement further system updates to support our europriorityimport service.
 
Our europriorityimport service will be temporarily unavailable from 18 January 2021 until these updates are completed. We will keep you updated on the progress of this.
 
Guidance on the required customs data and documentation can be found here.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Advisory

Return to Sender Process for Account Customers 

April 2023

We may need to return your parcels for one of the following reasons:

(1) Insufficient Customs data and/or export documentation provided.

(2) Sending Prohibited or Restricted Goods

(3) The item could not be delivered in destination country.