Guatemala: International Inbound Mail Service Resumes

Guatemala’s designated postal operator, Correos y Telégrafos, recently announced that it is once again accepting inbound international mail after a two-year hiatus. Effective April 6, the U.S. Postal Service restored delivery service to Guatemala. Further details can be found in the April 25 Postal Bulletin; click here to access.

Upcoming Holidays in Japan

Japan Post reports that 29 April and May 3 to 6 are assigned as national and public holidays in Japan (the so-called "Golden Week"), as explained below: Since the Emperor Akihito abdicates on 30 April and the new Emperor Naruhito ascends the throne on 1 May, 30 April to 2 May are also designated as a national holiday in 2019 and many official ceremonies for these historical events are planned. This special arrangement made by the government results in a 10-day national holiday beginning Saturday 27 April to Monday 6 May. As the OEs and Custom Offices in Japan will not be closed during this period we do not expect any negative impact on our inbound and outbound operations for EMS items and p

Earthquake in Philippines

As indicated by the UPU communication below, an earthquake in Castillejos, Zambales is having an impact on postal operations in the Philippines. From: UPU.EmIS Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:16 AM Subject: [EXTERNAL] EmIS 39/2019 – Philippines – Earthquake The designated operator of the Philippines, Philippine Postal Corporation, asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake which occurred in Castillejos, Zambales at 17.11 local time on 22 April 2019: a. All postal operations are suspended in Metro Manila and Pampanga provinces on Tuesday, 23 April 2019, owing to suspension of government work in those provinces; b

UPU Takes a Look at Its Resiliency

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) will face a test to its resiliency should the United States withdraw from the 192-member organization later this year. UPU issued a memo on April 5 "to provide further clarity on the meaning of this critical development, evaluating the capacity of the UPU to withstand the test and devising potential avenues for the transformation needed." The document presents the following items: information on the footprint of the United States in the global economy, the postal sector and the UPU; an assessment of the short-to-medium term impact of the withdrawal on the UPU, the United States and other member countries; the main scenarios for the long term; indications on w

A "Postal Brexit"?

Industry experts fear that a U.S. withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union would be a "postal Brexit," with the potential for dramatic price increases for inbound international packages. That's the focus of a story by CEP Research, which highlights some of the comments from the Leaders in Logistics Post & Parcel Europe conference, held in Madrid in late March. IMAG Executive Director Kate Muth was one of the speakers, and said there could be a kind of rate shock if the USPS were to introduce much higher prices for final-mile delivery of imported parcels and other posts then imposed on higher rates for U.S. export parcels. To read the full CEP Research story, click here.

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