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USPS Suspends Service to Namibia

April 29th, 2020 Comments off

Effective May 1, 2020, the USPS is suspending outbound mail services to Namibia. Including Nambia, the total number of international destinations suspended now stands at 112. For a full list of service disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

Additionally, the USPS has received communications from international postal services regarding new service interruptions.

British Virgin Islands
BVI Post has suspended all inbound and outbound mail services until further notice.

Honduras
Empresa de Correos de Honduras (Honducor) has extended the suspension of mail services until May 3, 2020.

Italy
Poste Italiane will continue extended measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 until further notice. These measures include the suspension of signature service and service standards, limitations on the size and weight of parcels, and changes to the number delivery attempts that will be made before a package is returned to sender.

Kuwait
Kuwait Postal Sector has extended the suspension of all inbound and outbound mail services until June 1, 2020.

Poland
Poczta Polska has announced that, until further notice, new procedures will be used for the delivery of items that require a signature on delivery. If the recipient refuses to sign for the items that would normally require a signature, the mail carrier will record the last four digits of the recipients ID.

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USPS International Destination Suspensions April 2020

April 22nd, 2020 Comments off

As of April 22, 2020, the USPS has suspended International Mail services to 111 destinations. As a temporary measure, the USPS will not accept mail addressed to these destinations. Stamps.com software will automatically notify customers when a destination is unable to receive USPS packages—so you don’t have to worry about printing postage for a mailpiece that can’t be sent.

For a full list of service disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

USPS International Destination Suspensions

AlgeriaGrenadaPhilippines
AngolaGuatemalaQatar
ArgentinaGuinea BissauRepublic of Congo
AzerbaijanGuyanaRwanda
BahamasHaitiSamoa
BahrainHondurasSaudi Arabia
BangladeshIndiaSenegal
BeninIraqSeychelles
BermudaKazakhstanSierra Leone
BoliviaKenyaSint Maarten
BotswanaKiribatiSolomon Islands
British Virgin IslandsKuwaitSouth Africa
BruneiKyrgyzstanSouth Sudan
Burkina FasoLaosSri Lanka
BurundiLebanonSudan
CambodiaLesothoSuriname
CameroonLiberiaSwaziland (Eswatini)
Cape VerdeLibyaTajikistan
Cayman IslandsMadagascarTanzania
ChadMalawiTimor-Leste
ChileMaldivesTonga
Cook IslandsMauritaniaTunisia
Costa RicaMauritiusTurkmenistan
CubaMongoliaTurks & Caicos
CuracaoMoroccoUganda
Democratic Republic of the CongoMozambiqueUnited Arab Emirates
Dominican RepublicNamibiaUruguay
EcuadorNepalUzbekistan
EgyptNigeriaVanuatu
EthiopiaOmanVenezuela
Faroe IslandPakistanYemen
FijiPanamaZambia
French PolynesiaPapua New GuineaZimbabwe
GambiaParaguay
GhanaPeru
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Six International Carriers Extend Service Alterations

April 20th, 2020 Comments off

Today, April 20, 2020, the USPS received communications from six international carriers announcing extensions of existing service alterations and one new service alteration. Be advised that USPS packages sent to these locations may be affected. For a full list of all international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands Postal Service has extended the suspension of all postal operations until May 4, 2020. 

Curaçao
Cpost International N.V. has extended the suspension of all postal operations until April 27, 2020.

France
La Poste has advised customers that the French Government has extended its orders to combat the spread of coronavirus until May 11, 2020. As a result, La Poste will extend its previously announced service alterations.

Jordan
Jordan Post Company has advised that at this time outbound letter mail can only be sent to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab ‎Emirates and the United Kingdom. Express Mail Service is available to all international destinations with the exception of  India. Additionally, all items destined to Jordan are being sanitized, and no signatures are being required for letter-post, parcel-post or EMS items.

Maldives
Maldives Post has extended the suspension of all postal operations until May 3, 2020, or until further notice.

Portugal
CTT Correios de Portugal has extended measures aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus until May 2, 2020.

Rwanda
The National Postal Corporation (Iposita) has extended the suspension of all postal operations until April 30, 2020.

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USPS Extends Priority Mail and First-Class Package Service Delivery Times

April 17th, 2020 Comments off

The USPS has announced that, due to a reduction in domestic transport availability, Priority Mail and First-Class Package Service shipments may require more time to be delivered. These changes to domestic mail class delivery times go into effect today, April 17, 2020.

USPS Priority Mail

Priority Mail packages with two and three-day delivery commitments have been extended an extra day to three and four days respectively. Priority Mail packages with local one-day delivery commitments will remain the same. Customers using Priority Mail express will still receive standard end-to-end tracking.

USPS Priority Mail Express

Priority Mail Express delivery times will not change—customers can still expect one to two-day delivery.

USPS First-Class Package Service

First-Class Package Service packages with two and three-day delivery commitments have been extended an extra day to three and four days respectively.

For a full list of all USPS service changes and international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

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Stamps.com Waives Monthly Service Fees for Senior Citizens Aged 65+ During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16th, 2020 Comments off

Stamps.com has launched a new program to provide its online mailing and shipping software to all U.S. senior citizens aged 65 and over without its customary monthly service fee (typically $17.99) during the current COVID-19 crisis.  The company hopes that senior citizens in regions all over the country will benefit from this program allowing them to safely mail and ship all of their letters and packages without leaving their own homes. 

With many counties and states across the U.S. issuing stay-at-home orders to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, citizens are unable to visit their local Post Offices or other retail locations to handle common mailing and shipping needs.  Using the Stamps.com online postage software, customers are able to print postage for any USPS letter or package, domestic or international, using only their computer and any ordinary printer.  Stamps.com customers may then place the mailpiece or package in their mailbox, schedule a convenient package pickup at their own home, or simply leave it for their mail carrier to pick up for free at a safe social distance. 

To sign up for the Stamps.com Helps Seniors program, please visit https://www.stamps.com/seniors/

Stamps.com Helps Seniors Program Detailed Information

· The Stamps.com Helps Seniors program waives all monthly Stamps.com subscription fees, which are typically $17.99 per month, during the COVID-19 crisis

· The program will go through at least July 31, 2020, and may be extended longer depending on the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic at that time

· When the Stamps.com Helps Seniors program ends, no monthly service fees will be charged unless a customer takes further action to register for an account with a monthly service fee

· Customers will be asked to verify their age after sign up 

· Accounts are for personal use only, not for business usage

· Customer must pay for actual USPS postage or UPS costs, and any relevant supplies they may need

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