Coronavirus impacting international mail services

News items. General trends, new issues, new policies etc. **Whatever** you like. WORLDWIDE. Start a new thread on your question. Please do not discuss ebay in THIS forum as we have a separate and popular Forum for that discussion.

Moderator: Volunteer Moderator Team

Post Reply
User avatar
RogerE
WINNER! Stampboards Poster Of The Month
WINNER! Stampboards Poster Of The Month
Posts: 18340
Joined: 08 Apr 2019 18:56
Location: WALLSEND, NSW, Australia

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by RogerE »

Good service report, thanks AdmiralCollector

I did a quick double-take when a sideways glance said you are based in Whidby Island WA,
and then I realised it is followed by 'USA'.

Australians are used to the state abbreviation WA = Western Australia, and not so familiar
with the state abbreviation WA = Washington [State].

Australian posties are using a similar procedure. When I clear my PO Box, if there is a card
notifying me to pick up an item at the counter, I get shown the item (through the transparent
screen that has been erected on the counter), and when I acknowledge that it is for me, the
item is scanned by the staff member who then enters "Covid" in the scanner instead of requesting
me to enter my signature.

All good :D :D

/RogerE :D

User avatar
ddaann
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
Posts: 357
Joined: 01 Apr 2009 13:55
Location: Rochester MN USA

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by ddaann »

I sent some stamps to a buyer on Sept 25th. He wrote to say they still had not arrived. I'm not surprised. I've been advising Asia buyers that mail is very erratic and can be fast or can take 8-9 weeks. Maybe I need to revise that to 8-9 months. Sigh.
I am "ddaannv" on ebay, Dan at Dan's Stamps on HipStamp, and an APS member 86690 since 1976. Currently listing some British colonies, Disney, birds on stamps, and world-wide souvenir sheets including some on cover.

User avatar
norvic
WINNER! Stampboards Poster Of The Month
WINNER! Stampboards Poster Of The Month
Posts: 19643
Joined: 25 Feb 2008 21:51
Location: Norfolk, England
Contact:

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by norvic »

Readers of Britain's Stamp Magazine may not be aware that the next edition will be a combined December/January one (so only 11 this year), with the next edition being February and appearing in early January.

So it may not be 'lost in the post' - I don't know what the publication date for the 11th one will be.
Ian Billings - Norvic Philatelics GB stamps info: https://blog.norphil.co.uk, NPhilatelics on twitter, www norphil.co.uk, shop.norphil.co.uk for our e-commerce site [currently closed for the duration]

User avatar
sebjarod
GOLD Star Super Posting Stampboarder!
GOLD Star Super Posting Stampboarder!
Posts: 290
Joined: 16 May 2011 01:51
Location: Lower Languedoc, France
Contact:

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by sebjarod »

The French post announced special rules for Christmas 2020 parcel service between Metropolitan France and its overseas départements and territories:
- Post early, please !
- La Poste is putting as many parcels as possible in as many commercial flights as possible.
- And can invest in special freight planes if needed.

And senders are invited to limit the weight of their parcels to 20kg (over 20 kg: surface mail only).

For 2020 La Poste has already an overcost of 15 million euros with the French Overseas because of the difficulties to find airmail capacities.

User avatar
ddaann
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
Posts: 357
Joined: 01 Apr 2009 13:55
Location: Rochester MN USA

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by ddaann »

I just returned from the PO, sending an express mail package (costing $144) to my son in Hong Kong from Minnesota. The usual delivery time for such is a week - but USPS posted a warning they cannot provide ANY delivery window.

C-19 must be knocking the stuffing out of the USPS. I'm not surprised, since many hundreds of our hospital system employees are infected or in quarantine.
I am "ddaannv" on ebay, Dan at Dan's Stamps on HipStamp, and an APS member 86690 since 1976. Currently listing some British colonies, Disney, birds on stamps, and world-wide souvenir sheets including some on cover.

User avatar
Lakatoi 4
Founder Member Joined April 2007
Founder Member Joined April 2007
Posts: 21623
Joined: 19 Apr 2007 20:41
Location: First star on the right then straight on till morning ...

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by Lakatoi 4 »

I should have added in this topic that a couple of weeks ago I received an email from Chris Gaertner in Germany advising that a cover I’d ordered in late March was finally on its way :D

Still waiting though, hey it’s only been almost EIGHT months :roll:
Tony
"A cancelled stamp tells part of the story, a cover tells it all"

User avatar
nota bene
Senior Member Advanced Posting Guru
Senior Member Advanced Posting Guru
Posts: 208
Joined: 29 May 2012 08:51
Location: Sweden, Stockholm or Hong Kong

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by nota bene »

Lakatoi 4 wrote:
13 Nov 2020 20:24
I should have added in this topic that a couple of weeks ago I received an email from Chris Gaertner in Germany advising that a cover I’d ordered in late March was finally on its way :D

Still waiting though, hey it’s only been almost EIGHT months :roll:
I'm still waiting from stuff sent in March from India.... It is still stuck and not moving out of India!

Two out of five registered letters made it out before the lockdowns in April, the other 3 are still stuck. God knows when those will start to appear. Good part is that I have not paid for the items, so it is the seller's issue if it does not make it.

User avatar
Spartacus
2500 Stampboards Post - Senior Guru
2500 Stampboards Post - Senior Guru
Posts: 3016
Joined: 31 Jul 2011 07:59
Location: Athens, Greece

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by Spartacus »

Hello,
To add to this topic.
I ordered some stamps from a dealer in Chile, seems they take the cake and beat my record, arrived six months later.
I had given up on them thinking they were lost.
Snail mail at its best!

Cheers.
Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.

User avatar
David Benson
2500 Stampboards Post - Senior Guru
2500 Stampboards Post - Senior Guru
Posts: 4976
Joined: 29 May 2007 09:05
Location: Sydney

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by David Benson »

The main problem now is the delay after posting and the loading on to a container ship.

I asked at my local Post Office yesterday and they said it could be one or two months before a container is full and the ship leaves.

I presume that it also depends on where it was posted. Mail from the major cities would have regular containers but smaller cities would take much longer.

David B.

User avatar
Srisha
AQUA Star Stampboards Enthusiast
AQUA Star Stampboards Enthusiast
Posts: 42
Joined: 30 Apr 2015 18:12
Location: Munich, Germany

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by Srisha »

the longest time it has taken so far for me during this pandemic is a mail from Namibia, that was posted in Feb'20, which i only received it last week. That was 9 months, from Namibia to Singapore :lol: :lol:

I had even forgotten about this mail...

User avatar
Berlin-Gus
I was online for our Birthday Number 3!
I was online for our Birthday Number 3!
Posts: 1827
Joined: 30 Mar 2009 04:13
Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by Berlin-Gus »

Rec'd letter from Singapore today, Nov. 18, that was posted on Oct. 27. Considering our pandemic times I think that is really quite acceptable.
Gus

for Canadian postal history check out the PHSC website, http://www.postalhistorycanada.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

User avatar
HalfpennyYellow
I was online for Post Number 4 MILLION!
I was online for Post Number 4 MILLION!
Posts: 3411
Joined: 24 Dec 2011 07:00
Location: Malta

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by HalfpennyYellow »

Is anyone in Europe or elsewhere experiencing delays in mail sent from the UK?

An online purchase which I made a month ago has still not arrived, and this is very unusual since mail from the UK is usually in transit for only a week or so, and I had not had any problems with mail from the UK throughout the pandemic until now.
Collecting worldwide postage and revenue stamps - focusing on Malta, British Commonwealth and revenues in general

User avatar
RevRed+
GOLD Star Super Posting Stampboarder!
GOLD Star Super Posting Stampboarder!
Posts: 260
Joined: 04 Aug 2020 03:02
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by RevRed+ »




Hi HalfpennyYellow. Yes the post has slowed from the UK to Ireland, but as the post seems to have slowed all round, it is hard to know. 2/3 days has stretched to 2/3 weeks. :roll:

User avatar
Waffle
2500 Stampboards Post - Senior Guru
2500 Stampboards Post - Senior Guru
Posts: 4241
Joined: 17 Apr 2019 11:15
Location: Caloundra, Queensland, Australia

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by Waffle »

HalfPenny Yellow. sadly it is not only mail into Malta being delayed. Some 6 to 8 weeks ago I ordered The Map Plotters issue and F.D.C. from Malta post. In spite of almost instantaneous deduction of the cost from my credit card, the paid for goods are yet to arrived.

Hopefully. early days. Admittedly pre-Covid, when we visited Valletta in June, 4 large A4 sized envelopes with 2018 year stamps, liberally applied, arrived back in Australia before we got to Amsterdam 10 days later.
I prefer to collect UK, British Commonwealth esp Pacific area ( not excluding West Indies/Canada ) and Western Europe. At the bottom of my zone of interest is Eastern Europe and communist countries.

User avatar
Global Administrator
The Sheriff
The Sheriff
Posts: 59086
Joined: 18 Apr 2007 22:57
Location: Tombstone
Contact:

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by Global Administrator »

.
Lakatoi 4 wrote:
13 Nov 2020 20:24
I should have added in this topic that a couple of weeks ago I received an email from Chris Gaertner in Germany advising that a cover I’d ordered in late March was finally on its way :D

Still waiting though, hey it’s only been almost EIGHT months :roll:

Gaertner are just telling you now it is being posted? :oops: :oops:

Sending Foreign mail is just crazy.

Our totally incompetent Post Office STILL does not offer any tracking whatever on the $16 Registered Mail re-paid envelopes. Yes we get a lodgement receipt, but that is it.

So if we use them, and the buyer quite understandably wants to track it online they cannot. Zimbabwe level service for a $16 letter size price.

I bought a carton of these Rigid card Express Post International envelopes years back. Good for 500 grams, or 20mm thickness. PO offers nothing like that these days. :shock:

A normal air letter UNTRACKED from 250g-500g cost $A20 right now and can take 3 months. These get there FAST, and get tracked as can be seen and if anyone needs some I sell sealed packs of 10 for $A180. (Stock 582KW) For ebay sellers of goods more than $100, it is the ONLY thing that works to save you chargebacks and hours of time and raised blood pressure. :!: :!:

When THEY get into something like the USPS system they provide total tracking events. Australia Post can tell me nothing about any of their Top End overseas mail items - only when they enter REAL PO system can we find out where they are!


Capture.JPG




Crazy .. but when it enters a REAL Post a Service we see this - and you get text updates for each movement -

https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction?tLabels=LX00384 ... kingnotify

Tracking History - LX003842067AU

November 4, 2020, 3:25 pm

Delivered, In/At Mailbox
WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
Your item was delivered in or at the mailbox at 3:25 pm on November 4, 2020 in WESTFIELD, NJ 07090.

November 4, 2020, 7:10 am
Out for Delivery
WESTFIELD, NJ 07090

November 4, 2020, 5:11 am
Arrived at Unit
WESTFIELD, NJ 07090

November 4, 2020, 4:03 am
Arrived at USPS Facility
WESTFIELD, NJ 07090

November 4, 2020, 2:39 am
Departed USPS Regional Facility
KEARNY NJ DISTRIBUTION CENTER

November 3, 2020, 2:21 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
KEARNY NJ DISTRIBUTION CENTER

November 2, 2020
In Transit to Next Facility
November 1, 2020, 6:27 pm

Departed USPS Regional Facility
SAN FRANCISCO CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER

November 1, 2020, 2:48 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
SAN FRANCISCO CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER

October 30, 2020, 12:06 am
Processed Through Facility
ISC SAN FRANCISCO (USPS)

Origin Post is Preparing Shipment
October 26, 2020, 3:22 am
Processed Through Facility
SYDNEY - STRATHFIELD MC, AUSTRALIA


Express Post International 11-20.jpg
.
Click HERE to see superb, RARE and unusual stamps, at FIXED low nett prices, high rez photos, and NO buyer fees etc!

User avatar
EricHutton
Well on the way to 25 post Senior Member
Well on the way to 25 post Senior Member
Posts: 15
Joined: 29 Nov 2009 06:36
Location: London, England

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by EricHutton »

Just had an item from UK to Mauritius arrive, posted 22nd September, arrived 19th November.

But on the unexpected quick deliveries... sent a book to India recently using what the UK post office call "International Economy", ie surface (ship) mail in pre-covid expected delivery 5 to 6 weeks, it arrived in 5 days :!:

Spoke to a knowlagable stamp collector I know, who said if there is unused space on airmail cargo post, ie the post office have certain amount booked on various flights, they will throw in "International Economy" just to fill up the cargo space they have already paid for, a bonus for me and the person receiving the publication, who was still waiting several weeks for items posted elsewhere to him air mail.

User avatar
rehautala
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
Posts: 383
Joined: 21 Aug 2013 08:47
Location: Woodstock, ON Canada

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by rehautala »

Waiting for a package from Australia mailed Aug. 25 to Canada (~3 months so far).

Will advise when it arrives in case others are also waiting for similar.

Interesting info about possible delays with loading the container ships - never heard that before, but it makes sense.

User avatar
ddaann
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
PLATINUM Star Serious Stamp Poster
Posts: 357
Joined: 01 Apr 2009 13:55
Location: Rochester MN USA

Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by ddaann »

This has nothing to do with C-19, and it's not a world record delay, but perhaps worthy of a mention. I sent a collector a reference book on China stamps in September 2019. From Minnesota to California, with tracking. The USPS "lost" it at a post office near the buyer's home. It was finally delivered last week. 14 months.
I am "ddaannv" on ebay, Dan at Dan's Stamps on HipStamp, and an APS member 86690 since 1976. Currently listing some British colonies, Disney, birds on stamps, and world-wide souvenir sheets including some on cover.

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss stamps - and *anything* at ALL happening with stamps”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Srisha and 6 guests