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At the very high end: on 15 March I posted an airmail business document in a standard DL or DLX envelope from Australia to USA (Wallsend NSW to Champaign IL). Receipt was acknowledged by e-mail on 1 June, following an e-mail sent on 29 May reporting that the deadline for receipt of the document had been extended! This was not philatelic mail, and the document contained was required to keep an account active. Total: 79 days.

In the meantime I received several e-mails from the intended recipient company saying the document had not been received, one saying that a duplicate copy of the document had been mailed to me for processing (it still hasn't arrived), and a couple of e-mails included adjusted deadlines ("document must be received by..."). At various times I e-mailed saying that my document had be posted on 15 March, we were having reduced mail services, the envelope was probably going by sea, etc.

FYI, note the mailing date of 15 March — I posted it myself. I think that was the day before it was announced that we were required to stop going into public places!

(By the way, it seemed that the intended recipients were unaware that Covid19 was resulting in huge delays in international mail. It was not clear that they fully believed my e-mail messages. I wonder whether they were wearing face masks?!)

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They are Americans. They know nothing beyond their little bubble. I am exaggerating and stereotyping but not by much.

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1st class letter sent from Sarnia, Ontario Canada to Sarnia, Ontario Canada

Postmarked May 30, 2020 - arrived June 2, 2020

Seems to be back on track as normal.

Non-1st class mail is a different story though.

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Postpak from Melbourne, Australia. Posted 30 March, arrived in Toronto, Canada 3 June.

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2 letters received today at FairyFootTowers, 5th June 2020:

NL, postmarked 28th May 2020 (a a little slow?)
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Vancouver, WA, USA to Toronto
12 May to 6 June 2020

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I can't speak for international services in this case, but I can only assume by recent deliveries from Royal Mail that there is an impact on what they have available for packaging.

Earlier this week I had two packages measuring 260 x at least 375 mm containing stamp products. One contained three small booklets.
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Delivered 5 minutes ago, two more, measuring 330 x 510 mm - that's 13 x 19 inches.
I already know that one contains a block of 10 definitive stamps, and the other contains a sheet of 25 definitive stamps. I know why they split into two packages, but they clearly have no C4 envelopes or DL envelopes (or card) left!
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Postpak from Melbourne, Australia. Posted 30 March, arrived in Toronto, Canada 3 June.
9 weeks - consistent with SEA post. Was it paid for air or sea?
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Label is not helpful. Says EMS which I presume is air?

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Label is not helpful. Says EMS which I presume is air?
You are the student on RATES or services. :!: :lol:

EMS is an expensive GLOBAL EXPRESS network that AP uses.

Air Canada still had daily flights SYD-YVR for 2 weeks after your parcel was mailed -

https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/air-canada-suspends- ... er-flights

Get your sender to lodge a claim for the full sum of what was paid - which will be PRICEY I am sure. They paid for EXPRESS and you got SEA that took 9 weeks.


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Registered C5 size packet just received today 6 June from Kazakhstan to UK. Posted on 2 May.
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OZ air letter posted April 15, 2020 received yesterday, June 5, 2020

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Mailed over a week AFTER the final Air Canada flight ceased - so sea mail for you too -


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Mailed over a week AFTER the final Air Canada flight ceased - so sea mail for you too -
Absolutely.......I'm just happy things are getting here at all!! :lol:

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An ebay purchase from the US I received today. It took 22 days to cross the Pacific. And then a week to cross the Nullarbor. I presume SWLF is in Sydney? Rather unprepossessing stamp used for postage.

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6 weeks from UK to Queensland - May 5th to June 10th.
---- " International Tracked and Signed" (not signed for of course).

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I just heard via email that a friend in Thailand tried to post a letter to me last week but it was refused by the PO, as they said no service to UK.

But he received a letter from me a couple of weeks back, that couldn't have taken too many weeks to get there.

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Saturday deliveries to recommence in the UK from Royal Mail this Saturday 13th June.....not sure what difference it will make as in our locality our post has been reduced even further to just delivery of letters ever other day so Monday/Wednesday/Friday one week then Tuesday/Thursday the week after.

Highly irritating in week two where we only get a letter delivery from Royal Mail two days out of six.

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This one from the UK also arrived yesterday. It took 5 days short of a month.

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Postcard postmarked 29th May from Sweden arrived yesterday....10th June.

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This week's incoming nice mail:

On Monday 8th June, my postie brought to me:
One letter dated 2nd June from BC/Canada
One letter from AL/USA postmarked 30th May
One letter from southern England postmarked 6th June.

On Tuesday 9th June, my postie brought to me:
One letter from Mid Wales, postmarked 8th June
One letter from OH/USA, postmarked 4th June.

On Wednesday 10th June, my postie brought to me:
One letter dated 7th June from Berlin/Germany
One letter from WI/USA, postmarked 4th June.

On Thursday 11th June, my postie brought to me:
One letter from Bonnie Scotland, postmarked 9th June (second class)
One letter from Germany, postmarked 9th June.

Postal services looking good.
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The time mail from Australia to Western Europe & North America has greatly improved.

It appears that it is only taking about 4 to 5 weeks, which is not bad by sea instead of the 8 to 10 weeks it was taking in late March and April.

I still have 7 that I posted in late March to Germany, Netherlands & US that still have not yet arrived.

Some of the mail that I posted has even arrived in about a week which proves that some must have gone by air.

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David, I am using a bunch of very thick stout hard card AP International Express envelopes I bought ages back.

I just tell clients the letter is $A13/$US9 and no-one cares if it means FAST and SECURE! Pretty decent size some handfuls of FDC etc go in these readily too or a few Hagners etc

THEY get scanned in, get signed for and most important get ON the 1 or 2 planes that still fly.

I have some at $13 each for 500 grams, if anyone wants some packs before I run out of them - - 500 grams LETTER is $20 overseas! Which are no taking 3 months to most places and have zero tracking.

Covers your bum with ebay AND gets there fast. Registered air does not these days. :lol:


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Glen I would like 6 of these if you still have stock.

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I have noticed the domestic mail service in the US is starting to go bad.

Priority Mail, actually sent on the 9th, supposed to be here in 2 days:

June 15, 2020, 2:20 am
Departed USPS Regional Origin Facility
NEW YORK NY DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Your item departed our NEW YORK NY DISTRIBUTION CENTER origin facility on June 15, 2020 at 2:20 am. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

June 14, 2020
In Transit to Next Facility

June 13, 2020, 10:09 am
Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility
NEW YORK NY DISTRIBUTION CENTER

June 10, 2020, 5:12 pm
Departed Post Office
NEW YORK, NY 10019

June 10, 2020, 1:42 pm
USPS picked up item
NEW YORK, NY 10019

They can't seem to get it out of NYC...

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Whether international or interstate mail is doing its own thing.

Sydney to Canberra 290 km or 180 miles.

Sent 6 May, delivered 15 June (finally arrived Glen!):
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Four letters I posted (By Airmail) in early April have finally arrived this week in the US. Only 4 are still out there somewhere,

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Three international letters with legible postmarks arrived today (17 June), posted in/on

Italy - 9 June
United States (CA) - 11 June
United States (FL) - 12 June

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Australia to Canada Mailed May 20 202 in Kingstown , arrived in Toronto Canada Jun 17 2020.
Standard International Parcel.

Still have a bunch mailed early in the lockdown, probably still being stored by Australia Post.

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Glen I would like 6 of these if you still have stock.

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Michael - still have a couple packs left.

Had one go SYD-UK in 4 days, with 8 Hagners inside, and signed for last week! MAGIC. :)

Seems to be the only thing that actually works, that is cost effective right now. :!:
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My order arrived from China on Monday after seventy plus days in transit. The postmark is dated the 29th March.

The order is so late, I can't leave the seller feedback on eBay because of the 60 day limit.
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Packages from March and April from Hong Kong, Australia, and Lithuania (to the USA) finally arrived within the past week.

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Four international letters with legible postmarks arrived today (18 June), posted in/on

Hungary - 29 May
United States (TX) - 12 June
Spain - 15 June
Italy - 15 June

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Chkpoint Charlie wrote:
19 Jun 2020 11:22
I just received this covid-19 era cover.Image
The top two stamps were canceled on a Thursday. The bottom three on the following Tuesday!

Does anyone know why the delay?

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What is "Morgan P&DC NY, import customs? Is this the date that customs released it?

So mailed on April 30th, arrived in my mailbox June 16th.

47 days in the mail, I have lost one nice shipment of stamps so far, traced it to NY customs, then vanished. Had a tracking number too!
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The U.S. Postal Service has more than 250 mail processing facilities nationwide. These facilities sort and distribute mail for dispatch and eventual delivery. Post offices, stations, and branches in designated ZIP Code service areas send originating mail to mail processing centers for processing and dispatch and receive mail from the centers for delivery to customers.

The New York (NY) Morgan Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) in NY City is one of the Postal Service's largest processing facilities. It processes originating mail for Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan; and destinating mail for the Bronx and Manhattan. It also processes inbound international mail from the John F. Kennedy International Service Center. In fiscal year (FY) 2015, the NY Morgan P&DC processed about 1.96 billion mailpieces.

Our objective was to assess the efficiency of NY Morgan P&DC mail processing operations.
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Thank you for the report.

Has anyone else seen this large cancellation on any other mail.

This is the first time I have seen it, even though I have received international letters for a couple of years now.

Thanks also for moving my post to this thread.

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A catalogue arrived today from France posted May 29th------3 weeks to Queensland.
Not too bad.

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A 500g packet despatched from Maryland, USA May 5, 2020 arrived in Launceston, Tasmania yesterday 18 June.

Still waiting for an envelope posted from UK and a small parcel (I estimate weighing 1.5 - 2kg) sent from New York ... both in the last week of April.

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A cover Mark posted to me from Canada took 56 days to arrive.

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I do not think it terribly relevant to this thread entirely; however I have been in postcrossing x2 years and have sent more than 100 cards overseas.

19 have officially expired, ie taken in excess of 6o travelling days and still not arrived. Almost all were sent to Russia or the former Eastern Bloc area.

Interestingly, of those 19, 9 have become expired since March 2020 when Covid 19 restrictions began to bite. I have received 118 cards from overseas, but, interestingly, not one since 13/3/20.
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Four international letters (all from the United States) with legible postmarks arrived today (20 June), posted in/on

United States (CA) - 2 June
United States (CA) - 13 June - two letters
United States (FL) - 15 June

And the slowest of these (the first) was "Registered Mail" :roll: :roll:

Saturday deliveries have returned in the UK - well around here anyway.

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I am not sure LETTERS have been the issue in general.

Overseas letters are so highly charged per 10g and 20g, a kilo of them has generated $150-$200 a kilo or so, hence they have always bee able to be profitably dumped onto DHL/FEDEX/Freighter cargo planes at still huge profit. So them arriving in a week has never been unusual. (But even so, big slabs appear to have gone sea!)

PARCELS are the issue. So for months most have gone by sea from here.

USPS has been sending them by sea to Europe for months as well, despite being paid for AIR.
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Just received these two envelopes on Friday, June 19, 2020 - one from Ontario, Canada and one from Victoria, Australia.
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The OZ postal stationery is postmarked May 26, 2020

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The Canadian envelope is postmarked June 1, 2020, with "Thanks, healthcare workers" spray cancel overtop of Clifford, Ontario fancy cancel. Clifford is about a 2 hour drive from me!! :lol:

Since both arrived on the same day, I would say that CanPost is still having some issues. :roll:

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FWIW:

The first orders I did in this forum were to fellow members in AU and CAN. Also a couple more purchases outside to a French and a US guy. All arrived to Spain in timely manner, 5-10 days interval.

Right now we can't send from Spain to Japan, Mexico and Rumania; those countries specifically have barred post from here :?
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FWIW:

The first orders I did in this forum were to fellow members in AU and CAN. Also a couple more purchases outside to a French and a US guy. All arrived to Spain in timely manner, 5-10 days interval.

Right now we can't send from Spain to Japan, Mexico and Rumania; those countries specifically have barred post from here :?
I sent a Registered Air packet to Spain 9 weeks back - it arrived Friday.
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I am still waiting for items purchased on eBay from the US, UK & Europe in March.

I think I can say goodbye to 13 postcards sent to family & friends between Christmas & New Year from China.
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BigSaint wrote:
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I am still waiting for items purchased on eBay from the US, UK & Europe in March.

I think I can say goodbye to 13 postcards sent to family & friends between Christmas & New Year from China.
I am also waiting for a letter mailed from the USA in early March.

I also have 2 from the USA sent at the start of April that haven't arrived.

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received two today :) ,

1 - postmark Nottingham Mail Centre 27/5/20

2 - no markings, either leaving G.B. OR entering Oz, but purchased 15/5/20

Still waiting on 3 from the U.S. ( 2 FROM N.Y.) purchased in early March :( !

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Two letters arrived today.

First one was from the UK mailed on 31/3/20.

Second one was mentioned in my post above, mailed from the USA on 7/4/20.

Cheers

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This news item courtesy of member Norvic:

Temporary mobile post office service to be launched in two West Sussex villages
A temporary mobile post office service is set to be launched in Lavant and Rake.
By Sam Morton
Thursday, 14th May 2020, 4:29 pm

The travelling post office is aboard a 'specifically designed vehicle' and operated by the postmaster for Grayshott, who already provides service to ten rural communities with the mobile service.

The service will be launched in the Chichester district villages tomorrow (Friday, May 15) as well as Buriton and Greatham in Hampshire.

It is being offered by Grayshott Postmaster to help re-open branches temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes after Midhurst and Graffham post offices re-opened their doors on May 4 and May 5 respectively, with Compton Post Office also due to reopen tomorrow.
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A Post Office spokesperson said: "The travelling post office, is aboard a specifically designed vehicle. It is operated by the postmaster for Grayshott who already provides service to ten rural communities with the mobile service."


The mobile post office service will visit Rake every Friday between 8.30 and 10am. The stop is outside Rake Garden Centre, London Road, Rake, GU33, 7JH.

The next stop is outside Lavant Memorial Hall, Pook Lane, East Lavant, PO18 0AH from 10.30am to 12 noon. This is a different venue from normal.

Buriton’s service will also be offered from outside The Village Inn, 1 Petersfield Road, Buriton, GU31 5SW. This will be between 12.30am and 2pm.

The final stop will be outside Greatham from 2.45 to 4.15pm. This will be outside the Village Hall, Petersfield Road, Greatham, GU33 6EY.


The spokesperson added: "All of these outreach services are usually provided by the Postmaster for Midhurst and the usual venues for Lavant, Buriton, Greatham and Rake are currently not available for Post Office use."

Graham Brander, Post Office area network change manager, said this will be a 'temporary solution', as the postmaster who normally operates the post offices for these villages is 'unable to do so at the normal venues'.

He added: "We are pleased to have been able to restore Post Office services to Rake, Lavant, Buriton and Greatham with the existing Mobile Post Office offered by the Postmaster for Grayshott."

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A friend sent me a cover, 4 weeks ago, from a Catalan town 90 km from Barcelona (my own town). It hasn't arrived yet. On foot, it won't have taken as long.
In my view the Spanish PO works worse than never. But, of course, they give you all kind of excuses...I've, already lost six lots purchased on late February to late March.
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