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Wow so sorry to hear that. I must have been terribly lucky then.
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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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An updated list (as of June 19th 2020) of countries to which mail delivery from Canada is still available during the Covid-19 pandemic:

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A list (as of June 19th 2020) of countries to which mail delivery from Canada is still suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic:

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Canada still SUSPENDING all mail to some pretty big mail users like Brazil, South Africa, Argentina etc is a nightmare for anyone in small business mail order.

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Could you tell me what the double asterisks next to Pakistan mean?

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Thanks to the gradually relaxing Covid19 social conditions in NSW, I am now managing to clear our PO Box myself, rather than rely on our daughter to provide that service. Here is a nice item I collected two days ago:
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.<br />UK cover, mailed c.17 May 2020, arrived Newcastle NSW 22 June 2020.
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UK cover, mailed c.17 May 2020, arrived Newcastle NSW 22 June 2020.
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.<br />NZ, 1862-67, 1d Chalon Head, barred C cancellation
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NZ, 1862-67, 1d Chalon Head, barred C cancellation
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From an eBayer in the UK. Details of cancellation apear on the stamp images, so date and dispatching office not discernable. Contents were several items purchased 17 May 2020. One of those items shown — a classic NZ Chalon Head stamp, with barred C cancellation.
I believe that is C = Christchurch. Any expert confirmation/correction would be appreciated, thanks.

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saifbeg wrote:
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Could you tell me what the double asterisks next to Pakistan mean?
And

Belarus
Croatia
Ethiopia
Iceland
Jordan
Lithuania
Slovenia

I looked up the document provided by AMark, it is a PDF file and they appear to have left off what the double asterisk means. Possible limited delivery, you'd need to contact Canada Post.
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It means partial service availability.
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A registered letter send half march has arrived this week from Canada

An ordinary letter that has a postmark 21-04-20 has arrived today

A few of my letters that I had send out in March are still not delivered (registered), and vice versa.

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A "Priority Express" envelope from Glen took 2 days short of a month to get here. The strange thing is it went by air and the Australia to US part was fast. It took a week to get out of Australia, then almost 3 to get out of customs and here from San Francisco.

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Ebay purchase, from an Aussie Stampboards member, posted on 27th April (Airmail) arrived yesterday (25 June).

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My latest sending from Waikoa Island, New Zealand only took ten days to make it to Queensland, Australia.
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Current mail seems to be working just fine from Australia to most places. It is the stuff mailed in late March and early April that is in storage someplace.

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dwhopper,

they are slowly being delivered in Europe now,

Last week there was about 8 that were delayed from late March, now down to 2, 1 to Germany & 1 to Netherlands,

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I have about 10, none from you I don't think.

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David,

Canada all have been delivered from March & April, still a few lagging from late May but that could be because of Canadian Customs delays,

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castores wrote:
25 Jun 2020 12:05
saifbeg wrote:
23 Jun 2020 10:07
Could you tell me what the double asterisks next to Pakistan mean?
And

Belarus
Croatia
Ethiopia
Iceland
Jordan
Lithuania
Slovenia

I looked up the document provided by AMark, it is a PDF file and they appear to have left off what the double asterisk means. Possible limited delivery, you'd need to contact Canada Post.
The double asterisks, next to some countries, indicate that only partial service is available to those countries.
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https://www.royalmail.com/prices2020
Prices are changing for Royal Mail parcel products to the USA from 1 July 2020

As a result of exceptional cost increases outside of our control, we are reluctantly introducing pricing changes for parcels being sent to the USA from 1 July. We are limiting the increase to only recover the costs we are experiencing.

These costs are a direct result of:

An increase of more than 100% in the fees the US Postal Service (USPS) charges for the ‘last mile’ delivery of international mail
Securing air freight at inflated market costs due to a 95% reduction in air passenger flights globally following the outbreak of Covid-19.

At Royal Mail, we always aim to deliver the best value international services for our customers. We fully recognise that these changes are significant. This was a decision we reluctantly took but is necessary in view of the increased costs borne by Royal Mail.
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Mail from Singapore to Canada
ebay lot won and paid on 9 March 2020
Arrived in Canada 29 June 2020.

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An item from Greece > UK.

Won & paid for 11 Jun, arrived 29 Jun.
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A number of eBay purchases from the USA which I had made around the time when flights began to be suspended (March/early April) have still not arrived as of today. Hopefully they will arrive sometime although I wouldn't be surprised if they're lost for good.

Interestingly, another item from the USA purchased in May did arrive some time ago, although it also took quite some time to arrive in Malta (about 1.5 months).
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Small packet mailed, paid, and marked AIRMAIL from USA in APRIL arrived today in JULY. :roll: :roll: :roll:

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I had planned on ordering some spare parts company for my Alfa Romeo from the EU. They ship using German Post, and have only recently been able to post. Up till now, they've had to hold on to my order because parcels to Australia were apparently not going to be received.

Large letter from Denmark took a month. Still awaiting on a letter from Finland, sent almost two months ago...

Medium sized parcel took about three weeks from the USA. Not bad, all considering.

Mail from the UK to Australia here has taken only two weeks. Pretty normal, I'd say.

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A fellow philatelist remarked to me that much of his mail from UK arrives without datestamps being applied at point of mailing. Items get Australian dated handling marks (typically from SWLF = Sydney West Letter Facility), but the postal history documentation of the handling of such items under Covid19 is almost completely missing. Often eBay purchases come without any accompanying dated note, so there is no content in such cover that could help to document the date and place of its entry into the mailstream.

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RogerE wrote:
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A fellow philatelist remarked to me that much of his mail from UK arrives without datestamps being applied at point of mailing. Items get Australian dated handling marks (typically from SWLF = Sydney West Letter Facility), but the postal history documentation of the handling of such items under Covid19 is almost completely missing. Often eBay purchases come without any accompanying dated note, so there is no content in such cover that could help to document the date and place of its entry into the mailstream.

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While there is likely no solution for the issue of no sender cancel, you could print out a reply email to the senders email to you that states when they shipped the item (if you have one) and place that back inside the cover. At least there will be a record of the time delay from sender's email to your receipt date. It may not matter 10 years from now, but 50 or 100 years from now someone may be thrilled to have some detail.

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Just received a stamp from Australia to US, 2 weeks which isn’t too far off normal.
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stallzer wrote:
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Just received a stamp from Australia to US, 2 weeks which isn’t too far off normal.
I received a letter yesterday from Australia which was cancelled on June 11 - so just over 2 weeks - not bad.

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Good suggestion about printing a copy of an e-mail for enclosing in an unpostmarked envelope, to document origin and date of posting. Thanks librarianc ;)

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The one good thing I will say about the international mail is I haven't had anything actually get lost. It has all shown up eventually, despite delays, weird tracking results, etc.

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Mail from NZ (posted 3 June) arrived today (2 July)...so 29 days. Usually takes around a week.....but, as erich says, at least it getting there!
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Still haven't received any international mails since March though Indiapost confirmed earlier that we are supposed to be receiving incoming mails.

The scheduled international commercial flights will not start till July 31 so not sure when outbound regular mails will restart besides the costly EMS option.

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Another one arrived yesterday from England, posted on March 28 !, uncancelled, as per normal, but photo of posting sent to me, so delivery time of 96 days. :D

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Look at that, less than 100 days ;) :!:

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A letter within the city of Barcelona (1.700.000) took over 1 month!! Spanish PO is breaking records!
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After the report by cursus, I think the Spanish post has shattered records...

Here is a nice item from Postiljonen in Malmö, Sweden. Posted on 29 May, received at my Wallsend PO 7 July 2020.
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Malmö, Sweden 29 May 2020;<br />arrived Wallsend, Australia 7 July 2020
Malmö, Sweden 29 May 2020;
arrived Wallsend, Australia 7 July 2020
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A letter with Andorra pm of June 15th, arrived yesterday (July 7th). So, it has taken 22 days to travel a 200 km distance. If I take my car right now, in 3 hour I would be in Andorra...
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You'll notice the Aussie flag on the "3M" post-it. It's a remainder of 1992 Barcelona's Olympic Team! I still have some. very useful.
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Has someone experience with mail from Australia to Europe in these days? I am still waiting for my lot purchased as the last Phoenix Auction..., apparently mailed on June 16.
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Has someone experience with mail from Australia to Europe in these days? I am still waiting for my lot purchased as the last Phoenix Auction..., apparently mailed on June 16.

As shown above in this thread about 3 months is the official estimated time for parcels unless you ask for and pay for PRIORITY mail.

60 business days is 12 weeks. Many of my sendings are taking this time, UNLESS buyers pay for Express.

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22028,

Was the item sent with tracking,

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David,

The message i have received from Phoenix was only that it had been sent on the date as mentioned.
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22028,

Email them and ask for tracking number,

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22028 wrote:
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Has someone experience with mail from Australia to Europe in these days? I am still waiting for my lot purchased as the last Phoenix Auction..., apparently mailed on June 16.
Australia to Europe what about Europe to Australia :!:

I bought an item in the Chris Gaertner auction in late April/early May. Still haven’t got it and the latest email from them says they still can’t post it but when they can I’ll have to pay an additional 14 euro or so as the German Government has introduced a levy.

Has anyone heard about this levy for German postage :?:
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German Auction house shipping fees are totally insane of course.

I bought 1 small size cover from Heinrich Kohler this week for 100 Euros.

On top of all the other outrageous add-ons was 35 Euro for shipping!!!!

Queried it and was told that was what they charge even for ONE small envelope. Maybe it was partly this levy? Had them mail it to a German member here for a few Euro, and he kindly on mailed for 1.5 Euro - i.e. the REAL mail cost, and I gladly fixed him up for it all. No ''levy'' from his PO!

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The mail between Germany and the UK seems to be operating as fast as ever. During the past few weeks a letter from Germany (with a € 1.70 stamp) was delivered in the UK 3 days after posting and the reply we sent to Germany was delivered 2 days after posting.
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German Auction house shipping fees are totally insane of course.

I bought 1 small size cover from Heinrich Kohler this week for 100 Euros.

On top of all the other outrageous add-ons was 35 Euro for shipping!!!!

Queried it and was told that was what they charge even for ONE small envelope. Maybe it was partly this levy? Had them mail it to a German member here for a few Euro, and he kindly on mailed for 1.5 Euro - i.e. the REAL mail cost, and I gladly fixed him up for it all. No ''levy'' from his PO!

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German Post has strictly implemented UPU recommendations that goods have to be shipped by parcel..., sounds weird but UPU has instructed the postal administrations worldwide and German post was fast to implement this as they can charge higher fees. It is not allowed (of course German Post cannot verify the content.

A single stamp can formally not be sent inside a letter as this is considered goods and must be sent by parcel.

However, even a registered letter you cannot add additional insurance so it is lost money has gone. A parcel at least is insured for a higher amount and you can add on insurance, yet, you have to be careful if valuable collector items are insured!!!!

Check with Köhler what shipping method they charge, it is not always the auction house/sender who is to be blamed!!!
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Lakatoi 4 wrote:
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22028 wrote:
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Has someone experience with mail from Australia to Europe in these days? I am still waiting for my lot purchased as the last Phoenix Auction..., apparently mailed on June 16.
Australia to Europe what about Europe to Australia :!:

I bought an item in the Chris Gaertner auction in late April/early May. Still haven’t got it and the latest email from them says they still can’t post it but when they can I’ll have to pay an additional 14 euro or so as the German Government has introduced a levy.

Has anyone heard about this levy for German postage :?:
The (German) Government cannot implement a levy, as the Postal system is privatised. There was a surcharge implemented by DHL but i am not sure if this is still charged or not.
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Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

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David Benson wrote:
08 Jul 2020 20:58
22028,

Email them and ask for tracking number,

David B.
David,

will do so.
I was charged:
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Packing 4.00 (I wonder what kind of packing this is???)...
Insurance 0.70
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Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

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Lakatoi 4 wrote:
08 Jul 2020 21:11
22028 wrote:
08 Jul 2020 18:21
Has someone experience with mail from Australia to Europe in these days? I am still waiting for my lot purchased as the last Phoenix Auction..., apparently mailed on June 16.
Australia to Europe what about Europe to Australia :!:

I bought an item in the Chris Gaertner auction in late April/early May. Still haven’t got it and the latest email from them says they still can’t post it but when they can I’ll have to pay an additional 14 euro or so as the German Government has introduced a levy.

Has anyone heard about this levy for German postage :?:
This is what Gernan Post / DHL informs:

Australia:

Transport capacities to Australia are currently considerably reduced, so that the dispatch of letters and parcels can only be maintained under special measures.

The dispatch of letter items weighing up to 500 g and with a maximum thickness of 2 cm (i.e. document dispatch via letter single tariff, letter at kilo tariff, etc.) is still possible

We do not offer the shipping of merchandise mail and small parcels to Australia until further notice

For private customers: For parcel shipping to Australia, only parcels in combination with the Premium service are available until further notice

For business customers / contract customers: DHL Paket International shipments can be sent until further notice. Please note that we charge an international crisis surcharge of EUR 3.60 per kilogram or part thereof for each parcel.

The restrictions also apply to shipments to Tasmania and North Howe Island.

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New Zealand:

Shipments with goods contents to New Zealand (i.e. DHL Paket International, Päckchen International and Warenpost International) can no longer be accepted until further notice due to problems with transport, customs clearance and/or delivery in the destination area.

Letter items weighing up to 500 g and a maximum thickness of 2 cm (i.e. document dispatch via letter single tariff, letter at kilotariff etc.) are not affected by this acceptance stop.

The restrictions also apply to New Zealand's outer areas.
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Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

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I have made a number of purchases during the current Covid crisis. Not very big € items as I was quite aware of the limitations that would be placed on mail services and put a time frame of 3 weeks on deliveries before I would even begin to think about theses items arrival.

Many items I purchased from Europe (France, Germany, Spain & Italy) are running up to 10/18 days instead of the usual 3/4 days. UK is fine; very close to the usual 2/4 days. Ireland is next day as usual. :D

Luxembourg however is a huge delay. 5 lots I purchased between May 17th & 24th arrived on Friday last July 4!

Two of these items were from a seller I deal with quite a bit so I never really panicked about these lots. The others were from sellers who were very helpful with my eventual enquiries.

I guess it's just a matter of understanding the times and giving Sellers the benefit of the doubt rather than go screaming to auction site authorities.

Items I have shipped to Germany & France are up to 18 days delivery instead of the usual 2/4 days. A couple of items shipped to Ireland, like items purchased from Ireland, are as usual next say delivery. :D

Luxembourg & Roumania shipments are still undelivered after almost 4 weeks (1 week is very poor poor in the case of Luxembourg but about right for previous items I have mailed to Roumania.)

Patience it seems really is a virtue. :D

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Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

Post by Lakatoi 4 »

Thanks 22028, unfortunately the DHL statement has inconsistencies (highlighted in red below).

By the way, the item I bought was a single cover under 100 euro including their various fees.

We do not offer the shipping of merchandise mail and small parcels to Australia until further notice
For private customers: For parcel shipping to Australia, only parcels in combination with the Premium service are available until further notice
For business customers / contract customers: DHL Paket International shipments can be sent until further notice. Please note that we charge an international crisis surcharge of EUR 3.60 per kilogram or part thereof for each parcel.”
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Re: Coronavirus impacting international mail services

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Hi,

I finally got my email items yesterday from USA.

Sent on 25 March & Arrive in New Zealand in my mailbox on the 8 July.

97 Days.

I was hoping it had correspondance explaining the delay due to corona virus but alas Nope.

Best I had was 6 days from England.

Peter

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