Courier and Postal Service Updates Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

13th of March 2020 - By VALIOS

Corona virus, also known as COVID-19 has become a pandemic, causing major health issues to people all over the world. Some countries have been affected so much that they have issues a complete lockdown to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread more. Various other countries are closing their borders to stop people who might be positive of the virus to control the pandemic. As far as airline industry is concerned, they are facing quite a major setback, and courier and postal service are also facing issues. This has left various freight services asking what’s next or what measures should be followed?

Reduced Air Freight

Various airlines, such as American, United, British Airways, and Qantas have already suspended all services from various countries. This is further being followed by many more airline companies to limit the spread of corona virus. As airlines will be suspended, courier and postal services across countries will also come down. However, it is expected that there will be further reductions and suspensions of scheduled flights as the corona virus continues to run its course. Now, with the reduction in flights and supply contractions, unpredictable rates, reduced air freight capacity, and delays will happen. This will alone push up air freight prices. Listed below are some airlines that is currently reducing or cutting services in the APAC region:

  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Emirates
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Silk Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Jetstar
  • Virgin Australia

Global Mail Slowdown

Global postal services are also facing a lot of issues because of flight suspensions that has happened due to corona virus outbreak. As number of flights are declining to various areas, postal services are experiencing significant difficulties” in getting letters, parcels, and express mail items to the restricted countries. Mail items to China, Hong Kong, and Macau will no longer be accepted for transit to these regions.

Various postal services, offices, postal counters, and vehicles in different countries are also getting disinfected to ensure safe delivery and to protect staff. These are the national postal services which have announced mailing issues as a result of the coronavirus:

  • United States Postal Service
  • China Post
  • Deutsche Post
  • Singapore Post
  • Swiss Post
  • Post Danmark (Denmark)
  • Georgian Post
  • Hellenic Post (Greece)
  • Posta Româna (Romania)
  • Posta Serbia (Serbia)
  • Correos (Spain)

The issues will persist till the time corona virus doesn’t get under control. If you are planning on mailing items across countries, it is highly advisable to avoid it at this peak pandemic times.