A recent article published by Agence France-Presse examined how the growth of international parcel shipping has created a key source of income for struggling national postal services.
While things are not quite as bad as they are in Syria—the U.S. Postal Service will not even accept international mail bound for addresses in that country—there is growing concern about the trajectory of events in Egypt.
While national holidays delayed the movement of mail in Ecuador, Venezuela and other nations, postal services in Brazil were disrupted by a visit from Pope Francis, the Catholic Church’s first leader from Latin America.
Mail delivery services in Venezuela, Ecuador and other Latin American nations may have suffered minor disruptions as a result of recent national celebrations. An upcoming holiday in Canada will also affect the collection and delivery of postage.
This month, stakeholders have been confronted with mailing delays in multiple parts of Canada.
Pablo Villalva, head of communications for Ecaudor’s National Postal Agency, told the Christian Science Monitor that the country is hoping to shed the image of a “banana republic” by improving the effectiveness of mail delivery and other public services.
The eruption of the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City has obstructed mail delivery in the region.
As a result of ceremonies related to Belgium’s Independence Day and the swearing in of a new King, Brussels Airport will be closed for an hour on Sunday, July 21. This may result in slight delays to international mail.
Following the announcement of new austerity measures, postal workers and other public sector employees in Greece scheduled a 24-hour strike for July 16. According to Hellenic Post, the action will delay the collection and delivery of domestic and international mail by at least one day.
Since last weekend, heavy rains have bombarded vast parts of southwest China, causing extensive floods that have resulted in substantial damage to buildings and transportation infrastructure, as well as delays to the delivery and collection of domestic and international mail.