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International Shipping via USPS International

Posted by Denise Norman on

Due to COVID-19 some countries are experiencing an increased delay in shipping time. Because there are fewer flights in/out of countries, some packages are traveling by sea. We recommend choosing the service you are most comfortable with, but please expect a delay if you are using standard postal service in any of the countries listed below. 

The following is a statement released by USPS.com

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS UPDATE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE IMPACT ALTERNATE TRANSPORT: SIXTH AIR TO SEA DIVERSION - DESTINED FOR NETHERLANDS

On May 29, 2020, a sixth sea transport departed with volume from the Chicago, JFK, and Miami International Service Centers and is estimated to arrive at the Rotterdam (Netherlands) port on June 23, 2020. Sea route arrival dates are not exact and may vary depending on weather related events and queuing at port of arrival. The vessel is carrying approximately 7,099 receptacles in seven (7) containers weighing approximately 42,592 kilograms. It is serving mail destined to:

  • Austria

  • Denmark

  • Hungary

  • Poland

  • Sweden

  • Czech Republic

  • Finland

  • Netherlands

  • Spain 

  • Switzerland (Geneva and Zurich)

When calculating estimated delivery times, additional days required for unloading, customs clearance and road transit should be considered. The table below outlines a typical sea transit delivery cycle that begins upon arrival to the destined port:

Rotterdam Port Unloading: 1-2 Days
Rotterdam Port Custom Clearance/Clear Customs: 2 Days
Rotterdam Port Transit to Den Hague OE:  1 Day 
Den Hague OE Acceptance & Sorting: 2-3 Days 
Den Hague OE Road Transit to Delivery Address: 1-4 Days

*OE = Office of Exchange This transportation alternative will be used for the following mail classes: Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS® ), International Priority Airmail® (IPA® ), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL® ), and M-Bag® items. Alternate transit options will remain in effect until sufficient air transportation capacity becomes available. The Postal Service™ is closely monitoring service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to update customers until the situation returns to normal.

[END STATEMENT]

For more information regarding international shipping via USPS, please visit https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm.

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