The impact COVID-19 is having on the US Postal Service
US suspends mail to 22 countries due to coronavirus pandemic
Disruptions in postal services are associated with the termination of international flights
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) said on Friday that the global COVID-19 pandemic has forced the United States to suspend international mail delivery to 22 countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mongolia, Panama and Peru..
The US Postal Service asked its customers to refrain from sending mail to 22 countries around the world, since delivery is currently impossible for technical reasons. The list of countries where mail is no longer delivered includes the Cayman Islands, Chad, Ecuador, French Polynesia, Honduras, India, Kuwait, Libya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mongolia, New Caledonia, Panama, Peru, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Bolivia , Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Fiji and Botswana.
The Universal Postal Union, which coordinates mail delivery policies around the world, says the US decision is not a political one..
UPU spokesman David Dudge in a commentary to the Voice of America explained that the suspension of sending mail is connected with the cessation of flights to these countries. He noted that almost all states of the world are now facing this problem. The COVID-19 pandemic, he says, prevents postal operators from doing their jobs.
“As a result, they had to inform the UPU about the suspension of mail sending. No one is to blame for this, it is not anyone’s fault. The pandemic has affected the whole world, almost all aspects of modern life, “- explained the representative of the postal union..
Emergency measures put in place by states to halt the spread of the virus – blockades, social distancing and quarantine of air passengers – are making it very difficult for mail to move, Daj said. Due to the pandemic, many countries have reduced their postal staff, so processing incoming mail has become problematic..
However, the difficulties in delivering mail in rich countries are nothing compared to the situation in developing countries. According to Daj, the provision of humanitarian assistance to these countries will be significantly hampered by the ever-increasing spread of the coronavirus..
“Obviously, if you want to deliver food, you are using a supply chain that includes airplanes. And airplanes are at the heart of this problem, as well as the mail delivery problem. The transport chain is disrupted by canceled flights, ”explained Daj.
According to the Universal Postal Union, the volume of postage worldwide from January 23 to March 23 decreased by 10% compared to the same period last year. According to the UPU, the pandemic has had a “devastating” impact on global trade as a whole.