Sunday, April 18, 2010

Effect of volcanic ash on international post?

I've been doing some light searching on this, and I don't have any real answers. I have to assume that since most flights are grounded, international cargo (and mail) isn't moving around much either. Of course I couldn't find anything about the U.S. Postal service (certainly not on its own website!) but I did find this link, which said, "Europe's largest mail and express delivery company Deutsche Post said it was switching to road transport where possible."

Of course road transport is not possible between here and Europe, so I'm settling in for an indefinite wait in delivery and arrival of a good deal of international mail. I've got quite a few correspondents in the UK, Finland and Germany in particular... and I guess those Postcrossing postcards I just sent to Germany and the Netherlands are going to hang up in limbo for a while, too.

What a fascinating and amazing turn of events, this volcano!

If anyone knows of any postal information for specific countries, do comment and fill us all in. (Thanks to a very helpful comment from Erasercarver, I can share this like to Royal Mail to learn what's going on in the UK.)

12 comments:

  1. There is a comprehensive summary of the UK mail situation on the Royal Mail's website at:
    http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/jump1?catId=400144&mediaId=112300784
    Currently most international mail is being held until the air services resume, but some mail to the USA is being redirected by road to southern European airports and then flown over from there.
    Mail within the UK is also going to be slightly slower than usual, due to internal flights also being disrupted.
    I have quite a few items scheduled to post tomorrow, all to international destinations, so we'll just have to see when they arrive.

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  2. Erasercarver, this is exceedingly useful information: thank you so much!

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  3. I just sent a package to the UK, too. :( I hope it doesn't get lost, just delayed! This volcano is really putting a downer on a lot of people's plans. It's amazing, all the earthly tremors going on. I guess I shouldn't expect any mail from people on Letternet for a while yet.

    There are so many international students at my school. Hopefully flights can lift off in a few weeks, or else the school is going to have to figure out what to do with all these people who can't go home for the summer.

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  4. oh wow I did not even think about the school and such .that is something to think about .

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  5. I was wondering the same... What the effects will be on mail delivery?
    The situation seems to be difficult for now, and as Stephanie mentions... I am also afraid that mail gets lost... Hopefully not and it will only be delayed...

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  6. I didnt even think of this! Glad you bought my attention to it as I would be beginning to wonder where a few of my etsy orders are.

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  7. The Iceland's volcano ashes are still causing a chaos today. Most European countries had closed their airports last week and situation didn't change much because of safety. Airlines has lost so much money that they are calling for restrictions to be partially lifted. But hope that authorities keep it on the safe way for everybody. There are restrictions in the following countries as for today: Belgium, parts of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, parts of France, most of Germany, Hungary, Ireland, northern Italy, the Netherlands, parts of Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK.

    Air traffic situation can be followed here:
    http://www.flightradar24.com/

    I am still wondering how safe it is posting mail these days...

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  8. In Italy a lot of airports are closed right now... I guess we'll have a lot of problems with mail...

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  9. It's so bad that today flights are being cancelled in *Canada*! I can only imagine how bad it must be in Europe. I feel for you guys :(

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  10. Three Finnish airports have been open today for some hours, but also they will be now closed again.

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  11. thanks for this post! i've got a parcel to send to Australia and this reminds me that it will take some time before it arrives to the final destination...maybe i will wait a little longer before sending it.

    thanks for bringing this up! i'd nearly forgotten about that cloud and the effect on air travel, which includes mail service =-(

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  12. Though all air travel will be slowed down, I think a parcel traveling from the USA to Australia is in the opposite direction of the ash issue. Your package to Australia has a chance!

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