USPS Service Alerts


Last updated Feb. 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m. ET

USPS Service Alerts provide information to consumers, small businesses and business mailers about postal facility service disruptions due to weather-related and other natural disasters or events.

Residential customers and small businesses can use this website to learn if mail is being delivered, or if their Post Offices are open. Business mailers get more detailed information about USPS mail processing facilities, and the operating status of delivery units.

International mailers

Chad

Chad’s post advises it has been unable to deliver or dispatch items since Feb. 1 because of a strike. (posted 2/9/2018)

Cyprus

Cyprus Post advises an upgrade of its IT infrastructure will impact operations Feb. 9-11, including inbound and outbound mail and electronic data interchange. (posted 2/9/2018)

Dominica

Dominica’s post advises service has resumed following disruptions caused by hurricane damage. Mail can once again be forwarded to Dominica. (posted 10/30/17)

France

La Poste advises that operations in Paris and the surrounding region have returned to normal following a winter storm that had affected transportation. (posted 2/13/18)

Greece

Greece’s post advises processing of express mail and packages has returned to normal following implementation of new customs procedures. There also are improvements in handling of letter post, with a one-week backlog for inbound mail from non-European Union countries subject to customs control. (posted 1/29/18)

Guatemala

Most mail services to Guatemala have been temporarily suspended. Until further notice, only Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) service will still be available. The suspension affects Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International, First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift and M-Bag items.

The Postal Service will return to sender already deposited items other than GXG addressed to Guatemala. For any returned item bearing a customs form, as well as any item shipped with Priority Mail Express International service, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service.

For all other returned items not bearing a customs declarations form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service, or the sender may remail them with the existing postage once service to Guatemala has been restored. When remailing under this option, customers must cross out the markings “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender.” (posted 4/11/17)

Mexico

Mexico’s post advises it will begin a data center migration on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. local time. This will affect dispatches of inbound and outbound mail. In addition, electronic data interchange transmissions will be interrupted from that time until Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. (posted 2/15/2018)

New Zealand

New Zealand Post advises damage to postal facilities across the lower North Island and upper South Island caused by Cyclone Gita. Expect delays in processing and mail delivery. (posted 2/22/18)

Saint Maarten

Hurricane Irma has severely impacted operations at Saint Maarten since Wednesday, Sept.6, 2017.The hurricane has resulted in many flight cancellations, delays and road closures, and is leading to problems with mail transportation and inbound and outbound processing operations at Princess Juliana International Airport. (posted 9/18/17)

Syria

The Postal Service has suspended mail service to Syria due to transportation issues.

The suspension affects Express Mail International, Priority Mail International, First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift and M-Bag shipments.

Mail addressed to Syria will be returned to sender. The Postal Service appreciates regrets any inconvenience due to this temporary service suspension. (posted 3/13/13)
Tonga

Tonga Post advises damage to postal facilities caused by Cyclone Gita has affected operations. Expect delays in processing and delivery of mail. (posted 2/16/18)

Ukraine

Mail service for international mail addressed to some localities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine have been suspended. The specific localities and postal codes where service is suspended are listed on Ukranian postal operator Ukrposhta’s website at:

http://ukrposhta.ua/en/robota-ukrposhti-v-doneckij-ta-luganskij-oblastyax

That website notes that international postal items to the listed localities may be sent as Poste Restante (General Delivery) to post offices in localities that are controlled by the Ukrainian government, and provides instructions for addressing the items.

Delivery services for international mail addressed to Crimea (postal codes in the range 95000–99999) are still suspended.

The temporary suspension affects Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International, First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift and M-Bag items.

USPS also can no longer accept Global Express Guaranteed shipments to certain cities in the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine. (posted 2/11/15)

United States

The U.S. Postal Service advises a major winter storm is affecting operations in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions with impacts expected to continue through Jan. 7. There have been flight cancellations and delays, power outages and delivery disruptions due to impassable roads. The New York International Service Center and ZIP Codes 000-299 are affected. (posted 1/5/18)

Shipping lithium batteries

U.S. Postal Service acceptance of international lithium battery shipments

The Postal Service is now allowing specific quantities of lithium batteries — when installed in the equipment they are intended to operate — to be sent to many international destinations, including Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) locations when permitted by the destination or host country.

The postal operators of Germany and Italy are not accepting packages containing lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries to German or Italian addresses. Postal employees will decline electronic items containing lithium batteries to addresses in those two countries. This does not apply to shipments to and from German or Italian APO, FPO or DPO locations.

Items that can be shipped include: cameras, video cameras, mobile/smart phones, Bluetooth headsets, laptop computers, shavers, portable DVD players, tablets, two-way radios, GPS devices and most other small electronic devices requiring lithium batteries. Items that can’t be shipped include lithium batteries not installed in the equipment they are intended to operate. In addition, when installed, they may noat exceed the quantity or limits defined in the IMM or DMM.

Domestic shipments of packages containing lithium batteries, and electronic devices containing lithium batteries aren’t affected.

Currently, U.S. customers aren’t permitted to take international and APO, FPO, DPO mail containing lithium batteries to Village Post Offices, contract postal units, commercial mail receiving agents or approved USPS shippers. For more information, click pe.usps.com.