UPS, FedEx, USPS and DHL Have Suspended Shipping to East China Due to Covid Outbreak – Updated 4/19/2022
UPS, FedEx, USPS, and DHL have temporarily suspended sending shipments to and from East China because of new Covid lockdowns affecting the area.
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UPS issued a brief alert saying the carrier “has temporarily suspended imports into East China (Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang).”
It provided no additional information on how it is handling packages caught in transit.
FedEx meanwhile said, “Due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai, China, and impacted operations at Shanghai Pudong International (PVG) Airport, all inbound services into Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, and Jiangxi are temporarily suspended.”
“All shipments destined to these impacted areas that are currently in transit via our network, including those collected as of April 8, 2022, will be held at origin,” the carrier added.
And DHL also has temporarily suspended operations to and from East China to corresponding DHL service airport codes: SHA, HGH, PVG, and SZV.
USPS had issued an alert earlier this month regarding these new lockdowns with China post advising mail received through its international mail processing centers in Shanghai, Changchun and Yanji cannot be processed or transported to and from sorting centers/delivery offices.
USPS is still accepting mail to these locations but likely is holding it at its international service centers in the US until shipments to East China can resume.
On April 19, the US Postal Service temporarily suspended international mail acceptance of Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) shipments to China.
East China Covid Lockdowns Cause New Problems
Unfortunately, these shipping restrictions are just the tip of the iceberg as lockdowns in East China are adding to more supply chain issues since many popular consumer goods are manufactured in that area.
The lockdowns are now in their third week and the US government has even ordered non-emergency consular staff to leave the city due to concerns about the safety and welfare of US citizens in the city.
China continues its hard lockdown strategy despite anger and frustration by its citizens and the impact on businesses in the region.
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Richard is co-founder of eSeller365. He has over 17 years of experience on eBay which includes tens of thousands of sales to buyers in over 100 countries and even has experience with eBay’s VeRO program enforcing intellectual property rights for a former employer. And for about two years Richard sold products on Amazon using Amazon FBA in the US.
To “relax” from the daily business grind, for a few weekends a year, he also works for IMSA as a professional race official.