USPS has temporarily suspended some international services to Australia. This suspension is due to COVID-19 transportation cancellations and restrictions and as of 3/12/2022, USPS still shows the following services are suspended.
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- Airmail M-bags – effective October 1
- International Priority Airmail (IPA) M-bags – effective October 1
- International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) M-bags – effective October 1
- Priority Mail International (PMI) – previously suspended September 17
USPS says that all packages which have not been processed by the International Service Center (ISC) will be processed as “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender”.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and for more detailed, up-to-date information, please check our USPS International Services Alerts page.
USPS Industry Alerts and News for Australia
Update: USPS Industry Alerts on Australia.
USPS issued an industry alert (effective October 1, 2021) regarding Australia. In the industry alert, USPS says, “Due to COVID-19, international shipping has been suspended to many countries. According to DMM 604.9.2.3, customers are entitled to a full refund of their postage costs when service to the country of destination is suspended.”
Update (January 28, 2022): Australia Post advises that its daily operations are currently suffering disruption because of severe storms and flooding across the country, and especially in the states of South Australia and Queensland and the Northern Territory. The processing and delivery of inbound and outbound mail items is affected. Deliveries in Queensland to postcode areas 4731, 4805 and 4820 (flooded roads), and areas 4804 to 4852 (road closures) are especially impacted.
Update (March 11, 2022): USPS has issued an industry alert saying it has resumed the acceptance of more mail services. But still, the most popular service, Priority Mail International, is still on the list of mail services it will not accept yet.
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