You read that right, it’s September 2021 and USPS is having to suspend package services to Australia due to a new wave of COVID-19 outbreak spreading across Australia. Approaching two years since this virus effectively shut down the world and it is still causing disruption and death globally.
Due to the latest outbreak in Australia, it has forced mail centers across the country to close amidst new lockdowns across the country. For this reason, USPS has taken the decision to stop sending packages to the country for the time being.
We are expecting an update to be released on the USPS website imminently, however, it was actually eBay who dropped the news first. For eBay’s full statement see below.
“As of Friday, September 3, 2021, USPS will temporarily suspend some international services to Australia. This suspension is due to COVID-19 transportation cancellations and restrictions. Impacted services include the following:
- First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)
- Commercial ePacket (CeP)
- International Priority Airmail (IPA) Packets
- International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) Packets
USPS has also confirmed all packages which have not been processed by the International Service Center (ISC) will be processed as “Return to Sender”.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and for more detailed, up-to-date information, please check the USPS International Services Alerts page.
eBay international standard delivery and GSP are not affected; both services will continue to provide timely delivery to Australia. For more information on these services, please visit our eBay international shipping page.
As always, thank you for selling on eBay.
The eBay Shipping Team”
Update: USPS Industry Alert on Australia.
USPS issued an industry alert regarding Australia. There is still no public notice on the USPS site. 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.”
Here is the full Industry Alert on Australia.
Update 2: Here is also news from Australia Post how a backlog of packages has forced the postal carrier to pause domestic collections of some parcels.
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