“Slower Than in the ’70s”: USPS Temporarily Suspends Deliveries to Australia

Power Retail By Power Retail | 04 Oct 2021

The USPS is temporarily suspending deliveries across Australia, as its delivery service in the US  begins to slow to keep up with the backlog. 

The temporary measure is a result of the pandemic and ‘other unrelated service disruptions’, the company said in a statement. “Customers: please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed here until further notice,” the statement read.

“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,” it continued.

Much like Australia, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is dealing with an overload of deliveries across the US, which has resulted in the slowing of deliveries. In fact, an expert in postal service and supply chain in the US, Paul Steidler, said that 40 percent of first-class will be “slower than in the 1970s”.

Now, USPS is temporarily halting some of the delivery services to Australia, and a further 22 countries, including New Zealand.

This is not the first time that the USPS has suspended a mail guarantee. In March 2020, suspensions were made for France, China, the UK, Spain, Sweden, Hong Kong and Switzerland. Then in August 2021, USPS suspended deliveries in Brunei, Vietnam and East Timor.

From October 1st, Airmail M-bags will be impacted, alongside International Priority Airmail (IPA) M-bags and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) M-bags.

Earlier in September, Priority Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, Commercial ePacket, International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) Packets were suspended.

The packages that the International Service Centre has not processed will be marked as ‘Mail Service Suspended – Return to Sender’.

Australia Post has recently announced it would be temporarily pausing post parcel pickup from online retailers for five days, ending Wednesday, October 6th. “With parcel volumes at Christmas levels, our network continues to be under increased pressure and is amplified in Victoria where we continue to manage a heavily reduced workforce due to the impact of the Delta strain,” the postal service said. “The temporary pause will help manage the record volumes being experienced in the network and importantly return them to a level that is safe and manageable for our people. The safety of our people is our highest priority, one which we will not compromise on.”

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9 thoughts on ““Slower Than in the ’70s”: USPS Temporarily Suspends Deliveries to Australia”

  1. Ken says:

    This inability to continue service to Australia is a direct result of Louis DeJoy’s mission to cripple the United States Postal Service. DeJoy was appointed by Trump, ignoring countless conflicts of interest, and was tasked by Trump to cripple the USPS in order to delay or lose the, primarily Democratic, mail-in ballets for the 2020 presidential election. DeJoy is a long-time Trump supported and fund raiser and is under criminal investigation, by the FBI, for breaking fund raising laws. Unfortunately, the feckless traitor, DeJoy, can’t be removed by the current administration. We’ll have to wait till he’s dragged-away in handcuffs and thrown in jail where he can spend the rest of his miserable life.

  2. paydirt says:

    you might want to read this first, oh UPS has also stopped deliveries to Oz

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  4. Gus says:

    hi, i have a package u didnt send it to my address can u please sent it or i can collected ,, thank you

  5. Bill says:

    DeJoy has nothing to do with Australia or New Zealand. The USPS is doing just fine delivering parcels on time except in areas where Amazon dumps their excess because of lack of drivers. This is the lightest Xmas season I’ve worked since at 2012(Amazon deal started in 2013, impact not felt until 2015). Aust/NZ gave causes their own problems. Australia has taken a ridiculous and draconian response to Covid with absurd lockdowns/restrictions/“precautions”. Australia is a sad and frightening example of “free” healthcare, Big Gov’t and a disarmed population left helpless to resist. It’s no wonder the MSM rarely reports on Australia.

  6. Robert says:

    Bill, you know jack-all about Australia. “say nothing and people may take you for a fool — open your mouth and you remove all doubt”

  7. Don says:

    Bill I’m with Robert on this one; you clearly know nothing about Australia or its people!

    I can ship parcels from here to the US, so this one is squarely on you guys mate!

  8. Jen says:

    Its an absolute joke that I cannot receive my 2 small letter sized items from the good old USA to Australia that have been stuck in limbo for over 6 weeks. How bloody difficult is it to put them on a plane to Oz, yes they are still flying here. Seriously all other mail except USPS is getting to Australia from USA. Stop blaming covid for everything and just get on with it.

  9. Bill McDonough says:

    My package arrived in Australia from the US on May 9th according to the USPS tracking details. It is now May 19th and where it is now is anybody’s guess as it hasn’t turned up at my address and I have no idea where its got to! Surely the Australian freight/postal service can do better than 10 days to get it to me?
    Go figure!!

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