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Global Mail Observer

The Global Mail Observer e-newsletter provides you bi-weekly with current and upcoming events that may affect the delivery of your mail and parcels around the world.
South Africa since August Current Information on Postal Strike in South Africa: Current media reports contain the following news: Talks between the union CWU and SAPO failed and did not lead to an end of the four month long strike. The other two unions, the SA Postal and Allied Workers Union and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union, who collectively represent 61 percent of the workers at bargaining level, accepted the deal last week. We will keep you informed about further developments.
China 23 Nov Earthquake Hits Southwest China: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has struck a mountainous region of southwestern China, it hit near the county of Kangding in Sichuan province on Saturday. Traffic disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Japan 23 Nov Earthquake Hits Central Japan: A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Japan in the west of Nagano city on Saturday. The hardest hit area appeared to be Hakuba. Traffic disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Morocco 23 Nov Floods in Southern Morocco: Guelmim region is the worst affected area, the cities and surrounding areas of Agadir, Marrakech and Ouarzazate have also been affected. Severe weather warnings will remain in effect across southern parts of the country until late Monday 24 November at least. Delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
United Kingdom 23 Nov England: Flood Warnings for the Southeast of England: Yellow weather warning for the South East of England, especially in London, Surrey and Kent as persistent and locally heavy rain is expected to cause surface water flooding and travel disruption. A 'be aware' warning has been issued for West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Medway and East Sussex. Delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Belgium 24 Nov Antwerp, Hainaut, Limburg, Luxembourg: The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Disruptions in public life and delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
United Arab Emirates 24 Nov Delays and Cancellations at Abu Dhabi Airport: Heavy fog in Abu Dhabi on Monday morning caused delays and cancellations of a number of flights at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
United States 24 Nov Power Outage Causes Flight Delays and Cancellations at BWI: Baltimore Washington International Airport experienced a power outage on Monday morning, resulting in delays and cancellations. Delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Bosnia Herzegovina 25 Nov Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Statehood Day - Regional Holiday
Cambodia 27 Nov Water Festival - Public Holiday
Greece 27 Nov Information on Planned General Strike in Greece: If the general strike in Greece takes place, the following effects on transportation are expected: Athens Transport: No announcement No Ferries due to strike by PNO seafarer union from 00:00 to 24:00. Ferries between Italy and Greece are unaffected if they have Italian crews and ports are not blockaded. Flights to, from and within Greece may be canceled or delayed. This strike may be suspended or amended at short notice, as 24-hour strikes in the past have been ruled illegal and/or abusive or downgraded to a 3-4 hour work stoppage.
United States 27 Nov Thanksgiving - Public Holiday
Panama 28 Nov Independence from Spain - Public Holiday
United States 28 Nov 17 states: Black Friday - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov Georgia: Robert E Lee's Birthday - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov Indiana, West Virginia: Lincoln's Birthday - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov Maryland: American Indian Heritage Day - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov New Mexico: Presidents' Day - Regional Holiday
Philippines 30 Nov Bonifacio Day - Public Holiday
Romania 30 Nov Saint Andrew's Day - Public Holiday
Belgium 1 Dec East Flandern, Liège, Namur, West Flandern, Zaventem Aiport (Brussels): The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Disruptions in public life and delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
Ghana 1 Dec Famers' Day - Public Holiday
Panama 1 Dec Day off for Independence from Spain - Public Holiday
Romania 1 Dec National Day - Public Holiday
United Kingdom 1 Dec Scotland: Saint Andrew's Day - Regional Holiday
Costa Rica 2 Dec San José: Festival of Lights - Local Holiday
United Arab Emirates 2 Dec National Day - Public Holiday
Spain 3 Dec Navarre: Day of Navarre - Regional Holiday
United Arab Emirates 3 Dec National Day Holiday - Public Holiday
Thailand 5 Dec The King's Birthday - Public Holiday
Ecuador 6 Dec Quito: Foundation of Quito Day - Local Holiday
Finland 6 Dec Independence Day - Public Holiday
Spain 6 Dec Constitution Day - Public Holiday
Sri Lanka 6 Dec Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day - Public Holiday
Italy 7 Dec Milan: The Feast of St. Ambrose - Local Holiday
Argentina 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Austria 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Belgium 8 Dec Brussels, Flemish Brabant, Walloon Brabant, Zaventem Aiport (Brussels): The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Disruptions in public life and delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
Chile 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Colombia 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Italy 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Macedonia 8 Dec Saint Clement of Ohrid's Day - Public Holiday
Malta 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Panama 8 Dec Mother's Day - Public Holiday
Paraguay 8 Dec Virgin of Caacupé Day - Public Holiday
Peru 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Portugal 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Spain 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Switzerland 8 Dec Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz , Solothurn, St. Gallen, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug: Immaculate Conception Day - Regional Holiday
Venezuela 8 Dec Hugo Chavez Day - Public Holiday
Australia 10 to 18 Nov G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane: Due to the G20 Leaders’ Summit on 15-16 November, the following adjustments have been made to ensure minimal postal disruptions: Street Posting Boxes: A number of street posting boxes will be closed across the Brisbane CBD area from 10-18 November. 10-13 November: Australia Post will deliver mail to the best of their ability. There may however be delays due to temporary restrictions around the restricted zones. 14-15 November: Post Offices in the Brisbane CBD will be closed. Articles for delivery within the declared zones will be delivered the next business day. 17 November: Australia Post will be operating and delivering as normal on this day, however as restrictions around the declared zones slowly return to normal it may still result in delays.
Mexico 10 Nov Protesters Besiege Acapulco's Airport: Demonstrators blocked the airport in the port city of Acapulco. They paralyzed operations for around three hours on Monday, several airlines had to postpone their flights. Flight delays as well as delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
United States 10 Nov Minnesota: Flight Cancellations at Minneapolis-St. Paul Int. Airport: A big snowstorm has caused more than 150 flight cancellations at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) and a number of crashes statewide. Flight cancellations and delays as well as delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Austria 11 Nov Burgenland: Saint Martin - Regional Holiday
Belgium 11 Nov Armistice Day - Public Holiday
Canada 11 Nov all except Ontario, Québec: Remembrance Day - Regional Holiday
Canada 11 Nov Postal Disruptions in Canada due to Remembrance Day: Canada Post will not be operating on November 11 to observe Remembrance Day. Exception: Mail by customers in Greater Toronto Area who are currently receiving pick-up services from Maritime Ontario will be picked up on November 11.
France 11 Nov Armistice Day - Public Holiday
Italy 11 Nov Italy Again Threatened by Severe Weather: Italy is preparing for another week of severe weather, especially in parts of Northern Italy. The highest warning level is in effect in the port city of Genoa as well as in entire Liguria. Delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
Macedonia 11 Nov Armistice Day - Public Holiday
Poland 11 Nov Independence Day - Public Holiday
Serbia 11 Nov Armistice Day - Public Holiday
United States 11 Nov Veterans' Day - Public Holiday
Azerbaijan 12 Nov Constitution Day - Public Holiday
Italy 14 Nov Announcement of Transportation Strikes in Italy: Italian government has announced the following transportation strikes: • ENAV air traffic controllers, 13:00 - 17:00 • Alitalia personnel, 12:00 - 16.00 • Easyjet flight attendants, 24 hours • Techno Sky personel, 08:00 - 12:00 • Marconi airport workers, 10:00 - 18:00 • trains, 00:01 - 21:00 • planes, 24 hours • local transportation and ferries for 24 hours, with different starting times depending on the specific location Flight cancellations and delays, traffic disruptions, and delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Austria 15 Nov Lower Austria, Vienna: Saint Leopold - Regional Holiday
Brazil 15 Nov Republic Proclamation Day - Public Holiday
Azerbaijan 17 Nov National Revival Day - Public Holiday
Colombia 17 Nov Independence Day - Public Holiday
Czech Republic 17 Nov Freedom and Democracy Day - Public Holiday
Mexico 17 Nov Revolution Day Holiday - Public Holiday
Pakistan 17 Nov Bank Holiday - Public Holiday
Slovakia 17 Nov Freedom and Democracy Day - Public Holiday
Latvia 18 Nov Independence Day - Public Holiday
Morocco 18 Nov Independence Day - Public Holiday
Germany 19 Nov Saxony: Repentance Day - Regional Holiday
Mexico 20 Nov Revolution Day - Public Holiday
Bosnia Herzegovina 21 Nov Republika Srpska: Dayton Agreement Day - Regional Holiday
Japan 23 Nov Labour Thanksgiving Day - Public Holiday
Argentina 24 Nov Day of National Sovereignty - Public Holiday
Belgium 24 Nov Antwerp, Liège, Limburg, Luxembourg: The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Disruptions in public life and delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
India 24 Nov Guru Teg Bahadur's Martyrdom Day - Regional Holiday