Start date: 31 August 2022
End date: ongoing
Incident: suspension of sea mail services at AUSYDE IMPC

The designated operator of Australia, Australia Post, wishes to inform that the Sydney sea mail office of exchange (IMPC code: AUSYDE) is experiencing significant delays due to operational constraints. These are linked to capacity issues and resourcing of border agencies, as well as a very high number of prohibited items being received by sea mail.

In anticipation of the peak period, and in consultation with the country’s border agencies, Australia Post has decided to suspend receipt and processing of inbound sea mail between 1 October 2022 and 28 February 2023, in accordance to articles 17-141 and 17-219 of the Convention Regulations.

This means that no sea mail should arrive in Sydney after 1 October. Any container arriving after that date will not be picked up from the dock, and the sending designated operator will need to arrange for its mail to be returned to the country of origin.

Australia Post therefore asks designated operators to ensure that their sea mail teams, and merchants using sea mail, are advised to stop accepting and sending sea mail for Australia.

French Polynesia

Start date: 17 February 2020
End date: 1 July 2022
Incident: resumption of international flights and postal exchanges (end of service disruption due to COVID-19)

Further to previous incident bulletins on the subject, OPT PF – FARE RATA, France’s designated operator for the territory of French Polynesia, wishes to inform that all international flights between French Polynesia and other countries resumed on 1 July 2022.

Letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items can therefore now be exchanged with all countries worldwide.

Hong Kong

Start date: 24 August 2022
End date: 30 August 2022
Incident: tropical storm - back to normal

Hongkong Post, the People’s Republic of China’s designated operator for the territory of Hong Kong, wishes to inform that the processing and conveyance of all inbound, outbound and domestic mail fully resumed on 30 August 2022.


Start date: March 2020
End date: 1 September 2022
Incident: lifting of measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19

Further to incident bulletins 27.03.2020 and 24.07.2020, the designated operator of Indonesia, Pos Indonesia, wishes to inform that the state of emergency with regard to COVID-19 has been lifted. As a result, the processing of inbound and outbound letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items has returned to normal with effect from 1 September 2022.


Start date: 2 September 2022
End date: ongoing
Incident: flooding

The designated operator of Pakistan, Pakistan Post, wishes to inform that certain areas of the country are currently affected by flooding. As a result, there may be disruption to mail operations and delays to the delivery of postal items.


Start date: 22 August 2022
End date: ongoing
Incident: IT issues

The designated operator of Senegal, Société Nationale La Poste, wishes to inform that it is currently experiencing technical Internet connection issues. As a result, the transmission of electronic data interchange (EDI) messages has been disrupted since 22 August 2022.

Société Nationale La Poste is making every effort to ensure that the transmission of EDI messages is restored to normal as quickly as possible.