USPS Have Suspended Shipping to Over 20 Countries Including Australia
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced over the weekend various international mail service suspensions for over 20 countries around the world, including major market Australia. Considering the high volume of mail that moves between the US and Down Under – many of them valuable sneakers – this disruption could mean some packages might not make it in time for Christmas.
USPS state the suspension is ‘due to unavailability of transportation’ caused by the ongoing pandemic and ‘other unrelated service disruptions’.
For Australian sneakerheads, the following mail categories have been affected:
- Priority Mail International® (PMI)
- First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®)
- Commercial ePacket (CeP)
- International Priority Airmail® (IPA®) packets
- International Priority Airmail® (IPA®) M-Bags
- International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®) packets
- International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®) M-Bags
- Airmail M-Bags
All mail (except Ground Express Guaranteed) currently deposited for the affected countries will be returned to sender by USPS, while returned items bearing a customs form may be eligible for a refund.
Other regions with suspended mail from USPS include New Zealand, and parts of the Middle East and Asia. Check out the full update from USPS here. It may mean some sneakerheads have to look locally to get their new kick fix, at least for the next while.