Royal Mail suspend Europe services

By Chris Dawson December 22, 2020 - 10:01 am

The blockade of the UK due to the mutated Coronavirus strain has led to the inevitable outcome which sees Royal Mail suspend Europe services. Delivery delays can be expected to: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The only exception is the Republic of Ireland.

In a note on their website, Royal Mail say that this is a fast-moving situation and they are monitoring things on an hourly basis. They are working to keep as many international mail services running as possible given the current restrictions around air, road, ferry and train movements from the UK.

As of Monday this week, we have seen Royal Mail suspend Europe services with the exception of the Republic of Ireland. Items that are already in the system will be processed as normal and made ready for dispatch. These items will be held securely until Royal Mail are able to get them to their relevant destinations.

Royal Mail are also experiencing delays to Canada and Turkey as air capacity is severely limited.

It really is no surprise to see Royal Mail suspend Europe services as with flights from the UK to over 40 countries grounded plus the Eurotunnel and ferries halting operations there is simply no way to get mail and parcels transferred to their destination countries.

You should of course also expect delays to incoming mail from across Europe and indeed the world as they have just as many problems getting mail to the UK as the UK does getting it out of the country.

Check the Royal Mail website for latest status updates.

Also note that Royal Mail Special Delivery guarantee suspended for Christmas Eve.

Other carries which have also suspended services include DHL and DPD. Almost all services to and from Europe remain temporarily suspended for Parcelforce.

  • Simon Everett
    9 months ago

    Maybe we could use SSS (Santas Secret Service)

    He has an unlimited sack capacity and can deliver worldwide in one day.
    He could take on the likes of Amazon and Royal Mail.

    I suppose the only downside is that he’s only offers the service for one night a year. (worth a try though)

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