International delivery connections with Egypt resume

Mail delivery companies are resuming services to Egypt, as the country stabilises under its new leadership. Almost two weeks after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek resigned following the high profile protests against his regime, the country is now under military rule.

The United States Postal Service told Post&Parcel today that the situation is now sufficiently stable for all its services to recommence.

Spokesman David Lewin said: “This was just announced a little earlier, we are resuming all services to Egypt, effective February 22.”

Services resuming include the Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International and First-Class International services, along with International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift services and Airmail M-Bag items.

Egypt Post had been unable to provide postal services since January 25, 2011, with mail and express operators putting in temporary suspensions of service as a result, with mail addressed to Egypt being returned to sender in some cases.

Other carriers have also resumed services with Egypt, with TNT spokesman Ernst Moeksis confirming today that all its services were now back to normal, while FedEx confirmed it had resumed pick-up and delivery services several days ago, although spokesman Jim McCluskey warned it was still possible there would be “minor delays” with services.

For UPS, full countrywide service resumed in Egypt on February 14, with the exception of Areesh City, where a documents-only service resumed on February 21.

A spokesperson for UPS said a one-day delay may be experienced “due to revised airline timings caused by the current curfew times”.

Libya

Meanwhile, as anti-government protests continue in next-door Libya, services are being affected for the operators that are active there.

McCluskey said of FedEx: “Because of the ongoing social unrest over in Libya, we did temporarily suspend pick-up and delivery services there until further notice, and that includes in the cities of Tripoli, Bengazi, Esrada and Tobruk. We are still accepting shipments bound for Libya, but we are expecting service delays across the country.”

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