December post still in international transit due to Covid-19 crisis, An Post says

December Post Still In International Transit Due To Covid-19 Crisis, An Post Says
The Irish postal service provider said the Covid-19 crisis is impacting deliveries across the globe. Photo: PA Images.
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By Digital Desk Staff

An Post has issued an update on the delivery of international mail to and from Ireland amid large Christmas volumes and the Covid-19 crisis.

The Irish postal service provider said the Covid-19 crisis is impacting deliveries across the globe, with “widespread Covid-related restrictions and local lockdowns”.


An Post said many items posted in December remain in international transit, while it expects to continue to receive incoming Christmas mail throughout January.

“The number of international flights continues to be severely impacted by the Covid crisis, with only limited space available for international letters and parcels,” An Post said in a statement.

“As a result, many items posted in Ireland during December for delivery across the world are still in transit through airports and sea ports.

Sever weather

“Also, local delivery depots across the globe have been impacted by Covid, while some areas are also dealing with severe winter weather conditions,” the statement continued.

“An Post expects to be receiving incoming international Christmas parcels and letters for delivery in Ireland throughout January.”

The postal service said it would continue to deliver all international letters and parcels “as soon as they are received into Ireland.”

It comes as earlier in December, a spokesperson for An Post said the service was running at full capacity ahead of Christmas.

“Ireland has never seen volumes like this. We’re running a full capacity in recent weeks, delivering 3.3 million parcels, up from one million at the same time last year,” the spokesperson said.

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