Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to mainland Europe, Canada and Turkey after international locations stopped flights and freight from the UK over fears of the brand new coronavirus variant.
In an replace on its web site, the supply agency mentioned the closure of the port of Dover and flight bans have been inflicting “important disruption” to worldwide companies.
Royal Mail mentioned it was unclear how lengthy this may final, and that it was “in search of different entry factors pending the opening of borders”, however within the meantime it suggested prospects to not try and ship objects to a lengthy record of locations.
It informed prospects: “We all know how vital these deliveries are to our prospects and we wish to thanks in your understanding as we ask for our prospects to be as affected person as attainable throughout these fully unprecedented instances we’re all going through. We are going to after all replace you as quickly as we will.
“We’re working with our airline and postal/courier companions throughout the globe to take care of companies. Nevertheless, delays must be anticipated.”
Put up to the Republic of Eire has not been affected.
Shoppers had reported on Twitter that Put up Places of work have been telling them of the worldwide mail suspension, with one saying that the information got here after that they had paid for supply.
The closure of journey routes couldn’t have come at a worst time for supply companies, which have been already experiencing a surge in demand, accelerated by the most recent restrictions on retail and journey out of tier 4 areas.
Together with deliveries for on-line buying, those that are unable to journey to satisfy household over Christmas have turned to the postal service to ship their presents
The agency has additionally introduced ahead its deadline for particular deliveries forward of Christmas after the introduction of tier 4 restrictions in London and elements of the south-east led to elevated demand from prospects.
Royal Mail mentioned that it might now not settle for objects for assured particular supply on Wednesday, and that the ultimate day for the service can be Tuesday 22 December.
It added: “Whereas we can’t at the moment present a assure that objects posted on Wednesday 23 December will arrive previous to Christmas because of the influence of the brand new coronavirus restrictions, we will guarantee you that we’ll be endeavouring to ship all objects as shortly as attainable. We all know how vital that is.
The agency mentioned that regardless of its “greatest efforts and important funding in additional useful resource” some prospects could also be experiencing delays.
A Royal Mail spokesperson mentioned: “In gentle of the altering coronavirus restrictions, we’ve made the tough determination to briefly amend our timed ensures for our Particular Supply by 9am and 1pm companies … Particular Supply Assured by 9.00am and Particular Supply Assured by 1.00pm objects posted as much as and together with Tuesday twenty second December stay unchanged.”