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Impact of increased international mail volumes on mail delivery during the coming holiday peak period

December 16, 2016

International mail volumes from Japan have increased continuously, thanks to expanded use of international postal services.

We have made arrangements to secure additional transport capacity and have requested overseas postal operators for their cooperation in handling our mail volumes as smoothly as possible. However, we anticipate that we will accept even larger volumes of mail to other countries during the coming holiday peak period.

Larger mail volumes will be sent especially to Europe, North America and Asian countries not only from Japan, but also from other countries. Consequently, there may be a considerable delay in the delivery of mail items to these destinations due to congested mail transport capacities of the airlines and the longer time needed for inbound mail processing and customs clearance.

If you are planning to send international mail items during the holiday period, please post them as soon as possible.

In particular, our outsourcing airline company has informed us that it would stop transporting EMS and Airmail* items to Honduras and Airmail items to Nicaragua from December 14, 2016 during the busy period in the winter time. We are at present postponing the dispatch of mail items to Honduras and Nicaragua. Therefore, it would be appreciated if you could voluntarily refrain from sending mail items to these countries for the time being.

*Airmail includes airmail postal services such as International e Packet, greeting cards, priority bulk airmail (D-mail) and non-priority bulk airmail (P-mail).

Thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation with this situation.


Japan Post Co., Ltd.

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