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Request for early mailing of Christmas mail this year

October 11, 2021

Every year, we announce the deadlines for sending Christmas mail, including cards, to be delivered by Christmas Day. The deadlines are announced in early December for airmail and late October for surface mail. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, however, our acceptance of various international mail items has been temporarily suspended. In addition, due to the ongoing reduction of flights, delivery delays have been experienced for mail destined to countries and territories that have not temporarily suspended acceptance of inbound mail. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you send your Christmas mail earlier than usual this year.

We also wish to ask for your understanding that, as the situation in Japan and abroad continues to evolve, there is a possibility that mail may not be delivered by Christmas. Timely delivery by Christmas will depend on the specific situation in each destination country and territory, the available delivery methods and the possibility of further reduction of flights and vessels.

Furthermore, when you send EMS, international parcels and small packets, etc., please use our "International Mail My Page Service" to transmit Electronic Advance Data (EAD).
There is a risk that international mail items without or with insufficient/inaccurate EAD may be delayed or returned to the sender by the destination country. For more information, please check here.

For details on the current status concerning the acceptance of mail items destined to countries and territories worldwide and for information about delivery delays, please check here.


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