WARNING to all online shoppers!
USPS (The United States Postal Service) has suspended its services to New Zealand, due to the “unavailability of transportation”.
In an update on the USPS website, New Zealand has been included in the company’s list of 22 countries that were affected, also including Australia and Samoa.
The statement reads “The Postal Service is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to impacts related to the Covid-19 pandemic and other unrelated service disruptions.”
USPS said New Zealand services disrupted by the suspension include priority international mail, first-class packages as well as surface mail.
Transport Minister Michael Wood said following the update that it was unfortunate USPS has had to suspend its mail service to New Zealand and Australia, and he would be asking officials what the implications were.
New Zealand's closed borders as a result of Covid-19, combined with record low passenger numbers, had resulted in a decline in air cargo capacity and rising freight costs.
“Covid has caused massive disruptions to the global supply chain, which has meant delays and increased costs for mail and freight for every country around the world.”
It looks as though we may have to do a bit of online window shopping or better yet buying from local stores here in NZ!