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Global Mail Observer

The Global Mail Observer e-newsletter provides you bi-weekly with current and upcoming events that may affect the delivery of your mail and parcels around the world.
Israel 7 Dec Possible General Strike in Israel: Histadrut has announced beginning of a general strike if the Finance Ministry does not meet its demands on the minimum wage and other issues. We will keep you updated on the situation.
United Kingdom 7 Dec Severe Weather Warnings for Parts of UK: Yellow warning of snow for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England, and parts of western England and The Midlands. Yellow alert of wind for northern England, northern Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Traffic disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Belgium 8 Dec Brussels, Brussels Airport, Flemish Brabant, Walloon Brabant: Strike Announcements in Belgium: The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Brussels Airport is heavily impacted by the regional strike. 44% of all departing and arriving flights are cancelled. There will be no outbound and inbound mail processing today. There is no impact on the inbound road links from the The Netherlands, France, Germany and the UK. The exchange with Luxemburg has been cancelled.
Nigeria 8 Dec to Mar 15 Flight Delays and Flight Cancellations in Nigeria: NCAA alerted of imminent flight delays or outright cancellations between now and March next year due to harsh weather associated with harmattan. Flight cancellations and delays as well as delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
United States 8 Dec Los Angeles: Two Massive Fires in Los Angeles – Closure of Freeways: Crews battled two large fires in Los Angeles early Monday, including a massive one downtown that closed portions of two major freeways. Portions of U.S. Route 101 and Interstate 110 were shut down. Delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Cambodia 10 Dec Human Rights Day - Public Holiday
Namibia 10 Dec International Human Rights Day - Public Holiday
Thailand 10 Dec Constitution Day - Public Holiday
Italy 12 Dec Forthcoming General Strike in Italy: nationwide strike in aviation as well as railway, maritime and local transportation: • Air travel from 10:00 to 18:00 (including ENAV airport personell from 13:00 to 17:00 | Some Alitalia personnel from 12:00 to 16:00) • Train personell from 09:00 to 17:00 • Local transportation and ferry staff for 8 hours, with different starting times Flight cancellations, traffic disruptions, and delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Kenya 12 Dec Independence Day - Public Holiday
Iran 13 Dec Arba'een of Imam Hussain - Public Holiday
Malta 13 Dec Republic Day - Public Holiday
Belgium 15 Dec Strike Announcements in Belgium: The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Brussels Airport is heavily impacted by the national strike. There will be no outbound and inbound mail processing on that day. There is no impact on the inbound road links from the The Netherlands, France, Germany and the UK. The exchange with Luxemburg is cancelled.
Bahrain 16 Dec National Day - Public Holiday
South Africa 16 Dec Day of Reconciliation - Public Holiday
Bahrain 17 Dec National Day Holiday - Public Holiday
Israel 17 Dec Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) - Public Holiday
Qatar 18 Dec National Day (Founder's Day) - Public Holiday
Zimbabwe 22 Dec National Unity Day - Public Holiday
South Africa since August Current Information on Postal Strike in South Africa: Current media reports contain the following news: Talks between the union CWU and SAPO failed and did not lead to an end of the four month long strike. The other two unions, the SA Postal and Allied Workers Union and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union, who collectively represent 61 percent of the workers at bargaining level, accepted the deal last week. We will keep you informed about further developments.
China 23 Nov Earthquake Hits Southwest China: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has struck a mountainous region of southwestern China, it hit near the county of Kangding in Sichuan province on Saturday. Traffic disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Japan 23 Nov Earthquake Hits Central Japan: A 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Japan in the west of Nagano city on Saturday. The hardest hit area appeared to be Hakuba. Traffic disruptions and delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Morocco 23 Nov Floods in Southern Morocco: Guelmim region is the worst affected area, the cities and surrounding areas of Agadir, Marrakech and Ouarzazate have also been affected. Severe weather warnings will remain in effect across southern parts of the country until late Monday 24 November at least. Delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
United Kingdom 23 Nov England: Flood Warnings for the Southeast of England: Yellow weather warning for the South East of England, especially in London, Surrey and Kent as persistent and locally heavy rain is expected to cause surface water flooding and travel disruption. A 'be aware' warning has been issued for West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Medway and East Sussex. Delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Belgium 24 Nov Antwerp, Hainaut, Limburg, Luxembourg: The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Disruptions in public life and delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
United Arab Emirates 24 Nov Delays and Cancellations at Abu Dhabi Airport: Heavy fog in Abu Dhabi on Monday morning caused delays and cancellations of a number of flights at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
United States 24 Nov Power Outage Causes Flight Delays and Cancellations at BWI: Baltimore Washington International Airport experienced a power outage on Monday morning, resulting in delays and cancellations. Delays in mail processing and delivery possible.
Bosnia Herzegovina 25 Nov Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Statehood Day - Regional Holiday
Cambodia 27 Nov Water Festival - Public Holiday
Greece 27 Nov Information on Planned General Strike in Greece: If the general strike in Greece takes place, the following effects on transportation are expected: Athens Transport: No announcement No Ferries due to strike by PNO seafarer union from 00:00 to 24:00. Ferries between Italy and Greece are unaffected if they have Italian crews and ports are not blockaded. Flights to, from and within Greece may be canceled or delayed. This strike may be suspended or amended at short notice, as 24-hour strikes in the past have been ruled illegal and/or abusive or downgraded to a 3-4 hour work stoppage.
United States 27 Nov Thanksgiving - Public Holiday
Panama 28 Nov Independence from Spain - Public Holiday
United States 28 Nov 17 states: Black Friday - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov Georgia: Robert E Lee's Birthday - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov Indiana, West Virginia: Lincoln's Birthday - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov Maryland: American Indian Heritage Day - Regional Holiday
United States 28 Nov New Mexico: Presidents' Day - Regional Holiday
Philippines 30 Nov Bonifacio Day - Public Holiday
Romania 30 Nov Saint Andrew's Day - Public Holiday
Belgium 1 Dec East Flandern, Liège, Namur, West Flandern, Zaventem Aiport (Brussels): The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Disruptions in public life and delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
Ghana 1 Dec Famers' Day - Public Holiday
Panama 1 Dec Day off for Independence from Spain - Public Holiday
Romania 1 Dec National Day - Public Holiday
United Kingdom 1 Dec Scotland: Saint Andrew's Day - Regional Holiday
Costa Rica 2 Dec San José: Festival of Lights - Local Holiday
United Arab Emirates 2 Dec National Day - Public Holiday
Spain 3 Dec Navarre: Day of Navarre - Regional Holiday
United Arab Emirates 3 Dec National Day Holiday - Public Holiday
Thailand 5 Dec The King's Birthday - Public Holiday
Ecuador 6 Dec Quito: Foundation of Quito Day - Local Holiday
Finland 6 Dec Independence Day - Public Holiday
Spain 6 Dec Constitution Day - Public Holiday
Sri Lanka 6 Dec Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day - Public Holiday
Italy 7 Dec Milan: The Feast of St. Ambrose - Local Holiday
Argentina 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Austria 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Belgium 8 Dec Brussels, Flemish Brabant, Walloon Brabant, Zaventem Aiport (Brussels): The three major unions in Belgium, ACV, ABVV and ACLBV, have announced a general strike for Monday, 15 December in order to protest against the coalition agreement and the austerity plans of the Belgian government. Before the general strike there will be further walkouts at the level of various Belgian provinces already starting in November. Disruptions in public life and delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas possible.
Chile 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Colombia 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Italy 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Macedonia 8 Dec Saint Clement of Ohrid's Day - Public Holiday
Malta 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Panama 8 Dec Mother's Day - Public Holiday
Paraguay 8 Dec Virgin of Caacupé Day - Public Holiday
Peru 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Portugal 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Spain 8 Dec Immaculate Conception Day - Public Holiday
Switzerland 8 Dec Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz , Solothurn, St. Gallen, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug: Immaculate Conception Day - Regional Holiday
Venezuela 8 Dec Hugo Chavez Day - Public Holiday