Royal Mail International Update

Last updated: Monday 1st of August 2022

Updates have been provided today for: Ascension Islands & St Helena, Australia, Macao and Vietnam
We strongly advise not to send items to destinations listed as 'On suspension'.

Welcome to our international incident bulletin; a roundup of any issues that may be impacting our parcel and letter services to and from countries around the world. We keep this information as up to date as possible, with information supplied to Royal Mail by the various foreign national postal authorities.

Service Update
Items are leaving the UK for all overseas destinations on time. However, delays may be experienced as a result of ongoing Covid-19 reduction measures in specific countries and reduced air transport capacity. Items to some EU destinations are also experiencing customs delays. We continue to work with our airline and postal/courier partners to maintain services across the globe. Please see individual country listings for any exceptions or special measures which may cause in-country disruption.

To get the best possible service, please ensure that you attach a customs declaration (CN22 or CN23) when sending goods to all destinations abroad and that you have fully entered all relevant information.

Please note: Each destination is responsible for setting their own import controls on restricted goods. Customers are advised to identify whether items being imported into a specific destination will require licences/certificates or incur additional charges.

HS Code Update January 2022
On January 1st 2022, the World Customs Organisation (WCO), an independent intergovernmental body that serves as the voice of the customs community, implemented the 7th edition of its Harmonised System (HS). This means the data requirements have changed in areas including HS codes and duty and VAT rates, as well as having implications for prohibited and restricted goods screening. For a full-list of updates please visit Gov.uk

or visit HMRC Trade Tariff tool ; for more information, in order to minimise delays through customs or items being returned to sender.
Afghanistan - On Suspension

Ascension Islands & St Helena

Australia

Belarus

Bulgaria

Chile

China

Germany

Greece

Honduras

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Kiribati

Libya - On Suspension

Macao

Malaysia

Malta

Moldova

Nauru - On Suspension

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Panama

Portugal

Russia

Samoa

Singapore

Somalia - On Suspension

Spain

Sri Lanka

Syria

Thailand

Tuvalu

Ukraine

Ukraine - Crimea & Sevastopol Regions - Long-Term Suspension

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen - Long Term Suspension

International public holidays

Details of Worldwide Public Holidays for the current month can be found here: Worldwide Public Holidays

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