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Although quarantine is easing, postal and logistics services are still facing challenges, resulting in a significant slowdown in the movement of international shipments. AB Lietuvos Paštas is no exception - we are obliged to constantly inform customers about disruptions in the delivery of international postal items. We would like to warn once again those who are sending or planning to send abroad - sending to many countries is longer than usual, and to some countries it is not even possible yet.
"Reduced transport supply, limited space on planes, canceled flights, strict border controls and consequent restrictions on land transport, problems of foreign post offices - shorter working hours or shorter working week, reduced staff, etc. - all of this is the reason why postal processes around the world stop or slow down and international items travel much longer. In addition, we noticed an increase in the volume of international shipments - in April, almost 60 percent of shipments were sent from Lithuania. more than last year, says Vaida Budrienė, Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of the Lithuanian Post. - For our part, we are doing everything we can to ensure that international shipments do not stop at all and that delays are kept to a minimum, but we see that the situation will not change in the near future, especially in the countries most affected by the virus. ensure the normal speed of delivery of consignments. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to your understanding. "
Below we provide more detailed information about sending to TOP countries and the changed delivery deadlines in them.
The exceptional situation in the United States. Compared to April last year, shipments to the US increased almost 2.5 times. Usually ships within 9 business days. In April, the shipment is delivered in an average of 27 days. These days, the terms of transportation have changed, so the delivery time can extend up to 10 weeks.
United Kingdom. Shipments to this country increased by 50% in April. The usual delivery time is 6 days, but during the quarantine period it was doubled to 12 days.
Italy. During the quarantine period, shipments to this country increased by as much as 40 percent. Due to the extremely difficult situation in the country, the delivery of the consignment instead of the usual 9-day period has been extended to 22. However, the situation is expected to change in the near future.
Spain. The situation is quite similar to that in Italy, with a delivery time of 8 to 20 days.
France. Although the volume of shipments did not increase as significantly as to other countries - by 18%, the delivery time increased from the usual 7 days to 19.
Russia. Shipments to this country are usually delivered within 12 days, during the quarantine period - within 22. The situation in Russia is not clear, so this deadline may also be extended.
In Germany and Poland, the delivery time changed slightly, several additional days were added - the shipment is delivered in approximately 9 working days.
A full list of countries and information on whether shipping to them is available can be found here.
We also warn about shipments arriving in Lithuania. Many foreign postal operators face the same disruptions of transportation and postal services listed above, therefore longer transit times are possible not only for outgoing but also for incoming postal items to Lithuania.
We will inform you as soon as the situation changes. We apologize again for the inconvenience.