UBI EU Small Packets Affected by Heavy Snowfall

The designated operator of the United Kingdom, Royal Mail, asks us to inform the...

2 Mar 2018

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Dear Sir/Madam,

The designated operator of the United Kingdom, Royal Mail, asks us to inform the designated operators of other UPU member countries that significant snowfall has caused major disruptions to transport services across much of the United Kingdom. There is a red weather warning for heavy snow showers and drifting of lying snow along the central belt of Scotland. As a result, Royal Mail has had to close its Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth depots overnight, with no parcels leaving or arriving on the morning of 1 March 2018.

Red weather warnings are also in place for Storm Emma, which is expected to cause heavy snow and drifting with strong winds across South West England and South Wales later in the day on 1 March 2018.

Amber weather warnings are in place for frequent and heavy snow showers across much of Scotland, North East and North West England, the East Midlands, East Anglia, South East England, Southern England and the West Midlands.

Where it is safe to do so, Royal Mail is delivering and collecting as normal, but there is likely to be significant disruption to services across most of the United Kingdom, with the result that same-day ad-hoc collections and delivery service guarantees nationwide have been suspended on 1 March 2018.

Furthermore, congestion at the Channel crossings is still causing delays for all Royal Mail export services to mainland Europe, and guarantees are suspended on Euro Priority and Global Priority services to all mainland Europe, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland on 1 March 2018.

Royal Mail thanks designated operators for their understanding and cooperation and will inform them as soon as the situation returns to normal.