Post office moves to prevent disruptions
Contingency plans are being worked on to reduce disruption to Bermuda’s inbound and outbound overseas mail, which has been affected by Covid-19 restrictions.
The Bermuda Post Office is seeking to secure a cargo agent in New Jersey to transition mail through US Customs and to the United States Postal Service processing centre in New York.
The BPO’s plans also aim to mitigate future disruptions.
It halted the distribution of all international mail last month because of Covid-19.
This week it said postal network disruptions would continue, and that inbound mail from Canada Post and US Postal Service would not be delivered to Bermuda until commercial flights resumed at LF Wade International Airport.
The airport was closed on March 20; commercial flights are expected to return with its reopening in Phase 4.
In the meantime, the UK’s Royal Mail has sent mail to Bermuda via container ship which is expected to arrive in the near future.
In addition, some mail is being received from other mail carriers on cargo jet flights.
The BPO said a local freight company is assisting in sending mail overseas once a week.
“These shipments are restricted to letter mail and documents due to US Customs parcel mail restrictions upon arrival in the US. Delivery to intended addressees in the US is restricted to USPS mandates due to Covid-19,” the BPO stated.
A limited number of outbound parcel mail received from Bermuda residents has been secured until commercial flights resume. Transportation of all categories of mail will resume when the airport reopens for commercial flights.
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