The U.S. Postal Service announced that it will be “temporarily suspending the guarantee on priority mail express” to China or Hong Kong over airline cancellations and other restrictions that were implemented due to the spread of coronavirus.
The suspension is slated go into effect starting Monday, according to an alert posted by the Postal Service on its website.
Further details were not offered in the bulletin, but the USPS said on Feb. 7 that customers should “expect delays in transport and delivery during this period.”
Hello Rebecca Chan,
USPS will be temporarily suspending the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China
and Hong Kong, effective Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, due to widespread airline cancellations and restrictions into this area. ^VMC
— USPS Help (@USPSHelp) February 10, 2020
Last week, the union that represents United Parcel Service (UPS) pilots said that it reached an agreement with the delivery company to make flying to China a voluntary job.
“This joint effort addresses crewmember concerns over safety during the coronavirus health crisis,” the union said in a statement, according to CNBC.
Rival delivery company FedEx announced it would allow its pilots to opt-out of going to China.
“The safety and well-being of our team members is always our top priority, and we continue to closely monitor developments related to the coronavirus. Throughout this situation, we have been in constant communication with our crew force regarding our flight operations in China. We can confirm that we have reached an agreement with our pilots that allows crew members to voluntarily decline trips into China,” the Memphis, Tennessee-based firm said on Feb. 8, according to local station WREG.
The coronavirus is believed to have sickened thousands of people inside mainland China, although netizens and citizen journalists have suspected that the true number of cases is far higher than what the Chinese Communist Party is reporting. The outbreak first prompted a lockdown in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and later, in numerous other cities.
Correction: The previous headline of this article was corrected from “USPS Temporarily Suspends Some Mail to China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak” to the current headline. The article also had information that was misattributed to the USPS about potential delays. The Epoch Times regrets these errors.