The Posti factor claims that Covid has disrupted its international mail routes, causing it to serve fewer than 20 countries outside of Europe.
“Passenger flights to distant countries carry bags of mail in their cargo. But the planes are not taking off now ”, explained the vice president of Posti. Sami finne.
Posti has been redirecting mail since the start of the pandemic, moving mail from planes to trucks. Ground transportation now covers deliveries to most of mainland Europe, according to the company.
Posti says delivery is always smooth for packages destined for the United States, China, South Korea and Japan. The Finnish postal service, however, halted deliveries to many countries in South America and Africa as well as New Zealand, for example.
“We have no way of making these connections at a reasonable price,” Finne said, adding that customers can check Posti’s country list for the most recent information.
Finne said customers wishing to send mail to a country not served by Posti should contact a courier.
Posti now carries around one million pieces of mail each week – a figure it says is expected to double by the end of the year.
Posti has around 2,000 self-service pick-up points, which it says will increase to 2,200 by the end of the year.