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Liz
10 Nov 2021
10:07:04pm

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Has anyone else noticed that the mail delivery times to and from the US have recently become worse?

Today I received a small First Class Paid envelope mailed from Jacksonville, FL on October 18th.

Today is November 10th - 23 days after the envelope went through the first cancellation machine.

There is no apparent damage showing on the envelope & no signs that it was held up at customs.

Maybe now that the border is open we can have our mail hand delivered by one of our Snowbirds heading south Thinking


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10 Nov 2021
11:44:57pm
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On November 3, my wife received a birthday from a cousin who lives in St. Louis. It had been mailed on October 4.

By contrast, yesterday I received a cover from a dealer in England. I ordered it on November 3.

Bob

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11 Nov 2021
01:50:45am

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Last week I received a package from the USA that had taken 5 (!) months and 3 days to get here. A friend who works in the aviation industry told me that it is not even extraordinary. Especially at JFK international distribution centre the delays have become huge. When I talked about this, an acquaintance from my village showed me a letter from San Francisco to our place (Sint Maarten, Netherlands) that had been in transit more than 6 months.

What does not really help is that someone at the USPS decided that Sint Maarten, Netherlands could not be right, it should have been Sint Maarten Netherlandse (sic) Antilles. Never mind that the N.A. have been split up 11 years ago... So a little detour that makes an interesting cover.

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11 Nov 2021
04:00:41am

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Here it is, mailed 1 June, received 4 November. Note the country. No idea where Kyrgyzstan entered the game, it is spelled slightly different than Netherlands. It was corrected, then again corrected incorrectly and finally someone understood where it had to go...

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11 Nov 2021
06:28:42am
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Our mail seems to be delivered in near back to expected times (adjusted for new cross country delivery standards) including mailings from Canada. One recent SOR mailing must have jammed in a sorter due to uneven thickness of envelope judging by the fold marks.

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11 Nov 2021
08:26:48am

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Be aware that some Ebay customers demand a Refund, and receive it, after waiting 10 or so days for a shipment to arrive. They then receive the shipment at a later date. I have had this happen to me twice recently.

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11 Nov 2021
01:43:55pm
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I receive the newsletters from the Pitcairn Islands. I received the latest batch a week ago. It was mailed from the island over 6 months ago. It usually takes 3 months to arrive.

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Liz
11 Nov 2021
05:39:28pm

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I find there's not much of a delay for regular letter airmail coming here from Europe. It's the mail service delivery between Canada & the USA that seems to be unusually slow.

It will get even slower now with the Christmas mailings in the delivery stream.


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BermudaSailor
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12 Nov 2021
03:33:10pm
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I used to get mail from England in five to seven days. Now it takes three to five weeks.

I read somewhere that the mail sits in Customs (or some such way station) in New York for weeks on end.

Mailing from one place to another with the US isn't much better. I had one buyer tell me that they had not received their eBay item three weeks after I had mailed it. I assume they receive it shortly thereafter, as I didn't hear from them again

David

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Jansimon
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12 Nov 2021
05:03:42pm

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"I read somewhere that the mail sits in Customs (or some such way station) in New York for weeks on end."



yes, that's what I was told as well, although I understood it was mainly for mail leaving the US. Jamaica International Distribution Center at JFK / New York was pointed out to me as one of the main bottlenecks.

Jan-Simon

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Tom in Exton, PA
24 Nov 2021
10:45:00am
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"Here it is, mailed 1 June, received 4 November. Note the country. No idea where Kyrgyzstan entered the game, it is spelled slightly different than Netherlands. It was corrected, then again corrected incorrectly and finally someone understood where it had to go..."



Wow! A round the world tour. Appears to have gone to Kyrgyzstan, who forwarded it to Netherlands Antille, who realized it was to go to the Netherlands in Europe!

In my eBay sales I've sent things recently to Germany, Italy, Poland, Brazil and Iceland. I'm selling covers so it's just a light number 11 envelope, but people seem to be receiving it within a week, based on them leaving feedback for me!

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24 Nov 2021
05:10:53pm

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I had a package arrive from Denmark on Monday. It took only 10 days. Once here, a postal carrier couldn't find my address even though I live in a 56 unit complex. She then decided to put it on the porch of a nearby house. The Postal Service still hasn't found it. I have two other packages arriving shortly without tracking numbers. I wonder where they will end up.

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