Why Is So Much International Freight Suspended at The Moment?

I tried to post something to Korea today but was turned away by the post office due to freight suspension by the other country. It just seems strange that this was the case. I guess I have no choice but to cancel the ebay sale and refund the buyer.

Hasn't the world moved on from covid restrictions? 2 week parcel quarantines should work wonders in "stopping the spread" incase I accidentally coughed in the envelope.
Or does this have something to do with the backlog of logistics and freight delays? I'd be happy to wait for slower postage such as the slowest of the slow sea mail, but alas that isn't even an option.

Should I get used to this new world of anti-globalisation?

Comments

  • +2

    Deliveries to Korea and Taiwan remain suspended until further notice due to an ongoing lack of air freight capacity.

    https://auspost.com.au/service-updates/current-updates/deliv...

    Other suspensions are being lifted already.

    Following a brief suspension, International air services to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Kuwait will resume on Monday, 18 October. Services to India, Malaysia and Philippines will also resume on Monday 25 October.

    Situation is improving. Panic over.

  • +1

    Because there arent many flights going around.
    Could have tried using Interparcel to move it via courier.

    The issue is the Universal Postal Union aren't willing to accept more parcels to certain locations due to continually changing circumstances as a result of covid aka less flights going around.

  • +7

    Not sure if you've heard about COVID-19 but yeah

    • +2

      Can you expand on this…. Covid thing….

    • Covid is old news mate. Dom is reopening NSW to overseas flights next month.

      • That doesn't mean there isn't continued knock-on impacts on many things, particularly logistics…

  • +2

    Why is so much international freight suspended at the moment?

    As most of that goes by planes….. Planes are not flying as often, so less freight can be moved.

    Hasn't the world moved on from covid restrictions? 2 week parcel quarantines should work wonders in "stopping the spread" incase I accidentally coughed in the envelope

    See above, if they can't get your parcel on a plane…….

  • Check the following page and spot the planes going to/from Australia (aka international routes):
    https://www.flightradar24.com/-34.36,147.22/4

    This is your answer.

  • It just seems strange that this was the case.

    On the contrary, it would be strange if it were normal. Nobody's flying, therefore, there are no planes to transport any kind of freight.

  • I also tried to do ONE parcel to Korea today and I have to cancel and refund the buyer. No big deal.

  • COVID stopped a huge amount of passenger aircraft flying.

    The majority of freight carried on passenger aircraft was/is cargo (not passengers' bags).

    Without these aircraft, there were not enough flights to carry the freight around.

    People started buying more things online which meant even more demand for freight capacity, with less aircraft…

    • Why didn't they repurpose consumer aircraft as full time mail couriers?

      • +2

        I would guess the cost subsidy of $1200 per head or whatever a plane ticket costs (to Korea, for example) vs the $20 odd dollars you paid in postage for the package to cover wages, fuel, airport taxes etc. that’s why Fed Ex et al. costs more for you to send the same package.

  • -1

    I cant believe someone is asking this question…

    address: 1 WTF St. Underrock

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