Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, IPC has focused on the operational challenges, ensuring that information sharing, assistance and cooperation between posts continue functioning.

Interviews with member posts about the impact of Covid-19

20-05-2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, posts have been at the forefront, playing an essential role in the communication and delivery of essential goods to both companies and homes. In order to ensure the safety of employees and customers, posts have taken their own specific measures to slow the spread of the virus, some of which are common and others which are country specific. 

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IPC GCSS distributes information on special proof of delivery (POD) procedures linked to Covid-19

23-04-2020

In the current coronavirus context, many postal operators have implemented temporary procedures to replace the “proof of delivery”, once postal drivers in many countries are nowadays not allowed to collect the recipient’s signature nor to have any contact with the recipient at all. IPC’s GCSS gathers an overview of all the different procedures set in place by 26 operators around the globe, so that customer service agents have a continuous access to the most up-to-date information. 

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IPC supports posts worldwide in times of crisis

23-04-2020

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, IPC has been coordinating operational information exchange, assisting in enhancing cross-border postal cooperation and the sharing of best practices on preventative safety measures for postal staff. However, this is not the first time IPC has supported postal operators across the globe during international crisis situations. Back in 2010, IPC actively supported European members through the Sprinter Network when airline operations were completely stopped for several weeks due to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. The same year, the United States imposed extremely restrictive constraints to air carriage after two explosive packages originating from Yemen were discovered in cargo flights at destination of the US. IPC supported the European members by contracting a charter flight to the US, compliant with all security regulation.

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First IPC-chartered aircraft transported mail between US and Europe as part of coronavirus measures

02-04-2020

The first airlink between the United States and Europe was successfully carried out. The United Airlines plane, chartered by IPC, landed in Brussels on 1 April with mail items destined to several European countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, France and Switzerland.

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IPC-managed initiative to share operational updates between posts worldwide

26-03-2020

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus crisis in China, IPC has coordinated weekly conference calls with over 50 posts, including all IPC members, and many other non-members such as posts from China, Israel, Russia, Turkey, the Ukraine and many others. Initially, the calls focused on how to manage the flows to and from China.

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Postal and logistics coronavirus updates