Suriname – Delay in mail processing and delivery

19 March, 2020

The designated operator of Suriname, Suriname Postal Corporation (SURPOST), asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, since Saturday, 14 March 2020, measures have been taken by the government of Suriname to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The country is in “lockdown”. The government has decided not to allow international flights until further notice. Official ferry connections with French Guiana (on the eastern border) and Guyana (to the west) have also been discontinued. All people have been advised to minimize social contact with others.

Therefore, SURPOST can pursue its activities only in compliance with strict ad hoc measures in line with government directives. To ensure that human contact is minimized, in the interest of personal safety, it is deemed necessary to significantly reduce the workforce deployed in the logistics chain, with regard to both sorting and delivery. This will have a major impact on operations and, consequently, quality of service for all types of inbound and outbound mail (letter post, parcels and EMS). This is expected to last until the end of the COVID-19 epidemic. For this reason, service delivery standards cannot be guaranteed and a situation of force majeure has been declared until the situation returns to normal.

SURPOST thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding. It will update them via EmIS once the situation has returned to normal.