US Bees: Does the shutdown affect postal service?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It shouldn’t no, we are still getting mail here in the US

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It’s not affecting domestic mail. But since your package is international mail, there may be an issue of fewer customs staff to process it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

USPS is not affected.  They have a message at the top of their website saying they are still open, and I just got back from the post office this morning.

ETA: PP is probably right in that it’s being held up with customs, which may be affected by the shutdown.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d call and ask about it if you have a tracking #.  I  don’t think customs are affected either.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

The USPS is still operating. But on the border they may have reduced some staff in customs (I’m not sure) that could be putting a delay on the processing of your package.

I’d definitely call if you can.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Nope, USPS is working as normal

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had a package delivered FROM Canada (via USPS) last week. I live in the US. My package came exactly on time..you might want to give USPS a call or check the tracking number online!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m waiting for a package too, that was shipped the day after the government shut down. I’m also going to assume it’s held up at the border, but I’m not sure if US customs actively checks outgoing mail. I know for sure that Canadian customs checks all packages – they X ray everything.

I’m kind of mad though… the parcel is just a bunch of music books my cousin in Chicago sent to me. They were supposed to come within a week because she sent them express airmail. Oh well. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mu_t:  The post office is on a yearly contract with the govenment. They get their money to run in lump sums every year. Untill their fiscal year runs out, and the govenment can’t pay them their next lump sum, they should be operating normally.

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