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11 Mar 2020
11:06 am

SA Post Office halts mail to and from Southeast Asia over coronavirus fears

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Sapo apologised for the inconvenience and said it will resume services once suitable arrangements have been made with different airlines. However, mail to Hong Kong is not affected.

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The South African Post Pffice (Sapo) has advised its clients that it cannot accept mail destined to China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea due to what it calls challenges caused by the novel coronavirus.

Because Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Kuala Lumpur are affected by the delay, they will thus also not be accepted.

“The airline currently used by the SA post office for transport to and from these countries is unable to uplift mail due to challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, mail from these counties meant for South Africa will also be delayed,” said the post office in a statement.

Sapo apologised for the inconvenience and said it will resume services once suitable arrangements have been made with different airlines. However, mail to Hong Kong is not affected.

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