International delivery updates

Events overseas can delay the delivery of items.

COVID-19 update: Delivery delays

Due to the wide spread of COVID-19 globally, we are still experiencing major international delivery delays due to insufficient airfreight capacity and government restrictions. We expect this to continue for some time. While most overseas parcels, once with NZ Post, are being delivered in 3 days, some may be delayed up to 7 days and up to 12 days in the Waikato region and up to 14 days in Auckland.

Delays in receiving parcels from overseas

Due to significant increases in parcel volumes within NZ, there are currently delays to deliveries especially within the Auckland and Waikato regions. While most overseas parcels, once with NZ Post, are being delivered within 3 days, some may be delayed up to 7 days and up to 12 days in the Waikato region and up to 14 days in Auckland.

What you can do to help

If you’re waiting on a parcel from overseas, please note that it needs to arrive in NZ, clear NZ customs and then it will be passed to NZ Post for delivery.

Please only contact us if our Tracking tool shows it’s been more than 7 working days since NZ Post received your parcel.

Countries impacted

Download Receiving International Mail and Parcels (PDF - 130KB)

Delays in sending parcels overseas

To help us continue to deliver your items internationally, some of our normal sending services have temporarily changed:

  • Signature upon delivery for some services, like International Courier, may not be provided by some countries.
  • International Courier will be prioritised over International Airmail services.
  • International Express courier is the best service to use for urgent parcels, but delays may still occur.

We’ve also had to introduce International Surcharges in addition to standard rates. Delivery targets will also differ from normal.<.p>

Countries impacted

Download Sending Internationally (PDF - 170KB)

What we’re doing to help with delays

We’re making every effort to continue to actively deliver parcels, however due to the changing nature of airline capacity and delivery services within countries, delivery estimates should only be used as guide only. We’re working closely with our partner airlines and other postal operators worldwide to move items as quickly as possible.


Network Disruptions

India

Start: 30 March 2020
Ends: Until further notice

International Express Courier cannot accept any shipments to India.

 

Iran

Start: 11 March 2020
Ends: Until further notice

International Express Courier cannot accept any shipments to Iran.

 

Somalia

Start: 31 January 2020
Ends: Ongoing

No service to Somalia effective from 31 January 2020.

 

Syria

Start: 31 January 2020
Ends: Ongoing

No service to Syria effective from 31 January 2020.

 

Ukraine

Start: 2014
Ends: Ongoing

Due to the ongoing political situation in Ukraine, all mail items addressed to the Crimea region are currently not able to be delivered. The post codes affected are 95000-99999.

 

Yemen

Start: 2015
Ends: Ongoing

Due to the ongoing political situation in Yemen, mail dispatches into and out of the country have been suspended.

 

 

Additional international sending restrictions

By country, service and/or item

For further information on international sending restrictions, please visit the Prohibited and Restricted Items page.

China - Honey

We are working through compliance requirements with MPI for sending honey to China. In the meantime, we can continue to accept personal parcels of honey over the PostShop counter.

 

Ghana

International Express Courier service does not accept electronic goods/electric goods from private individuals shipping to Ghana. All shipments to Ghana using international express courier will incur 100% security inspection regardless of content.

 

Global – All Services – Printer Toner Cartridges

Due to international security requirements, we are not accepting printer toner cartridges sent to any international destination.

 

Global – All Services – Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones prohibited on all International Services

All Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones will not be permitted to be sent by any international service to any international destinations.

This includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, including newly manufactured ones from the factory and old Samsung Note7 devices recalled from customers and retailers and distributors.

 

India – International Express Courier - Passports

Requirements for sending Passports to India using International Express Courier:

  • Shipments must be addressed to an Embassy/Consulate/Regulatory body.
  • Shipments must travel as a “Document” with an official letter to accompany it.
  • Value of the goods must be the stated as the replacement value of the passport.

 

India – International Express Courier - Precious metal and stones

Precious metal and stones to India via International Express Courier:

Start: 2016
Ends: Ongoing

  • Items made of (or mostly consisting of) precious metals and gemstones may not be sent to India with International Express Courier.
  • This applies to items made of gold, silver, rhodium, platinum, diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal and amethyst. It also applies to other precious metals and gemstones.
  • If a shipment contains fake precious metals or gemstones (e.g. imitation gold jewellery), this should be clearly specified on the airway bill and invoice. It will then be sent for testing and valuation before it can be customs-cleared and forwarded to the end receiver.
  • Shipping precious metals and gemstones from India is acceptable. Here the only limitation is the import regulations of the destination country.

 

Russia – International Express Courier

Start: 2016
Ends: Ongoing

Requirements for sending parcels to Russia using International Express Courier:

  • Parcels (gifts, merchandise or samples) sent to Russia using International Express Courier must be addressed from a business in New Zealand and addressed to a business in Russia.
  • Documents (including passports and National ID cards) sent to Russia using International Express Courier may be addressed from, and/or to an individual party.

 

Tajikistan

International Express Courier delivery service in Tajikistan has been suspended until further notice.

 

Thailand

Start: 2 October 2017
Ends: Ongoing

Update to prohibited and restricted commodities

The importation of the following items into Thailand requires permits or licenses from consignee regardless of quantities:

  • Cosmetics
  • Foodstuffs
  • Medicines

The following items are prohibited and will be destroyed by Thai Authorities:

  • E-cigarettes
  • Personal massagers
  • TV streaming boxes (e.g. Chromecast, Apple TV etc)

 

Venezuela – International Express Courier

International Express Courier delivery service in Venezuela has been suspended until further notice.