The Cayman Islands Postal Service (CIPS) has resumed outgoing international mail service, limited to items destined for the United States, including: letter mail, parcel, registered and express mail service (EMS).
While service is back with immediate effect, Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow cautions customers not to expect pre-lockdown delivery times for any class of mail.
The United States Postal Service (USPS), Ms Glasgow explains, like postal organizations everywhere, is finding it challenging to operate in a COVID-19 environment with reduced staff, social distancing protocols, self-isolation, etc.
International mail entering a country like the US is the responsibility of the sending country she notes.
With regards to mail coming into the Cayman Islands, she says that following outreach to international partners earlier this month the Postal Service is waiting to hear what transportation arrangements they will make to get mail here.
CIPS is also continuing work to establish transportation links to other countries so that mail can resume to those jurisdictions.
“We make weekly contact with our key postal partners namely, the USA, Canada, and UK to enquire if they are likely to get mail to Cayman Islands this week and discuss what transportation options may be available. We are aware that many residents with family and friends abroad are eagerly awaiting items that have been posted, but are still being held in the country of origin awaiting transportation here”, Ms Glasgow comments.
The public will be advised as increased services become available.
In related news, Savannah is less than a week away from becoming the second post office on Grand Cayman to resume offering counter services to customers. Savannah Post Office reopens on Wednesday, 27 May and Thursday, 28 May. More information will be shared with the public on Monday 25 May.
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