Albania – Update on measures to limit the spread of COVID-19

28 april, 2020

Albanian Post wishes to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government of Albania has extended the state of emergency and associated lockdown measures (initiated on 24 March 2020) until 26 June 2020.

As a result, Albanian Post is declaring a situation of force majeure with regard to letter-post and parcel-post items noting that suspension of Pay-for-Performance penalties has been unanimously agreed by the EMS Cooperative. Until further notice, Albanian Post is unable to guarantee postal service quality for international inbound and outbound services, or compliance with the service delivery standards (including delivery time and other quality parameters) for letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items applicable under UPU provisions and related bilateral and multilateral agreements with designated operators.

Furthermore, owing to a lack of transport capacity, Albanian Post is currently unable to send mail (letter post, parcel post and EMS items) to many countries, mainly outside the European Union (the list of countries concerned changes on a weekly basis). Therefore, with effect from 1 April 2020, Albanian Post has ceased to accept EMS items within its network, and letter-post and parcel-post items will be accepted only for those destinations where transport capacity is available.

Albanian Post 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.