Ukrposhta is resuming international delivery: import and export
On 1 March 2022, Ukrposhta resumes the delivery of export postal items.
Currently, export postal items from eight regions (Lviv, Khmelnytskyi, Volyn, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne, Zakarpattia regions) are processed at the Lviv OE, and then sent via Poland to destinations around the world. Almost all other regions in Ukraine accept postal items in post offices. Ukrposhta is working on the restoration of direct routes between regions and further delivery of export postal items to Lviv, such as Odessa–Lviv and Dnipro–Lviv.
Our partner Poczta Polska provided Ukrposhta with the opportunity to exchange import and export mail with other posts in Poland and to hand over export mail for air delivery by five international airlines: Lufthansa, LOT, AirBaltic, KLM, Turkish Airlines. Ukrposhta already used this delivery method in 2020 at the beginning of the lockdown – and managed to maintain international delivery despite the COVID-19 restrictions.
The first car reached Poland on 1 March at 05.00 in the morning, delivering Ukrainian export mail, which will further be loaded on planes. The first trucks will deliver to Poland those export postal items that were in the process of registration at the Kyiv sorting centre at the time of the Russian intrusion (about 20 tons).
In addition to Poland, Slovakia, Latvia and Moldova are transit points for Ukrposhta’s import mail from around the world. The postal operators of these countries accept postal items from all over the world for Ukrposhta and deliver them to the Ukrainian border, where Ukrposhta reloads import mail into its own trucks to deliver it across Ukraine.
Ukraine’s airspace is completely closed for civilian air transportation, so Ukrposhta will not be able to send direct cargo planes to the JFK New York Airport together with Windrose Airlines. As soon as the restrictions are lifted, Ukrposhta will resume the flight program. Ukrposhta is working on resuming charter flights to deliver humanitarian aid on the way back.
Many designated postal operators of the UPU-member countries have expressed their support for the Ukrainian people, and are now working on special proposals for the transportation of parcels with humanitarian aid for Ukrainians. Information about these proposals will be available soon.
Due to the aggression by Russia and Belarus, Ukrposhta has completely blocked the exchange of mail and money orders with these aggressor countries. All previously accepted postal items will be returned to senders with reimbursement of the paid postage, as soon as this becomes possible, taking into account the security situation in Kyiv.