URGENT: On Sunday Poland will suspend all international air and rail traffic. I should still be able to ship to EU/Schengen because that’s road traffic – but that’s unclear due to 14-day quarantine for anyone crossing the border.
URGENT: Italy is no-go as of today (2020-03-13). Czechia and Slovakia moved to conditional status.
Most of DocBrowns have been shipped, if a bit later than I’ve anticipated. That new virus has several names already and keeps spreading, affecting my operations as well. There are delays in part shipments, various timetables change at a moment’s notice and it’s difficult to keep everything organized and going. I’m afraid this will be the case for weeks, if not months, to come.
Speaking of operations, I will open orders for Phoebe this Saturday at around 12:00 CET – that’s noon for the AM/PM people. Most importantly there will be exclusions this time, due to the virus and air traffic being affected:
- China and Hong Kong / Macau regions: orders will not be accepted
orders conditionally accepted for now not accepted, see above
- USA: orders will not be accepted
Sorry USA but with that new ban on travelling there’s too much conflicting info around and I can’t have my packages bounce after being stamped – that’s a lot of time and shipping costs wasted. Hopefully this is just a one-time thing but there’s already less planes and a lot of packages go by sea, and I’m tired of dealing with “Dude, where’s my mail?” questions. If it turns out cargo planes are also not allowed to land then ordering restriction will probably stay for the duration of the air travel ban.
And no, I will not accept orders to ship “at a later date”. I did that once, if accidentally, and I’m not repeating that mistake again. I also don’t want to sit, for weeks, on a bunch of “reserved” devices that I can’t ship or sell to anybody else, sorry.
Italy is a bit of a weird case, some shipping methods are not available now but it seems my class of pacakges is still allowed to go through – so as long as that’s the case, I will accept orders. Delivery times might be longer than usual.
China is still mostly on lockdown and I have a queue of Rhea orders waiting to be shipped, so I’m not accepting any more orders until airlines resume flights and I have all that sorted out.
Well, that’s the situation we are in now. It might get worse before it gets better.
UPDATE: Yes, I know the USA ban is for travel, not for goods. I also know that much of the letter-class mail actually goes into passenger planes as extra cargo. No passengers = no planes = no extra cargo space. That means other shipping methods must be used, not everything will fit into cargo planes and my envelopes were not meant to spend weeks at sea, in salty air, crammed together with heavier packages. And I already mentioned the lack of patience on longer delivery times, the comments also speak a lot about that.