During holiday season, don’t leave your shipments to the last minute!

LETA, 7 Dec. The Regulatory Commission of Public Services (SPRK) advices not to postpone the shipments to the last moment during holiday season.

The data collected by SPRK show that on average monthly postal operators in Latvia process a total of 1.8 million parcels and 600,000 small parcels, but at the end of the year these numbers almost triple.
At the same time, SPRK notes that last year, compared to 2020, the number of all postal shipments increased by almost 10%, while thanks to the development of e-commerce, the number of parcel shipments increased by almost 50%. The biggest increase in parcel shipments was in parcels – by 45% for domestic shipments and by 73% for cross-border shipments.
Bruno Fridenbergs-Ansbergs, the chief expert of the postal market service of SPRK, warns that with the rapid increase in the volume of mail at the end of the year, the delivery of parcels may take even twice as long.
“Shipments may be delayed if an illegible or inaccurate addressee is specified, inappropriate packaging is used, there is a suspicion of an item from the list of prohibited items in the shipment, the instructions and regulations of the post office are not followed, as well as for other reasons.”
SPRK reminds that the duration of the delivery in standard cases in the territory of Latvia is one working day for letters, and four working days for parcels. International shipments, on the other hand, take longer, depending on the location. For example, in the European Union – up to 10 working days.
The commission explains that since it is not possible to transfer all parcels in one vehicle during the holidays due to the increase in the number of postal items, a queue of parcels is formed during the holidays, and they are delivered to their destination with the next available vehicle.
The SPRK also reminds that it should be expected that international mail may be opened and inspected by customs, resulting in delays in delivery. Mail can be returned to the addressee or even disposed of.

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