Postal deliveries between Lithuania and the United Kingdom face serious disruptions after a number of countries closed their borders to the UK over a new strain of the coronavirus.
Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) has warned of delays in parcel deliveries to and from the United Kingdom amid transport restrictions.
“We have been shipping parcels to the UK not only by air but also by land for some time now,” Norbertas Žioba, head of marketing and sales at the state postal company, said in a statement.
“Border closures have disrupted ports’ operations, leading to long queues of trucks and forcing some of them to turn back,” he added.
The UK is one of the most popular destinations for parcels from Lithuania and a transit hub for air shipments to at least ten other countries, including the United States, Australia and Canada, according to Žioba.
Lietuvos Paštas is currently looking for alternative routes for deliveries to these countries and is diverting parcels to other transit airports, but it may temporarily stop accepting parcels to the UK, he said.
DPD suspends deliveries to UK and Ireland
Meanwhile the parcel delivery company DPD Lietuva said on Tuesday it suspended deliveries to and from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Parcels collected on December 21 would be returned to senders, Gabrielius Bilevičius, DPD Baltics sales and marketing director, said in a press release.
Parcel deliveries between Lithuania and the UK would also be affected by post-Brexit changes, he added, as goods ordered online from Britain and parcels sent to that country would be subject to customs duties or VAT starting from January 1.
“New customs procedures would be applied starting from January 4 but it now looks unlikely that we will resume parcel delivery services before that date,” Bilevicius said.