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Our offices thorough the USA will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to Covid -19 Indications are that we will only open up once there is a vaccine available.

We have been working remotely from a Cottage in New Harbor, Maine for the past few months. The Cottage is in Cove with really nice views. As the office is closed we have extended our stay until November. 

 

 

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A new prediction on Covid-19 Deaths (from the same source that has been fairly accurate so far on CNN) Predicts that Covid-19  deaths  will reach 3000 people a day by December. 

I certainly wont be going to the movies.

Take Extra Care everyone!  

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On 8/28/2020 at 8:08 AM, oscar said:

Good News! According to the US post office South Africa is open to receive mail from the USA.

Here is the link to yesterdays update: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm?_gl=1*1ouznjt*_gcl_dc*R0NMLjE1OTg2MTYyNTYuNDM3ZWQ1ZGM2YzEyMWFkN2YyOWQ4YTk0OWVhNGNjNGQ.

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On 9/26/2020 at 8:31 AM, oscar said:

Good News! According to the US post office South Africa is open to receive mail from the USA.

Here is the link to yesterdays update: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm?_gl=1*1ouznjt*_gcl_dc*R0NMLjE1OTg2MTYyNTYuNDM3ZWQ1ZGM2YzEyMWFkN2YyOWQ4YTk0OWVhNGNjNGQ.

Can you imagine the backlog..  Has anyone got post delivered successfully to SA yet.

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I sent a small envelope of Birthday, Halloween and Christmas cards last week for $68.00. I kept on getting updates while the package was in the USA.  The last message  received was departed JFK and since then there has been no further updates.

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Here is a update on the small envelope sent to Cape Town. on October 2. Package  Arrived in Johannesburg yesterday 10/14 and it arrived in Cape Town this afternoon.  10/15

Tracking info

Mailed in NYC October 2

Departed JFK  October 5

Arrived in JHB October  14

Arrived in CTN October 15

 

it will be interesting how many days it sits in Customs and local post office.

The US Post office gave misleading information as the promise was a 3-4 day delivery through a shared delivery system with Fed Ex - They  charge $68.00 for a package  with a max weight of 4 lbs

 

 

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The Package is making great progress: 

October 16, 2020, 11:20 am
Processed Through Facility
SOUTH AFRICA
Your item was processed through a facility in SOUTH AFRICA on October 16, 2020 at 11:20 am. The item is currently in transit to the destination.


October 16, 2020, 11:20 am
Held in Customs
JIMC E EMS, SOUTH AFRICA


October 16, 2020, 11:20 am
Customs Clearance
SOUTH AFRICA

 

Processed through customs in a minute.😀 That's amazing... Still awaiting to see if they deliver it or if it has to be picked up at a post office.  

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I’m sure having tracking on it helps as “insurance” too if you know what I mean. 
 

Sending a birthday card today, interested to see when it will arrive. We have learnt not to send those fancy Papyrus type cards with stuff on the front anymore as they never reach the recipient ..I guess it looks too much like there is something included in the envelope. Normal flat cards seem to get there, albeit quite late sometimes.

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23 hours ago, oscar said:

Departed JFK  October 5

Arrived in JHB October  14

I find this puzzling. This was airmail obviously... what was this package doing flying around in the air for 9 days 😆
(I guess there is some kind of central facility at a transit point but even so ...? )

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When sending a couple of cards in a larger envelope, I suggest not gluing the envelopes closed, just fold them inwards. Just in case those little fingers go through your package expecting to find money or a gift card. When they find no money its more than likely to get through. If its glued close they think there is something of value inside.  

 

Regarding the Departed JFK and Arrived in JHB 14 -  US Post office appears to use Emirates airlines a lot, so the mail could be floating around Dubai for a few days.  

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