The Samovar

Mail to Crimea?

Unhinged - 4/5/2014 at 17:42

Does anyone know about how sending mail to Crimea works today? I see that Deutsche Post is not accepting mail to Crimea, so I'm wondering how other countries post systems are handling this mess. I'm not looking for political views, just the facts of the matter. If anyone knows, that is.

Jeff - 4/6/2014 at 17:36

Even more interesting is how is mail coming out of Crimea - with a Ukrainian or Russian stamp?

stamplover - 4/7/2014 at 14:33

I asked a friend who was born in Kerch and still has connections in Crimea to arrange sending me mail if possible. Will report when find what's going on.

jlechtanski - 4/15/2014 at 21:05

UPU Press Release:

Ukraine cites temporary difficulties in delivering mail to Crimea
04.04.2014 - The Ukrainian Post has informed the designated postal operators of the Universal Postal Union’s member countries to suspend the dispatch of international mail to Ukraine addressed to the Crimea until further notice.

“The designated operator of Ukraine, the Ukrainian State Postal Enterprise (Ukrposhta), asks us to inform all designated operators of UPU member countries that, owing to the current situation in Ukraine, and on the Crimean peninsula in particular, there are difficulties delivering postal items of all kinds to addressees residing in the Crimea and Sevastopol,” said the UPU message sent to member countries on behalf of Ukraine. “Ukrposhta therefore asks the designated operators of UPU member countries to suspend the dispatching to Ukraine of any international postal items addressed to the Crimea (postal codes in the range 95000–99999).”

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein said he hoped the parties involved would soon find an operational solution.

Ukrposhta said global postal operators would be informed about the resumption of deliveries as soon as the situation changes.

According to the latest statistics of the UPU, Ukraine received some 20 million letters and more than 2.5 million parcels from abroad in 2012.

jlechtanski - 4/15/2014 at 21:18

Web translation from the Russian Post web site:

According to information posted on the website Mail Ukraine, reception and delivery of mail in the direction of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city stopped.

In this regard, Russia has sent letters Mail postal operators of the participating countries of the Universal Postal Union that the postal operator of the Russian Federation is ready to accept and deliver mail, addressed to the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Russian Post guarantees mutual settlements with international operators for sending data items according to the rates set by the Universal Postal Union to the Russian Federation. Russian Post is doing everything possible to preserve the unity and integrity of the postal network and the provision of postal services peninsula that meets the principles of the Universal Postal Union.

All post offices on the peninsula working as usual, the Russian domestic mail exchange with the Crimea runs normally and smoothly.

When sending mail to residents of Crimea in the address bar is necessary to specify the country receiving "Russia" and Russia's new index in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, adding to the old Ukrainian index number "2" (such as zip code Simferopol change from "95000" to " 295000 "Sevastopol - with" 99000 "to" 299000 ", by analogy change other indices in the region).


stamplover - 4/18/2014 at 14:42

This airmail letter was sent on March 28 from Kerch and arrived in about 10 days, as has been usual for Ukrainian mail to the USA over the last several years. The pre-paid cover cost about $1. Thus, everything looks better than in official documents.

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