If were unaware and you're expecting to receive posted items from UK - read on.
The incident was first announced on Friday 13 January.... it's understood it happened a little before that though as people began to notice orders dispatched after 10 January were not being picked up in the tracking link provided.
All International mail ceased forthwith.
On 18 January, some letters being sent overseas began to be allowed through - but not if they "contain goods", so basically only letters, forms, postcards but nothing of value - ie small orders purchased online such as eBay which cannot be dispatched as parcel post.
The backlog of parcels caught up before the official announcement was made public are now being slowly released and those I work closely with in online sales have said they can see their packages are finally being tracked and trickling through to their recipients.
Refer to the International Incident Bulletin which appears down the right hand side of the page as a link (provided at the bottom of this post), after you click through the Yellow Banner link at the top the RM home page of their website. The information contained on that link does not fully describe what cannot be sent which is this:
The latest International Incident Bulletin can be found here:Additionally, we have resumed the export of the below services to all international destinations and customers are now able to send the following into the Royal Mail network:
* International Standard and International Economy letters which do not require a customs declaration (i.e. these letters do not contain goods);
* International Business Standard (untracked) and International Business Economy personal correspondence letters (which do not require a customs declaration.
https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app ... /related/1