The designated operator of Romania, Poșta Română, would like to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that a state of emergency, lasting 30 days, was declared by the government on Monday, 16 March 2020, in order to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
This state of emergency, which applies to the entire country, entails a number of extraordinary measures, effective at least until 16 April 2020, or to a later date that may be communicated in due course.
Consequently, Poșta Română can only continue its activities in compliance with the strict ad hoc measures taken by the government.
New travel restrictions have led to massive cancellations of international flights. Owing to the suspension of air services to a number of international destinations, Poșta Română is facing difficulties sending international postal items, and delays are to be expected for all types of inbound and outbound mail (letter post, parcels and EMS). This will have a major impact on operations and, consequently, on quality of service. Poșta Română is no longer able to meet all of its contractual obligations, in particular delivery standards, for international mail. Therefore, all contractually agreed sanctions, especially those concerning penalty payments, e.g. pay for performance, are suspended until flights return to their normal operating schedule. When this occurs, Poșta Română will resume its normal services. It is working continuously to improve the situation.
As a major employer and a key element in the country’s economy, Poșta Română is fully committed to playing its part in helping Romania to overcome this major challenge. A dedicated committee, involving all senior management, has already been working for a number of weeks, in close contact with the relevant institutional bodies, to define and continuously adapt its operations and services in compliance with the government measures intended to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
Poșta Română thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding.