COVID-19: International Shipping

Worldbuilder’s markets goals is to make sure we are doing all that as possible for you to receive your order quickly. Because of the COVID-19 virus all international shipping methods Worldbuilders offers have been delayed significantly.

The following email provides more details:


Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 8:10 AM
Subject: UPDATE: International Mail Service Disruptions Due to COVID-19 - Air to Sea Transportation Diversion - Update 6-1-20
To: Worldbuilders 


Please see the following Industry Alert on the use of sea transportation to replace air transportation to specific destinations resulting from flight cancellations and restrictions due to COVID-19.    

International Service Impact: Alternate Transport – Fourth Air to Sea Diversion to Rotterdam

On May 20, 2020, a fourth sea transport departed with volume from the Chicago, JFK, and Miami International Service Centers and is estimated to arrive at the Rotterdam (Netherlands) port on June 15, 2020. Sea route arrival dates are not exact and may vary depending on weather related events and queuing at port of arrival. The vessel is carrying an estimated 6,300 receptacles in six (6) containers weighing roughly 37,000 kilograms. It is serving mail destined to:

•   Austria

•    Denmark

•   Hungary

•   Poland

•   Sweden

•   Czech Republic

•    Finland

•   Netherlands

•   Spain

•   Switzerland (Geneva and      Zurich)

 When calculating estimated delivery times, additional days required for unloading, customs clearance and road transit should be considered. The table below outlines a typical sea transit delivery cycle that begins upon arrival to the detined port:

Rotterdam Port Unloading

Rotterdam Port Custom Clearance/Clear Customs

Rotterdam Port Transit to Den Hague OE

Den Hague OE Acceptance & Sorting

Den Hague OE Road Transit to Delivery Address

1-2 Days

2 Days

1 Day

2-3 Days

1-4 Days

*OE = Office of Exchange

This transportation alternative will be used for the following mail classes: Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail®(IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items.

Alternate transit options will remain in effect until sufficient air transportation capacity becomes available.

The Postal Service™ is closely monitoring service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to update customers until the situation returns to normal.

Please visit our International Service Alerts page for the most up to date information:

Please note that United States Postal Service (USPS) supplies international shipping service for United Parcel Service Mail Innovation.

Worldbuilders is doing our best to prioritize processing of international orders to prevent additional delays. We will provide additional updates as we receive them.

If you have any questions about shipping or anything related to orders, please email us at


Updated 6/4/2020