It's in the Mail: Incoming Packages Delayed Due to Passover

Post Office says efforts being made to clear the backlog, which built up due to the high volume over Passover.

Amitai Ziv
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“People just aren't using the mail to transmit information anymore. It's just for physical objects – packages and money," says Israel Postal Company Deputy CEO Herzl Bar-Mag.Credit: Bloomberg
Amitai Ziv

As of the end of last week, large volumes of mail from abroad were apparently still awaiting processing at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.

The postal items, mostly packages, have been delayed in part due to holdups in sorting mail over the recent Passover holiday. Letters were also affected by the backlog.

One post office customer, who preferred to be identified simply as Rami, said that merchandise he ordered online from eBay on March 19 had not arrived by the end of last week.

The postal authority did not deny that there was a backlog of mail at the airport. However, it said the quantities involved were not as large as 200 tons – as has been alleged by some sources.

Efforts were being made to clear the backlog, the authority said, adding that the holdup was the result of the large volume of mail sent to Israel, in addition to the delays due to the holiday.