As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues without any indication of a ceasefire, the South African Post Office (Sapo) has suspended postal service to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
The suspension comes after Russia carried out a land invasion in Ukraine.
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The attack on Ukraine has forced many countries in the West to impose sanctions on Russia and allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, while many companies, including tech giant Apple, BP, Shell and Nike, withdrew or shut down their services.
Russia’s war with Ukraine has also had a huge impact on oil prices, with the spot price of crude oil soaring to a seven-year high above $110 a barrel on Wednesday, for the first time since July 2014.
Before dawn Thursday, Putin launched what he called a special military operation, ignoring Western warnings and saying the “neo-Nazis” ruling Ukraine were threatening Russia’s security.
The Russian attack is the largest on a European state since World War II and threatens to overthrow the post-Cold War order on the continent.
In a statement on Wednesday, the post office said the airmail service will remain available for nearly 40 countries and the surface mail service for more than 51 countries.
The post office has given general tips when sending or receiving mail from abroad.
It said customers ordering items from other countries should provide their mobile phone number and address details so they can text them when the item is available for pick-up.
“Customers who ship items to other countries must ensure that they do not send anything that is not allowed by post, including weapons, ammunition, explosives, liquids or items that could break or leak. No plant or animal material may be shipped to other countries. †
The post office has encouraged customers to exercise caution when packing items for shipment abroad, as mail is shipped in bulk.