Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, countless foreign countries have closed their borders. When borders close, international air and sea transportation becomes widely unavailable. As a result, USPS isn’t able to provide the same level of service to international destinations as the organization normally can. The Postal Service’s international shipping service Global Express Guaranteed is the organization’s latest service to be impacted by efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Until further notice, USPS asks customers to refrain from sending items addressed to the following list of countries.
Global Express Guaranteed Suspended to the Following Countries (Updated 5/19/2020)
- Cape Verde
- French Polynesia
- Norfolk Island
- Republic of the Congo
- Wallis and Futuna
What is GXG, and How is it Different From Priority Mail Express International?
Even though people often confuse the two, Global Express Guaranteed is an altogether different service than Priority Mail Express International. Global Express Guaranteed (otherwise called “GXG”) service is the fastest international shipping service that USPS offers. When it comes down to it, it’s much faster than Priority Mail Express International. The Postal Service delivers GXG shipments within 1–3 business days to more than 190 destination countries, with overnight delivery to many places in Canada.
In order to deliver these parcels so rapidly, the Postal Service partners with FedEx Express on GXG shipments. When packages arrive at the destination country, FedEx Express takes over the transportation and final delivery.
Global Express Guaranteed packages come with full tracking, as well as date-certain delivery timeframes with a money-back guarantee. That said, GXG is easily the Postal Service’s most expensive international shipping option. Prices start just shy of $70, and as a result, Priority Mail Express International is often the service most customers choose instead.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, USPS has also suspended Priority Mail Express International guarantees to a large number of countries.