Postal packs with illegible addresses: Thousands yet to be delivered

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Department of Posts has been able to identify the recipients of 20,000-odd parcels of which the addresses had been erased and would be forwarding them to the rightful owners while there are still thousands of packs pending delivery.

Borella Post Office Postmaster K.M. Chinthaka Bandara told The Morning that the parcels had arrived from Malaysia.

“We have been able to use the barcodes on just over 20,000 parcels to locate the recipients.

We sent the barcodes to the country of origin, Malaysia, who provided us with names and addresses of the recipients,” he said.

He said that another 20,000 parcels remained to be sent to their owners.

“We have sent the barcodes of the remaining 20,000 parcels to Malaysia, but if they can’t trace the recipients, then we will return them to the country of origin.”

Over 40,000 parcels from Malaysia had arrived delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with their addresses wiped off due to the long storage time. The Department of Posts has been diligently addressing the matter.