Residents across Belize are reporting record numbers of items "lost in the mail" during the months of June and July.
Unhappy postal customers in Corozal, Orange Walk, San Ignacio and Placencia report waiting in excess of 8 weeks for airmailed items from the United States. The unusually long delivery times have affected business mail, parcels and periodicals.
U.S. postal officials report business as usual in air mail service, and claim that items are not delayed in reaching Belize; presumably, then, the problem is somewhere in the bowels of the Belize postal service.
Belize Bank officials advise that if you have waited more than 6 weeks to receive a check, you should stop payment on the check and arrange an alternate method for fund transfers until the local postal problems are cleared up.
Last fall I mailed a package from CA to San Pedro. Six weeks later I was on the island, and the package had not arrived. I went to the post office and asked the postal worker if there was any way to check on it, and he announced that it was probably the U.S. Mail that was delaying the arrival. I didn't see any point in contradicting him, so I just left. The next day my Belizean friend went to the post office and asked about the package (it was addressed to her). The package was produced from the back room where it had been sitting for the past three weeks. That darn U.S. mail system!
I send packages to Belize from the US often. I spend more to send them express that way I can track the package. The last few have arrived within 3-5 business days. Before I started doing it that way, a package I mailed in Feb didn't arrive until April! So, to me it is well worth the money!
I mailed three packages at once. Two were to one person in Belize City, one was for a friend on the island. The person in Belize City received the first package within a week. The second one took two months. The package going to San Pedro took 6 weeks. All were mailed as air parcel post which was 5-10 business days....so much for that!