As I see it, first of all, it is necessary to tell how the Russian Post system works. This is what I understood after working hard studying the data on the movement of parcels and watching the video conferences of the heads of the Russian Post.
I am not an insider and I only see and use public data.
So, when a parcel goes from Russia to the United States or to other countries, there are three stages along the way of the parcel.
1) The path inside Russia. The parcel goes from a city or village in the depths of Russia to the point of departure abroad. Shipping points abroad are usually located in Moscow. In addition to Moscow, there are two more points of sending abroad. These are St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad.
But the lion’s share of the parcels goes through Moscow. At the point of sending abroad, the parcel goes through customs clearance. As a rule, it does not take a long time and there are no problems here. And in general, the way around the country is usually well worked out. Transportation within Russia is pretty good. This is a large system and you can always see a lot of complaints about its work. But on the whole, the mail system works reasonably within Russia. And even if there are delays, the Russian Post may pay a small compensation for these delays if the transit time in the country is violated.
2) Russian Post hands over the parcel to an intermediary.
A message appears on the way of the parcel, such as:
020-11-26 07:51 Russian Federation, Processing of international mail, Forwarded to the carrier.
This phrase “Forwarded to the carrier” is the key and most important one. It means that now this most important and most troublesome stage has come – the transportation of the parcel by an intermediate carrier.
At this stage, according to the Russian Post, there are no regulations on delivery times. It is very strange, but the Russian Post claims exactly that. Especially during the period of pandemics, there are no guarantees at all. At any time, this or that country may adopt additional restrictions on traffic.
What are these intermediate carriers?
These can be temporarily hired companies that are selected based on a number of criteria. I see that often parcels do not go directly from Moscow to the United States.
There are examples when parcels from Russia go through transportation and warehousing in the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) or in Poland or Egypt and so on.
2019-11-23 17:33 United States, JFK, Carrier processing, Mail at destination
2019-11-22 02:30 United Arab Emirates, AUH, Carrier processing, Uplifted
2019-11-21 10:58 United Arab Emirates, AUH, Carrier processing, Mail arrived at carrier facility
2019-11-19 17:45 Russian Federation, Moskva-Kazanskij Vkz. PZhDP MMPO Cex Obmena 102902, Export of international mail
2019-11-19 09:50 Russian Federation, Moskva-Kazanskij Vkz. PZhDP MMPO 102900, Processing, Arrival at inward office of exchang
2021-01-09 06:53 United States, Processing, Arrival at delivery office
2020-12-17 13:15 Egypt, CAI, Carrier processing, Uplifted
2020-11-18 15:45 Russian Federation, Processing of international mail, Forwarded to the carrier
2020-11-17 23:17 Russian Federation, MR LC Vnukovo Cex-2 MMPO 102972, Export of international mail
See – https://t.17track.net/en#nums=RR094662615RU
2020-12-30 19:59 United States, JFK, Carrier processing, Transport leg completed
2020-12-30 16:48 Poland, WAW, Carrier processing, Uplifted
2020-12-27 00:11 Russian Federation, Processing of international mail, Forwarded to the carrier
3) Stage of delivery of goods across the United States (US Post). As a rule, this is a calm and reliable stage of transportation. although there may be delays and even losses. Fires, unrest, strikes and temporary work stoppages are possible during this period. Especially during big holidays like Christmas.
Conclusions: The longest time in delivering parcels from Russia to the United States during a pandemic usually takes the time of delivery by an intermediate carrier. Please be patient for this time.
Parcels usually reach the addressee and are not lost on the way.
But there may be delays.