In the best of circumstances, the peak mailing season — typically from November to January — puts the U.S. Postal Service’s network to the test with higher volumes of mail and packages. Add in the effects of the pandemic — namely, increased package volume and decreased employee availability at the processing plant — and you’ve got more volume than the plants can handle.
Because of the pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service had to suspend walk-in passport application services and require appointments be made in advance. Add in a drop in international travel, again because of the pandemic, it’s no real surprise USPS experienced a 34 percent drop in passport application revenue from fiscal year 2019 to 2020.
Did you ever wonder what happens to mail with an illegible address or that’s sent to someone who no longer lives at the address? The U.S. Postal Service refers to this mail as undeliverable as addressed, or UAA mail. What happens next depends on how the mail was sent, such as the mail class and what services were paid for. It could be forwarded, returned to sender, or treated as waste.