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Toledo postal facility no longer processing Cleveland-area mail

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 10:13 AM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - With the holidays in the rearview mirror, it was hoped and expected that mail service would start to improve and people could get packages and letters much quicker.

Toledo-area mail eventually makes it to downtown Toledo’s processing center, but for a period of time in late January, Toledo mail was not the priority.

Postal union officials said Tuesday that the Saint Clair Street facility was pre-sorting standard mail, which includes advertising, for the Cleveland and Akron area, because of a mail backlog in Northeast Ohio.

Even with people on overtime, union officials said that Priority and 1st Class Toledo-area mail processing is being delayed.

After this story was first published the postal workers union said that Toledo’s mail processing plant will no longer accept truckloads of mail from Cleveland for manual sorting, as of Wednesday.

The trucks are being turned away and Northwest Ohio mail is now again the priority.

Toledo-area mail is now being sent back to the Detroit area for processing. It was briefly sent to Cleveland during the election to try and prevent election mail from leaving the state. But now that’s over and a combination of COVID, big demand, and now increased work from outside the area could be delaying whatever you’re expecting to see in your mailbox this week.

A spokesperson for the USPS did not answer our questions about this Cleveland/Akron issue. She only sent a prepared statement, saying they dealt with lots of issues especially during the holidays, and with that demand dropping they expect further improvements in performance.

Here is that full statement:

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