Canada Post

Canada Post Strike?

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have voted for job action if no agreements are reached by Sept. 26. I will keep an eye on the situation and will update this page asap.

Canada Post’s New Outlet Concept

Canada Post is now offering more secure options via their new outlet concept stores in Richmond (British Columbia), Edmonton (Alberta) and Vancouver (British Columbia).

These stores have drive-thru parcel pickup services, free wi-fi, changing rooms and vending machines that sell stamps, prepaid envelopes and anything you need to ship 24/7 – Great for anyone that wants to shop and ship at all hours of the night.

People who have issues with “porch bandits” can also use these new concept stores or the existing self-service options found at the Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal post offices listed on the Canada Post statement.

Free Shipping on Orders Over $25!

Bad News For Canada Post?

Amazon.com has not only expanded the Whole Foods delivery services to Prime Members in 32 American metropolitan areas but is now experimenting with their own courier service, SWA, in Los Angeles.

“Shipping with Amazon” is expected to become a major competitor to the existing companies. But it’ll probably take years for them to expand this new parcel delivery service into Canada, although i’ve always thought they should open something up at the Mirabel Airport north of Montreal.

One has to wonder what Canada Post would do if this happened, now that they’re relying on parcel deliveries for their profits.

Their profits had climbed from 1.22 billion dollars in 2011 to 1.75 billion dollars in 2016 because of parcel deliveries according to their 2016 financial report so the introduction of another competitor would not be good, especially one that would divert more of Amazon.ca‘s parcel traffic away from them.

My local Whole Foods store here in Ottawa currently only delivers platters and a select number of items. But I can already order their brands via Amazon.ca and I suspect more will be made available this year.

Now that Best Buy has decided to remove CDs from their stores in the summer, I guess I will be relying on my Prime membership a bit more than before. But i’m still hoping to pop by my local music store from time to time.

Canada Post News

The Canadian Government is expected to release a statement today in regards to their community mailbox conversions and several media outlets suspect that these conversions will be suspended.

Officials have told The Canadian Press that a task force will be created to address issues related to seniors and individuals with mobility issues. And apparently, Canada Post may extend their money transfer services for individuals who want to send funds abroad.

Canada Post & Vinyl LPs

It appears that Canada Post may have decided to classify record LPs as fragile items, in essence removing their liability as per their section 12.1.2 (c) of their General Terms and Conditions :

“Canada Post shall have no liability for damage of shipments containing Fragile Items. Fragile Items include but are not limited to ceramic, glass, porcelain, mirrors, crystal, pottery, china, perishable items or items requiring refrigeration or temperature-controlled transportation.”

I have personally never received broken LPs by mail, having last received a rape LP in the summer. But this causes me to be a bit nervous, although i’m sure most retailers will do their best to package vinyl correctly.

I guess I would suggest that you choose a courier other than Canada Post/Xpresspost or Purolator when shipping rare items that are fragile. The later also has a policy removing liability on fragile items and “Collectors’ items”.

Federal Express will insure collectible items up to $100 according to their policies (pdf) and UPS will require prior approval on these items. But shipments originating from the United States may have better coverage through these services so you might want to investigate your options when you order vinyl records and collectibles from abroad.

Ebay Asks Canadian Users To Sign Petition

Ebay is asking Canadian users to support their petition to raise the de minimis threshold from $20 on postal importations for personal use.

Most postal shipments imported into Canada for personal use valued at less than $20 in Canadian funds are exempt from taxes and duties. And although this amount was acceptable when it was adopted in the 80’s, many nations have adopted higher de minimis thresholds since.

The current de minimis thresholds for American residents is US$800 and when European Union residents import merchandise for personal use their de minimis threshold is €150. Considerable amounts compared to the Canadian rate.

In late 2016, a petition had been submitted to the Parliament and the government responded by saying it is assessing their options :

“The Government is working to facilitate trade and streamline administrative burdens, and has undertaken concrete actions to facilitate low value shipments. In 2013, as part of the Beyond the Border Initiative, Canada and the U.S. harmonized processes to expedite the customs administration of low value shipments and waived the requirement for a certificate of origin for such shipments to benefit from preferential tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Furthermore, in 2011, three generic tariff classifications were introduced in the Customs Tariff to facilitate the processing of low value non-commercial imports arriving by post or by courier.”

Please consider signing this new petition by clicking here. Thank you.