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Postal Strike Continues

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have rejected mediation and a request by Canada Post for a cooling off period. Delays are to be expected for both domestic and international shipments handled by Canada Post. But options are being made available via several retailers, as previously mentioned on this blog.

Postal Strike Talks This Weekend

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will be in meetings this weekend to avert a possible postal strike.

Postal Strike Imminent?

Several banking institutions and internet providers have issued warnings about the possibility of a postal strike. And online retailers like Amazon.ca, chapters.indigo.ca and Newegg.ca, are readying alternative shipping methods for their clients.

I believe all three retailers have a shipping option to deliver parcels to your local post office and some retailers also deliver to their stores. But many retailers have their own courier services so keep an eye on their sites and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers site for details.

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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.

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.

Last Day For Domestic Shipping

Today’s the last day to get those standard shipping parcels out to Canadian addresses, if you want them to be received on December 23rd, 2016 :

Amazon.ca will be offering their Prime Members and Amazon Students free two day delivery until 9pm PST on December 21st, 2016 and paid one day delivery until 9pm PST on December 22nd, 2016. Prime members in Toronto and Vancouver can have same day deliveries up to Saturday, the 24th.

Microsoft Canadaicon is offering free expedited shipping on in stock products until Noon, today.

Newegg.ca is offering ground shipping on in stock items to Ontario and Quebec until December 20th, 2016. Express shipping to the Territories and Atlantic provinces ends on December 21st whilst express shipping to the remainder of the provinces ends on December 22nd.

Sears Canada is offering free priority shipping on orders over $50 to the cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. Johns, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria or Winnipeg. This offer ends on December 21st, 2016.

And note that Gift cards are always available…