Postal imports

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.

Delays Likely For International Shipping

International shipments into Canada are backlogged due to the rotating strike and Canada Post have asked international shippers to stop bringing them mail. And this of course means international letters and parcels that are not handled by private couriers like Fedex, UPS, DHL and Purolator will be delayed.

eBay has requested an end to the rotating strike through legislation but it appears that those taking advantage of the foreign Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers will need to either wait for their parcels or use couriers.

In regards to domestic shipments, Amazon.ca, Best Buy Canada, chapters.indigo.ca , Hudson Bay, Newegg.ca, Oldnavy.ca and many other online retailers have opted to go with their own courier services and/or offer ship to store services.

Please consult your favourite retailer for shipping options.

Upcoming Changes For Postal Imports From States

Negotiations in-between Canada and the United States has resulted in the doubling of the de minimis threshold to $40.

This means shipments valued under $40 dollars that originate from the states will not be subject to duties or taxes, with another provision calling for duties to be added only to shipments valued at above $150.

Additional details will be added to this entry asap.