Do you mail or ship to Canada? Canada Post recently sent a notice to customers regarding a possible service disruption on or around July 2, 2016, as a result of a labor dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
What does this mean for anyone mailing and shipping to and from Canada?
“In the event of a full labour disruption, Canada Post will not operate,” Canada Post is warning customers. “Mail and parcels will not be delivered, and no new items will be accepted. Any mail and parcels within the postal system during a work disruption will be secured and delivered as quickly as possible once operations resume.”
What can you do?
– If you have recently sent mail or packages to Canada or have any pending shipments, Stamps.com recommends monitoring the situation closely
– If your ecommerce business ships to Canada, update your policy page to notify customers about potential delays and to make clear that you won’t be able to ensure Canada-bound deliveries
– Visit the Canada Post Negotiations Updates page for more information and to sign up for email updates
Monday, June 27 Update – Canadian Postal Employees Return-To- Work Tonight
USPS To Begin Accepting Mail Destined For Canada Tuesday, June 28
The Canadian government passed back-to-work legislation Sunday, June 26. Canada Post employees will return to work beginning Monday June 27 at 8:30 p.m. USPS will begin accepting mail for Canada starting Tuesday, June 28 . Mail held in USPS network since the work stoppage began is being released & transported into Canada
Monday, June 20 Update – USPS Info on Canada Post strike: USPS is NOT ACCEPTING mail destined for Canada as of Sat, June 18 with the exception of Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) shipments. The Canadian Government is scheduled to make a decision on back-to-work legislation at some point today (Monday, 6/20). Once Canada Post announces when they will resume operations, the USPS will again accept mail destined to Canada.
Friday, June 17 Update – Due to the Canadian Postal Strike, Canada Post has informed the U.S. Postal Service that the suspension of mail delivery to Canadian addresses will last until at least next week.
With this notification, USPS will stop accepting all letters and packages destined to Canada with the exception of Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) Shipments at 11:59 p.m., CST, Saturday, June 18.
More info available at the USPS Mail Service Updates page.