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    FYI - Shipping to Canada

    A lot of people knew about the possible impending postal problems in Canada, but now the mail has come to a halt, according to this story on CNN. I'm sure some Canadians have a better handle on this than I do (or CNN) but thought I'd mention it here just in case anyone else also has mail to send there.

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    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americ...tml?hpt=hp_bn2

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    Yup, Canada Post workers were locked out today after a series of national rotating strikes over pension issues. Air Canada is out, too. Both will likely be legislated back to work soon. Just added inducement to stay off the "Big Auction Site."

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    Yeah, it's dead today: no pickup, no mail.

    Over the next few days, the government is likely to put forth a special law to force the workers to accept their conditions. We should know better on Friday.
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    There's always UPS, FedEx and Purolator... All more reliable than Canada Post anyway!
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    I've always found USPS/Canada post very reliable. Not that the couriers are not reliable, but they are significantly more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfoo View Post
    I've always found USPS/Canada post very reliable. Not that the couriers are not reliable, but they are significantly more expensive.
    +1

    And their brokerage fees can easily add $50+ to the cost!

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    No complaints about Canada Post service and their low brokerage fees. If you're into "shock and awe" fees and charges, try UPS standard to Canada from the U.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    No complaints about Canada Post service and their low brokerage fees. If you're into "shock and awe" fees and charges, try UPS standard to Canada from the U.S.

    Personally, I've found Canada Post slow compared to Australia Post or Royal Mail, but they seemed to get the packages to and fro as they were meant to do.

    IMO, as much as postal rates have gone up in the past few years, it is still a bargain to ship stuff and for all the crap, complaints and jokes postal workers seem to have to take, I think that overall they do an incredibly difficult job very well. I sent international packages by courier services (can't recall if it was DHL or UPS or what) a couple of times and each experience was unsatisfactory and incredibly expensive. So, I try to stick with the post office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrankin View Post
    Personally, I've found Canada Post slow compared to Australia Post or Royal Mail, but they seemed to get the packages to and fro as they were meant to do.

    IMO, as much as postal rates have gone up in the past few years, it is still a bargain to ship stuff and for all the crap, complaints and jokes postal workers seem to have to take, I think that overall they do an incredibly difficult job very well. I sent international packages by courier services (can't recall if it was DHL or UPS or what) a couple of times and each experience was unsatisfactory and incredibly expensive. So, I try to stick with the post office.
    Hard to know which postal service accounts for delays in international mail. USPS/Canada Post mesh well. USPS has lost packages. Never a problem with Canada Post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrankin View Post
    Personally, I've found Canada Post slow compared to Australia Post or Royal Mail, but they seemed to get the packages to and fro as they were meant to do.

    IMO, as much as postal rates have gone up in the past few years, it is still a bargain to ship stuff and for all the crap, complaints and jokes postal workers seem to have to take, I think that overall they do an incredibly difficult job very well. I sent international packages by courier services (can't recall if it was DHL or UPS or what) a couple of times and each experience was unsatisfactory and incredibly expensive. So, I try to stick with the post office.
    Hard to know which postal service accounts for delays in international mail. USPS/Canada Post mesh well. USPS has lost packages. Never a problem with Canada Post--when they're working...

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