Canada Post announced new shipping rates that will go into effect on January 14, 2019.
The rate increases average 4.1 percent for domestic parcel services and 2 percent for US and International parcel services.
Also, Canada Post is making changes and fee adjustments to mailing options:
- Introduction of Signature as a service feature to Xpresspost-International
- Introduction of new 1.5 kg and 2.0 kg weight steps for Tracked Packet – USA and Small Packet – USA
- Price reductions on items originating from Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories
- Changes to features, options and surcharge prices:
- Signature option fee will increase to $1.75
- Proof of Age fee will increase to $3
- Mailing Tube surcharge will increase to $2
- Oversize and Unpackaged price will be $12 per item
- A surcharge of $100 for items that exceed the maximum size or weight specifications
Canada Post Statement on Rate Increases
“While usage varies, the impact of the first increase since 2014 would be less than a dollar a year for the average Canadian household and about $14 per year for the typical small business.”
Obviously, small online business will see a much greater impact on their shipping expenses.
And with the recent rotating strikes, many may have switched to other carriers already as the Canadian postal service is trying to dig itself out of the backlog.
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