The Canada Post strike has been ongoing for several weeks now, and it's been causing complete chaos in Canada. Now, its impact has even gone past our domestic borders and is causing issues for businesses in other countries.
Postal services in two countries have now said that they are currently not shipping to Canada due to the strike. So if you have something coming from overseas to you soon, it may not make it to your doorsteps until regular Canada Post service resumes.
The Royal Mail in England has said that it is halting shipments to Canada because of the strike, according to The Huffington Post. Not only are some businesses in England not able to ship to Canada, but businesses in China are also being impacted. Online shopping giant eBay has said that it got a similar notification from China Post about them suspending shipping to Canada.
The Royal Mail of Britain announced to their corporate customers that items shipped to Canada in the past couple of days will not be sent overseas and instead will remain in their distribution centre until the Canada Post dispute has concluded, according to The Huffington Post.
Not only will international shipments potentially take a long time to reach you, but Black Friday and Christmas shipments may not even make it to Canadians in time for the holidays. Canada Post has announced in a statement that if the strike continues, it will likely result in delayed delivering for Black Friday and Christmas packages.
"Canada Post delivers the bulk of Canada's online shopping and we are entering the busiest six weeks of the year," a statement from Canada Post said. "If we are unable to clear the backlog and resume normal operations quickly, the large incoming holiday parcel volumes will severely compromise our ability to deliver the quickly approaching Black Friday and Cyber Monday rush which begins the holiday rush."
Canada Post also said in their statement that the Canadian retail economy is "at risk if more than half of Canada's holiday parcel capacity is compromised." To avert this issue, they made a new offer with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers two days ago to avoid the chaos of a strike occurring at the same time as the holiday season.
Their newest offer will expire this Saturday on November 17th at 11:59 PM. Until an agreement has been reached between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the future of your holiday gifts and deliveries is uncertain.