As you may know, Canada Post employees recently decided to go on strike. Just a week ago, CP confirmed via Twitter that you would most likely not get your packages delivered by Christmas. Even though the strike was ordered to end, the impact of the rotating strikes has delayed and even caused halts on parcels, international deliveries and more. This normally wouldn't be the end of the world, but according to Canadians, it's ruining Christmas.
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Around this time of year, many people expect holiday packages from distant family members, perhaps they live overseas, lots of Canadians order presents from online companies that must ship internationally. Not to mention, many Canadians rely on medication and supplements that are delivered via Canada Post. If you're one of those people, you'll be disappointed to hear that you probably won't get your packages anytime soon.
Earlier this week, Canada Post officially announced that Canadians should expect delays during the peak holiday season and into January 2019. Along with that, they announced that international parcels could be delayed all the way until March 2019, and no, I'm not joking.
Though most of us thought that this could be a slight exaggeration, it doesn't seem so and here's how I know. Every year, our family friends from Austria exchange gifts with my family at Christmas. Since we live in Vancouver, Canada and they live in Vienna, Austria, we have to send our gifts via international mail. Since we know that international deliveries take time and usually weeks to get across the world, we always send our gifts by the end of November to give the parcel tons of time to get there.
This year, my friend in Austria told me that when trying to send her parcel last week, they were flat-out denied sending anything to Canada. Here's the gist of what she said, "So, we tried to give the package on Tuesday but they said they would not take it. They said everything they are sending to Canada is coming back at the moment. We will try again next week!"
Considering Canada Post warned us that deliveries were backed up, this wasn't completely surprising. It looks like I wasn't the only one dealing with CP refusing international mail. @Count_Dynamo on Reddit said that they ordered something online, but to their surprise, the company said they will be no longer be using Canada Post.
According to @Count_Dynamo, the company that they ordered from had stated that they received numerous packages that they sent to Canada recently. All of which were refused due to CP's "backlog". They contacted Canada Post and they reportedly stated that they are no longer accepting international air mail.
So, if you're hoping to get Christmas gifts from relatives living abroad or the gifts that you ordered for others online, you better hit your local mall just in case - it looks like CP is actually refusing international mail.
This is perfect timing for the holidays, eh?