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USPS Suspends Canadian Mail

June 20, 2011

Over the weekend, on June 18, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it would no longer accept mail destined for Canada, because of the strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

“As a convenience to our customers and to minimize service disruptions, we arranged to accept mail destined for Canada as long as possible,” said Giselle Valera, VP of Global Business for USPS. “We will continue to closely monitor the strike situation, and once Canada Post resumes operations, the U.S. Postal Service will again begin accepting mail for Canada. We also will then resume processing any Canadian-destined mail currently held in our network.”

While Canada Post officials told its U.S. counterparts that they expect the strike to last until sometime this week, based on introducing a back-to-work bill, USPS does allow customers to send letters and packages to Canada via its Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) service. Delivered through FedEx Express, GXG is a premium-shipping platform.

Updates on USPS’ Canadian mail suspension can be found on a dedicated Webpage.

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