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Is it cheaper to ship internationally with Canada Post?

Kind of…

Search Canada Post on TikTok and a litany of complaints will pop up. Some even boldly suggest that domestic shipping is more expensive than international shipping. So we set out to find out if this is actually true and the answer is…sort of.

Although local small business owners have expressed frustration, concern and fear over rising shipping costs with Canada Post, they have also noted that international shipping is just as prohibitively expensive, if not more so, than international shipping. national expedition.

Online romance bookstore Happily Ever After Books ships from Toronto and owner TK says that “to ship a single book from where I live in suburban Toronto to someone who lives in the middle of the city ​​is $14.20 To ship a single book to Ottawa costs $16.08 And to ship a book to New Jersey costs $21.78 To ship a book anywhere outside of North America is laughable, we don’t even try.

She adds, “We have a lot of incredibly dedicated customers who buy books from us, but it absolutely affects our online sales. .”

And therein lies the confusion that many people have.

Comparing standard shipping rates makes it seem like sending the same box to the next province is more expensive than sending it to a small town in the middle of the UK, but that doesn’t take into account the tracking, insurance coverage, and how fast that box would arrive.

Breakdown of international shipping costs

Shipping a box that weighs 50 grams and measures 10 inches by 6 inches by 10 inches from the Vancouver is awesome office at Toronto City Hall would cost $29.02 including taxes and fuel surcharge which is $7.39. It would arrive in eight working days with free shipping confirmation.

Sending the exact same box from our office to a music school in the middle of a village in England with a population of around 2,421 would cost $11.34 including a $1.85 fuel surcharge, but that doesn’t ‘Includes no tracking, but there is an automatic $100 Liability Coverage. He would travel by ship, which takes about one to two months to arrive. Traveling by plane would cost $12.69 (including a $2.07 fuel surcharge) and take 12 business days or more to arrive, but also without tracking and maximum coverage of $100.

Adding tracking or liability greater than $100 increases the price and fuel surcharge, as it is determined as a percentage and the “Global Priority Fuel Surcharge is based on the monthly average U.S. jet fuel spot price published by the U.S. Department of Health.” ‘energy’, according to the Canada Post website.

Why is there so much price difference?

The seemingly odd discrepancies between domestic and international shipping prices are due to several factors. Canada Post determines the domestic rates, they have a kind of monopoly on postal services in Canada and they base their prices on population density, point of origin and point of delivery as well as the size and weight of the package. Processing, transport and delivery costs are also factored into the tariff, although when GOING THROUGH contacted for further clarification Canada Post wasn’t quite open about the why and how, instead directing us to their website.

Standard postage rates in Canada are $1.07 per stamp or $0.92 per stamp in a booklet for a letter weighing less than 30 grams and $1.30 for a maximum of 50 grams. It costs $1.30 to send a 30 gram letter to the United States and $1.94 for up to 50 grams. International mail isn’t much more, costing $2.71 for 30 grams and $3.88 for 50 grams, so in theory domestic is cheaper. It is when all the other nuances and factors are taken into account that the rates can be considered misleading.

How do costs affect businesses?

Randa Salloum says she gets a lot of web traffic from Europe to her favorite online luxury store, but the shipping costs are too high. “I would like to increase the level of my online orders, but I cannot pass the additional costs on to my customers. I do not want to make second-hand fashion inaccessible and with a recession approaching, people need have access to affordable items. But I understand that shopping is a luxury.

She adds that sometimes the customer pays a certain amount for shipping, but the business owner may still have to pay a few extra dollars out of pocket if Canada Post’s initial calculation was wrong. “Over time it adds up and I know of other brands that just eat up that cost. And that’s with a small business account,” she says.

Canada Post shipping fine print states “Delivery standards are based on normal delivery terms and are subject to change without notice”. This means that delivery guarantees can be changed or suspended due to “acts of God, epidemics, labor disruptions, equipment failures or unforeseen volume increases” and therefore even if you pay an extra charge for international shipping, things can always go wrong. Many local business owners said they were forced to refund customer orders due to late items.