Canada Post followed the US Postal Service by suspending air package services in October to Australia and New Zealand as well. But there has been some good news for Canadian shippers as Canada Post removed many service levels from the suspension list.
As of December 2, 2021, Canada Post has restored most air services, which include Xpresspost, Tracked Packet, and Small Packet International Air to both countries.
However, International Parcel – Air is still shown as suspended in the latest Canada Post Service Suspension and Availability document and should still be avoided by shippers.
Canada Post also advised that despite restoring more services, items may be delivered 20 to 30 days beyond published delivery standards.
Furthermore, New Zealand Post advised on December 2 they are experiencing significant delays processing and delivering items from all countries. Shipments to New Zealand may take even longer than Canada Post estimates on delays as the NZ advisory came out after Canada Post published its delay estimates.
Status of Other Canada Post International Services
Priority Worldwide, which is transported and delivered by FedEx for Canada Post continues to be one of the best options to ship items in a timely manner to Australia and New Zealand.
There are no known significant delays for this service as this service does not depend on commercial airlines for transport. The air cargo availability on commercial airlines is at the heart of delays for all other service levels.
The following surface mail options are also available with Canada Post currently estimating a transit time of about 12 weeks.
- International Parcel – Surface
- Small Packet International – Surface
And finally, Canada Post continues to accept and transport documents sent via Letter-post and Registered Letter-post, but senders should expect delays, similar to parcel post air services.
We will provide updates to this post when they become available. The last update was on 12/2/2021.
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