USPS stops accepting mail bound for Canada
A labor dispute between Canada Post and its workers has compelled the U.S. Postal Service to stop accepting mail bound for Canada until at least sometime this week.
Canada Post workers began rotating strikes in early June to protest stalled contract negotiations before the state-owned postal service locked out all employees June 15. The USPS said it will resume accepting mail destined for Canada, and process any such mail it already holds, as soon as Canada Post resumes operations.
The USPS will still deliver packages to Canada sent through its Global Express Guaranteed Service, which is delivered by FedEx in Canada, the USPS said.
Package delivery company UPS said it could pick up some of the slack in its Canada network, but is limiting existing customers to a 10 percent increase in their normal daily volumes to Canada so as not to degrade its regular service levels.
The carrier also said deliveries to remote areas of Canada, which Canada Post handles for courier companies, will be suspended for the duration of the strike.