• 7/26/16 Canada Post negotiations continue Open or Close

    Not a lot to report this week, but negotiations are continuing.  The update from Canada Post can be found here.

  • 7/19/16 Update on Canada Post negotiations Open or Close

    Not much new to report, but both sides remain upbeat and appear to be making modest progress.  You can view updates from both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

    IMS will continue to monitor and post updates.

  • 7/12/16 Signs of progress in CPC negotiations Open or Close

    Both sides have declared progress in the ongoing negotiations between Canada Post and the labor union.  Read more here.  IMS will continue to monitor closely.

  • 7/12/16 Canada Post agrees to 30 day extension Open or Close

    Canada Post (CPC) has withdrawn its latest 72 hour notice (of possible lockout) that would have ended today (Monday, July 11).  Both sides have agreed to a 30 day "cooling off period".  While CPC has proposed binding arbitration if the parties can't negotiate a settlement, the union does not favor arbitration at this point.  We'll have to stay tuned on that. 

    We're monitoring updates from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canada Post Corporation (CPC), and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and we continue to get very mixed signals.

    IMS will continue to post updates to our blog.

  • 7/6/16 Flooding in China Open or Close

    Emergency Information System Message

    The designated operator of China (People’s Rep.), China Post Group, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that severe floods in the provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang (postcodes in the following ranges: 430000–443000, 410011–427000, 230000–247000, 210000–226000, 310000–325800) are affecting the collection and delivery of all mail products as of today, Wednesday, 6 July 2016.

    China Post Group will update designated operators via EmIS once the situation returns to normal.

  • 7/5/16 Canada Post issues notice to union Open or Close

    Canada Post has issued a 72 hour notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).  This could lead to a work disruption as early as 12:01 am on Friday, July 8, 2016.  The update from Canada Post is here.

  • 6/28/16 USPS update on Canada Post action Open or Close

    Contingency plans

    USPS monitors possible strike in Canada

    today at 10:48 a.m.

    The Postal Service is monitoring a possible strike or work stoppage affecting Canada Post.

    Canada Post is the postal operator that performs delivery in Canada of U.S. shipments of First-Class Mail International service, First-Class Package International Service, International Priority Airmail service, International Surface Air Lift service, Priority Mail International service, and Priority Mail Express International service.

    If a full strike or work stoppage occurs, USPS will continue to offer customers the option of using Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) service for delivery of documents and merchandise in Canada, with transportation and delivery by FedEx.

    GXG service is available online and at thousands of participating retail locations throughout the United States.

    Additional information and updates about mail service to Canada are available on the Postal Service’s International Service Alerts page.

  • 6/27/16 Latest update from Canada Post Open or Close

    The latest update from Canada Post can be found here (from 6/27/16).

  • 6/23/16 Update on Canada Post work disruption Open or Close

    It’s looking “very possible” that Canada Post is going to lock out the union on or shortly after the deadline of July 2, 2016 in an attempt to get them to the table. There will be no options that involve delivery via Canada Post which includes all services offered by IMS.

    Customers are able to use USPS “Global Express Guaranteed” (GXG) as the service utilizes FedEx for the final delivery in Canada. More info can be found here.

    We’re hoping that if it does go forward that any work stoppage will be short lived. Our plan at International Mail Service Inc (IMS) is to continue collecting mail and parcels, processing, and pushing it into the system till they tell us to stop.

    We’ll continue to update as new information becomes available.

  • 6/14/16 Canada Post in labor negotiations Open or Close

    Canada Post has warned its biggest customers to prepare for service disruption as contract talks continue.  Customers are being told to make contingency plans ahead of a possible contract dispute with workers this summer. 

    Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have been in contract negotiations since late 2015 to reach a new agreement for about 50,000 workers.

    See the full update from Canada Post here.


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