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.

Canada Post (CPC) has withdrawn its latest 72 hour notice (of possible lockout) that would have ended today (Monday, July 11).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.

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.

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.

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.