Canada Post has put the kibosh on plans to start charging a $5 surcharge on all parcels destined for Fort McMurray from anywhere else in Canada.
Anick Losier, media relations with Canada Post, told The Telegram last week that the $5 surcharge was being brought in because of the operating costs of doing business in Fort McMurray and that it was doing so following similar moves by others in the delivery business.
Losier also provided numbers from other delivery businesses on a five-kilogram parcel from St. John's heading for Fort McMurray.
The numbers showed that even with the $5 surcharge, Canada Post remained the most competitive.
However, in a news release, Canada Post now says the charge – to be effective Monday of this week for commercial customers and on Feb. 10 for all others — has been withdrawn. The charge caused “concern and confusion in the market” according to Canada Post.
The release goes on to say
that Canada Post will rely on its normal pricing mechanisms for parcels to continue to offer value in the competitive parcel delivery market.