December 17, 2008 14:08 ET

Canada Post Warns Canadians About Non-Mailable Matter

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2008) - That perfect gift for that special someone could become the perfect nightmare for the people charged with delivering it. During this holiday period, Canada Post would like to remind its customers that perfume, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, cooking oils, lighters and many other items are considered non-mailable matter.

"Many people don't realize that Canada Post cannot accept various household items for mailing," said Doug Jones, Vice-President, Field Operations. "Some common gift items could unnecessarily expose our employees and customers to serious risks, soil other pieces of mail and damage our mail processing equipment." Many of these items, along with explosives, radioactive substances, flammable material, corrosives and poisonous items, are actually considered Dangerous Goods by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act.

A large portion of mail is transported by air. Unlike other modes of transportation, airplanes are vulnerable to unique factors such as vibrations, changes in air pressure, and extreme temperatures, which could lead to accidents if dangerous goods are on board. Furthermore, certain products can be extremely dangerous if they are not packaged and transported properly or if they are mixed with other products.

Canada Post would also like to remind its customers that Canada Post will not accept re-used boxes with outside package labels or markings of dangerous goods or other prohibited items, regardless of their content. Items mailed in boxes bearing such markings could be returned to sender.

For more information about Dangerous Goods, customers can consult the Transport Canada Website. They can also contact Canada Post's customer service at 1 800 267-1177 or visit the Canada Post website at

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