CANADA POST

CANADA POST

November 14, 2008 09:37 ET

This Holiday Season the Post Office is There When You're Ready to Ship

Canada Post offers a variety of mailing deadlines to ensure holiday deliveries arrive on time

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - No matter where or when you need to get those special cards, gifts and packages delivered during the holiday season, Canada Post has a fast and reliable solution for you.

With delivery deadlines as late as December 23 (within Canada), December 22 (U.S.-bound packages) and December 17, 18 and 19 (international destinations), getting it there before Santa arrives is easy! Below is a comprehensive summary of everything you need to know to ensure that your holiday packages arrive in time for all your holiday celebrations.

International Letters and Parcels...



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Letter-post Air Parcel Xpresspost™ Priority™
Worldwide
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Africa December 1 December 1 December 10 December 17
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Asia December 8 December 8 December 10 December 18
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Australia December 8 - December 10 December 17
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Caribbean December 8 December 8 December 10 December 18
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Central/
South America December 1 December 1 December 10 December 18
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Europe December 8 December 8 December 12 December 19
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Middle East December 8 December 8 December 10 December 18
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New Zealand December 8 - December 10 December 17
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U.S. December 15 - December 15 December 22
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Cards, letters and parcels for delivery within Canada should be mailed by the dates listed in the charts below.



Cards and letters...

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Local Delivery Within my province Outside my province
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December 19 December 18 December 17
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Holiday Parcels...

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Regular Parcel™ Xpresspost™ Priority Courier™
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December 12 December 22 December 23
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Visit www.canadapost.ca/mailingdates for information on different services and options, tips on proper packaging and other important holiday information.


HOLIDAY MAILING FACTS

December is a very busy time of the year for Canada Post. It's all about Sending Joy and keeping the magic of the holiday alive... During the 2007 holiday period, Canada Post...

- helped Santa reply to more than 1.2 million letters (up 14% from 2006), and 45,000 emails (up 2.5% from 2006), from children everywhere!

- processed more than 923 million pieces of mail, almost 2 million more than 2006!

- we experienced our busiest day on December 13, processing 41 million pieces of mail!

- delivered more than 500,000 pieces of mail the weekend before Christmas!

- handled more than 5 million online package tracking requests

- provided more than 7 million postal code look-ups on canadapost.ca/postalcode

- sold more than 70 million Christmas stamps!

HOLIDAY MAILING HABITS

A telephone survey, conducted by Harris/Decima, with a sample of the Canadian population (1218 participants, weighted to reflect the known Canadian population statistics, margin of error of +/-2.8% for a random sample of 1218) between October 9 and 12, 2008, looked at holiday mailing habits and intentions...

- on average, Canadians plan to send 15 greeting cards through the mail during the upcoming holiday season

- 71% of Canadians prefer to receive greeting cards through the mail

- 10% of Canadians plan to send more greeting cards than last year, while the majority (81%) plan to maintain their level from last year

- Canadians only plan to send six holiday e-greetings

- 59% of Canadians plan to send no holiday e-greetings

- younger people (18-34 years) plan to send an average of 14 e-greetings each

- 24% of Canadians choose to send e-greetings because it's faster and 10% admit that it's because of laziness

- 65% of young adults (18-34) prefer receiving traditional greeting cards by mail but tend to send more e-greeting cards

- 44% of Canadians send cards by mail because it's more personalized

- on average, Canadians plan to send 2.3 packages/parcels during the upcoming holiday season

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