I've been following the thread concerning the USPS and all the issues that AAPK folks have encountered. What about the Canadian mail? I have a bone to pick and don't know where to start.
On October 2, 2019 I sent a package to one of our members in Saskatchewan. I sent it using the recommendation of the lady at the post office. I told her I wanted to ship, insured, tracking all that comes with the flat rate shipping. I knew it would be more than the usual small box price. So we got all that figured out and I asked about the insurance and she said since it is going international the insurance would cost $80+ since they could not guarantee what would happen to the package. So I ended up with regular insurance, the ticket says up to $200.00. This shipment cost me $25.85.
So begins the journey of my box inside of a padded FR envelope (what ever that is) headed for Saskatchewan, as the was the most economical,practical way to send the package.
The package left Chipley, Florida, went to Pensacola, then back passed Chipley to Orlando, then on to Miami. From there it went some where in Canada through Customs Clearance then on to Vancouver where it has been held in Customs since October 10th. All this info comes up using the tracking #.
Is this standard operating procedure for Canadian mail to be held so long?
Several months ago I bought a couple of knives from the same member and the knives arrived in in a reasonable time but it was many days before my payment was delivered to him.
Now we have made a trade and again I received his knives in a reasonable time but my side is hung up somewhere. Bottom line, my end of the bargain is being held up and if my part of the trade is "lost" I am obligated to my Canadian friend. I would be very afraid to try and return the his knives to him after this experience. I will pay him what he was asking and hope the payment makes it to him.
Frustrated is an understatement! Any body got any suggestions?