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Canada Post is increasing surcharges on domestic packages to nearly 40 percent as the price of living remains high across the country.

On November 28, the postal operator will increase the surcharge to 39.5 percent for domestic services in what Canada Post says is to offset rising fuel prices. The fuel surcharge for November 14-20 was 38 percent. It currently sits at 39 percent.

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“We are directly affected by changes in fuel prices and do everything possible to ensure that the surcharge reflects current fuel prices and market dynamics,” Phil Rogers, a Canada Post spokesman, told Global News.

“We apply a fuel surcharge to all parcel services, in addition to the base parcel delivery rate,” he said.

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When Kevin Bates arrived at a Canada Post office in Halifax, carrying a box of toys for his grandchildren in Asia, he was willing to pay more than in years past.

“I’m going to say shipping that box where it’s going is probably going to cost about $125,” Bates said, adding: “I mean, it goes overseas on planes. Uh, they like their fuel, so like everything else, the cost goes up, you know?

For Melissa Thompson, who works for a real estate agency, sending clients a box of market updates is a growing expense.

“Has risen. I’ve noticed. I just made it for the first time in a few months, and it was about $12, $15 more than normal.”

Others are finding ways to avoid the increases.

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Nelson Larson was sending two packages, one to the Northwest Territories and the other to Newfoundland and Labrador.

He and his wife bought prepaid boxes, which will be sent to their destinations by priority mail.

“The box is already prepaid. As long as you weigh less than 5 kilos, it’s good for anywhere in Canada.”

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For Urban Nails, a salon on Danforth Avenue in Toronto, supplies like nail art and gel polish arrive at the store via Canada Post, and owner Kevin Nguyen has felt the pinch.

“It definitely hits us because we can’t raise the price to the customer very often,” he told Global News.

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“It’s tough as a small business owner,” said Alicia Gray, owner of Bombshack, a gift and specialty store in Rossland, BC, that ships customers via Canada Post.

With costs rising across the board, Gray has found it difficult to explain why she had to raise prices at the store to her young, frequent customers.

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“Many of my guests are children who are not happy,” he told Global News.

“Last time they were there, candy was $0.50 and now it’s $0.75. That’s a lot for them. That makes me sad.”

Canada Post bases its surcharges each week on the average price of diesel in Canada, as measured by an independent company called Kalibrate Technologies Ltd.

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“Due to fluctuating fuel prices and their changing impact on operating costs, fuel surcharges are standard industry practice for package carriers,” Rogers explained on behalf of Canada Post.

“As Canada Post runs the largest transportation network in Canada, with thousands of vehicles in our fleet, this has been part of our standard practices for nearly 20 years and is the norm in the delivery industry given the reliance on fuel consumption. ”.

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In early July, the fuel surcharge for domestic services was 37 percent.

In addition to domestic services, packages sent to the United States and internationally are also subject to a 22.75 percent surcharge. This will increase to 23 percent next week.

US and international package delivery services that currently have a 20.75% surcharge will have a 21% surcharge starting November 28.

However, worldwide priority shipping, which increased 23.25% on November 21, is the only method that will see a decrease in price next week. As of November 28, the surcharge will drop to 21.25 percent.

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