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Sending a package anytime soon? Brace for an expensive surprise

People sending packages by mail or courier this vacation season ought to brace for an further expense. 

High gasoline prices have led Canada Post and main supply firms to boost gasoline surcharges for parcels, with late-November ranges hovering at an common of 40 per cent the bottom value of supply. 

Canada Post’s surcharge for parcels despatched inside Canada for the week of Nov. 14-20 was 38 per cent, and it’ll rise to 39 per cent for the week of Nov. 21-27. 

FedEx was including a surcharge of 41.5 per cent for home FedEx Express and Ground parcels for Nov. 14-20, rising to 42.5 per cent the next week.

Purolator was holding its gasoline surcharge for all shipments at 33.25 per cent by Dec. 4, with one other announcement anticipated the week of Nov. 21 about what the surcharge might be as of Dec. 5.

Purolator has posted this chart on its web site exhibiting gasoline surcharges and present common gasoline costs. (CBC)

“Due to the fluctuation of gasoline costs and their altering influence on operational prices, gasoline surcharges are a commonplace trade follow for parcel shippers,” Canada Post stated in an e-mail to CBC News when requested to touch upon the surcharge. 

This has been a part of our commonplace practices for almost 20 years and is the norm within the supply trade given the reliance on gasoline consumption.— Canada Post assertion

“This has been a part of our commonplace practices for almost 20 years and is the norm within the supply trade given the reliance on gasoline consumption.”

A Purolator spokesperson stated that firm’s surcharges are set month-to-month primarily based on the four-week common value of diesel gasoline as reported by Natural Resources Canada.

High diesel prices are behind a surge in courier and postal gasoline surcharges. (Ina Fassbender/AFP through Getty Images)

“The surcharge applies to all courier shipments tendered to Purolator,” Courtney Reistetter stated in an e-mail. “The gasoline surcharge charges for courier shipments might be utilized to the sum of the service price, extra specialised providers and relevant surcharges.”

The surcharges have been steadily rising all through 2022 as worldwide diesel gasoline prices soared from an common of $1.46 per litre throughout Canada in early January to $2.30 per litre the week of Nov. 15. 

Retailers pinched too

The gasoline surcharge impacts not simply people sending packages, however on-line retailers.

The Retail Council of Canada stated in July that the majority firms had been attempting to soak up the additional value. 

“Retail is among the best industries in Canada, so elevating minimal free transport thresholds or including surcharges to customers straight is usually executed as a final resort,” spokeswoman Michelle Wasylyshen stated at the moment. 

“Retailers would like to search out financial savings elsewhere.”

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