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Canada Post - tracking packages and shipments

Keep track of Canada Post parcels and shipments with our free service! All you need to do to track your parcel is enter the tracking number, and then the service will know its location in real time.

How do I track my Canada Post parcel with

  1. Find out the tracking number of your parcel;
  2. Enter the tracking number of your parcel in the field at the top of the page;
  3. Wait until the service checks the parcel data, it will not take long;
  4. Look at the search results and share them with your friends on social networks;
  5. If you enter your email address, we can send you changes in the status of your parcel automatically without your participation.

Canada Post - Tracking number format

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How to Track Parcels of Canada Post

You can use our global package tracking service to track parcels of Canada Post. To track your Canada Post packages, you first need to have your tracking number. You can find out your tracking number by looking on your receipt.

You can also get your tracking number by looking at your delivery notice card. Your delivery notice card should come in the mail, and it should have your tracking number for your Canada Post packages on it.

Another way you can also get your tracking number is by asking the person who shipped your parcel. This person should have access to your tracking number because it is the reference number that they were given when they shipped your package to you.

Once you have your tracking number, you can now track your package on our global tracking service by typing your tracking number into our search box. Once you type your tracking number into our search box, information about your parcels and where they are located should be generated within seconds.

You can use our package tracking service to track all of your packages from Canada Post. Xpresspost packages and domestic parcels can all be tracked using our service.

Canada Post Domestic Delivery Services

Depending on the Canada Post domestic parcel delivery service used, your package could take 1 to 13 business days to arrive. Canada post has four domestic delivery service options to choose from.

Packages delivered using Regular Parcel delivery can take 2 to 13 business days to arrive while packages delivered using Canada Post’s Expedited Parcel delivery can take 1 to 13 business days to arrive.

Expedited Parcel delivery is only available to business customers.

The Xpresspost delivery and Priority delivery service options are Canada Post’s two fastest delivery services. Packages delivered with Xpresspost delivery or Priority delivery should be delivered within 7 business days.

Xpresspost packages can be delivered as quickly as 1 to 2 days if you live in a major centre. If you live in a more remote area, your packages delivered with Xpresspost Parcel delivery can take up to 7 business days.

Canada Post International Delivery Services

Canada Post has six international delivery service options to choose from. The Light Packet delivery service option is available if your package or parcel weighs 500 grams or less as has a maximum dimension of 380 millimeters X 270 millimeters X 20 millimeters.

Packages delivered using the Light Package delivery service do not have a delivery time guarantee, and you cannot trace or investigate your package if it is lost or arrives slowly.

The Small Packet delivery service is for packages that weigh no more than 1 kilogram for packages delivered to the United States of America (USA) or 2 kilograms for packages delivered to other international countries. Packages delivered using Small Packet delivery also cannot be traced or investigated if they are lost and arrive late. Air and surface delivery are both available with this delivery service option.

The Xpresspost-USA and International delivery service has a maximum package weight of 30 kilograms for packages delivered to the USA and 20-30 kilograms for packages delivered to other countries depending on the country you are delivery the parcel to.

The International Parcel delivery service option has air and surface delivery available. You are not guaranteed on time delivery with this delivery service option.

The Priority Worldwide and the Expedited Parcel USA delivery service options are Canada Post’s two fastest international delivery services. Packages delivered with Priority Worldwide delivers in 24 hours to the USA, and packages delivered to other countries should arrive in 2 to 3 business days.

Packages delivered with Priority Worldwide can be tracked and traced should they become lost or arrive late. Expedited Parcel USA delivery costs less than the standard international shipping rates, and packages delivered with this service are handed off to the USPS (United States Postal Service) to be delivered as USPS Priority Mail.

Canada Post Tracking Number Rules

There are certain rules that all Canada Post tracking numbers follow. For example, a tracking number for a parcel of Canada Post are currently only ever 13 digits or 16 numbers.

If your tracking number has letters in it, then it should be 13 digits long.

If your tracking number doesn’t have any letters in it, and it is only numbers, then your tracking number should be 16 numbers long.

For example, a Canada Post tracking number with letters in it looks like this: AN 123 456 789 CA.

When a Canada Post tracking number has letters in it, it always starts and ends with two letters, and the final two letters are always “CA.”

As for the numbers, the nine numbers in every 13-digit Canada Post tracking number are always grouped into three groups of three. For an example to this rule, look at the sample Canada Post tracking number written above.

The nine numbers placed between the two groups of letters “AN” and “CA” are grouped into three groups of three. 123 is the first group of three. 456 is the second group, and 789 is the third and final group of numbers.

Canada Post tracking numbers that are 16 numbers long look like this: 123 456 789 101 112 3

The first 15 numbers are grouped into five groups of three, and the final 16th number is at the end alone.

The History of Canada Post

Canada Post was created because Canadians did not like their original Post Office Department. This post office was called Royal Mail Canada.

In 1981, on October 16, Canada Post was created as a Crown corporation. Its creation was part of the Canada Post Corporation Act. Since Canada Post is a Crown corporation, it is owned by the Sovereign of Canada.

Even though Canada Post is state-owned, it is allowed to operate with freedom. The purpose of the Canada Post Corporation Act was to make sure Canada’s Postal service would be financially secure and independent.

Canada Post has a long history that goes back to the 17th century. In 1693, the first paid delivery happened in Canada when Pedro da Silva, a man who was born in Portugal, was paid to deliver mail between Québec City and Montréal.

The British government first began to offer postal service in Canada in 1775, and in 1851, British provincial governments in Canada began to take control of Canada’s main delivery services.

16 years later, in 1867, the Post Office Department Royal Mail Canada was created, and in 1878, it joined the Universal Postal Union.

In 1985, Canada Post first began delivering to community mailboxes rather than delivering mail door-to-door; and in 2013, Canada Post started to stop delivering door-to-door in urban centers.

Canada Post now has a store that sells different types of stamps as well as postal supplies. Included in this shop are prepaid envelopes and limited edition stamps and coins.

Canada Post Market Share

Canada Post has a monopoly for postal services in Canada, so its share in the market for post services in Canada is large. Canada Post, however, is not completely without competition.

UPS, FedEx, Dynamex, and Canpar all operate within the Canadian borders.

eCommerce, which is growing in Canada each year, is currently transforming Canada Post into an organization that could become privatized in the future.

Canada Post Company Size

Canada Post currently has about 64,000 employees that work in offices throughout the country. Doug Ettinger is the current CEO and President of Canada Post.

Where is Canada Post Located (countries and branches)

The Canada Post headquarters are in Ottawa, Ontario, at 2701 Riverside Drive, but the company services Canadians in every province. Canada Post currently delivers mail to more than 200 countries including the United States and China.

Canada Post does not seem to have branches in other countries. Instead, it partners with the official postal services of other countries like USPS and China Post to deliver mail internationally. Canada Post also works with other courier companies like FedEx to deliver mail to their customers both domestically and internationally.

Canada Post - information about carrier

Canada Post Corporation (French: Société canadienne des postes), trading as Canada Post (French: Postes Canada), is a Crown corporation that works as the primary postal operator in Canada. Originally understood as Royal Mail Canada (the operating name of the Post Office Department of the Canadian federal government established in 1867), rebranding was done to the "Canada Post" name in the late 1960s, even though it had not yet been separated from the federal government.

Canada Post supplied service to more than 16 million addresses and provided almost 8.4 billion products in 2016 and combined revenue from operations reached $7.88 billion. Delivery happens by means of traditional "to the door" service and centralized delivery by 25,000 letter providers, through a 13,000 vehicle fleet. There are more than 6,200 post workplaces throughout the country, a combination of business offices and personal franchises that are operated by merchants, such as pharmacies. In regards to location serviced, Canada Post delivers to a bigger area than the postal service of any other country, including Russia (where service in Siberia is limited mostly to neighborhoods along the railway). Since 2004, nearly 843,000 rural Canadian consumers got property mail shipment services.

Canada Post runs as a group of companies called The Canada Post Group. It utilizes roughly 64,000 part-time and complete employees. The Corporation holds an interest in Purolator Courier, Innovapost, Progistix-Solutions and Canada Post International Limited. In 2000, Canada Post produced a company called Epost, permitted consumers to get their costs online totally free. In 2007, Epost was absorbed into Canada Post.

Canada Post (French: Postes Canada) is the Federal Identity Program name. The legal name is Canada Post Corporation in English and Société canadienne des postes in French. Throughout the late 1980s and much of the 1990s, the brief types used in the corporation's logo were "Mail" (English) and "Poste" (French), rendered as "Mail Poste" in English Canada, and "Poste Mail" in Québec, although English-language advertising likewise still described the corporation as "Canada Post".

Canada Post - Parcel tracking statuses

Item accepted
Duty and taxes paid online
Item has arrived in Canada and will be presented for review
Item arrived
Item on hold
Delivered to community mailbox or parcel locker
International item released from Customs for processing by Canada Post
Item has arrived in foreign country
International item is in transit to the delivery office
Item has been returned and is enroute to the Sender
Delivered to community mailbox, parcel locker or apt./condo mailbox
Delivered to recipient\'s front door
Item being returned to sender. Incomplete address
International item has arrived at transit destination
Item processed
Item arrived in Canada damaged. Sent for further processing
Item in transit
Attempted delivery. Notice card left indicating where item can be picked up
Delivery preference - Front door
Item returned to Post from Customs
International item mailed in originating country
attempted delivery. notice card left indicating where item can be picked up
International item has left originating country and is en route to Canada
International item has been forwarded onwards to destination
Item in transit to Post Office
Item has been presented to Canada Border Services Agency for customs review
Signature image recorded for Online viewing
Item accepted at the Post Office
Item redirected to recipient's new address
Item arrived at the Undeliverable Mail Office. Please contact Cust Service
International item being forwarded to destination country
Delivered to your community mailbox, parcel locker or apt./condo mailbox
Item presented to customs
Electronic information submitted by shipper
Item Presented to Customs
Item re-routed due to processing error; Possible delay
Item out for delivery
Item has been released by Customs
International shipment has arrived in a foreign country
Item rescheduled for delivery next business day
Shipment received at originating postal facility
Item was released by Customs and is now with Canada Post for processing
Out for Delivery
Business closed for the day. Item on hold for second delivery attempt
In transit
Verifying recipient's address; Possible delay
Item successfully delivered
Item has arrived at the delivery office in the destination country
Item departed
Notice card left indicating where and when to pick up item
Item is considered non-mailable matter. Item being returned to sender
Shipment picked up by Canada Post
International Item being prepared for export
Extreme weather conditions at this location; item delayed
International item processed in originating country
Item picked up by Canada Post
Item has been sent to customs in the destination country
Item has arrived in Canada and was sent for further processing
Customs has released item to post office
Item available for pickup at Post Office