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Ukraine asks world to stop sending it mail for Crimea

Ukraine's post office has asked its foreign counterparts to stop sending it mail destined for breakaway Crimea because it can no longer deliver it, the Universal Postal Union said Friday. The Swiss-based UPU said postal service Ukrposhta had told it the ongoing crisis in the region had created "difficulties delivering postal items" to Crimea, which was taken over by Russia last month.

Deutsche Post stops accepting Crimea-bound letters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Post is no longer accepting letters bound for Crimea after its Ukrainian counterpart told the Geneva-based Universal Postal Union (UPU) that delivery to the region was no longer guaranteed, the German postal company said on Thursday. A Deutsche Post spokesman said that Ukraine's advisory to the UPU after Russia's annexation of Crimea also affects delivery of parcels and packages sent via the traditional postal networks of both countries.

Canada Post rate for mailing first class letter jumps 35 per cent today

OTTAWA - The cost of mailing a first-class letter within Canada is going up today — by 35 per cent. Canada Post is raising the price of a stamp to 85-cents, up from 63-cents. While the new price applies when buying stamps in bulk, it will cost $1 to buy a single first-class stamp. Canada Post says permanent stamps, which are marked "p" will continue to be accepted even though they were bought at the lower price.

Canada Post announces 11 centres moving to community mail boxes in the fall

OTTAWA - Eleven centres will start collecting mail at community boxes this fall as Canada Post begins its move to end door-to-door delivery. It’s the first stage of a five-year plan announced in December and will involve about 100,000 addresses. Canada Post says that in large cities during this phase, only a few neighbourhoods will be affected, and delivery will continue to businesses. In the smaller municipalities, nearly all households and a higher proportion of businesses will move to community mailboxes.

Online shoppers help cut U.S. Postal Service first-quarter loss

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service narrowed losses in its latest quarter, as a surge in online shopping and package delivery boosted revenues during the busy holiday season. The agency, which has lost money for 19 of the last 21 quarters, lost $354 million in its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, compared with the same quarter a year ago when it posted a net loss of $1.3 billion.

Dense urban cores last to lose door-to-door service, Canada Post says

OTTAWA - Canada Post says densely populated urban centres in the country's largest cities will be the last to lose their door-to-door delivery service. The postal service says the older neighbourhoods and smaller lots in the urban cores present different challenges for locating community mailboxes than suburban areas. So, Canada Post says it will leave the majority of these areas until the final stage of its plan to phase out door-to-door mail delivery. Mail for those who currently receive door-to-door service will be delivered to communal neighbourhood "superboxes."

First-class stamps now costs 49 cents after 3-cent hike, went into effect Sunday

WASHINGTON - It's going to cost you a few pennies more to mail a letter. The cost of a first-class postage stamp is now 49 cents — 3 cents more than before. Regulators approved the price hike in December, and it went into effect on Sunday. Many people won't feel the increase right away: Forever stamps are good for first-class postage at whatever the future rate. The last increase for stamps was a year ago, when the cost of sending a letter rose by a penny to 46 cents.

First-class stamps now costs 49 cents after 3-cent hike, went into effect Sunday

WASHINGTON - It's going to cost you a few pennies more to mail a letter. The cost of a first-class postage stamp is now 49 cents — 3 cents more than before. Regulators approved the price hike in December, and it went into effect on Sunday. Many people won't feel the increase right away: Forever stamps are good for first-class postage at whatever the future rate. The last increase for stamps was a year ago, when the cost of sending a letter rose by a penny to 46 cents.

Regulators approve temporary 3-cent increase in first-class stamps to 49 cents as of Jan. 26

WASHINGTON - Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Many consumers won't feel the price increase immediately. Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the future rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan. 26.

Canada Post head says life after postal carrier still in its 'early stages'

TORONTO - Canada Post leader Deepak Chopra is eager to discuss the bombshell that has people talking about the future of Amazon's package service — drone delivery. The chief executive is fascinated by the U.S. online retailer's airborne pilot project that, earlier this month, grabbed headlines around the world. "I don't think anybody was really anticipating a story like that," he said, talking about the new Amazon technology that is hardly off the ground.
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