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South of Border: "Why Canadians have U.S. Post Office boxes, eh?"


August 7, 2019

United State Post Offices, like this one pictured in Whitlash, often have sizeable numbers of postal boxes rented by Canadians who live near the border. Using the USPS boxes Canadians can often avoid higher postage rates for items coming from the U.S. and most say their orders arrive more quickly. For the smaller post offices the additional income from Canadians often allows additional services to be offered.

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Since moving to Whitlash I'd notice vehicles, usually pickups, with Canadian plates stopped at the local post office. Recently I came across a newspaper story out of northern Washington state that described how U.S. border cities have many Canadians who rent post office boxes and support a sizeable number of private "parcel and courier services" that cater to Canadians getting mail and packages in the U.S.

I wanted to learn why U.S. Postal Service boxes were in such demand in border towns and began to ask around. Here's some of what I discovered about why Canadians rent U.S. P...

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