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“What Do USPS's Canadian Pricing Changes Mean for U.S. Small Business?” on Entrepreneur

05/28/2015

By Harry Whitehouse

Canada has always been a top destination for U.S. online sellers that want to test the waters of an international audience.

Our northern neighbor's proximity, coupled with the fact that many of its residents speak English, make it the perfect first step to expanding a business beyond our borders. Most impressively, as much as 60 percent of online Canadian shoppers buy from American merchants.

But despite the inherent opportunities for ecommerce business, an upcoming change in postal rates will impact cross-border shipping; and businesses should be aware: On May 31, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will switch to zone-based pricing for priority mail international shipments heading to Canada.

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