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Blaine Postal Drop situation

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Blaine Postal Drop situation

Looks like a small number of postal drops have either decided to pack it in (like Pulse Packages) or downsize their operations (5D Packages from two outlets to one).

With April 1st rapidly approaching, is 5D still the best bet for the occasional package in Blaine?
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craftsman wrote: Looks like a small number of postal drops have either decided to pack it in (like Pulse Packages) or downsize their operations (5D Packages from two outlets to one).

With April 1st rapidly approaching, is 5D still the best bet for the occasional package in Blaine?
This is true right across our common Canada US Border from BC to NB
The entire biz model for these US Postal Drops was based on Cdns crossing the border to pick up packages, parcels, freight
When Covid meant the Land Border was essentially closed
Or the recent testing restrictions became too cumbersome = EXPENSIVE
Then Cdns weren’t crossing
And given 24 months of that… it’s no wonder some places had to pack it in

The Land Border closure although controversial…
Probably saved us a lot of grief (REAL GRIEF)
In the long run …
As the US Death Rates from Covid
Are about 3x what ours are
(USA = 3,001 / million pop vs CANADA = 977 / million pop )

The US Border Towns almost all depend GREATLY on Cdns travelling back & forth for biz or leisure
They really suffered without that daily / weekly / monthly / annual influx

I haven’t been across yet
But it’s my understanding
That a lot of places … various businesses … not just parcel drops … have gone out of Biz
A combo of Covid itself wrecking havoc with business closures
Plus the lack of Cdn Customers too

Prob gonna be a few years before areas of the US North Country are able to recover … if at all
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PointsHubby wrote: This is true right across our common Canada US Border from BC to NB
The entire biz model for these US Postal Drops was based on Cdns crossing the border to pick up packages, parcels, freight
When Covid meant the Land Border was essentially closed
Or the recent testing restrictions became too cumbersome = EXPENSIVE
Then Cdns weren’t crossing
And given 24 months of that… it’s no wonder some places had to pack it in

The Land Border closure although controversial…
Probably saved us a lot of grief (REAL GRIEF)
In the long run …
As the US Death Rates from Covid
Are about 3x what ours are
(USA = 3,001 / million pop vs CANADA = 977 / million pop )

The US Border Towns almost all depend GREATLY on Cdns travelling back & forth for biz or leisure
They really suffered without that daily / weekly / monthly / annual influx

I haven’t been across yet
But it’s my understanding
That a lot of places … various businesses … not just parcel drops … have gone out of Biz
A combo of Covid itself wrecking havoc with business closures
Plus the lack of Cdn Customers too

Prob gonna be a few years before areas of the US North Country are able to recover … if at all
I would expect many of the US gas stations within 10 Km of the border are also closed.
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I think 5D is still the best bet. They don't charge an annual fee, their hours are pretty good, and they include 30 days of storage as part of their service. And the $2 pickup fee is middle of the road. The UPS store in Blaine (next to 5D) only charges $1 for package receiving but only holds your package for 14 days for free before charging a storage fee.
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User452441 wrote: I started using Blaine Postal Center
https://www.blaineshippingreceiving.com/
Good rates, hold packages for 3 months, which is important for me, as I live on Vancouver island
$2.50 per package is pretty good with the 3 months of storage. Might be a good option as the COVID situation isn't exactly stable yet.
Last edited by craftsman on Apr 1st, 2022 2:37 am, edited 1 time in total.
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While I'll miss the 5D location on Peace Portal Way seeing as Peace Arch is my main crossing, I won't miss having to find parking. It was a gongshow and was pretty compact for it's location. Ever since they opened one up at the Truck Crossing, I've been sending my stuff there because there's a lot more parking spots (basically sitting in an empty plaza) and the retail store is bigger and has more space.
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Why the downvotes? Upvoted to counter the weird.
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berrytree wrote: Why the downvotes? Upvoted to counter the weird.
Thanks!

People are weird....
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berrytree wrote: Why the downvotes? Upvoted to counter the weird.
Likely because some people from Toronto have never heard of, or had to look up where Blaine was.

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