Post # 1
So I made these cute little STD cards that fit into a 5″x 3.5″ envelope –a standard size acceptable for letters in the USA. However, half of these will be mailed international post to Canada.
Although I made the cards last spring, we are sending them now. I finished addressing them all and realized I never checked standard letter sizes for Canada. Sure enough my envelope size is 1cm too small (both length and width) according to the Canada Post website. But those sizes given were for mail originating in Canada.
My local post office was no help when I asked if I was still OK to send this size US to Canada.
I’m hoping someone here has experience/insight on this ….please.
I guess I could stick the smaller envelope in a slightly larger one & readdress, but I would rather know the answer/rules for these types of situations. FI is sure we are OK to send as is, and he is the Canadian, but he is admittedly guessing.
Post # 3
Doesn’t the post office just use those size categories to calculate postage? So standard size or below = $1, oversized = $2 etc.
I have never heard of this mattering but I am in a different country so maybe the US and Canadian postal services do things differently.
Post # 4
I don’t think it matters if they are smaller than the standard size……Larger yes, because then it would be higher postage.
Should be fine 🙂
Post # 5
I’m Canadian and I’ve never once cared or looked at the size of the envelope. If its ‘oversized’ you just pay extra postage. Smaller/lighter is fine. I get mail in all different sizes.
We really aren’t that different than the US.
Post # 6
@nedaussie: I do know that in the US they won’t mail it or you have to pay extra for hand-sorting.
These would have to be hand sorted in Canada due to their size, and I just don’t know this affects delivery/international postage (if at all).
Post # 7
@sostobe: I know our two counties are similar in this way (and many others). So will I need to pay a higher international postage rate for mail originating in the US that will need to be hand sorted in Canada?
Post # 8
Honestly, I have no idea. All the RSVP cards I’ve ever sent back have been smaller than a standard envelope and they’ve all been mailed with a regular (domestic) stamp within Canada.
You could call CP if you’re really concerned about it. But I’ve never had any smaller than standard envelopes come with anything other than a domestic stamp (all mailed within Canada). Oversized/over weight items obviously required extra postage, but I’m pretty sure undersized doesn’t.
Post # 9
So it took a few days and a few phone calls, but I did get my question answered.
Envelope sizes & weights are based on the country you are sending from (in my case the U.S.), not the country you are sending to.
My envelopes are considered a standard (machinable) size in the U.S. so I pay the standard international postage rate, even though the envelopes are not machinable in Canada.
I post this just in case anyone else has this issue in the future…