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Canada Post and eBay Canada introduced a co-branded Flat Rate Box for eBay sellers available exclusively through eBay. Shipped using Canada Post's Expedited Parcel or Expedited Parcel-USA ground parcel service, the Flat Rate Box allows users to send items at three flat rates: Regional C$9.99 and National C$12.99 (for shipments within Canada), and USA C$17.99 (for shipments to the United States).
The three flat rates apply to items up to five kilograms (11 pounds) that fit in the one-sized Flat Rate Box, which measures 28 cm by 21.5 cm by 14 cm. The Flat Rate Box includes tracking and delivery confirmation, an on-time delivery guarantee (within Canada only), and coverage for loss or damage up to C$100.
To send an item in the Flat Rate Box, eBay sellers create, buy and print a Flat Rate Box shipping label through eBay's online shipping tool, which self-populates with the sender's and recipient's addresses; they affix the shipping label to the Flat Rate Box, and deposit the box in any Canada Post street letter box or at any post office.
The Flat Rate Box can only be used with a Canada Post Expedited Parcel or Expedited Parcel-USA Flat Rate Box shipping label, and Flat Rate Box shipping labels must be created, purchased and printed through eBay's Online Shipping tool.
The Flat Rate Box is being offered at introductory discounted flat rates for the first three months: $8.99 Regional; $11.49 National; and $15.99 USA.
There is a shipping and handling fee of $1.95 for a bundle of three boxes. eBay sellers can order the boxes online at http://stores.ebay.ca/CanadaPostFlatRateBox, and the boxes, folded flat, will be delivered by letter carrier within ten days to most Canadian addresses.
Sellers can purchase a minimum of one Flat Rate Box bundle, consisting of three boxes, per order, and a maximum of three Flat Rate Box bundles (nine boxes) per order.
Sellers can purchase the Signature option for Expedited Parcel for an additional cost of C$1.50 for Flat Rate Box shipping labels within Canada. However, they cannot purchase the Signature option for Expedited Parcel-USA Flat Rate Box shipping labels to the United States.
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