Shipping carrier statuses
Each shipping carrier is responding to COVID-19 differently. Review the carrier's latest updates to learn how changes to their services might impact your shipping.
The Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and Surgeon General have stated that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through the mail.
If you are in the United States and purchase shipping labels through Shopify Shipping, then consider purchasing additional insurance to help protect your shipments.
Canada Post has the following changes to their service:
- Canada Post is experiencing delays of up to 5 days. Heavier shipments are more impacted than others.
- Proof-of-age verification and required signatures are limited to post-office pickups.
- On-time guarantees are suspended.
- Shipments to many countries are currently not being accepted.
For more information, refer to Canada Post's news releases.
For more information about service disruptions, refer to Canada Post's daily service alerts.
UPS has the following changes to their service:
- UPS is experiencing service disruptions in certain countries. For more information, refer to UPS's Critical Developments.
- As of March 26, 2020, the UPS service guarantee is suspended for all shipments from any origin and to any destination.
- As of March 24, 2020, the UPS service guarantee is suspended for all US-origin shipments (domestic and international) at any service level.
For UPS's service alerts, refer to UPS's service alerts.
USPS has the following changes to their service:
- USPS is using sea transportation instead of air transportation for shipments to certain countries. For more information, refer to Air to sea diversions in effect.
- USPS is offering refunds on shipments addressed to a country where shipping services are suspended. For more information, refer to USPS PostalPro's international refunds page.
- Some mail classes have extended their expected delivery times:
- Priority Mail two-day service is now 3 days.
- Priority Mail three-day service is now 4 days.
- Priority Mail Open and Distribute is now 2-4 days.
- First-Class Package Service two-day service is now 3 days.
- First-Class Package Service three-day service is now 4 days.
- Priority Mail's two-day and three-day services now include up to $50 USD in free insurance.
- Some USPS post offices are closed. For more information, refer to USPS Business mailers service disruptions.
- USPS is not shipping to certain countries. For more information, refer to USPS's international service disruptions.
- There are delays in USPS mail and package deliveries to and from certain countries.
- As of February 10, 2020, there is a temporary suspension of the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong SAR China.
- USPS recently announced that they are suspending Priority Mail International to Australia today, September 17, 2021 and all shipments via this service will be returned to sender. This is an update to the recent USPS suspension of First Class Package International Service to Australia.
For more information about any USPS service disruptions to businesses, refer to USPS® Coronavirus Updates for Business Customers.
For more information about specific country delays for USPS shipments, refer to USPS's international service disruptions.