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How to Send Mail

By John Davis June 7th 2024

How to Send Mail image of a DHL Express mail getting shipped internationally to Haiti

The 4 Stages of Shipping from Canada

Discover the Essentials of Shipping: Finding a Courier, Locating a Shipping Point, Filling Out Your Information, and the Final Step—Pay and Ship

Step 1: Compare Couriers

Comparing rates online is crucial to ensure you get the best rate for your envelope. Here are some top options to consider.

DHL: Known for reliable international and domestic shipping services.

DHL Express: Specializes in fast, time-sensitive deliveries worldwide.

FedEx: Offers various shipping options, including overnight for shipments in North America.

UPS: Provides a range of domestic and international shipping solutions.

Canada Post: A cost-effective option for domestic shipments within Canada.

Step 2: Prepare Information

What to Prepare?

Your Info

Recipient Info

Full Name

Address & Postal Code

Contact Information

Package Dimensions



Package Value



Step 3: Find a Location

Once you have chosen your courier, the next step is to locate a convenient service point location Here’s how you can find a suitable location:

  • Canada Post Offices - They are widely available throughout Canada. 

  • FedEx Stores - FedEx offers multiple shipping locations, including standalone stores and drop boxes. 

  • UPS Access Points and Customer Centers - UPS Access Points are convenient local shops where you can ship.

  • Purolator Shipping Centers and Drop Boxes - Purolator provides several drop-off points for sending packages

Stage 4: Pay and Ship

​Complete the shipping process by finalizing your payment and dispatching your parcel. Here's a quick rundown:

  • Confirm Details: Verify all shipping information.

  • Payment: Pay using an accepted method (credit card, debit, or cash).

  • Receive Tracking: Obtain a receipt and tracking number to follow your package's journey.

  • Send Off: Your package is now ready to be shipped to its destination.

Accepted Payment Methods at our
DHL Express Locations

VISA Credit Card

MasterCard Credit Card

American Express Credit Card

Discover Credit Card

Cash (certain locations)

Bonus Tip 

Make sure to take a picture of your shipment label. 

It contains your Waybill number which can be used to track your parcel shipment.

Once you have your waybill number go to DHL Express Tracking to make sure your shipment arrives on time

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I address an envelope correctly?

Weigh your letter to determine the correct postage or consult with the postal service or courier for guidance.

What should I do if I'm unsure about postage costs?

Weigh your letter to determine the correct postage or consult with the postal service or courier for guidance.

Can I send mail without a stamp if using a private courier?

Yes, when using a private courier like DHL Express or FedEx, you do not need to affix a stamp; shipping costs are covered by the courier's rates

How can I track my letter's delivery progress?

For DHL Express tracking you can go to their website (link here) to track the transit of your envelope. The waybill number on the shippment label can be used for tracking

What should I consider when choosing between a postal service and a private courier?

Postal services like Canada Post offer standard delivery options with generally lower costs but slower transit times. Private couriers like DHL Express provide faster delivery options with tracking and additional services, but at a higher cost compared to postal services. Private couriers often have cheaper prices for international deliveries due to their extensive global networks and faster transit times.

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