Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Letter to Canada

Dear Canada,

Let's start out by acknowledging that I don't know much about you and you don't know me. That much is clear.

Things that I do know about you:
(yes, in bullet form)
  • You're anthem starts out with "Oh, Canada" and I can't get it out of my head
  • You're situated north of the equator and my wonderful country
  • You have really big mooses... no... mose? er...moose?...
  • You are home to some really cool ladies that I consider myself privileged to know!
  • You have much snow that bugs said ladies
  • Both French and English are spoken
  • I hear your health care is something to behold
  • You stole my Patrick Marleau from the Sharks to play for you in the Olympics
  • Your customs process is really putting a kink in my shipping schedules!
It is this last bullet point that I'd like to address in detail. Actually, I'd really like to discuss the last two, but for now I'll keep it short. Alls I have to say is, "What the heck, man?" 21 days minimum is my experience. Twenty. One. Days. This seems a bit excessive to me.

Let me just note that everything I ship in the US takes 5 days TOPS. Yes, that includes ALL THE WAY across the United Sates! I won't even bore you with my mileage and time factorage calculations that I don't actually have, but let's just say that I'm thinking it's ridiculous.

I won't get into the "why would you even consider holding your countrymen's purchases for that insane amount of time" topic... I just want to respectfully request that you maybe might come up with a new system that will cut down on the arrival time by... a week? At the least?

Don't get me wrong... some of my best friends are customs workers... I'm not a hater. I just think something else could be done.


I'll be here. Waiting for your response.

Thanks so much,

Helpless US Shipper