Deadline nearing to get Christmas parcels delivered on time

By Chad Klassen
December 15, 2017 - 3:41pm Updated: December 15, 2017 - 5:38pm

KAMLOOPS — Like every major shipping company around the holidays, the UPS Store in Columbia Square is trying to keep up with the demand. 

"The last week has been five times busy," said owner of the Kamloops UPS Store Ramandeep Baidwan. "We were doing 100, 120 packages a week. Sometime we have done 40 packages per day. It's been crazy. We've just had to put in time in the evenings to just get that thing done."

Baidwan said Christmas time is usually when volume is up in the store, and packages are being sent everywhere around the world. 

"Most of the business is Christmas gifts being shipped all over," he noted. "We've had gifts being shipped to England, to New Zealand, Australia, and local shipping is immense."

A Kamloops couple is sending Christmas gifts to their daughter and family in Whitehorse.

"It's very convenient. You just walk in, you give the guy your money and it's gone," said a customer. 

The couple was shocked, however, at the cost to send the holiday package up north, spending $300. 

"The surprise was it's enormously expensive, and that's because of all the fuel prices, and the fact that the weather has changed. Just one other thing to make you worry about retirement."

The husband said the cost "surprises you. It's almost as expensive to send it as it is to buy it."

Baidwan said the final day for sending parcels to the U.S. by ground is Friday. For packages within Canada, UPS recommends sending off your packages is Dec. 19, next Tuesday.

"If you want to get it to the States by ground, the cut off is another couple days," said Baidwan. "But if you're willing to spend more on shipping it, air options still is open until the 19th."

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