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In Photos: Skipping Canada Post with a cheaper alternative

Some Canadian vendors find it cheaper to ship with smaller courier companies, such as Chit Chats Express

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Derek Nolan, left, sits at a computer printing shipping labels. Mr Nolan’s online bookseller, Chit Chat Books, has evolved into Chit Chats Express, a courier business with two Toronto-area warehouses that helps small online sellers reach international markets by skipping Canada Post’s more expensive parcel service.

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Smaller courier companies such as Mr. Nolan’s that handle packages destined for the United States are thriving, as businesses try to sidestep Canada Post and cut their shipping costs.

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In December, Mr. Nolan’s company took about 200,000 packages over the border, up from 25,000 two years ago.

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Mr. Nolan’s company charges 65 cents a package for the service.

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Mr. Nolan’s customers include candle makers, craftspeople and sellers of collectibles with a value of less than $200.

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Letters and packages fill the hallway waiting to be loaded into a van to be driven to Buffalo, N.Y.

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Kesia Tosta, shown on her first week on the job, carries packages that will be loaded on a van headed to a United States Postal Service outlet in New York state.

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Mr. Nolan says his volumes doubled after the 2011 lockout at Canada Post, and have doubled again since.

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