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Tracking A Shipment To The Dark Side Of The Moon

Recently, I bought a nice shiny piece of home audio gear on eBay. I bought it from a fellow in the United States, and the next day the item was shipped via UPS. Though I knew it would take a week to get here, I still like to track my packages on the Internet. You might say I'm rather obsessed with tracking packages, actually.

So, I get the tracking number and plug it into the UPS site over the next few days and I'm absolutely tickled with the amount of tracking data that UPS supplies. It looks something like this:

HARRISBURG, PA,  US     11/09/2006     4:02     DEPARTURE SCAN
HARRISBURG, PA,  US     09/09/2006     1:11     ARRIVAL SCAN
STAUNTON, VA,  US   08/09/2006      20:35   DRIVER HAS BAD HEARTBURN, BUT THE PACKAGE MUST BE DELIVERED - BACK ON THE ROAD
STAUNTON, VA,  US   08/09/2006      20:55   DRIVER STOPPED FOR LATE SUPPER
ROANOKE, VA,  US     08/09/2006     20:16     DEPARTURE SCAN
ROANOKE, VA,  US    08/09/2006     19:53     ARRIVAL SCAN
CHARLOTTE, NC, US   08/09/2006   17:53   DRIVER FEELING MUCH BETTER - BACK ON THE ROAD
CHARLOTTE, NC, US   08/09/2006   17:47   DRIVER STOPPED FOR BATHROOM BREAK
WEST COLUMBIA, SC,  US     08/09/2006     15:07     DEPARTURE SCAN
WEST COLUMBIA, SC,  US    08/09/2006     12:28     ARRIVAL SCAN
ATLANTA, GA,  US     08/09/2006     8:20     DEPARTURE SCAN
ATLANTA, GA,  US    08/09/2006     3:11     ARRIVAL SCAN

An amazing amount of detail to be sure. But, when the package finally crosses the border into Canada, the flow of information abrubtly halts. On the evening of the12th, the package is listed as IMPORT SCAN in Lachine, Quebec. There is absolutely NO activity on the 13th. Nothing. Not a peep. I get ready for work on the morning of the 14th and check again - still nothing. My package has been MIA for two days now. A delivery attempt is made around 4:00 PM on the 14th actually, though I'm not home. I'm able to pick it up later that evening, however.

So, what exactly is it about Canada that causes so much trouble for shipment tracking systems? It's like the package has gone to the dark side of the moon and all communications are blocked. It's not just UPS. When I order stuff from Vancouver (clear across the continent) using another shipping company, I get exactly TWO tracking notices - one that it was picked up, and one that it was delivered a week later. Some tracking system.

It would seem as though there is still some work to be done on shipment tracking north of the border.


Comments (2) -

  • Darth Mac

    9/17/2006 7:11:24 AM |

    So what did you buy?

  • Andre Perusse

    9/17/2006 8:36:31 AM |

    A new preamp/processor - a Rotel RSP-1068. Basically just an upgraded version of what I had.

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