Canpar stops shipping firearms and ammo

by Steve Galea | June 4, 2021
stock image of a Canpar truck

An unexpected announcement by Canpar Express that it would no longer ship firearms, ammunition or gun parts as of noon on May 27 caught its firearms industry customers by surprise and has disrupted some deliveries.

“Canpar’s notice to stop moving products from any firearms company on May 27 was sudden, disconcerting and without explanation,” said Spyros Chrysochou, General Manager of Stoeger Canada, one of the country’s leading firearms distributors with brands like Beretta, Benelli, Tikka, Sako, and more.

“Shipments destined to our business partners in turn for their customers were processed on the dock waiting for pick up when we were advised. While these shipments will be reassigned to other couriers in the following days, it leads to the question as to why this decision was made?”

Pandemic cited as cause

There has been speculation among some firearms groups, businesses, and gun owners that the move was politically motivated by anti-gun sentiment, but Canadian Shooting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) Managing Director Alison de Groot said an early call to Canpar indicated this wasn’t the case. Instead, she was told the reason was that the reliable delivery of firearms, ammunition and gun parts had been made more difficult due to pandemic-related precautions and practices.

The CSAAA has reached out to Canpar to discuss the situation and explore options for a resolution, de Groot said. At press time, she said they are waiting for further dialogue.  

“The CSAAA is hoping we can work with Canpar to keep them as a part of our supply chain. Canpar’s service to rural, remote and northern communities where access to sporting arms and ammunition retailers is scarce, is critical to a customer group for whom these products are not just for fun. These are customers who need our products for wildlife defence and sustenance hunting.  While businesses can securely ship a firearm anywhere in Canada through Canada Post, ammunition can only be securely shipped to these customers by Canpar. Other couriers will securely ship both firearms and ammunition but don’t deliver to about 25% of postal codes where our customers live,” de Groot said.

Canpar was widely used by members of the firearms industry and known for its relatively inexpensive service.

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  1. Timothy Olheiser wrote: YouTube gun contributor God Family and Guns, commented recently, that they don't have an ammo shortage, but States are limiting the availability of ammunition as a form of gun control. I think the Liberals are using this tactic, by getting the main courier to stop that work. They also heavily tax ammunition sales as well.
  2. Phil Clarke wrote: Well if there business is that good boycott them Do Not Use Canpar then for anything , Its a service industry you dont want to do the service find someone who will ups , dhl , Canada post im sure someones delivery company is always looking to lock in extra clients.
  3. Tim wrote: Canpar should be ashamed of themselves. If I worked for them I would quit. From now on I will make sure I know who is delivering the firearms and ammo I purchase, If it is canpar I will cancel my order,
  4. RJ wrote: I wonder if the real reason is too much responsibility on the delivery personnel. I once ordered an AR and the delivery driver left it right on my door step when nobody was home… right out in the open for anyone in the neighbourhood to grab!
  5. Terrence Fader wrote: I call BS on this...blaming the COVID crisis for this:::: BS... they are trying to control and censor hunters, and First Nations and Canada's rural population. THIS MUST STOP corps don't have the right to control us. Next thing you know your coffee will stop arriving because the corps wants you to buy their tea...where will this end.... I for one will not use Canpar again or take delivery from them. And I'm sure Facebook, will remove this within hours.... it probably goes against theirs and Justin's community standards. And really if this was about COVID and stopping something legal why not stop the delivery of legal Cannabis...Im sure this is taking more time and space than gun parts and ammo...
  6. M.deag wrote: They weren't very reliable. Several times a neighbour brought over AmmoBox addressed to me that was dropped at his porch. Or Rifle orders just left at front door without even knocking. Then falsely scribed signatures on documents.