Get a Canada Post Merchant ID for Online Shopping Cart

How To Get a Canada Post Merchant ID for your Online Shopping Cart Canada Post Module or Plug-In

Canada Post Merchant ID

I thought I would write a short blog post on how you can get a Canada Post Merchant ID so you can setup your online e-commerce shopping cart. Since I did not find the process to easy, after getting transferred back and forth for an hour and jumping through hoops I finally managed to get my merchant ID.

You will need a Canada Post Merchant ID Number for shopping cart plug-ins or modules such as the OpenCart, LiteCommerce and in my case the Shopp wordpress plugin. The Canada Post Modules or Plug-ins are used for online stores to calculate shipping costs in Canada with Canada Post’s services.

This service is completely free.
Step 1: Setup a small business account

Call Canada Post’s Venture One Small Business Department:
1-877-262-5762
Ask to setup a small business account. They will give you an Account/User ID#, be sure to write this down. A business account also gives you better rates on shipping so your business can save some money.

Step 2: Visit Canada Post’s Business website:

https://www.canadapost.ca/cpid/apps/signup?execution=e1s1
Select the top option “My business has an existing relationship with Canada Post” Once there Create a User Name, Enter your Account # that you got in Step 1 and then create a password.

Step 3: Request a Merchant ID Number for online shopping cart.

Call Canada Post’s Sell Online Help Desk:
1-800-277-4799
(Prompts: 1 for English, Enter Account Number followed by the # key, Dial 2/option two, follow prompt to talk with an operator)

Mention you are calling to setup a Sell Online Account so you can receive a Merchant ID# which you need for the online shopping cart module/plugin.

That’s it, hope I saved you some time, if you need any help or have any questions/comments please leave a comment below!

11 Responses to "Get a Canada Post Merchant ID for Online Shopping Cart"

  1. Here’s an update as of January 25, 2012.

    The direct number is now 1-866-511-0546,

    If I recall correctly it then goes: Dial 2/Option1, Dial2/Sell Online, Dial2/Get ID

    I tested the shipping costs and they come out higher using the module then doing things manually at the Post Office or Canada Post’s On-line Electronic Shipping option.

    Thanks for this post. It saved me a lot of time. Glad to contribute.

  2. Thanks! This saved me a ton of time

  3. Amazing! quick and easy.

  4. Very useful information. It was indeed quick and easy!

  5. I had no idea where to start. These instructions really saved me time. The whole process took me less than an hour. Merci beaucoup!

  6. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Unfortunately, I only found your website half way through my own nightmare ….but you still saved me time on the other half of the process. What a performance! Thanks again for your help

  7. Thank you! Canada Post can be an absolute nightmare. You probably saved me hours of time wasted trying to find the right places and people.

  8. This was very helpful for setting everything up. However, it’s been a nightmare because all of the prices are so inflated! I’ve been back and forth with both Canada Post and the Woocommerce developer but the shipping prices double every time a customer adds something to the cart. If anyone has had this problem as well, please let me know. Thanks

  9. Thanks for this article. Truly appreciate it.
    The sell online dial number is 4 now.

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