Jul 05, 2011
Still Making Mail Easy - Mailing Internationally with Click2Mail
Click2Mail keeps up to date on all of the rules in that 17-section rulebook, the International Mail Manual (IMM), so that you won't have to worry when you use our services. However, unlike the US Postal Service, the posts in most countries don't usually maintain computerized data bases of every deliverable address, and this means we aren't able to standardize your international addresses instantly like we do with U.S. addresses that are uploaded to Click2Mail.com. Therefore, when mailing overseas you will need to pay more attention to the content and format of the international addresses in your mailing lists because what you upload in your list is what we print on your mailpieces, without correction or standardization.
International Addressing Standards
In accordance with the International Mail Manual, we print all addresses in capital letters and the last line of the address is always the country name, written in full (no abbreviations). USPS recommends that international addresses have no more than five lines, so Click2Mail limits your addressing to five lines. To help you comply with the rest of the rules, here are some of the IMM guidelines for international addressing. When preparing international addresses, bear these guidelines in mind.
As taken from the International Mail Manual Section 122.1:
1) Mail may not be addressed to a person in one country "in care of" a person in another country.
2) The name of the sender and/or addressee may not be in initials except where they are an adopted trade name.
3) Mail may not be addressed to Boxholder or Householder.
4) The following exceptional form of address, in French or a language known in the country of destination, may appear on printed matter: the addressee's name or Occupant.
For example: Mr. Thomas Clark or Occupant
5) The house number and street address or box number must appear when mail is addressed to towns or cities.
6) The address of items sent to General Delivery must indicate the name of the addressee and the country of destination. The use of initials, figures, simple given names, or fictitious names is not permitted on articles addressed for general delivery.
Currently, all international mail sent through Click2Mail is mailed using the USPS's International Priority Airmail (IPA), which is the equivalent of First Class Mail International (formerly Air Mail). By international convention, all such mail is treated as First Class or Priority Mail in the country of destination and typically undeliverable mail will be returned to the sender free of charge, although it may take weeks or months for the mailpieces to get back to the U.S.
Non-U.S. Return Addresses
USPS regulations prohibit non-U.S. return addresses on mailpieces deposited in the U.S. Mail, so we are not able to print a non-U.S. address as a return address on any mailpieces prepared and mailed through the Click2Mail system. If your Click2Mail account address is outside the U.S., by default we use a Click2Mail P.O. Box as your return address and undeliverable mail is returned to Click2Mail and shredded for recycling. In the near future, scanned electronic copies of undeliverable mailpieces will be provided back to senders for a nominal charge.
So, whether you're mailing to international addresses from a U.S. location or using Click2Mail.com from an international location, Click2Mail remains dedicated to helping you get your mail where it needs to go - easily and cost-effectively by doing everything we can to eliminate uncertainty and connect the postal services of the world to your personal computer.