Want to stop your inbound letters, cards and parcels going walkabout? Ensure they are addressed 100% correctly. Here’s why and how…
* FACT! – Royal Mail process 80 million parcels and letters everyday. United States Postal Service (USPS) process a whopping 584 million.
* FACT! – The USA is about forty times the size of the UK
* FACT! – A British postcode indicates an area containing about 80 houses. A standard American zipcode potentially relates to 1,000’s of households.
* FACT! – The longest continuous road in the UK is 1.7 miles long whereas in Chicago, Western is the longest at 27 miles long.
* FACT! – In the UK the highest numbered house number is 2679 whereas in Chicago it’s 11900.
* AND THIS IS WHY… Address accuracy is even more important in the USA than it is in the UK!
If you are moving from the UK to Chicago, it’s important to double check the exact form of your new address, memorise it and emphasise the importance of accuracy to family and friends. Remember: some of your British postal habits may lead to accidental inaccuracies that will mean that you lose your post!
Here’s what a typical letter sent to an American address should look like…
1. Return address should on the same side as the address in the top left corner NOT on the back.
2. This number might be huge and the N S E W part is important. Leave N S E W abbreviated, do NOT change N to North, S to South etc do NOT add commas to the number.
3. Unlike in the UK, Apartment numbers tend to be on the second line. Do NOT exclude the word “Apartment” or “Room” before the number.
4. There is no need to add the county in the address. (eg Du Page, Cook etc)
5. Illinois is shortened to IL
6. Zip codes are 5 numbers long and relate to a much larger zone than a UK postcode. Sometimes you have a ZIP +4 Code which adds 4 more numbers that narrow to a smaller area.
7. Always USA, never justAmerica!
If you would like to know more about how to correctly address a letter being sent to America, click here to visit the page on the USPS website >>
If you want to know how much it costs to send letters to the USA from the UK, click here to visit the page on the Royal Mail website >>
Main image credit: USPS.com
Sources: RoyalMail.com, USPS.com