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How To Address A Letter Or Parcel To The USA

The United States is one of the UK's largest trading partners, with billions of pounds worth of goods being sent across the Atlantic every year. However, if your business is sending parcels, parcels and freight to the United States, it's important to note the differences in address formats which exist, so that your goods may arrive at their destinations without any problems or hold-ups..

how to address a letter or a parcel to the usa

US Residential Address Format

The address format for the US is quite similar to the UK's, albeit with a couple of slight differences.

UK Address Format

World Options Franchise Ltd

Petre Rd,

Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington, Lancashire,

BB5 5HY

UK


USA ADDRESS FORMAT

World Options Inc

1 Glenlake Pkwy NE #700,

Atlanta, GA 30328,

United States


  • For the US, the name of the state - which comes in a two-letter abbreviation will need to be written, in addition to the city/town/village that the package is going to.
  • After the name of the state, a five digit zip code will need to be added. A zip code is a the US equivalent of a postal code. On occasion, a zip code may come with an extra 4 numbers after the 5 digits (e.g: Albany, NY 12201-7050) the extra 4 digits are used to identify a specific area within the 5 digit delivery zone.
  • The name of the city/town/village should be written on the same line as the state abbreviation and zip code (e.g: Chanhassen, MN, 55317)

POSTAL BOXES

UK and USA PO box formats are almost identical.

UK PO BOX ADDRESS FORMAT

Mr John Smith

Anon Group 2020 Ltd

PO Box 1111

London

NW1 4NR

UK


USA PO BOX ADDRESS FORMAT

Mr J. Doe

International NY Inc

PO Box 0101

New York, NY, 10019

USA


Before sending a parcel to a Postal Box in the USA ensure that:

  • The recipient's name and or the company name are written on the first two lines. Underneath these two, print the PO Box number
  • Below the PO Box number, the city, state and zip code needs to be written.
  • Street addresses are usually not needed for PO Boxes. If one is needed to be added, make sure that the address is written above the PO Box number.
  • If you are sending a parcel to a private mailbox, write PMB or # instead of PO BO (e.g: Mr J. Doe, International NY Inc, PMB 0101, New York, NY, 10019, USA)

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