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Address format from US to UK?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Merlin5, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. Merlin5

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    Someone I've come to know over a few months from a baking forum has been helping and basically teaching me stuff, as baking has become a hobby of mine. The person lives in California. She's very kindly offered to send me, for free, a particular baking tin and some american cake flour, both of which are hard to find here. She insists I don't buy a tin as she has plenty not being used. But of course it's going to cost her a fair bit in postage which kind of makes me feel a little uneasy. Do you think I should offer to reimburse her postage costs, is that the right thing to do or should I just accept her kind offer? I suspect she would refuse to accept my reimbursement offer but maybe I should at least offer.

    Secondly, and no doubt a bit of a silly question :p, what would be the best format to give someone in the US for my london address to make sure it definitely gets here?

    According to Google ' The USPS prefers that all mail to England, Scotland, or Wales be addressed with GREAT BRITAIN. Northern Ireland should be addressed as NORTHERN IRELAND. (The United States Postal Service has computer systems that use UK as an abbreviation for "Ukraine".)'


    What would be your preferred format of these six permutations:

    London,
    postcode,
    GREAT BRITAIN

    London,
    England,
    postcode,
    GREAT BRITAIN

    London,
    postcode,
    England,
    GREAT BRITAIN

    London,
    postcode,
    UNITED KINGDOM

    London,
    England,
    postcode,
    UNITED KINGDOM

    London,
    postcode,
    England,
    UNITED KINGDOM
     
  2. pepp77

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    Id just use the first one
     
  3. Thekwango

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  4. mrbell1984

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    London,
    postcode,
    UNITED KINGDOM
     
  5. Merlin5

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    Ok, so far one preference to end with UNITED KINGDOM and one to end with GREAT BRITAIN and neither to include England. Cool. Any more takers?
     
  6. Thekwango

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  7. Mushy Peas

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  8. Merlin5

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    Wikihow:
    Will my letter be delivered to England if I use UK in the address instead of United Kingdom?

    Yes, UK is a well-known abbreviation for United Kingdom.


    Google:

    The USPS prefers that all mail to England, Scotland, or Wales be addressed with GREAT BRITAIN. Northern Ireland should be addressed as NORTHERN IRELAND. (The United States Postal Service has computer systems that use UK as an abbreviation for "Ukraine".)'
     
  9. Mcnumpty2323

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    Yeah offer the postage costs
    They may not take it any way but only decent to offer
     
  10. mrbell1984

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    This is how I would do it. Nothing different.
     
  11. Maccy

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    Either will work, but I'd use UK.
     
  12. Merlin5

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    Right, thanks chaps. I've replied to her giving the London, postcode, UNITED KINGDOM format, and saying "Thing is, this is obviously going to have a postage and packing cost for you all the way from Cali to London, an expense I wouldn't want you to have, so I would naturally be very happy to reimburse those costs."
     
  13. NVP

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    London,
    Post Code
    England
    UK/GB
    Ex-EU
     
  14. Thekwango

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    It shows you clearly in the pics how to address the package/envelope so that there can be no confusion between UK/Ukraine.
    Name,
    House/building number & Street,
    City/Town & Postcode
    Country

    USPS ‘prefers’ you not to use UK. Prefers being the important part. But if the city/town and postcode are all present and unique to the UK you’ll be golden. USPS website also offers the option to print prepaid shipping labels and claims it will correctly populate the delivery address for you. Might be worth pointing your friend down that route.
    more importantly are you sharing what you bake with the rest of us!!
     
  15. mrbell1984

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    What the op really means is they are trying to import something into the U.K. that looks like flour. :eek:
     
  16. Merlin5

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    She just replied

    " Don’t worry about the postage. I’m happy to clear out another unused cake tin. I’ve been dumping things off onto my sister. While she appreciated it at first, she became overwhelmed. I finally said I wouldn’t bring anything more over to her house without her expressed consent!"


    Thanks matey. Oh yes, I always share slices of my homemade cakes and pastries with OCuK. :) Allow me to show off some of my creations. :p

    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/33121144
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/32529512
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/33405736
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/33381260
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/32547435
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/33148633
    https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/posts/32775404
     
  17. Merlin5

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    Oh blimey, yeah, I wonder if customs will open that one up!
     
  18. Destination

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    The US can be pretty retarded at anything they attempt, can't they!
    What an absolute bunch of ********.
     
  19. mrbell1984

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    They will 100%
     
  20. thedoc46

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    Feel uneasy ? Perhaps return the favor. I'm sure there's some baking goods in the UK that are hard to get in the US. Tell her please allow me to return the favor. And go get her something cool from the UK.