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Crass or esteem
This anagram-titled post is brought to you in part by the U.S. Postal Service.

Canadian officials strictly enforce customs, addressing requirements for inbound international mail

The U.S. Postal Service is alerting customers mailing items to Canada they must comply with strict Canadian Customs and postal administration addressing requirements.

All postal items (except postcards) that do not display the complete name and address of both the sender and the recipient -- in roman letters (A, B, C) and Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3) -- are being denied entry into Canada. Sender or recipient identification such as "Grandma" or "Aunt Ruth" are not acceptable and are among the causes of mail being returned.

According to Canadian officials, this action is pursuant to the Canada Customs Act and reflects heightened security measures. [Strange, I can't seem to find the relevant passage.]

Accordingly, addresses to recipients in Canada should be printed in ink or typewritten in capital letters, and the last line of the address must show only the country name, written in full, and in capital letters. When a Canadian postal delivery zone number is included in the address, mailing requirements allow that number to appear as the last line of the address.

Customers also are reminded that complete and legible customs declarations -- along with required import documentation -- must be provided to specifically identify the contents of any package. General descriptions such as "gift" or "present" are not acceptable.

Canadian Customs offices report a backlog of incoming postal items containing incomplete or inaccurate information. According to Canadian officials, these items eventually will be returned to their points of origin for correction by the sender as soon as practical.

[Offhand, aside from the descriptions for the contents of packages, I think the "heightened security measures" part is bull. It's all about common sense - write the address and recipient's name clearly or it won't get where it's going. I'm betting this is a pre-Christmas rush scare tactic. If this is the case, I'm insulted. Post 9-11 North America is paranoid enough already without having to pull this kind of thing.]

Current Mood: suspicious

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atara From: atara Date: October 13th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, they announced this last year before Christmas.

I have no problem with having to put the full name of the recipient, and I've always identified the stuff in the package on the customs declaration. The regulations are the same for stuff going into the states.
pierrekrahn From: pierrekrahn Date: October 13th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I understand that it's easier and more efficient for Canada Post to see all the addresses written exactly the same, I think it's exagerating to return a letter because it's been addressed to "Aunt Ruth". They don't check ID when they deliver a letter, so why does it matter what name appears on the envelope?

Same goes for capitalisation.
niall_ From: niall_ Date: October 13th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, capitalisation is to make it easier for the OCR to work and process the letter faster. What's weird, is that the Canada Post requirements are for the ENTIRE address to be in capital letters, not just the country code.

They should have also put that the postal code in Canada is seperated in the middle by a space, not smooched together or with a hyphen.

This came from the USPS, not Canada Post? Methinks a slight smear campaign to actually discourage people to send to Canada might be in place, now that Martin has started getting tough with the US. It's not beyond the powers that be in any case, even if it's a tad paranoid.
dakhun From: dakhun Date: October 13th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

0% effective

Presumably, their plan to enhance security revolves around looking for packages where the declaration indicates "bomb" or "anthrax" among the contents.
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