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Old 05-02-2016, 11:21 AM   #1
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Hello,

We'll be in Idaho / Craters of the Moon in June. As Canadians, there are many products that ship only to US addresses (including clamshell gazebos)

Any advice in figuring out a good general delivery post office in the area? Thanks,
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Hello,

We'll be in Idaho / Craters of the Moon in June. As Canadians, there are many products that ship only to US addresses (including clamshell gazebos)

Any advice in figuring out a good general delivery post office in the area? Thanks
At just about every US port there is a company or two that accept and hold parcels for a very reasonable rate.

Or, if you can get someone who is coming up from the US, you can get them to bring it for you. I got two offers from members here, and will have some things delivered direct to me at the rally. What a great group of people here, eh?
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Go to a town that has only one P.O., no branches. Ask them if they will receive general delivery and talk to the person who does that.

BUT I was told that for having a company ship that you would have to get a P.O. Box at that post office. I have had General Delivery shipped from home without a P.O. Box.
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Thanks, Jim, for the suggestion. Going south, we have small crossings / towns (save package services but limited hours) but for SOME reason going north / home, we'll probably cross at Sumas, WA, which has lots of choices! and a package holding point feels more reliable than general delivery.
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We've been traveling for five years, and I use General Delivery all the time. It works great. First thing you need to do is make certain that the company sending is sending USPS. Then, go online and find out the address of the main post office. You can try and call them to confirm, but good luck. All five digit General Delivery zip codes in the US end with -9999. Also, have your name on the envelope, ℅ Gen. Delivery, AND I always put my cel number on the outside of the envelope just in case.
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We've been traveling for five years, and I use General Delivery all the time. It works great. First thing you need to do is make certain that the company sending is sending USPS. Then, go online and find out the address of the main post office. You can try and call them to confirm, but good luck. All five digit General Delivery zip codes in the US end with -9999. Also, have your name on the envelope, ℅ Gen. Delivery, AND I always put my cel number on the outside of the envelope just in case.
Not sure what you are talking about with the -9999. I do not use that and receive General Delivery here, just the zip code for the town. That is what they said to use.
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Not sure what you are talking about with the -9999. I do not use that and receive General Delivery here, just the zip code for the town. That is what they said to use.
Most likely it's the Zip +4. Supposedly using the +4 will get your mail there faster than if you don't use it. Heck if I know if that's true or not.

If you don't know your +4, look on any junk mail as it'll be on there. They get a lower rate if it's used for bulk mailings (least it was years ago when I mailed stuff out bulk rate).
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Not sure what you are talking about with the -9999. I do not use that and receive General Delivery here, just the zip code for the town. That is what they said to use.
I'm just relating from experience with every town I've used general delivery in Az, California, Oregon, and Washington. I'm sure that if it's a small town, they may not require it.
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I'm just relating from experience with every town I've used general delivery in Az, California, Oregon, and Washington. I'm sure that if it's a small town, they may not require it.
Perhaps they deal wth General Delivery in those places so much that they use -9999.

I am using a small place because I know that people have had trouble in bigger cities that have post office branches.
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All five digit General Delivery zip codes in the US end with -9999.
Then there would only be ten General Delivery zip codes in the entire country.
I assume that you mean nine-digit zip codes, or five digits plus "-9999", which is called Zip+4, as already mentioned.

From a United States Postal Service document:
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26 General Delivery Addresses
261 Format
Use the words GENERAL DELIVERY, uppercase preferred, spelled out (no abbreviation), as the Delivery Address Line on the mailpiece. Each record will carry the –9999 add-on code.
Print General Delivery in caps on delivery address line.
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3.1.4 General delivery addresses
General delivery addresses should contain the following information (see Figure 9):
  • First line: The Addressee
  • Second-last line: General Delivery Identifier and Station Information
  • Last line: Municipality Name, Province or Territory and Postal Code
Figure 9:
In Canada, each post office has a dedicated postal code.
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