This section includes any advice and resources for overseas workers who are posting items to, or receiving mail from, the UK.
If you're in a place where you have regular contact with people travelling to and from the UK, you can usually ask them to take your UK bound post for you and post it when back in the UK. Make sure you have a stock of UK stamps with you if you want to do this and check out the new Royal Mail prices that go by size and weight!
As some Christian organisations have been the target of recent terrorist attacks, here are a few bits of advice from the US postal service on handling mail.
If the letter is at all lopsided or lumpy in appearance, don't be so quick to tear it open. Be suspicious. What else should make you suspicious?
- It's hand-addressed and has no return address or bears one that you can't read
- It's sealed with excessive amounts of tape
- It's marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal" or "confidential"
- It has excessive postage
- Don't handle it if you suspect at all that it might be contaminated
- Don't shake it, bump it, or sniff it
- Wash your hands thoroughly
- Notify your local law enforcement authorities
( Thanks to BRIGADA for this info)
MissionAssistMissionAssist comprises a huge network of dedicated volunteers, throughout the United Kingdom and elsewhere, helping overseas mission workers advance the gospel and make scripture accessible wherever they are in the world.
DHLDHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry. It's services include international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services.
DocmailCreate and mail your post from your own PC using Docmail's online service. Great for newsletters. No minimum order.
Web: www.cfhdocmail.comLocation: Livingston
L-MailL-mail is an online service that enables you to send letters to any postal address via the Internet. They can print and post letters from over 30 worldwide locations, meaning that L-Mail is often faster and cheaper than traditional overseas mail. This service has been tested successfully by OSCAR.
Web: www.l-mail.comLocation: Terrigal, Australia
Mailing Preference ServiceIf you're redirecting mail or if you're away from home for a significant amount of time, you might want to put a stop on junk mail. This service takes your name off the mail marketing lists.
MyUKMailbox.comWe provide a fast, reliable and affordable UK mail forwarding service, which is available to people from everywhere in the world. No matter where you live we will get it there.
Web: www.myukmailbox.comLocation: Sheffield
Parcel HeroParcelHero? offer competitive, fast and reliable worldwide parcel services to over 220 countries along with express import and economy delivery from outside the UK. They collect direct from your door and offer real time international parcel tracking on every shipment, right through to signed for delivery.
Parcel MonkeyWherever in the world you want to send your parcel, Parcel Monkey compares couriers to get you the best services and delivery rates.
Parcel2GoParcel2Go.com, based in Bolton, Greater Manchester is the UK's leading parcel delivery comparison website, offering a surprisingly cheap alternative to the Post Office. Comparisons are also given for an extensive range of European countries.
Web: www.parcel2go.comLocation: Bolton
PC2PaperPC2Paper enables the sending of real letters and cards from the Internet. PC2Paper also offer a virtual post box service enabling users to have a UK postal address, letters sent to this address are scanned in and made available for the user to read from the Internet. We also offer discount rates for missionaries and charity services news letters.
Web: www.pc2paper.co.ukLocation: Sevenoaks, Kent
PostsnapPostsnap is a free to download app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that lets you use your own photos to create and send real personalised photo cards (Postcards, Greeting Cards, Announcement Cards and Party Invitations) - on the go. Postsnap also allows the creation of Postcards using our online web-app, for those customers who do not have an Apple Device.
Royal MailThis site covers all the services that the Royal Mail offer:
Postal rate changes
Keep up with changes to UK Postal Rates. You may, however, purchase 1st or 2nd class stamps and they will still be valid for any subsequent rate increase. Useful for taking overseas so that you can send back letters to the UK with colleagues to be posted within the UK once they arrive.
You can have your UK post re-directed by airmail to an overseas address for up to two years.
Send Marketing SolutionsCreate and mail your post from your own PC using Send's online service. Great for newsletters.
Web: send-dm.co.ukLocation: Aldridge, West Midlands
SpringSpring is the world's largest independent cross border mail distribution company - has over 60 local offices throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. They have a bulk mailing service that can be cost effective for sending numerous letters at once.
Telegram ServiceThe Official Telegram Service sending messages Worldwide. We offer a wide selection of Greetings Telegrams as well as the traditional Telegram. Whether you need to send a message of important news or messages of love or celebration - say it all with a Telegram. Its something they will never forget.
TGGWebThis US company offer a convenient affordable postal mail service which can deliver email messages worldwide. You can now use your email to send letters giving you another route to communicate with others who are not connected to the Internet. This includes options for return receipt delivery confirmations.
Location: Midlothian, VA, United States
UKPostBox.comEasily manage your postal mail online with UK PostBox. Your mail is received by us and managed online by you. We receive your post and notify you, including showing you a scan or photograph of your mail. You then tell us what you'd like us to do with it. We've got PO box and street address price plans to suit all budgets including pay as you go.
Web: www.ukpostbox.comLocation: Poole, Dorset