Veronica James reports:
"Shippers who follow basic address guidelines can help prevent irritating delivery delays and avoid disappointing friends or customers. In other words, scrawling a partial address in tiny letters with a fine-point pencil won't endear you to the delivery person and could result in the package being lost. Do yourself -- and the carrier -- a favor and present the shipping information clearly and accurately. Choose the side of the package with the largest surface area for the address. Do not place the address label over a seam in the box. Cross out or remove any old shipping labels to avoid confusion. Use a marker to write the address in capital letters large enough that it can be read at arm's length. Black ink is best to make it stand out. Alternatively, print the address in a large font on a self-adhesive label or a half[-]sheet of paper and attach it securely to the box. Avoid using calligraphy or cursive writing. Write each part of the address on a separate line and ensure that the ZIP code is included. If you use the figures 1 or 7, make sure they are easily identifiable. Do not use a comma at the end of a line or a period at the end of the address. Print your own name and full return address in smaller letters or on a small label clearly marked 'Sender.' Put this in the top left[-]hand corner of the package, above the address. If the package cannot be delivered, this will help ensure that it comes back to you. Print the name of the country in full on the last line of the address if the package is going overseas. Complete and attach a customs declaration form. Customs laws differ from country to country, so check the guidelines for the recipient's country as well as for your own country...Make sure the contents are adequately protected within the package, and that the package is securely wrapped and sealed to avoid damage or breakage. Include the recipient's address and your return address information on a slip of paper inside the package in case the box is damaged...If the package is going overseas, make absolutely sure of the customs regulations for the contents. Exceptions can include meat products, chemicals, plants and food. Import duty can be payable on goods entering another country, and a charge may be imposed on the recipient if customs opens the package to examine the contents."
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