How to Fill Out a Foreign Address

by Jordan Whitehouse

Use the proper foreign address to ensure your mail gets to its destination.

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If you've ever sent a package to a location outside the United States and had it returned because the address was not filled out correctly, then you know not only the frustration but the cost involved in such an error. International mailing can be expensive, so to ensure your mail gets properly delivered, take the time to fill out the address correctly. To get the most up-to-date information on changes to global mailing conditions, see Resource 1.

Print the delivery address in English using all uppercase letters. Write the address lengthwise on one side of the parcel or envelope.

Print the name of the addressee on the first line of the destination address.

Print the addressee's street address or post office box number on the second line of the destination address.

Print the city or town name, followed by the other principal subdivision (e.g. province) and the postal code on the third line of the destination address.

Print the country name on the fourth line of the destination address.

Check the foreign address a few times to ensure you've filled in all of the proper information. When complete, it should look something like this:


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About the Author

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jordan Whitehouse has been writing on food and drink, small business, and community development since 2004. His work has appeared in a wide range of online and print publications across Canada, including Atlantic Business Magazine, The Grid and Halifax Magazine. Whitehouse studied English literature and psychology at Queen's University, and book and magazine publishing at Centennial College.