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Old Dec 15th 2014, 3:48 am
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Is it possible to open a usa post office box i'am working in western Canada as a long haul truck driver can this be possible as I'm not a usa resident and don't have a bank account in the usa any help or advice would be Appreciated.
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Can you be clearer on what you're asking?
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Mail boxes etc.

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Originally Posted by amideislas View Post
Mail boxes etc.

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You can, IME, only access "private" mailboxes (UPS Store, Mailboxes Etc, etc.) during store hours (which are often not 24/7) which could be a deal breaker for a truck driver. The area of US Post Offices where the mail boxes are is never locked, so you can access your mailbox 24/7.

I am not aware that you have to be a US resident to have a US Postal Service PO Box. In fact I know that Canadians close to the US border sometimes have a US PO Box, presumably to receive "domestic" US mail.

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I opened one years ago and they asked for an address and contact phone number.
Payment was for 6 or 12 months.
In the local town there was a waiting list to get one of the larger ones.
Locally businesses prefer them as you get the mail in the morning in a PO BOX whereas with a rural mail route it may be late in the afternoon.

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Sorry if I wasnt clearer , it would be more for receiving parcels I'm trying to avoid excess shipping and customs fees and brokerage fees are there any companies who offer a parcel recieving service on the U.S. side of the border .
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Some companies will not ship to a PO BOX I am not sure how it works with a mail box service.
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Originally Posted by ottotheboar View Post
Some companies will not ship to a PO BOX I am not sure how it works with a mail box service.
I don't believe that is true any more as the US Postal Service will accept deliveries to the "street address" of the facility where the mailbox is physically located.

UPS Store/ MBE used to advertise that they accepted deliveries to a "PO Box" at their street address, and is common for people to use "unit #" or "Apt #" and the street address of a UPS Store to disguise the fact that it is a PO Box. In fact I sometimes recommend exactly that technique here on BE for people who want a US address for their CV/ résumé.
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Sorry if I wasnt clearer , it would be more for receiving parcels I'm trying to avoid excess shipping and customs fees and brokerage fees are there any companies who offer a parcel recieving service on the U.S. side of the border .
You should be OK with receiving such parcels at a US Postal Service PO Box. Oversized parcels are put in a separate box and they leave a key in your PO Box to access the oversized parcel box.

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I think I might of found a storage company in montana who can accept parcels that's if indeed I can have stuff which I buy sent there as it wouldn't match my credit card adress .
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I think I might of found a storage company in montana who can accept parcels that's if indeed I can have stuff which I buy sent there as it wouldn't match my credit card adress .
Crutchfield and other web businesses used to ship to a US forwarding service to UK credit card holders back in the mid 2000s when the Xbox 360 and the PS3 came out before they were available in Europe. Amazon will ship to addresses other than the card holder's address but not sure if they will ship to a US address with a Canadian credit card address.
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...... Amazon will ship to addresses other than the card holder's address but not sure if they will ship to a US address with a Canadian credit card address.
It shouldn't be a problem, we have purchased from Amazon, and other companies, and had deliveries to a UK address and paid using credit cards with a US registered address.
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I've heard that there are a lot of mailboxes just south of the Canadian border in western Washington that Canadians use for this purpose. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding one.
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I've heard that there are a lot of mailboxes just south of the Canadian border in western Washington that Canadians use for this purpose. .....
Not only. Detroit and Buffalo too. .... And probably most other US cities close to the Canadian border, in proportion to the number of Canadians just north of the border.

I once heard that "90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of a USPS PO Box", or something like that.

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You can, IME, only access "private" mailboxes (UPS Store, Mailboxes Etc, etc.) during store hours (which are often not 24/7) which could be a deal breaker for a truck driver. The area of US Post Offices where the mail boxes are is never locked, so you can access your mailbox 24/7.

I am not aware that you have to be a US resident to have a US Postal Service PO Box. In fact I know that Canadians close to the US border sometimes have a US PO Box, presumably to receive "domestic" US mail.
They have mail forwarding. Worldwide. You can get a PO box in New York and have all incoming mail sent to Istanbul if you like. It ain't cheap though.
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They have mail forwarding. Worldwide. You can get a PO box in New York and have all incoming mail sent to Istanbul if you like. It ain't cheap though.
Yes, that is true, I had forgotten about that service. It can making tracing people or nailing down their location very hard. ..... You see a street address and a flat/ apartment number and assume that's where they live, then you discover that the street address is MBE. Thank heavens for Google Street View!
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