This is important news for dealers and collectors who use Royal Mail's International Signed For service to send mail.
Royal Mail have changed the conditions attached to the International Signed For service. Mail addressed to Post Office Boxes is no longer accepted. Royal Mail say that:
Restrictions will apply due to the differing conditions for PO Boxes in various countries. Normal Air Mail can still be sent.
What they describe as 'restrictions' seem to be a blanket ban!! As many of our readers will know - because it applies to them - some people do not have a street delivery, only a PO Box. Some countries only have a P O Box system because there are NO street deliveries anywhere.
To further add to the problems, the same ruling applies to Airsure.
I'm seeking some clarification from Royal Mail on this, but if anybody has experienced this already, or can see the problems that this will cause because they are a UK business, or because they are a non-UK customer with a PO Box, please tell us more in a comment.
UPDATED 25 February 2013, via Stampboards.
From the Royal Mail website accessed 25 February 2013
Can I send International Signed For™ items to a PO Box?
International Signed For™ items require a signature to be taken on delivery therefore they cannot be sent to PO Boxes, unless the destination country is in Africa or the Middle East.
See http://www.royalmail.com/packet-despatc ... signed-for
UPDATE 3 November 2014
In 2014 the International Signed For service was replaced by International Tracked, International Signed, and International Tracked and Signed.
Because no signature is required, International Tracked can be used for sendings to PO Boxes.
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