How To Stop International Mail With USPS

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The USPS tracks packages that are sent using certain services such as Express Mail.
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If you want to recall a package that you have mailed internationally through the United States Postal Service, you must have a good reason. Reasons for stopping mail delivery include fraud or a mailing error. The issue is that once a mailed item has left the country the delivery cannot be stopped. Anytime up to the point when the mail leaves the country, mail sent internationally can be retrieved. Just fill out PS Form 1509, a Sender’s Application For Recall of Mail.

Things You’ll Need
PS Form 1509

Download the PS 1509 Form or the Sender’s Application for Return of Mail form or obtain the form from your local post office. Print information clearly and legibly to ensure recovery of the mailed item.

Indicate on the form the type of delivery service that was used when mailing the item such as Express Mail, Certified Mail, Priority Mail, etc. The mail must have a tracking number in order to be retrieved. Provide the date and hour the item was mailed. Fill in the location where the item was deposited.

Provide the return address and the recipient’s address information. Check the box to indicate if the address information was typewritten or handwritten. Indicate the postage amount on the mailed item.

Indicate a good reason for your request to retrieve the mailed item. Provide any distinct identifying information about the package that will assist in locating it.

Sign the PS Form 1509 and submit it to your local post office.

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How Stop Mail Online

If you plan on being out-of-town for awhile the United States Postal Service (USPS) recommends stopping your daily mail delivery. If you are able to receive mail at your location, a better option may be a temporary mail-forwarding service. Either way, some action must be taken; you don’t want stacks of mail piling up at your front door or in your mailbox. While you can make your request at your nearest post office, an online request is faster and more convenient.

Visit the United States Postal Service website (www.usps.com).

Click on “Receiving Mail,” and then choose “Hold Mail.” Enter your zip code under “Create a Request,” and then click “Go.”

Enter your name and complete address (include an apartment or building number, if applicable). Click “Continue.”

Choose your “Begin Date.” Requests submitted before 2 a.m. Central time will be honored the same day (except Sunday); all others will begin the next business day.

Choose your “End Date.” You can initially select a date up to 30 days in advance; however, you can modify it later. Click “Continue.”

Review your submission and then click “Submit.” Write down your confirmation number; you’ll need the number if you decide to make changes to your request.

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