What zip code should I use when a country does not use postal codes?

A postal code (also known as postcode, post code, PIN, or ZIP Code) is a series of letters or digits or both, sometimes including spaces or punctuation, included in a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail.

ShippingEasy typically requires a zip code to validate any address but recognizes there are a few countries that do not use these codes. If your international addresses do not validate, ShippingEasy indicates this within the application.

If you run into a validation error for a country that does not use zip codes, you can try to force the address through by entering "00000" as a replacement postal code. Using this false postal code should not cause issues, as it does not exist.

To view if an address is invalid

Simply look for the red_triangle_icon.png icon in the ORDERS and/or READY TO SHIP pages.

ORDERS Page: READY TO SHIP page:
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To validate your international address

ShippingEasy validates international addresses using a site called Melissa Data, courtesy of our parent company Stamps.com. Melissa Data can provide corrected address suggestions for both ShippingEasy subscribers and non-subscribers. 

  • Address results indicating Verification to the Premises level should validate in ShippingEasy.
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  • Address results indicating Partial Verify to Thoroughfare (or other) level, may not validate in ShippingEasy. In these cases, we would recommend confirming the address with your buyer, and/or attempting to use "00000" for the postal code.
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Once verified, addresses can be updated directly in the ORDERS or READY TO SHIP pages.

Learn how to edit an address on the:

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