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

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Most countries use some type of postal code system, also known as "zip" codes, to identify the precise location of a home or building amid a growing infrastructure. Some smaller countries share a postal code system with a larger, nearby country while other small countries forgo one altogether.

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.

  • Address results indicating Verification to the Premises level should validate in ShippingEasy. Verfication_to_the_Premisis_level.png
  • 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:

 


Related articles:

How to: Format a Puerto Rico address
How to: Format Military mail addresses
Troubleshoot: International addresses

 


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