What’s in an address – part 1

We’re obliged to put out this post this evening to all of our participants in the United States in particular.

While we had planned to speak about addresses later this week, a particular problem arose with the address list that necessitated letting everyone know what’s happening behind the scene.

We have been pretty diligent in the past about ensuring that addresses meet the standards set out internationally and nationally for all the countries involved. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty complex and sometimes confusing issue that we have been tackling as time permits since the beginnings of this site.

This year we have been finally able to focus specifically on addresses in the United States of America. Up until now we’ve concentrated only on the larger part of addressing standards in the U.S. and have only just moved onto the question of secondary addresses and abbreviations.

The entire document — Publication 28, logs in at a little over 200 pages of detailed and highly relevant information.

Last year we tackled the last line of the address, city naming, state abbreviations, zip codes and country designation.  This year we are dealing with Section 23 – the delivery address line, and in particular unit designators more commonly known as suites, apartments, buildings, floors, units, rooms and departments. Along with the dreaded # sign and complex rules surrounding abbreviations (that comes next).

To this end, when the list was published, we had simplified all American addresses to an international form and started checking each one against the information we have on file.  Your apartment number, suite, or unit should reappear in the next day or two in a place you are more familiar with. We ask for your patience and understanding while we clear this up and apologise for any confusion that may have arisen.

(If you want to see for yourself what we’re up against, you can search online for “USPS Publication 28”)




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