Posting to a BFPO address

#1
It has been a few years since I last posted something to a BFPO address but any time I have done it before I have addressed it with, name, unit, BFPO number.

I have to send a cheque to a bloke for something I bought on flea bay. The address he gave me consists of:

His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17
Millhill
London
NW71PX

I queried it but he didn't reply and then the payment reminder had the same address so I sent it. It didn't get there, I thought the address was probably the problem. He, however, is still insisting that I need to put the Millhill, London, NW71PX bit onto the bottom.

Is he correct?
 
#2
Usually:

Number, Rank, Name
Unit
Op or Ex (if applicable)
BFPO

No more. Less may look a bit dodgy.
 
#3
He is correct - and it should have got to him that way. The post code is the correct one and I have received quite a few things that way from firms that couldn't cope with a 'normal' BFPO address...

You don't need to put 'Mill Hill' on the address as this is covered in the post code. You should however, put a space betwen BFPO and 17 = BFPO 17 and likewise in the postcode = NW7 1PX

However, if you are sending it via the Royal Mail, BFPO 17 should suffice...

Adjt
 
#4
Adjutant said:
He is correct - and it should have got to him that way. The post code is the correct one and I have received quite a few things that way from firms that couldn't cope with a 'normal' BFPO address...

You don't need to put 'Mill Hill' on the address as this is covered in the post code. You should however, put a space betwen BFPO and 17 = BFPO 17 and likewise in the postcode = NW7 1PX

However, if you are sending it via the Royal Mail, BFPO 17 should suffice...

Adjt
Postcode's changed now guys, BFPO London is in Ruislip, RAF Northolt. I'll get the postcode and full address in work tomorrow and post on here.
 
#5
The BFPO website says what I said. The system differs if it's a package sent by a commercial organisation, but a letter containing cash should just be sent Special Delivery (for compensation purposes) as normal.
 
#6
LEGZ30 said:
His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17
Millhill
London
NW71PX
If posting manually in a normal post box / office none of that Mill Hill bollocks is necessary, that postcode is only normally needed when using electronic systems that dont recognise BFPO addresses.

His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17

Should do it nicely. :D
 
#7
counterstrike said:
LEGZ30 said:
His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17
Millhill
London
NW71PX
If posting manually in a normal post box / office none of that Mill Hill balls is necessary, that postcode is only normally needed when using electronic systems that dont recognise BFPO addresses.

His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17

Should do it nicely. :D
Very true CS, but many companies don't deliver to these addresses, as their antiquated computer systems do not recognise the post code.

I've had a look in work as promised, here's the new shadow address;

BFPO London
West End Road
Ruislip
Middlesex
HA4 6DQ


SBM
 
#9
It worked without the London bit and the cheque arrived, so he is happy and I am happy.

Thank you to everyone who replied.
 
#11
When I use Amazon or E-bay I always put the Ruislip address because some sellers think that BFPO will cost them a fortune in postage costs and will cancel your order.
If you message the seller and ask if he/she sends to BFPO and they say no, give them the Ruislip address and they will accept it!

Same with when Ordered my laptop from Dell, they would only send it via the Ruislip address because its the only way it could be tracked.
 
#12
I have ordered something online in the past to a BFPO address and the courier pitched up at the maingate in Dungannon. Errr Cpl buddon there's a package at the front gate for you... (tea then spluttered over pc)
 
#13
Surely if you are deplyed then the mail that is sent to your unit's base location would be forwarded on? This is how I have gotten around the BFPO address. With the Royal Maiil charging a fortune for special delivery to he BFPO address in the past my missus sent it 2 miles down the road!
 
#14
BarryBuddon said:
Surely if you are deplyed then the mail that is sent to your unit's base location would be forwarded on? This is how I have gotten around the BFPO address. With the Royal Maiil charging a fortune for special delivery to he BFPO address in the past my missus sent it 2 miles down the road!
Royal mail shouldn't be charging extra for BFPO addresses overseas. The postage paid gets the item to Northolt, the army pays and organises the rest of the journey. Sounds like you were ripped off there.
 
#15
Filbert Fox said:
When I use Amazon or E-bay I always put the Ruislip address because some sellers think that BFPO will cost them a fortune in postage costs and will cancel your order.
If you message the seller and ask if he/she sends to BFPO and they say no, give them the Ruislip address and they will accept it!

Same with when Ordered my laptop from Dell, they would only send it via the Ruislip address because its the only way it could be tracked.[/quote]

I ordered my PC from Dell and managed to track it all the way here.

Was it just for Dells' peice of mind FF?
 
#16
heidtheba said:
I ordered my PC from Dell and managed to track it all the way here.

Was it just for Dells' peice of mind FF?
Depends where 'here' is!

Dell said that if it was sent to BFPO ** direct they would have no signature before it left the country and therefore tracking would be impossible.

So I gave them the Ruislip address and with the trackng number they gave me I was able to see when it left the Dell warehouse type place, time and date and by who it was collected by and where it went to next.
When it left the couriers to go to Ruislip, the fact that it was returned to the couriers depot because there was no-one to sign for it at Ruislip! then when it was delivered and who signed for it. Then it turned up here in the fatherland 2 days later.
 
#17
Filbert Fox said:
heidtheba said:
I ordered my PC from Dell and managed to track it all the way here.

Was it just for Dells' peice of mind FF?
Depends where 'here' is!

Dell said that if it was sent to BFPO ** direct they would have no signature before it left the country and therefore tracking would be impossible.

So I gave them the Ruislip address and with the trackng number they gave me I was able to see when it left the Dell warehouse type place, time and date and by who it was collected by and where it went to next.
When it left the couriers to go to Ruislip, the fact that it was returned to the couriers depot because there was no-one to sign for it at Ruislip! then when it was delivered and who signed for it. Then it turned up here in the fatherland 2 days later.
BFC. It took 3 weeks mind, but I could track it all the way.
 
#18
At least you got it, which is always a bonus.
Slightly off track a bit, out on Telic 4 a load of the TA in the Fd Hosp ordered tax free laptops and eagerly awaited delivery, nothing arrived, they contacted the company to ask where they were, they had been delivered to BFPO, contact BFPO, BFPO say they sent them onwards but RAF refused to take them any further due to the batteries! All laptops were in a secure area and could be collected when soldiers returned to the UK.
 
#19
skintboymike said:
counterstrike said:
LEGZ30 said:
His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17
Millhill
London
NW71PX
If posting manually in a normal post box / office none of that Mill Hill balls is necessary, that postcode is only normally needed when using electronic systems that dont recognise BFPO addresses.

His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17

Should do it nicely. :D
Very true CS, but many companies don't deliver to these addresses, as their antiquated computer systems do not recognise the post code.

I've had a look in work as promised, here's the new shadow address;

BFPO London
West End Road
Ruislip
Middlesex
HA4 6DQ


SBM
Just spoken to the BFPO Enquiries Team and they have told me that this is not the case and I can't use the above postcode unless the company has an arrangement with BFPO; the company I want to purchase from hasn't. However, it would appear by some of the posts here that individuals have ignored that advice and its worked OK. Could the BFPO helpdesk be wrong?
 
#20
Can anyone clarify the address to use for using on EBAY, i havent had a problem in the past getting stuff delivered to my BFPO address, but ebay seem to be getting a bit of a pain in the arrse about it now.

Cheers


Spliff-Boy said:
skintboymike said:
counterstrike said:
LEGZ30 said:
His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17
Millhill
London
NW71PX
If posting manually in a normal post box / office none of that Mill Hill balls is necessary, that postcode is only normally needed when using electronic systems that dont recognise BFPO addresses.

His Name
His Sqn
His Unit
BFPO17

Should do it nicely. :D
Very true CS, but many companies don't deliver to these addresses, as their antiquated computer systems do not recognise the post code.

I've had a look in work as promised, here's the new shadow address;

BFPO London
West End Road
Ruislip
Middlesex
HA4 6DQ


SBM
Just spoken to the BFPO Enquiries Team and they have told me that this is not the case and I can't use the above postcode unless the company has an arrangement with BFPO; the company I want to purchase from hasn't. However, it would appear by some of the posts here that individuals have ignored that advice and its worked OK. Could the BFPO helpdesk be wrong?
 

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