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Tips from the PO for this tradition dear to many.

Published 10th November 2006, 10:49am

íTis the season to write your relatives and business associates, or at the very least to send them a card.

During the coming festive season hundreds of thousands of holiday packages and letters will pass through the Cayman Islands Postal Service, with 20 December expected to be one of the busiest mailing days. To ensure that your cards or letters are delivered on time, the CIPS has put together some helpful tips. Sending holiday cards is a tradition dear to the hearts of most of us, because it shows that someone cares enough to take the time to select the card and post it to them.

Card sending tips

  • Make sure all the addresses you have are up to date.
  • Remember to use the correct postcode; it will help your mail get to the right place, faster.
  • If youíre unsure of a Cayman Islands postcode or how to properly address mail within the Cayman Islands, try using our postcode finder and addressing guide.
  • Always include a return address in the top left-hand corner of the envelope, just in case the letter canít be delivered.
  • Make sure you use the correct postage for international mail or we will return it to you for additional postage.
  • If you use a coloured envelope remember to use a white label, because machines in other countries often kick out envelopes which cause delivery delays. Coloured handwritten cards are also hard to read manually when addressed in black or blue ink.
  • Donít use bright colour labels like green or red they will also cause delivery delays.
  • Remember, when you purchase your card that is probably the best time to drop by the post office and weigh it to ensure that you know the correct postage. But remember not to add anything else after the package has been weighed.
  • Save yourself holiday hassles by mailing early. Log on to the CIPS website for the latest recommended mailing dates.

And remember: if you want to avoid one of those trips to the post office, the Postal Service is selling Christmas cards. They weight .60 of an ounce which means the local postage is 25Ę per card for local delivery.