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Correct address for a Case Postale (PO Box)

Hi all,
I'm having a bit of trouble determining the correct address to give to someone, despite having found multiple explanations of this on the internet. As a result, I've not had some pieces of mail delivered. Would someone kindly help me out?

We live in a sublet and almost all mail is delivered to a PO Box (Case Postale). Which of the three address formats below is correct (if any )?

Format 1
<My name>
p/a <Owner of apartment>
<Street that apartment lies on and building number>
Case Postale #
<Zip code for post office> <City> <Post Office Number>

Format 2
<My name>
p/a <Owner of apartment>
<Street that apartment lies on and building number>
Case Postale #
<Zip code of apartment> <City>


Format 3
<My name>
p/a <Owner of apartment>
<Street that address and building number of post office>
Case Postale #
<Zip code for post office> <City> <Post Office Number>

I was using Format 2 before I learned that I had to address the post office where the case postale is located.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Kyle
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Re: Correct address for a Case Postale (PO Box)

I would use format 3
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Re: Correct address for a Case Postale (PO Box)

Sorry, I made a mistake in Format 3: It should ask for the street address and building number of the post office and omit the word "that."

Format 3
<My name>
p/a <Owner of apartment>
<Street address and building number of post office>
Case Postale #
<Zip code for post office> <City> <Post Office Number>
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Re: Correct address for a Case Postale (PO Box)

Still use format 3

If your letters have a CP number, they should not go missing!
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Ask the post office. It's the only way to get the definitive answer.
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Re: Correct address for a Case Postale (PO Box)

Correct is Format 1. The street address is your own physical in case the letter is delivered by an other courrier.

PS: Did you inform the Post that you are a co user? You have to.
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Le client indique le nom d’autres personnes faisant partie du même ménage (ci-après: co-utilisateurs), pour lesquelles les envois sont également distribués dans la case postale.
http://www.post.ch/fr/post-startseit...b-postfach.pdf

Two other solutions:

1) You get your own p/o box. Then you can use either

Your Name
Your street address
Your P/O Box #
ZIP of post office where P/O Box is. Plus number.

or simple

Your Name
Your P/O Box #
ZIP of post office where P/O Box is. Plus number.

2) Your Sub-leter sets up a subaddress to his p/o box.

http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseit...siness-ele.htm

Your Name
His P/O Box #
ZIP of post office where P/O Box is. Plus number.
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Correct is Format 1.
Thank you. This is what I expected, but I could not find a definite answer, even when my wife spoke to the officials at the post office (it may have been a language misunderstanding).
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I was using Format 2 before I learned that I had to address the post office where the case postale is located.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Kyle

No! You are using the worst format.

Format 2 : You mail will be delayed up to 4 business days as the central post office needs to manually correct the address. You are lucky that you are in Switzerland because in many other countries, mails with Format 2 address will easily get lost.

Format 3 : Not a correct format, still better than format 2. Your mail may be delayed up to 24 hours as the postman needs to check if la case postale is actually the right one, given that the post office has also it's own CP for Poste Restante mails etc...

Format 1 : this is the correct one. Meets Swiss postal standard. Your mail will be delivered on time.

Last edited by Ramtin[e]; 16.01.2014 at 15:11. Reason: delayed (not delivered) and many typos
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Re: Correct address for a Case Postale (PO Box)

Thank you very much Ramtin[e]! I will be sure to use the correct Format (#1) from now on.
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Re: Correct address for a Case Postale (PO Box)

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Thank you. This is what I expected, but I could not find a definite answer, even when my wife spoke to the officials at the post office (it may have been a language misunderstanding).
Yes to format number 1 as mentioned above. Here is the detail and official link (detail is on page 1). In CH you can use c/o as well as p/a in the French area.

Adresse avec case postale

La mention «case postale» doit igurer à l’avant-dernière ligne
de l’adresse
. Si elle manque ou si elle est apposée à un autre
endroit, l’envoi sera détourné et risque d’arriver à destination
avec du retard.

i.e.

Dupont SA

Rue Pépinet 10 (their street address)

Case postale 75

1000 Lausanne 2

Link: http://www.post.ch/fr/post-startseit...ressierung.pdf
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