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US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

I am looking for tips on best ways to manage US mail while in Switzerland. We are moving (but plan to come back to the US in a few years so would like to keep some presence here). We have a short term solution for mail forwarding but don't want to abuse our friend's good heart!
I am wondering if anyone can share tips on services that may exist for expats living abroad to manage their US mail?
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Re: US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

The USPS will forward your mail for you for a year (I believe a year). I'm not sure about any forwarding services, but this topic has been covered before I think - do a search for more info.
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Re: US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

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Re: US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

There are many of mail forwarding services if you do a google search but they are usually quite costly. For us, we are lucky that my MIL does not mind the occasional trip to the Post Office!
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Re: US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

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The USPS will forward your mail for you for a year (I believe a year). I'm not sure about any forwarding services, but this topic has been covered before I think - do a search for more info.
I don't remember them letting me get my mail forwarded to another country.
I have my mail forwarded to my mother's and she opens and sends the stuff on to me.

If you work for a company that is international you could do like my wife and have your mail forwarded to them and they will send to you internally.

Regardless, the USPS only forwards mail for half a year at a time for a maximum of 1 year. Of course I have already broken the rules on this one so who knows what the real strict rules are.

You can file a request to forward online at the USPS website and they will charge you a dollar on your credit card to verify that you are who you say you are. Not too bad of a deal.

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Re: US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

The USPS will forward your mail to an international address on either a temporary or a permanent basis. My mail is currently being forwarded to Switzerland for 6 weeks free of charge. They only forward letters and will not forward magazines or catalogs.

The best thing is to talk with someone at your local post office. I always fill out a hard copy of the form because the online form is not really designed for forwarding to an international address.

It usually takes about two weeks for me to receive the mail that has been forwarded from my US address. Setting up online accounts to pay bills has helped me cut down on the amount of mail that is actually forwarded, plus I don't have to worry about receiving a bill after it is past due.
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Re: US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

That must be the case. I didn't sell my house in the USA and we will be returning there when this assignment is over. Unless, something else comes up.

That is nice if they do it without charge to Switzerland. Nice.

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We are using Earth Class Mail as our mail forwarding service. They scan the mail and you can access it online. It does cost and depends on which service you choose but it's quite reasonable.
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Re: US mail forwarding to Switzerland - what are the options?

There are quite a few reliable options for having your US mail forwarded internationally. When my husband and I first moved to Australia, we had family members sending us our mail, but this became time consuming for my elderly parents, as well as other family members that just plain got tired of the hassle.

We decided to start using a mail and parcel forwarding service and haven't looked back since. I don't want to seem biased. I use Bongo International and have been very happy with their service but here is a list of numerous options.

www.bongous.com
www.myus.com
www.borderlinx.com
www.ishopusa.com
www.internationalcheckout.com

I would suggest doing your research and finding which service works best for you. This is how I came to like and use Bongo.
I encourage others to comment and give feedback as well as other forwarding options I haven't mentioned because I know there are tons.
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