How to Send Cards to Australia

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The simplest way to send your cards to Australia is via First Class International Air Mail.
The simplest way to send your cards to Australia is via First Class International Air Mail. (Image: air mail in macro image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

Cards are a great way to send thanks, love, best wishes and appreciation to loved ones. If you have loved ones in Australia, sending cards is a simple task that can be done at your local post office. However, if done incorrectly, your cards may never reach their destination. Following a few simple tips will help ensure that your cards reach their intended recipients in Australia. The simplest and least expensive way to send the cards is via First Class International Air Mail.

Things You'll Need

  • Postage
  • Customs form (optional)

Address your cards. Addressing mail to Australia is similar to addressing mail in the United States. The recipient’s name should be on the first line; the house number, street name and apartment or suite number should be underneath the recipient’s name; the city, territory and zip code should be on the second to last line; and the last line should read “Australia” in capital letters. Write the return address in the upper left corner on the front of the cards.

Determine if you need a customs form. If any of your cards weigh over 16 ounces, you will need a 2976 customs form. The 2976 has a green sticker and attached white slip. Both sides must be filled out in their entirety, including value declaration, sender and recipient addresses and signatures. The green sticker should be placed on the back of the card. The white slip will be stamped and torn off by the postal worker. If your card weighs under 16 ounces, there is no need for a customs form.

Take your cards to the post office. Stand in line or take a number and wait your turn. A postal worker will weigh the cards and determine postage based on the weight, size and recipient address. You can pay for the postage in cash, check and credit or debit card.

Tips & Warnings

  • Postage to Australia is determined by weight, size and recipient address. Square and awkward-shaped cards cost more. Weight is measured by ounces and always rounded up to the next ounce. For example, if your card weighs 2.3 ounces, you will be charged for 3 ounces.
  • Customs forms are available for free at the post office.
  • Write as clearly as possible. Illegible writing can cause problems, such as the loss or return of your mail.
  • Don't write anything or place anything in the upper right corner of the card. That is where the postage will be placed.
  • If you would prefer to have decorative stamps over plain postal service stamps, decorative stamps are available for purchase at the post office. After the postal worker has weighed your package, let him know that you would like to have decorative stamps instead.
  • Sending currency, traveler's checks and bank notes through the mail is prohibited.

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