24/7 Parcel: Your US Mail Forwarding Solution Ricky March 28, 2019

24/7 Parcel: Your US Mail Forwarding Solution

Disclosure: I receive referral compensation if you choose to use the Prince of Travel discount for your 24/7 Parcel mailbox.


If you’ve been dabbling with US credit cards, you’ll know that there’s been some drama recently with the US mail forwarding services that many people use.

Shipito and MyMallBox were both very popular parcel forwarding services that people had used for the purposes of their US address. Neither address was listed as a Commercial Mail Receiving Agency by USPS, meaning that the credit card issuers considered it a residential address. 

You’d therefore designate your Shipito or MyMallBox mailbox as your residential address, get your credit cards shipped there and forwarded on to Canada for only a few bucks a pop, and start building your US credit history. 

However, both these services ultimately decided that the amount of people (mostly Canadians, presumably) using them for credit cards became too burdensome, distracting them from their main business of parcel handling and forwarding. And so they both started enforcing a policy of no longer forwarding any credit cards that arrive on their doorsteps.

This left many Canadians who were applying for US credit cards with a bit of a conundrum. Many had already established a US credit history with the Shipito or MyMallBox address as their residential address, and now needed a different place to send and collect their credit cards. 

A lucky few were able to rely on US-based friends and family, but many people had to search elsewhere for a new service. And to make matters worse, people became reluctant to share any details of other mail forwarding services they use, in fear of those services being inundated with overzealous Canucks as well.

Well, if you find yourself in such a position, I’m here to offer a solution: 24/7 Parcel, the service I personally use, has opened its doors to Canadians.

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24/7 Parcel’s Mailbox Rental Service

Similar to the other services, 24/7 Parcel also offers parcel and package handling service. They do not charge any recurring fees for this, only a receiving fee for every parcel that gets processed in your name. And like Shipito and MyMallBox, this type of service isn’t supposed to be used to receive credit cards. 

However, 24/7 Parcel’s Niagara Falls location also offers a mailbox service, which is subject to an annual rental fee of US$90, but can receive credit cards in the mail. Indeed, they even mention this very explicitly on their website:

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As the website states, you can sign up for a mailbox service online by filling in the application form (which is actually just a USPS Application for Delivery of Mail Through Agent) and sending it to their support email along with two pieces of ID. 

The form is very easy to fill in – you just need to list your name, your two pieces of ID, and your Canadian home address (where you want your mail to be forwarded), and then sign.

Once you have your mailbox set up, you’ll be asked to top up your account’s credit balance through PayPal, from which your annual fee and cost of forwarding each item in the mail will be deducted. The fee for forwarding is US$1 plus postage, and postage for First Class mail letters to Canada is US$1.15, so you’ll pay US$2.15 per item forwarded. 

Every time an item gets forwarded, you get an email notification with the US$2.15 being deducted from your credit balance, so that’s when you know that something has arrived. The 24/7 Parcel staff simply wraps your mail in a separate envelope with your Canadian address on it, attaches the postage, and sends it off, and it typically takes me about a week to receive the forwarded item on the Canadian side.

As in Canada, certain premium US credit cards arrive in larger, bulkier welcome packages as well. When that happens, the 24/7 Parcel staff is more than happy to correspond with you over email, help you verify the contents of the package (with your consent of course), and forward you only the physical credit card itself. 

Discount for Prince of Travel Readers

Overall, 24/7 Parcel is a very reliable service and one that I’ve used for many years now. And here’s the best part: 24/7 Parcel is offering Prince of Travel readers a US$20 discount on their annual rental fees.

This means that you can rent the mailbox for only US$70 a year – simply mention in your email that Ricky from Prince of Travel sent you, and they will apply the discount manually. 

This discount is specifically for Prince of Travel readers and is not open to the public, and it’s valid for both new mailbox registrations and annual renewals. It’s only valid at the Niagara Falls location, but that shouldn’t matter too much since you can get your mail forwarded to anywhere in Canada from there.

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Now, 24/7 Parcel isn’t a free service like Shipito and MyMallBox was – there’s the US$70 annual rental fee in addition to the US$2.15 per letter forwarded.

However, I think that’s a small price to pay to maintain access to the huge credit card signup bonuses in the US and ensure that you’ll get all your US mail delivered to you on a reliable basis – and that your chosen mail forwarding service won’t simply abandon you one day by changing their policies. 

How do I know that what happened to Shipito and MyMallBox won’t happen to 24/7 Parcel? Well, I asked them…

Will 24/7 Parcel Forward Credit Cards?

When 24/7 Parcel pitched me the idea of offering my readers a discount on their services, I was naturally cautious as to whether or not they would be willing to handle the volume of Canadian residents looking to get their credit cards forwarded up north. After all, I would hate to see my own mail forwarding service go the way of Shipito and MyMallBox and change their policies.

The good news is that the manager of 24/7 Parcel’s Niagara Falls location has personally assured me that credit cards are and will continue to be fair game, as long as you use the mailbox rental and not the parcel pickup service:

I can understand why other places stop forwarding credit cards. They are like 24/7 PARCEL, specializing in package handling. That is why we have a separate service just for the mailbox. Sometimes people still try to use their free parcel account for credit cards (whether intentionally or not), which is against our company policy. I can promise you that as long as your readers sign up for a mailbox account (even with $20 discount on 12-month rental), we will provide the letter mail forwarding service. Please ask them to mention your name when signing up or renewing, so we can apply the discount.

In addition, the fact that credit card forwarding is explicitly stated as a possibility on 24/7 Parcel’s website bodes very well for the long-term longevity of this mail forwarding option.

Conclusion

To be honest, I felt kind of bad for contributing to the demise of MyMallBox, which was a very good service for our purposes back in the day, so I’m pleased to be able to offer you guys a reliable alternative as you look to build your US credit history and pursue the big signup bonuses south of the border. 

24/7 Parcel is a reliable service that I’ve been using ever since I got started with US credit cards. Simply mention that Ricky sent you in your email and they’ll set you up with a US$20 discount for your annual mailbox rental. I guess I’ll be neighbours with many of you very soon! 😉

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26 Comments
  1. Avatar
    Craig

    Warning: If you apply for an additional cardholder, even at the time of your initial application, Amex may send the cards individually. 24/7 was upset but understanding that a card came to my box addressed to my wife, even though this was not anticipated nor expected to happen (I would have thought they’d have shipped the two cards together at the same time). You may want to proactively add your spouse, but it is $45/year.

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    Steve Jones

    I have been using this service, have 3 uS Amex cards for > a year, just applied for Two Chase cards, then I was applying for the Capital One Venture card And when it came to the address it said “
    We can’t accept a Commercial Mail Receiving Agency on a credit card application. Please try again using your physical address.” If this is now flagged as a commercial address it is no longer useful?

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    Nick

    Does 24 7 still forward US CC to Canadian addresses ? Any recent DPs? Thanks

    -Nick

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    Ken huynh

    Negative DP: Having some trouble convincing RBC (US side) of the 24/7 parcel mailbox address… Theyre asking for proof of a lease agreement or utility bill in order to change it from my Canadian address. How should I proceed? Thanks Ricky

    Ken

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    Lingyun Li

    Hi I’m wondering how long does it take for it to forward the mail from the US mailbox in Niagara to Toronto? Also, does Amex send CCs to 24/7?

    My current mail forwarding service takes more than two weeks, and it never receives any mail from Amex. So I’m thinking about switching.

    Thank you!

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      Ricky

      Usually takes about two weeks as well.

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    Jeremy

    I am hearing more and more DPs on /r/churrningcanada that 24/7 is finished as a US CC forwarder. Have you folks heard anything differently?

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      Ricky

      I reached out to my contact at 24/7 Parcel about this. He assured me that 24/7 Parcel is still forwarding credit cards. There’ve been a few isolated data points of Amex refusing to send cards to the 24/7 Parcel address, but the owner tried applying for an Amex himself (using the address) and was instantly approved, so I think that’s fine too.

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        Jeremy

        Thanks for checking into it Ricky!

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    robert c

    I have a few US credit cards that I need to switch over the address from the MyMallBox style to 24/7’s (from STE 12345 on a separate line to #12345 after the street). However my file in all of the 3 credit bureaus (or the Banks) has a mangled address – it actually looks different in all 3. I’d like to keep my new 24/7 address as clean as possible, but it’s difficult to do as most banks have special 3rd party software to sweep through and cleanup their customers’ address records.

    Do you know which of the following is the safest format to go with, based on USPS’ specs:

    https://pe.usps.com/text/pub28/28c2_040.htm

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      Andrew Zung

      Hi Robert,
      Technically 24/7 isn’t a CMRA so using PMB wouldn’t conform to the USPS’ standards.
      I’d probably use the following label but it’s no guarantee that it’ll work properly with the banks:
      JOHN DOE
      123 MAIN ST #4545
      HERNDON VA 22071-2716

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    Jay

    Does anyone know a similar mail forwarding service in Canada, which will forward mails to the US? I would appreciate any recommendation on this. Thanks.

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    Jonathan

    Ricky, might want to clarify that discount is actually a credit. So $90 upfront for the mailbox and $20 credit applied to the account for incoming letter/packages is what I was communicated via email from 24/7.

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    Carl Barton

    Ugh… I signed up with myMailBox a few weeks ago and applied for first US card. Now wondering what will happen when it lands there? Or contact CC company before it ships to send it to my Canadian address instead maybe?

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      Gary

      Hello Carl,

      Just curious why you chose a US card instead of Canadian. Do they have good deals or something like that?

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        Andrew

        Hi Gary,

        There’s a few main draws of US cards, namely generous welcome bonuses, diverse point currencies and unique cardholder benefits. Typically the progression is from Canadian cards to US cards since they’re a lot more complicated to apply for. Have your started collecting welcome bonuses from Canadian cards yet?

        Andrew

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      Hans

      I’m in the same boat. Can they ship it to Canada?

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    Chris W

    Now to figure out how to get an ITIN. Amazon seems pretty hit and miss these days.

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      Ricky

      I’m on the case!

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        Florence

        This is great to hear as my ITIN application was rejected with the Amazon letterhead 🙁

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        Nikki

        FWIW, I applied and sent in my documents February 14 and received my ITIN letter dated March 4th, shipped through UPS. I had used pointsnerd’s instructions for filling out Form W-7 and the Amazon generic letterhead.

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    DenB®

    @M0 Form need not be notarized for this case.

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    DenB®

    @Increased Exposure I disagree. 24/7 Parcel has a competent business model for this activity. If it gets icky for them, they’ll adjust rates. The others had a "brown box" mentality and found credit cards and letter mail a confusing annoyance, instead of an opportunity.

    24/7 likes us, they really like us!!
    😉

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    M0

    Can you comment as to whether PS1583 must be notarized?

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      Ricky

      Not in my experience, no.

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    Increased Exposure

    RIP 24/7 Parcel. Posts like this will eventually contribute to them stopping the service.

Ricky

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