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just a question for po boxes...if im importing stuff from dhgate ( legit of course) and my supplier uses DHL for shipping

does DHL deliver to a PO BOX say opened at the post office , the lady at the counter said i would have to sign an additional piece of papaer allowing dhl to drop off item at the USPS PO BOX... was also told the DHL & FEDEX TRUCKS come there dropping off stuff

any help at all...trying to seperate business from personal

Also i assume you have to use your real ID...but couldnt there be a way to put it under a different name ...idk im just asking random questions

thanks guys for the help in advance
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Not sure where you live but you might want to find Ma and Pa P.O. Box rentals because most allow to use a "Business" name as well as your real name....which yes, you have to use to open a box. Most of these locations will accept all packages from Post office to DHL, Fedex, etc.
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No. P.O. Box only EMS would deliver too. Even for domestic shipments UPS, FedEx, DHL will not deliver to a P.O. Box. You have a to get a UPS store box or some other Mail Center type service.

MM78 I have no idea what you are talking about. I have had a P.O. Box for 10 years now. They only deliver U.S. Mail and items sent through each different countries national carriers.
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I have ordered stuff to my own po boxes both in Canada and in US - like vogeltron stated, EMS comes fine
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@MM78 i live outside Niagara Falls USA
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@vogeltron yes i have heard UPS store will allow dhl shipments , i was actually going to contact them today , but what other outlets ( like stores and centers or whatever) can i use if i cant use the post office?
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No, PO Boxes issued by United States Postal Service, USPS, will not accept packages from DHL, Fedex, UPS. Only packages that are accepted there are packages sent by the countries postal system not private companies. Like EMS, Hong Kong Post, Singapore Post, Chunghwa Post, etc etc.

Like someone said, you will have to find a UPS store or some mom and pop Mailbox store. Using Google, search "mailboxes", it will bring up just that.
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@vogeltron yes i have heard UPS store will allow dhl shipments , i was actually going to contact them today , but what other outlets ( like stores and centers or whatever) can i use if i cant use the post office?
yes, UPS stores accepts packages from all mail services. I have 2 that do just that.
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@yotano211 well i called and there closed for the day ...but asking this ...can you get a mailbox a cheap one and they can slip a note in there saying something has arrived and you come get it you show the slip to them ...forgive me on my lack on knowledge , how much does it cost is it month to month...i live outside Niagara Falls USA
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ok went to there website gonna call them tomorrow but here is what it said

A real street address, not a PO Box number: Providing a more professional image for your business ...(THIS IS WHAT IM CONFUSED ABOUT) what is this real address they use?

Receipt notification: We'll text or email you when your mail or packages arrive

24-hour mailbox access: Pick up your mail when it's convenient for you

Full-service mail and package receiving: Never miss a delivery

Mail holding and forwarding*: Peace of mind knowing your mail is held in a secure location or can be forwarded to you wherever you are

Package acceptance from all shipping carriers
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@yotano211 well i called and there closed for the day ...but asking this ...can you get a mailbox a cheap one and they can slip a note in there saying something has arrived and you come get it you show the slip to them ...forgive me on my lack on knowledge , how much does it cost is it month to month...i live outside Niagara Falls USA
Its Sunday, everything mail is closed on Sundays.

When you get a package at the UPS store, they will leave a UPS sticker in your mail box. You normally pick it up from the box and sign it, give it to the person behind the counter and they give you your stuff. Or you can just walk in and say you have a package for box # so and so and they give it t you. That only works if they your face. But sometimes they might ask for ID to comfirm its you.

Sometimes they might call you at your number to say that you have something her for you from so and so shipping company. Most of the time, if not all, they will email you that you recived something from this shipping company with this tracking #.

The cost is about $12/month, sometimes higher sometimes lower. But average overall is $12. I have been quoted a rate of $7/month in Tennessee and $20/month at the larger intercity UPS stores.

There you go,
https://www.google.com/maps/search/N...-78.9448834,9z

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ok went to there website gonna call them tomorrow but here is what it said

A real street address, not a PO Box number: Providing a more professional image for your business ...(THIS IS WHAT IM CONFUSED ABOUT) what is this real address they use?

Receipt notification: We'll text or email you when your mail or packages arrive

24-hour mailbox access: Pick up your mail when it's convenient for you

Full-service mail and package receiving: Never miss a delivery

Mail holding and forwarding*: Peace of mind knowing your mail is held in a secure location or can be forwarded to you wherever you are

Package acceptance from all shipping carriers
Its just what they say, its a real address. PO Box and a mailbox address is different. PO Box address is only given by USPS, mail box address is given by any private companies that provide that service.

PO Box address will be this,
123 GreenBean St
PO Box 294
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Mailbox address will say this,
124 GreenBean Ave #94
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

The Mailbox address kinda looks like an apartment address.
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@Yotano211 So my real address will be used at the ups store? I thought it would be shipped there...of couse ill be asking them all these questions tomorrow

FIRST NAME LAST NAME
ADDRESS OF THE UPS STORE
NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK 14030

Again im trying to seperaye business and personal
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@Yotano211 So my real address will be used at the ups store? I thought it would be shipped there...of couse ill be asking them all these questions tomorrow

FIRST NAME LAST NAME
ADDRESS OF THE UPS STORE
NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK 14030

Again im trying to seperaye business and personal
When you sign up for one, you will need your real ID, sign some paperwork from USPS, its the law according to USPS. The UPS store will send all of that info to the post office. Everyone that rents a mailbox has to sign and provide this info.

The UPS store will be your 2nd address. Send all of your mail, parcels there. It can be either personal or business, makes no difference. You can still use it as 100% pure business only if you like, its up to you how you operate it. Its your mailbox afterall.
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No. P.O. Box only EMS would deliver too. Even for domestic shipments UPS, FedEx, DHL will not deliver to a P.O. Box. You have a to get a UPS store box or some other Mail Center type service.

MM78 I have no idea what you are talking about. I have had a P.O. Box for 10 years now. They only deliver U.S. Mail and items sent through each different countries national carriers.
Vogeltron, I have a P.O. Box at a Ma and Pa shop that has accepted every package from EMS to DHL to Fedex, UPS without issues.....This location is not a US Postal P.O. Box.
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Ma and Pa shops are usually much cheaper than any UPS store. I always try to find them but not every town or city has any, esp. the smaller towns.
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@yotano211 so i went ot he ups store today and they quoted me a price of 12 bucks a month for 6 months...and if i did the year package i would get 3 free months...here is what the address will look like

MY NAME
THE UPS STORE ADDRESS #______ OR PMB _____
CITY, STATE ZIP

my questions are #____ or PMB____ what do you recomend ?

and 2 can i have the opportunity to get a second one as well just to flip flop addresses?

thanks to all who have helped , i may have a few more questions, but i hope to have this completed by the end of the week
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@yotano211 one thing for DHL what is recomended because my supplier from dhgate says it can not ship to PO BOX number was what i was trying to ask ....

#____ or PMB____ what do you recomend ?
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Just go with "#" it will be easier.
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dhl from overseas has issues with PO box numbers.parcel goes on hold sometimes and then if they have your contact number theyll call you for an alternate address for delivery
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You referring to Canada, alim, or other country?

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dhl from overseas has issues with PO box numbers.parcel goes on hold sometimes and then if they have your contact number theyll call you for an alternate address for delivery
Thanks for the info but I dont think OP did not say anything about overseas, he/she just said DHL within the US.
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