Where to send your squares
Private Bag X900,
PO Bryanston 2021, South Africa
IMPORTANT:Please write the following clearly and obviously on your package:
"Knitted Squares for Charity Only. NO COMMERCIAL VALUE"
If this declaration is missing, then our South African volunteers may have to pay the postal office extra, unnecessary import duty!
USA, Canada, UK postal rates
Please follow these postal instructions to send your knitted and crocheted squares to South Africa safely and in good condition.
One to three squares
The 8"/20cm square fits well, folded into an airmail envelope.
In most countries you can send up to three squares for the same cost as one, as long as they are laid flat and will pass through the 'letter slot'. If you firmly press or even 'vacuum' the air out of the bag containing the squares, 3 squares should be accepted as a standard international letter rate.
Parcels, packages and boxes
Most of you are sending more than three squares at a time as this is proving to be cost effective, especially if you in a group or are including hats, vests and jumpers.
As this crochet and knitting project has grown we have been made aware however, of a great discrepancy in postal rules, regulations and prices especially in the USA from state to state and even town to town. We have listed all the price options we have been given in the postal FAQs (frequently asked questions), but we suggest that you talk to your local postal office to discuss the optimum number of squares to be sent at the most economical price.
You can find some international postage cost guidelines here for USA, Canada, UK and Australia.
VERY IMPORTANT: We would ask you to take especial notice of these instructions to avoid unnecessary duty being paid on your parcels as they arrive in South Africa.
Please mark clearly:No Commercial Value and For Charity Only
Please do not register your letters, parcels or packages or boxes
Please do not give a dollar value on your parcels (or only the minimum amount as instructed by your post office)
Please do not send parcels over 20Kg (44 lbs ) from Australia, Canada or the United States or parcels over 30 Kg (66 lbs) from the UK
We have to pay minimal duty on most large parcels arriving. However even just a small dollar value on a parcel attracts far higher duties. Letters, parcels/packages and boxes continue to arrive safely in volumes without any registration or dollar values appended to them.
Wrap your squares and crocheted or knitted items in a plastic bag, bubble wrap or by Tyvek bags or postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.
Make your squares count
So that we can acknowledge receipt of the squares, write your name and return address on the back of the envelope or include a note in your parcel and box.
Fold your knitted or crocheted square into three and place in a zip lock bag, or tightly wrapped plastic bag to keep them dry and push down firmly or vacuum out the air to make your letter as flat as possible.
Sending parcels, packages and boxes
Very often you can fit a greater quantity of squares and crocheted or knitted items into a designated weight of package or box. We suggest that you roll your items very small and either wrap them very tightly in plastic wrap or push them down into a bag and use a vacuum method to reduce their size.
June 2009 - three large parcels each weighing just under 3.5kgs (7.7lbs) with over 200 squares, 18 knitted teddy bears and many items of crocheted and knitted clothing.
Wool and acrylic
The majority of items knitted are acrylic yarns. So please only separate and mark those squares that are wool or high wool blends if sending together, so that we can isolate them to use for children who may be exposed to naked flame, where this is possible.
Address all your post to:Knit-a-Square, Private Bag X900,PO Bryanston 2021, South Africa
If you are reading this you have most likely made a square or more or an item of clothing and are preparing to post it. We would like to thank you for contributing and hope very much that you will soon see your efforts making a child warm.
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