Packages

How to send a package or letter

*Note while in the MTC - no packages are accepted at the MTC.  Any packages sent will not be received and likely will not be returned to you.*

Letter mailing instructions:

Letters only to her flat in Warrington: (NO PACKAGES)

Sister Katelynn Wilkinson
2 Pren Cottage
Mold Road
Buckley, Wales
CH7 2NX

Send letters to the mission office:

Sister Katelynn Rebecca Wilkinson
England Manchester Mission
Springwood, Suite G5
Booths Park
Chelsford Road
Knutsford
England WA16 8GS
United Kingdom

Package Mailing Instructions:

Sister Katelynn Rebecca Wilkinson
England Manchester Mission
Springwood, Suite G5
Booths Park
Chelsford Road
Knutsford
England WA16 8GS
United Kingdom

Phone: 44 156-575-5878

** As a reminder- Remember when you send packages (tell this to everyone) to send them
to the Manchester address (Knutsford), that it should be under £30 and
marked as a gift.
If it's a hand written letter, they can mail it to Warrington.
Thanks!!
If you ship a package via a private courier, you will need the mission office telephone number listed above.

Small packages of nominal value may be sent through regular mail.  Photographs, tapes, CDs, thumb drives, etc. should be sent in padded envelopes because they may damage postal equipment or be damaged during transit if placed in flat envelopes.

Packages sent to England office do not reach their intended destination.  When they do arrive, they are subject to customs duties (taxes) that she may have to pay from her personal funds.  This amount may be equal to or greater than the coast of the items being sent.

Please DO NOT send any books or music.  She is only allowed to have those listed in her mission packet.

We have been told that ordering from amazon.co.uk will avoid paying custom duties.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me (mom) at rachelsdiscovery@hotmail.com

in addition:

If you would like your missionary to receive their Christmas presents in a timely fashion, please mail them as soon as you can so that they will arrive in time for Christmas.  Here are some general rules to follow:
1.       Mark on the box the word “CHRISTMAS GIFT”.
2.       Keep the value below £34 GBPS or $60 US.
3.       Do not send any products that include dairy or beef (beef jerky).  It will be confiscated at customs.
4.       Feel free to order on Amazon.co.uk as this will get the package here sooner and the VAT tax will be included in the cost.  You can also send them personal funds so they can buy their gift here and save VAT and shipping costs.
5.       Mail delivery slows way down in Nov. and Dec.  Packages and mail are only delivered twice monthly to the missionary. 
Please continue to send your missionary’s mail and packages to the EMM office address.

Letter from the Mission home:

Dear Parents of England Manchester Missionaries:

As you plan for gifts for your missionary this year (whether birthday or special holidays), we are sending you some important information to assure timely delivery of your packages and to help minimize shipping costs, Value-Added Taxes, and duty fees.

If you want your package to arrive to your missionary in advance of the special day/holiday, please send it at least 30 days in advance of the intended date. This is especially true at Christmas time. All Christmas gifts should be mailed in early November. The cost of mailing a gift is sometimes much more than the cost of the actual gift. Many parents can avoid paying expensive mailing charges, especially from countries far from the UK, by buying gifts from Amazon.co.uk and similar British-based Internet sites and having them sent directly to the mission office. This can often be done free of charge or at cheaper British mail rates. If you live outside of Great Britain, please know that shoes, boots and other clothing items of good quality are available for purchase here.

All packages should be sent to the mission office—not to the mission home. Also, please do not send packages to the flat where your missionary is currently living. If British mail delivers a package to a flat, and the recipient is not at home, the package is sent back to the post office (generally miles away). Packages are not left at the doors in the UK. Use the following Mission Office address:
Missionary Full Name (we have missionaries with the same last name) 
England Manchester Mission 
Springwood, Suite G5 
Booths Park, Chelford Road 
Knutsford WA16 8GS 
England 

We encourage you not to send large packages because your son/daughter will need to transport the packages with them on the train or bus from zone conference back to their flat. It can be very challenging to carry them to and from the train/bus station, so please keep the package size small. Receiving an excessive number of gifts can even be embarrassing among their fellow missionaries since some of our missionaries receive few if any gifts.

Please mark all packages with the word “gift” and show a declared value of no more than £36.00 GBP ($52.00 USD). If the value of the gift is more than £36.00 ($52.00 USD) the package will incur an import Value Added Tax (VAT) of 20%. It is wise to divide gifts into smaller packages with declared values of less than £36.00 GBP. If you fail to state it is a gift, the VAT is applied on goods worth more than £15.00.

If the value of a package is more than £36.00 GBP, the package will be held by the Post Office/Customs until the import VAT is paid. The missionary would be responsible for these costs. Customs also adds on a handling fee that often exceeds £10.00. Import VAT is calculated on the total price of the goods, postage cost, and any insurance costs, not just the price of the gift. Preferred methods of shipping from the United States is via the United States Postal Services. The missionary will incur a VAT tax if you use FedEx or UPS.

Please remember that all gifts sent to missionaries should be consistent with the sacred nature of their calling. Please adhere to the Missionary Music Policy which is as follows: “Listen only to music that is consistent with the sacred spirit of your calling. Music should invite the Spirit, help you focus on the work, and direct your thoughts and feelings to the Savior. Do not listen to music that pulls your thoughts away from your work, merely entertains, has romantic lyrics or overtones, or dulls your spiritual sensitivity by its tempo, beat, loudness, lyrics, or intensity” (Missionary Handbook. p. 25).

If you are sending reading material, please adhere to the Missionary Reading Policy which is as follows: “Read only books, magazines, and other materials authorized by the Church (Missionary Handbook, p. 27) “Focus your study on the standard works, the approved missionary library (Jesus the Christ, Our Heritage Our Search for Happiness, True to the Faith), and the Church magazines. Study only these materials.” (Missionary Handbook, pg. 15 and PMG, pg. viii).

While favorite food items are enthusiastically welcomed by the missionaries, please do not send perishable items. We cannot guarantee a timely delivery. Keep in mind that most favourite food items can be purchased in the UK and therefore some extra personal money to purchase those things may be more cost effective than shipping.

It is illegal to ship packages of meat or dairy products to the U.K. from outside NonEuropean Union Countries. This includes beef jerky, which is readily obtained in the U.K. The U.K. Customs Department does random searches and if beef or dairy products are found in a package, the recipient receives a letter of seizure and forfeiture which informs them that future violations can result in a criminal investigation. Some of our missionaries have received these letters and they lost not only the banned items but everything else in their package.

Letters and cards should also be sent to the mission office and will be distributed at various meetings throughout the month.

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