AddressPal is An Post’s answer to Parcel Motel. They offer a virtual address in Mainland UK which is a big plus compared to Parcel Motel, Parcel Connect and Parcel Wizard. However, apart from this, there isn’t much going for the service in my opinion. It’s slow, got a very low included insurance amount and cannot be tracked. However, there is no denying its popular – they have over 100,000 registered customers and are processing 20,000 parcels a week.
Edited to add – I found this link to this article from rabjoshu on boards.ie.
The An Post director of sales and marketing has said “Our 2017 plans include the launch of AddressPal from the United States and a home delivery option for all AddressPal shopping” I’m intrigued as to how the US virtual address will be implemented. There are options already – MyUS.com and Shipito are the ones I’ve used before. The issue is the price. A 1KG parcel measuring 10cmx10cmx10cm costs $25 to ship with Shipito on top of their fees. This means it’s only really worthwhile for valuable items but then taking into account customs, the savings could well be negated. Also, AddressPal would have to address the very low insurance they currently offer. I’m interested to see how customs would work in practise. Would it be completed ‘ahead of time’ like eBay Global Shipping or treated as a standard An Post parcel arriving into Ireland?
Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing their offering. A reasonably priced US mail forwarding address would be very useful.