Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Mail return codes

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Envelopes returned to the sender usually give the reason that they were undeliverable on a sticker or stamp on the envelope. A stamp will usually give the reason in the local language only, a sticker will give it in the local language and French, the official language of the Universal Postal Union. The following list provides a translation of these reasons for non-delivery. Note that not all reasons are applicable to all countries.

French English German Spanish Italian Dutch
  Abandoned   Abandonado    
Absent Absent - - Assente -
Adresse illisible Addresss unreadable - Dirección ilegible - Onleesbaar adres
Adresse incomplete Incomplete address Anschrift unleserlich      
Adresse inexacte Incomplete address - Calle desconocida Indirizzo inesatto -
Adresse insuffisante Insufficient address (IA) Anschrift ungenügend Dirección Insuficiente Indirizzo insufficiente Ontoereikend adres (B) / Onvolledig adres (NL)
  Attempted Not Known (ANK)        
  Box closed no order        
Bureau inexistant No such post office - - - -
Contenu en sus de la norme Contents exceed limits        
Décédé Deceased (DEC) Verstorben / Gestorben Fallecido / Murio Deceduto Overleden
Déménagé / Parti Moved / Gone Away Abgereist / Verzogen / Umgezogen Ausente / se mudo - -
En voyage Travelling Verreist Viajando - -
  Forwarding Order Expired (FOE)        
  Illegible (ILL)        
Importation interdit Import prohibited        
Inconnu Not known Unbekannt Desconocido Sconosciuto Onbekend
Introuvable Unfindable - - Irreperibile -
License d’importation manqué No import license        
Mal acheminé Missent / Misdirected   Mal encaminada    
Mal dirigé Misdirected        
  Misdirected Fehlgeleitet      
  No longer exists Besteht nicht mehr      
  No mail receptable        
Non admis Non-admissible Nicht zulassig / unzulassig - Non ammesso -
N’habite plus à l’adresse indiquée Does not live at this address - - - Woont niet meer op aangeduid adres
Non réclamé Not called for / Unclaimed Nicht abgeholt / Nicht behoben No reclamado / No reclamada Non reclamato / Non-rechiesta Niet afgehaald
Objets interdits     Objectos prohibibos    
Parti Gone away - Ausente Partito -
Parti sans adresse / Parti san laissez d’adresse Gone away without leaving forwarding address Unbekannt verzogen Partió sin delar señas / dirección - Vertrokken zonder adres
  Prohibited items Verbotene gogenstande      
Raison sociale n’existe plus Company closed Firma erloschen - - -
Rebuts Refused / Rejected        
Refusé Refused (REF) Verweigert / Annahme verweigert / nicht angenommen Rehusado / rehusada Rifiutato Geweigerd
Retour Return Rucksendung / Zuruck Devolucion / Rezagos    
  Return to sender (RTS)   Devolver al remitente    
  Returned   Devueltas    
Rue inconnue Unknown street - - - -
Rue / numéro inexistant(e) Non-existent street / number / No Such Number (NS) - - - Straatnaam / huisnummer bestaat niet
Transféré Moved - - Trasferito -
  Unable to Forward (UTF)        
  Undeliverable Unzustelbar      
  Undeliverable as Addressed (UAA)        
  Vacant (VAC)        
French English Swedish Danish Finnish Afrikaans
Adresse inexacte Incorrect address     Osoite virheellinen  
Adresse insuffisante Insufficient address Ofullständig adress   Osoite epäselvä  
Déménagé / Parti Moved / Gone Away   Er flyttet / Er rejst Muuttanut  
Inconnu Not known Okänd   Tuntematon osoitteessa Onbekend
Inconnu à l’adresse indiquée Not known at this address   Er ubekent på adressen    
Non réclamé Not called for   Ikke hentede forsendelsen    
Non réclamé Not called for / Unclaimed Ej efterfrägad   Ei noudett määräaikana  
Numéro inexistant(e) Non-existent number       Nie so ‘n nummer nie
Parti Gone away Flyttat      
  P.O. Box address not valid     Postilokero-osoite ei käytössä  
  P.O. Box closed       Posbus gesluit
Refusé Refused Vägrad Nægtede at modtage forsendelsen Kieltäytynyt vastaanottamasta Geweier
Retour Return Retur Retur    
  Return to sender     Palautetaan  
Rue inexistant(e) Non-existent street       Nie so ‘n straat nie
Transféré Moved     Muuttanut  
French English Bahasa Malaysia
Adresse insuffisante Insufficient address Alamat tidak lengkap
Décédé Deceased Meninggal dunia
Inconnu Not known Alamat diketahui
Non réclamé Not called for / Unclaimed Tidak dituntut
Numéro inexistant(e) Non-existent number Tiada nombor ini
Refusé Refused Enggan menerima
Retour Return Dikembalikan
Rue inexistant(e) Non-existent street Tiada jalan ini

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