New Mailing Instructions

Elder Joshua David Runyan
Chile Concepcion South Mission
Castellon 1063, Oficina Sur
Casilla 3560

Items prohibited to be mailed to Chile: 
     --Perishable foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
     --Money (coins, cash, currency and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed                                 stocks, bonds and cash letters).

Packages arrive most successfully when sent through the USPS Priority Mail.  The Mission President discourages using DHL, UPS or FedEx because of previous experiences.     Priority mail has an expected delivery date of approximately 10 business days. After 10 business days, if your package has not made it to its destination, you should initiate an investigation with the International Inquiry Center. 

            USPS  (Packages)
            Only send packages through USPS or he will have to pay a fee
            *Always use USPS padded envelopes or a Priority Mail/Flat Rate box
            ** Make sure you pay proper postage at post office for International letters (approx. $1.15)

Some Missionary Moms have said that their packages would arrive safely and untampered with if they placed pictures of the Virgin Mother Mary or Mary with the Christ child on every side of every package.

            *Pouch Mail*
            (Pouch mail is mailed out on Friday of every week)
            Only postcards or one-page letter written on one side of the page may be sent to the address.
            Do not insert anything, like pictures, inside. No envelopes.

            Fold the letter into thirds (writing on the inside), secure the long side with 2 pieces of tape –
            about one inch in from each end., but do not seal the ends.

            Write your name and complete return address in the top left corner.  Affix first class postage
            in the top right corner.  In the middle, write the missionary address.

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Additional Info - Package Deliveries

First, it is unfortunate but true that there are thieves who work for the postal service. Some customers reported that the contents of their gift packages were opened and partially removed, so the recipient only received half of the contents. In other cases, the gift was missing all together and only the wrapping paper or carton was delivered, or the box has gone completely missing. No matter what you do, remember that your care package may not arrive.  Insurance, special shipping options - in the end these will have little influence in most countries.  Tracking does not go passed the U.S. when being sent to Chile. Try not to get upset if your package never makes it.  And don't be afraid to try again!

Second,  send a big box weighing 1 kg (2 lbs) or more. In many countries such parcels are processed separately under the official postal stamp.

Third, concerning Customs in Chile, their primary goal is to prevent drugs, weapons, explosive materials, and illegal products from entering Chile. The list of products that are considered illegal would be pointless to include here considering that it's subject to change anytime, which would make this list outdated. In order to expedite the Customs process as much as possible, the paperwork must be properly completed and filed at the time of shipping. Customs has a right to open parcels and inspect them in detail. As you can imagine, this may compromise the appearance of the gift and damage gift wrap.

Customs does not normally open every parcel; these checks are rather random; however, their frequency increases when the declared gift value is over $100 USD. It is also more likely that your parcel will be opened when it has an unusual appearance: a "secret"-looking package; a big box with noticeably small contents; gift contents that are shaking or knocking; or parcels with contents which can be interpreted as a powder are likely to catch the eye of a curious Customs agent.

Never hide anything in packages! Prohibited items could threaten an arrest of the Missionary it’s being sent to. Penalties include, deportation and in most cases jail time. The American government can't do anything for 21 days to help if you are jailed. (Domestic "Can You Ship It?"  or

Finally, when sending a gift containing a gourmet items you are limited to sending non-perishable items. So items such as cheeses and fruits are out of the question. Additionally, items such as cakes or chocolates are also tough to send as they are likely to melt in a hot weather or shipping depots in Chile that are not always air conditioned. Also, fragile items containing glass or other delicate packaging must be wrapped inconspicuously, but then again, one takes the risk, when wrapping heavily, that the gift will be unwrapped by Customs and damaged further.