specialist postal service for boaters

Over 30,000 live-aboard narrowboats,  barges,  cruisers and houseboats populate our rivers and canals.

It doesn't matter whether you live on a working 40 foot ex-colliery narrowboat,  or have finally retired to your fabulous gin palace;  constantly cruising or on a permanent mooring.   Once you spend any time at all on the cut you'll learn that life can be a pain without a postal address for your bank,  credit card issuer,  insurance company,  the passport office,  HMRC or DWP.   Even on-line retailers like Amazon won't deliver to a numbered PO box or a third party location,  such as the marina office.

the solution

is a virtual mailbox account from expost . . .

. . .with a real uk street address,  five user names on each account,  free mail forwarding;  or have letters scanned instantly to your own secure online viewer.   A simple choice of Private or Business accounts means that,  if you need a postal address for your own personal and family correspondence  ( including parcels and on-line shopping )  or for commercial use,  canalpost is the answer!

UK address examples for business and private boaters mailboxes

A canalpost mailbox account will give you a virtual street address,  with up to five different named users,  free mail forwarding and scanning to your own secure image viewer.   As well as having a fixed postal address for your own private correspondence,  you can now trade on-line from your boat,  with a genuine returns address for your products!

your names, our addresses

Because many businesses,  banks,  credit card and insurance companies,  couriers and authorities;  including HMRC and the DVLA,  will not deliver to,  or even recognise,  an obviously numbered PO box,  every canalpost mailbox has a genuine postal address that it inherits from the Mail Centre of your choice.

selecting a regional mail centre

We currently have eight fully active regional Mail Centres around the UK,  with four more to be launched next spring.   Because all mail is scanned or forwarded,  you can hold an account at any regional Centre and your letters or parcels will still reach you,  wherever you are in the world!

Click the postal address examples below to visit each Mail Centre's own website

UK Mail Centre address example - Swansea, West Wales UK Mail Centre address example - Telford, Midlands UK Mailing address in Taunton, South West UK mailboxes and forwarding in Northern Ireland
UK accommodation address example - Cambridgeshire, South East Scotland regional Mail Centre London regional Mail Centre website South of England regional Mail Centre prospectus
North West Mail Centre prospectus Yorkshire Mail Centre prospectus North East Mail Centre prospectus

We realise that many people prefer an address that either reflects their place of origin  ( even though they may be on the cut and constantly travelling! ),  and some business mailbox account holders may want to present a 'local' face.   Our national network of regional Mail Centres has been designed to provide just such coverage,  further detailed in the descriptions below.

south wales

Our longest established regional Mail Centre is located in the centre of Swansea,  perfectly situated to provide a generic South Wales address for customers from Cardiff,  Pembrokeshire,  Newport,  Bridgend,  Llanelli or Carmarthen.


Our Midlands regional Mail Centre is located in Telford,  providing virtual accommodation addresses to customers from Stoke in the north,  Nottingham and Derby to the east and south across the rest of the West Midlands including Birmingham,  Wolverhampton,  Dudley and Worcester.

south east

Located in Cambridgeshire,  this Centre provides a prestigious accommodation address close to London,  for customers across the capital,  the home counties,  Essex and East Anglia  including Northampton,  Bedford,  Luton and Watford,  Colchester and Romford.

south west

With a central Taunton address,  our South West regional Mail Centre provides a west country presence for customers wanting a PO Box close to Bristol and Gloucester.  Serving Swindon,  Bath and Bournemouth,  plus Plymouth,  Exeter and Torquay in Devon.

northern ireland

Providing a UK address in Northern Ireland,  this brand new Mail Centre,  serving the entire BT postcode area including Belfast and Londonderry / Derry,  is already proving an attractive option to customers from the Republic of Ireland,  perhaps as a hedge against Brexit.


The expost Scottish Mail Centre is located in Dunfermline,  north of Edinburgh,  and serves customers from Glasgow and Dundee,  to Aberdeen and the Highlands & Islands with an address north of the border.


Our flagship,  and the latest of our regional Mail Centres to launch is in the heart of East London,  providing a virtual business or private presence for anyone seeking a prestige address in the Capital!


With exclusivity across the Southern Counties,  we are inviting enquiries for our Mail Centre South Licence.
. . .read the Licence Prospectus!

north west

Ideally located in Greater Manchester,  we are now inviting enquiries for the North West regional Mail Centre Licence,  with guaranteed exclusivity across all of Lancashire,  Merseyside and Cheshire.
. . .read the Licence Prospectus here!


Are you in Leeds,  Bradford or Sheffield?   We are now inviting enquiries for our Yorkshire Mail Centre Licence.
. . .read the Licence Prospectus here!

north east

With guaranteed exclusivity all the way from Hull,  to Berwick upon Tweed,  we are now inviting enquiries for the North East Licence,  ideally with an address location in Newcastle upon Tyne.
. . .read the Licence Prospectus now!

business or private. . .

which do I need and how do they differ?

Although both Business and Private mailboxes can receive letters and parcels for up to five named Users,  and are the same price,  the new data protection legislation  ( GDPR ),  means that we need to record the status of each mailbox so,  if your account is only to be used for your own personal correspondence,  select Private.

Select Business if you intend to use your accommodation address for any kind of commerce or trading,  or if you want to include a business name as a User.   You can still use it for your personal mail of course and,  as a bonus,  if you take a 12 month Business account you can also use it as the registered office address for one or more Companies,  at no extra charge!

important. . .  about the account holder

In order to simplify the legally required identity verification process,  every mailbox account,  whether private or business,  must be registered with a named individual as the Account Holder.   On agreeing to be bound by our Terms and Conditions,  the Account Holder is then responsible for the legal,  moral and ethical use of the mailbox and compliance with current legislation.



is free, all you pay is the onward postage

You now have a fixed,  UK street address for official,  financial and personal correspondence,  and all of your on-line shopping.   Your letters and parcels are being signed for on your behalf and stored securely in our Mail Centre,  ready to be forwarded.   But the questions still remains,  how do we get them to you?

don't worry, we have that covered too!

Local Post Office logo -  Poste Restante

poste restante...

probably the post office's best kept secret

Did you know that you can have your mail delivered to a Post Office of your choice,  for collection in person?
And,  best of all,  the service is completely free.   Discover more about Poste Restante in our forwarding page.

Cheapest Business and Private mail forwarding for liveaboard boaters Live Support for UK narrow boaters

live support

always here when you need us

Our Mail Centres are open 364 days a year to receive,  sign-for and secure your letter post or parcels.   Most importantly,  live support is available by telephone and email from 8am every weekday morning,  including Bank Holidays,  so you always have access to our help and advice when you need it. . .  and a team of people ready to update your account for you when you are without an internet connection.

To see why our customers rate us 5 Star 'excellent',  read their reviews on Trustpilot!

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