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,  the DVLA,  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.

Happy boating couple with their mail delivered via canalpost!

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 six regional Mail Centres around the UK.   Because all post is either scanned or forwarded  ( see 'forwarding' below ),  rather than being collected in person,  you can hold an address at any regional Centre and your letters or parcels will still reach you the next day by First Class post,  or the speed of light if you are set to scan!

Don't worry about making the wrong choice initially,  you can transfer your account to another regional Mail Centre,  free of charge,  at any time during your Account term  ( limited to once every twelve months ).

Letters addressed to six different UK Mail Centre locations

Click the postal address examples below to visit each Mail Centre's 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 South of England regional Mail Centre North of England regional Mail Centre

We realise that many people prefer an address that reflects their place of origin  ( even though they are now on the cut ),  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 central Swansea,  ideally 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.

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.

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.


The expost Scottish Mail Centre has been serving customers with virtual addresses north of the border for the past two years.  With an address in Dunfermline,  just north of Edinburgh, serves customers from Dunfries,  Glasgow and Dundee,  to Inverness,  Aberdeen and the Highlands.

the south of england

We are looking for a prime location within London to launch this,  our flagship Mail Centre,  with exclusivity across the whole of the Capital and the Southern Counties of Kent,  Surrey and Sussex.
Read the South of London Franchise Prospectus

north of england

Ideally located in Manchester or Sheffield,  we are now inviting enquiries for the Northern Mail Centre Franchise.
Click here to visit the Franchise Prospectus

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

affordable, fixed, pricing

guaranteed for the lifetime of your account!

Already cheaper than a numbered PO box from the royal mail,  our straightforward charges are frozen for as long as you hold a continuous account with us.   Two years,  twelve years or twenty years from now,  you will only pay the prices as they are shown in this website on the day you register.   We absolutely guarantee never to charge you more to renew your account,  handle your mail or scan your letters!

Sadly,  we don't control the Treasury,  so our price guarantee cannot cover future changes to the VAT rate or its application.

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 6am 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.

canalpostvanpostexpatpost and expost are all trading styles of Expost Holdings Limited,  registered in the UK.