Lost in Transiliteration
January 8, 2012 8:34 PM Subscribe
Help my package not get lost in transliteration! How do I address (Roman or Cyrillic) a package to Moscow?
posted by bad grammar to writing & language (7 answers total)
I've handled preparing USPS international packages before (to Prague), and know about the customs forms and how expensive this can get. It's a small package, 1 lb., but too large for the USPS Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Box and probably too small for the Medium. I am using my own box.
I don't know any Russian and I have never shipped to Russia before. This is an eBay sale and the buyer gives her address in Roman script. Should I address the package in Roman script or use Cyrillic script? Should I put both versions on the package? I've found Cyrillic converters and Google Translate online.
What about the customs form -- Roman or Cyrillic?
I live near Washington, DC. Is there a particular branch post office that you would go to for with this? (e.g. near the Department of State or Embassy Row or similar)