A longstanding frustration for the Service community based overseas has been the inability to use web based services; such as for Government and financial services or internet shopping. The principal difficulty has been the inability of websites to accept and process BFPO numbers. Websites are only configured to accept UK postcodes and only a few of the larger retailers have seen it worth their while to modify their web sites to accept BFPO.
The good news is that a solution has been designed and was released commercially in March 2012. The solution is being achieved by linking each BFPO number with a unique UK style (but non-geographic) postcode.
It is important that personnel completing address information on-line adhere to the correct procedure as shown in the following www address: