Different shipping carriers require packages going to US territories (like Puerto Rico) to follow certain address formats and include varying order information in order to get shipping rate quotes and/or create shipping labels. In many cases, you'll need to fill out customs declarations, even though the carrier considers the shipment Domestic.

Below, you'll find the requirements for the USPS, FedEx & UPS as well as a list of the two-character abbreviations for the US territories.

USPS

The USPS requires shippers to use the combination of the two-character abbreviation for the state/region and United States for the country.

 Here's an example of what a USPS shipment to Puerto Rico should look like, when shipping with the USPS:

With USPS, you will need to ship with a Domestic Service for US Territories.

Customs are required: Caribbean territories (PR, VI)
Customs are NOT required: Pacific territories (American Samoa, Guam, etc.)

Note that for USPS shipments going to Puerto Rico Highway Contract Routes, the correct address line information follows this format "HC 1 BOX 18" --please eliminate additional designations, such as names of sectors.

FedEx & UPS

FedEx and UPS generally require the two-character abbreviation for the state/region and the full territory name for the country. (UPS Mail Innovations services are exceptions to this.)

Here's an example of what a FedEx/UPS shipment to Puerto Rico should look like:

With FedEx and UPS, you will need to ship with an International Service for US Territories.

Customs are required for all US territories: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, etc.

Note that you'll be shown international shipping services for UPS and FedEx shipments going to Puerto Rico; however, you will still be charged a domestic rate. This means that you will need to declare customs values for your order items as well.

US Territories and Their Abbreviations

Here’s a list of all current US territories and their corresponding abbreviations:

  • American Samoa (AS)
  • Federated States of Micronesia (FM)
  • Guam (GU)
  • Marshall Islands (MH)
  • Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
  • Puerto Rico (PR)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands (VI)
  • U.S. Minor Outlying Islands (UM): Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Palmyra Atoll, Navassa Island, Wake Island
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