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.
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