What is the address format needed when shipping to Puerto Rico and other US Territories?

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The different shipping carriers require packages going to US territories (like Puerto Rico) to follow certain address formats in order to get shipping rate quotes or create shipping labels. In many cases, you'll need to fill out customs declarations, even though the carrier considers the shipment a domestic one.

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

USPS

The USPS requires shippers to use 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:



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:


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.
 

UPS Mail Innovations

UPS Mail Innovations is a UPS/USPS hybrid service that has its own requirements when it comes to shipping to US Territories. For some territories, the full territory name must be filled out in the State/Region field. Some territories will even be considered international shipments, so please choose an international Mail Innovations service in those cases.

Here's a table for your reference:

If shipping to..Use this as "State/Region"Use this as "Country"Additional Details
American Samoa American Samoa American Samoa Choose an international service & declare customs
Guam Guam United States Choose an international service & declare customs
Northern Mariana Islands MP Northern Mariana Islands Choose an international service & declare customs
Puerto Rico PR United States Choose an international service & declare customs
US Virgin Islands Virgin Islands United States Choose an international service & declare customs 

US Territories and Their Abbreviations

Here’s a list of all current US territories and their corresponding abbreviations:
  1. American Samoa (AS)
  2. Guam (GU)
  3. Northern Mariana Islands (MP)
  4. Puerto Rico (PR)
  5. U.S. Virgin Islands (VI)
  6. 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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