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Frequently Asked Questions About International Shipping

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Yes. Once you receive your membership confirmation, you are ready to start shopping! We will immediately begin accepting all of your merchandise.

Please ensure that all of your shipments include the address of the BluePostal Distribution Center and your unique suite number. Any packages shipped to us with an incomplete or inaccurate address will cause delays and will be handled by our special handling department.

No. BluePostal provides you with a street address, not a P.O. Box. You will receive a complete street address with a unique suite number.

Example of BluePostal Street Address:

Your Name
4297 Express Lane
Suite ####-###
Sarasota, FL 34249

All U.S. shipping companies will be able to deliver to your BluePostal address.

If you are having difficulty registering for a BluePostal membership, please follow these steps:

  1. Clear the cookies on your Web browser.
  2. Make sure your Web browser is up to date. Out of date browsers may have functionality issues.

If you continue to experience problems, please visit our Contact Us page. We will need the following information:

  1. Your full name
  2. Type of Web browser are you using

Enter your BluePostal address as the "Shipping Address" as shown below, whenever you buy from US online stores.

Name: Your Name
Address (line 1): 4297 Express Lane
Address (line 2): Suite XXXX-XXX (enter your suite number here)
City: Sarasota
State: Florida or FL
Zip Code/Postal Code: 34249-2602

To find your BluePostal address, sign in to your account, and it will be in the upper right hand corner. Some websites (e.g., Amazon) will require you to enter the zip code/postal code as 34249-2602, while other websites may only require you to enter 34249.

You may also be asked for a “billing address" when paying online retailers. Use the home country address associated with your credit card.

When you sign in to your BluePostal account you can:

  1. Check if your merchandise has been received.
  2. Create a ship request.
  3. Check the status of your shipments.
  4. Change any of your account details such as shipping preferences, shipping address and membership information.

Note: You will receive an email notification when you receive a package, or when we send a shipment to you.

We're sorry to hear you would like to cancel your membership, and would like to work with you to resolve any issues you may be experiencing.

Please contact us and let us know why you are requesting to cancel and what we can do to resolve any pending issues that you might be facing.

We look forward to working with you to resolve any concerns you may have. If you would like to proceed with your membership cancellation, please submit a written request from the Contact Us page.

  • Make sure your Caps Lock button is not turned on.
  • Make sure your Web browser is updated to at least Internet Explorer version 11, Mozilla Firefox version 39, Google Chrome 43, or Safari version 8.

Try clearing or deleting the cookies from your Web browser. Once you delete your cookies, you may need to close all open browsers. Once closed, open a new browser window and sign in.

  • Sign in to your BluePostal account
  • Click My Account Settings
  • Go to Shipping Preferences
  • In the Shipping Preferences section, find the item labeled Merchandise Shipping Schedule
  • Select one of the following options from the drop-down menu:
    • Automatic: Packages are shipped to you without consolidation as soon as they arrive in your suite.
    • Hold: Packages are held in your suite until you submit a ship request.
    • Weekly: All packages in your suite are consolidated and shipped to you once a week.
    • Biweekly Week 1 & 3: All packages in your suite are consolidated and shipped to you in the first and third week of every month.
    • Biweekly Week 2 & 4: All packages in your suite are consolidated and shipped to you in the second and fourth week of evert month.
    • Monthly Week 1: All packages in your suite are consolidated and shipped to in the first week of every month.
    • Monthly Week 2: All packages in your suite are consolidated and shipped to in the second week of every month.
    • Monthly Week 3: All packages in your suite are consolidated and shipped to in the third week of every month.
    • Monthly Week 4: All packages in your suite are consolidated and shipped to in the fourth week of every month.
  • Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page to save your shipping schedule preference

If you set your Shipping Preference to Hold, please remember you must submit a ship request to receive your packages. Click here for instructions on submitting a ship request.

In order for businesses to receive exemptions, or be acknowledged as a business and receive the appropriate benefits, they must upload their VAT Tin number and a copy of their current business license. Here is the guideline on how to complete the process.

  • Log into your account (using your username and password).
  • To the right of your account, select “My Account Settings”.
  • Once the account settings page is opened, select the fifth feature that says “Account Documents”.
  • Select “Add New Document”, click on the “browse” button and search for the file you would like to upload (note: the website only accepts PNG, JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, and PDF)
  • Select the bubble on the side of which type of document it is that is being uploaded (Photo Identification, Notarized 1583, or Other). Note: Once uploaded, the document can be deleted in the first 15 minutes
  • For VAT Certificate and Business License uploads, Select the bubble for “other”. Then type in a description for the file, use your company’s name and describe the file type; I.e. “ABC Ltd. business license” or “ABC Ltd. VAT certificate”.
  • Once completed select the “Upload Document” button and your document will be uploaded and saved to your account
  • On the same page would have the name of the document, the date it has been added and the document itself

If you receive a package that does not include a merchant invoice, or the invoice did not show the value of the merchandise, you will need to enter the value into your account. This information is required by customs.

You can find the value of your purchases on the invoice or order confirmation you received from the merchant. To enter your merchandise values:

  1. Sign in to your BluePostal account
  2. In My Suite, go to the Action Required tab
  3. Click Provide Item Values for the packages indicated
  4. Enter the price you paid for the items listed
  5. Click Submit Item Values
  6. If the item values are accepted, your package will move to Ready to Send
  7. If the item values are not accepted, you will be asked to upload the merchant invoice.

Please note, the package will not be Ready to Send until you have entered the correct purchase value.

A merchant invoice (MI), or payment receipt, is a document that shows the price you paid for the merchandise you have purchased. The document may also contain other information, including the name and address of the sellers.

Many merchants automatically include a merchant invoice with your package, and some may email you an electronic merchant invoice.

Please keep a record of your merchant invoices so you can provide them to BluePostal or your customs office if required for export or import purposes.

Many merchants automatically include an invoice with your merchandise. In some cases, it may be necessary to request that the merchant includes a paper invoice. If a merchant emails you an invoice or payment receipt, you may need to ask the merchant to also include a merchant invoice with your merchandise.

If you purchase from an eBay seller or private individual, it may be necessary to email the seller and request a merchant invoice showing the seller’s name, address and the price you paid for your purchases.

Special note about gift items:

If you indicate your item is a gift, the seller may include a merchant invoice that does not show the price you paid for your merchandise. If your package arrives with a gift receipt rather than a complete merchant invoice, you will be asked to provide additional information before BluePostal can export your purchases.

To comply with US export regulations, BluePostal must have the actual purchase prices of items we export. In many cases, we must also have the name and address of the seller.

When BluePostal recieves a package with a merchant invoice that includes prices, we will enter the values and seller’s name and address for you. In most cases we will not need any additional information from you, so the merchant invoice can help you receive your purchases more quickly.

If your package arrives without a merchant invoice, or if the invoice does not show the price you paid for merchandise, we cannot export your packages until we receive this information. Any packages requiring values or invoices can be found in the Action Required tab in My Suite.

Yes. If your merchant invoice is in a different currency, we will convert the prices into US dollars using the current exchange rate.

US Census Bureau regulations require BluePostal to properly value your goods. We create the Proforma Invoice for customs by entering the information provided on the merchant invoice/receipt that is used for customs clearance. The Proforma Invoice lists the value, quantity and description of the items.

If your package does not include a merchant invoice, or if it does not show the value of the merchandise, we will need you to enter the values before we can ship your package.

We understand our members' concerns regarding confidentiality, and it is our policy never to sell or give away any member information. The privacy of our members is of utmost importance to us. Details can be found in our Privacy Policy.

BluePostal observes the US business days of Monday through Friday. While we are open to receive packages and provide customer service six days a week, packages are shipped out only on business days.

The transit time for express shipments is typically two to four days.

"Clarification needed" means we are waiting for you to provide more information about the product.

You will receive an email from our trade compliance team requesting the information needed to determine if we can export this item for you. Please reply with the requested information as soon as possible.

View the Country Guide.

This status means our trade compliance team has determined we are unable to export this item. Please check your email for a detailed explanation, and to confirm your shipping options.

View the Country Guide.

Certain fragile item like televisions or larger shipments may require review to confirm the available shipping options. We will notify you by email with your shipping options. Please review the email for reasons this package is on hold, and to see your shipping options.

Dangerous Goods/hazardous materials are items with hazardous properties that can present a potential hazard to human health and safety. BluePostal is able to ship some classes of Dangerous Goods, depending on the carrier capabilities to The Bahamas.

Our Trade Compliance Team will review your item(s) to determine their classification and transportation regulations. The review is usually completed in 1 to 3 business days and you will receive an email with the resolution.

To expedite the review, please send BluePostal an email with the Safety Data Sheet, seller invoice, and a link for the item(s).

Find more information about Dangerous Goods here.

Published BluePostal shipping rates are for door-to-door delivery. These rates do not include any additional import fees or duty for shipments coming into The Bahamas.

Dimensional weight is used when packages are large in volume, but low in weight. You should calculate dimensional weight on every shipment, compare that to its actual weight; the greater of the two will determine your shipping cost. Example: A package containing junkanoo feathers is 23″ in height, 17″ in width, and 14″ in length and the actual weight is 3 lbs. When calculated ( length x width x height / 139) the dimensional weight (40) is greater than the actual weight (3); hence, the dimensional weight will be the chargeable weight.

Other examples are comforter sets, pillows and plastic bumpers; these items are usually packaged bigger to contain its contents. Most of the time, the value of these items are well below the shipping cost of the item, therefore we recommend shipping by boat instead of by air.

You will be charged upon creation of the ship request.

BluePostal supports a cashless platform for your convenience, where payment transactions are completed via the website upon creation of a ship request. We accept Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards.

BluePostal charges all shipping charges online on your account.

No. Despite the fuel surcharges added by all major carriers, BluePostal does not add a fuel surcharge at this time to provide the best possible value to our members.

All shipments are insured for the declared value of the item(s) unless you opt out of insurance. You can do this by signing in to your account and clicking My Account Settings > Shipping Preferences, and deselecting Shipment Insurance.

While damaged or lost packages are rare, we recommend insuring each shipment in the unlikely event something does happen to your goods. In the event your shipment is damaged upon delivery or lost, BluePostal can assist you with the claims process.

Insurance is charged based on the declared value of the items, and costs $2 per $100 of declared value.

Please Note: You may not file a claim for damage or loss if you do not select shipment insurance.

If your shipment is not delivered, or if items are missing or damaged, contact us immediately to begin the claims process.

For missing items:

If your shipment was not delivered, or if items were missing, you will need the following items to file a claim:

  1. Claim form: Contact us, and BluePostal will provide you with the proper document
  2. Copy of the merchant invoice or receipt showing the purchase price.

For damaged items:

If your item arrived damaged, you will need the following documentation to file a claim:

  1. Claim form: Contact us, and BluePostal will provide you with the proper document
  2. Photos of the damaged item(s)
  3. Photos of inside and outside of box

Insurance covers loss or damage to the items in your shipment. Claims can be filed for the declared value plus international shipping costs, if applicable. Insurance does NOT cover import duties and taxes, domestic shipping costs or damage to the box/packaging.

We carry limited or no liability for antique or vintage items, jewelry, TVs, electronics and prohibited goods. Please contact us for more information.

All BluePostal members should complete USPS Form 1583, Application for Delivery of Mail Through Agent in order to receive postal mail.

Download Form-1583 (PDF)

You can email, fax or mail the form to BluePostal, or upload it directly into your account. If you choose to submit Form 1583 via email or fax, please put your suite number in the subject of the email or on the cover page of the fax. Please note, if you submit your form electronically, you must still mail a completed and notarized copy of USPS Form 1583, plus copies of two forms of identification to BluePostal.

Acceptable forms of identification:

  • Photocopy of your driver's license
  • Government identification
  • Other credentials showing the applicant's signature and a serial number or similar that is traceable to the bearer

Send completed and notarized Form 1583 to :

BluePostal
Attention: Form 1583
4299 Express Lane
Sarasota, FL 34249
Fax: (941) 827-2985

For customs valuation reasons, BluePostal logs magazines into your suite as packages. You may add them to ship requests or discard them just like any other package.

Unlike packages, magazines are not subject to storage fees, and can remain in your suite at no charge until you are ready to create a ship request.

You will need to set your Merchandise Shipping Schedule to Hold under Shipping Preferences to be able to request this service.

Once you are ready to send your packages, select the check box next to each package you wish to include, and select Create Ship Request. To request a pallet, select Add Pallet for Shipment in the Shipment Details & Options section.

The fee for a pallet is $25. Please note, a pallet will increase shipping costs by increasing both the actual and dimensional weight of your shipment.

If your merchandise shipping schedule is set to:

  • Automatic: Your shipments will be shipped to you automatically as soon as they arrive at our facility
  • Weekly, Bi-Weekly, or Monthly: Your shipments will be sent automatically at a dedicated time.
  • Hold: You must sign in to your account and create a ship request. This option allows you to consolidate your packages.

How to Submit a Ship Request:

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. From My Suite, go to the Ready to Send tab
  3. Check the box to the right of each package you would like to include in the ship request
  4. Click Create Ship Request
  5. Add any shipping options, and click Update Totals to calculate shipping charges
  6. Click Ship Now
  7. The shipment status can now be viewed in your Queue

We ship any television with a screen size of 32" or larger on a pallet. This provides extra protection and security for your TV, with a much lower risk of damage. The maximum insured declared value for televisions is US $500, even if shipped on a pallet.

To request a pallet for your shipment, you will first need to set your merchandise shipping schedule to Hold:

  1. Sign in to your account, click My Account Settings, then Shipping Preferences
  2. Select Hold from the Merchandise shipping schedule drop-down menu under Shipping Preferences
  3. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page

Once you are ready to send your packages:

  1. Go to My Suite > Ready to Send
  2. Select the check box next to each package you want to include, and click Create Ship Request
  3. To request a pallet, select Add Pallet for Shipment under Shipment Details & Options (additional $25 fee)

Please note: Using a pallet will add up to 40 pounds to your shipment, and will increase shipping costs by increasing both the actual and dimensional weight of your shipment.

Many stores pack your items in boxes that are too large or not properly prepared for global shipping. BluePostal takes extra time to ensure all your merchandise is properly packaged for international shipping. Our FREE repackaging service will save you money in shipping costs and also helps ensure your purchases are not damaged during transport.

BluePostal must review the contents of each package to determine if an Electronic Export Information (EEI) is required. If BluePostal determines that an EEI is required for merchandise in your package, we must file an EEI and receive a confirmation number from the U.S. Government before we can export your package.

The U.S. Government primarily uses EEI reports to compile international trade statistics. An EEI includes information about the merchandise in your package, the U.S. seller, the buyer and other trade-related information. To complete an EEI filing with the U.S. Government, we must receive information about your merchandise, including:

  • Merchant Invoice
  • U.S. tax ID or Employer Identification Number (EIN) of the seller

A tax ID or EIN is still required if the seller is an individual (e.g., eBay seller). When purchasing high-value merchandise, please verify the seller is willing to provide this information.

If merchandise in your package requires an EEI, we will gather the necessary information and complete the EEI process for a fee of USD $50. We will add this fee to the final costs for your package.

EEI is outlined in the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR), which are regulated by the US Census Bureau and enforced by the US Customs and Border Protection. Learn more about EEI and the FTR at http://www.census.gov/trade.

If you are a merchant or a seller and would like more information about EEI requirements, please contact us. You can also contact the US Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division at (800) 549-0595, option 3.

There are several reasons why you may be unable to submit a ship request:

  • Your Merchandise Shipping Schedule is not set to Hold. If your schedule is set to a different option, your shipments will be automatically processed.
  • An automatic shipment is in process. You will be unable to submit a ship request for any items included in that shipment.

If you are still unable to submit your ship request, please go to to Contact Us and send us an email including your Suite Number, Full Name, and Package Information.

We will always try to consolidate your items into one box, unless you specify otherwise.

Please make sure your merchandise shipping schedule is set to allow you to consolidate packages. Read more about setting your Shipping Preferences here.

With any BluePostal membership, you have complete flexibility with your shipment scheduling! When you register for membership, you can select your shipping preferences. You can even specify separate preferences for documents and merchandise.

BluePostal merchandise shipping schedule options:

  • Hold: BluePostal stores your packages until you create a ship request.
  • Weekly: BluePostal ships your merchandise on the same day every week, based on your selection.
  • Biweekly: BluePostal ships your merchandise every other week.
  • Monthly: BluePostal ships your merchandise once a month.

If at any time you wish to change your shipping preferences please sign in to your account or contact us.

The transit time for express shipments is typically two to four days.

Yes. BluePostal can split your package if it contains more than one item, and you wish to separate them into two packages. You can split your package and discard an item, return it to the sender, or ship it at a different time or to a different address. There is a $15 charge per new package created.

To request a package split:

  1. Expand the package view in Ready to Send
  2. Select Split Package from the Optional Services drop-down menu

You will also have the option to mark the request urgent, and add comments to explain what you would like done.

No worries, please contact our customer service team at 242-603-BLUE (2583) or support@bluepostal.com

No. BluePostal cannot export prescription medications, controlled substances or human growth hormones of any kind, for any reason.

BluePostal cannot export assays, peptides, biological media and animal, veterinary or human vaccines. If you receive a package containing these items, US regulations require BluePostal to dispose of the items in a local disposal facility. BluePostal cannot ship these items to any address, including back to the sender.

BluePostal can ship agricultural items for you if they meet US export requirements, and The Bahamas’s customs office allows them to be imported. Please make sure your agricultural products are properly labeled, including their genus, species and country of origin. The labeling requirement also applies to individual seed packets. We cannot ship or store any items we cannot identify, or are not properly labeled.

We are unable to export agricultural items if:

  • The Bahamas prohibits these items
  • The Bahamas requires a pre-shipment inspection
  • A phytosanitary certificate must be provided by the shipper to import the product

BluePostal also cannot accept foreign seeds or plants that are not properly imported into the US. These items will be removed from your account upon receipt and properly discarded.

We are unable to store or export live plants or loose soil. We will automatically return any live plants to the sender, providing they are within the US.

Please contact your customs office to inquire about local import regulations, and contact us with a link to the item so we can determine if we can export the items for you.

No. BluePostal cannot export controlled substances or any item that contains controlled substances. Please do not ship controlled substances to your BluePostal suite.

A controlled substance is any drug that is illegal or restricted for sale in the United States, even if it is readily available in your own country. Examples of controlled substances include Sudafed and Hoodia.

No. BluePostal cannot export human growth hormones (hGH) of any kind. Please do not ship human growth hormones to your BluePostal suite. Common examples of human growth hormones include Norditropin, Nutropin, Omnitrope, Saizen and Genotropin. Supplements and vitamins legally purchased for bodybuilding purposes, include Creatine, are not considered human growth hormones.

Yes. However, lithium batteries may be subject to additional regulations, and we may be unable to export them to certain countries. In some cases, lithium metal and lithium-ion batteries may be subject to a Dangerous Goods handling fee.

Due to the potential fire danger, lithium ion and lithium metal batteries are heavily regulated for air transport. The regulations are extremely complex and can vary by country, and even by courier. The size of the battery, how it is packaged, and if it is pre-installed in an electronic device also play a role in the regulations and restrictions.

Our team of trained specialists can arrange for export of most lithium batteries and electronic devices containing these batteries. For assistance determining if BluePostal can export lithium batteries and electronic devices containing these batteries to The Bahamas, please contact us.

No. BluePostal cannot export any motorized vehicle that requires a license to operate. Common examples include cars, trucks and motorcycles.

BluePostal can export most over-the-counter medications, providing they arrive in original packaging and may be distributed within the United States. To comply with US Food and Drug Administration guidelines, our compliance team must review all medications and verify they can be distributed. This compliance review will usually take less than 24 hours, however, it may take up to 72 hours for your package to be available to ship.

Please Note: US government regulations prohibit BluePostal from exporting any non-prescription or over-the-counter medication that originated from a merchant outside the United States.

No. BluePostal will not export any product that appears to be related to police, government or military activity. Common items include, but are not limited to:

  • Badges
  • Body armor
  • Protective clothing containing body armor
  • Police batons
  • Handcuffs
  • Surveillance equipment

Please see our Prohibited & Restricted Items Guide for more information. If you are unsure whether a product is considered a police or military item, please contact us for assistance.

BluePostal charges a fee of $11.50 to ship items that may require handling as dangerous or hazardous materials for international transport. Some products require special boxes for international transit, with an additional $25 fee per box. Box fees will be included in your shipping costs.

Common dangerous goods include perfume, nail polish, glue, paint and batteries. Some countries do not allow the import of these items. Please click here to see if The Bahamas allows import of dangerous goods.

No. BluePostal cannot export prescription medications. Please do not ship prescription medications to your BluePostal suite.

No. BluePostal will not export any product that appears to be a weapon, weapon part or accessory to a weapon. This includes, but is not limited to, items restricted by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Common gun and weapon accessories include, but are not limited to:

  • Scopes or sights
  • Ammunition clips or magazines
  • Pistol grips
  • Rifle butt stocks
  • Items equipped with night-vision
  • Bayonets
  • Items equipped with lasers

Please see our Prohibited & Restricted Items Guide for more information. If you are unsure whether a product is considered a weapon or accessory, please contact us for assistance.

BluePostal cannot export any food items that are perishable (require refrigeration), labeled in a foreign language, or restricted for export by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We also suggest that you contact your local customs office to inquire if food can be imported to The Bahamas, as it is often restricted.

Food must meet all US FDA export regulations: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/ImportsExports/Exporting/default.htm

All food packaging must include the following:

  • Name of the product
  • Ingredient list in English
  • Nutrition facts in English

If the food product arrives with a merchant invoice, we will attempt to locate the required information to meet US FDA regulations for export. If the required information is not available, BluePostal will not be able to export it, and in some cases, we may not be able to ship it domestically.

BluePostal cannot export counterfeit, bootleg or knockoff items. If you receive an item that does not appear to be authentic, we will notify you by email and refer the item to our trade compliance team to verify its authenticity.

If the item is counterfeit and came from a merchant in the US and the merchant provided a return label, we can help you return the item. If the merchant did not provide a return label, or if the merchant will not accept a return, we must discard the item. BluePostal cannot ship counterfeit items to anyone other than the original seller, including individuals in the USA.

Prohibited Items: If an item is prohibited in The Bahamas or for export from the United States, we cannot ship it to you. If you are not sure if an item is prohibited, please contact us before ordering. If we receive an item we cannot ship to you, BluePostal may be unable to ship it to any address, including back to the sender. In some cases, we may be required to dispose of it in a US disposal facility.

Restricted Items: Some restricted items can be shipped, but only after the BluePostal compliance team reviews the item to ensure it complies with both US laws in and laws in The Bahamas. The compliance review usually takes less than 24 hours, but it may take one to three business days before your package is available to ship. If you have questions about shipping a restricted item, please contact us before shipping the item to your BluePostal suite.

Please review our Prohibited & Restricted Items Guide before you shop.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has determined that certain animal products cannot be exported, including endangered or threatened species, migratory birds and marine mammals.

BluePostal does not allow products to be exported when they are made from animals protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Examples of animals protected under CITES include alligators, crocodiles, elephants, sturgeon caviar, python and teju lizard. More information on CITES and the wildlife it protects can be found here: http://www.cites.org/

Exporting USFWS restricted items from the US to The Bahamas

BluePostal reviews animal products to determine if we are able to ship them in accordance with USFWS regulations. Additional fees may apply if the item is approved for export from the US. These items may contain sea shells (aquatic shells), animal teeth, animal horns, animal fur (e.g., fox, raccoon, coyote, mink, deer and rabbit), animal skins and leathers (e.g., ostrich, buffalo, bison), bird feathers, mother of pearl, untreated wood, plants, or any product that contains or is made of wildlife or plant material.

Common products where USFWS items may be found:

  • Boots and winter coats made of fur or with fur trim hoods
  • Handbags, jackets, wallets, shoes, and suitcases made of animal leather
  • Hats or clothing that have feathers
  • Musical instruments, watches and jewelry that contain mother of pearl

Some of these items can be exported with no additional paperwork, while others require a declaration for import and export that must be filed with USFWS. We always recommend that you contact us before purchasing an item that may be subject to additional licensing requirements.

Importing USFWS items into the US

BluePostal strongly recommends that you do not purchase products from other countries if they contain animal fur or other wildlife material. Products ordered from other countries require a completed import declaration, and any fees to complete the form will be charged to your BluePostal account. An import declaration is required even if BluePostal does not ship the product on your behalf.

In some cases, your shipment may be seized by customs if a proper import declaration is not provided by the shipper. If BluePostal is not able to export a product that originated outside the US for you, due to USFWS regulations, it would not be returnable.

Be careful when ordering cosmetics from outside the USA. Many contain caviar or snail extracts that are restricted for trade. When purchasing from sites such as eBay or Amazon, pay close attention to the “Ships From” information. These sites provide listing services for third party sellers and often merchandise ships from outside the USA. BluePostal will not be able to return these products to the seller.

Importing items containing animal products into The Bahamas

BluePostal encourages you to confirm The Bahamas's import requirements for animal products. These regulations change frequently, and you are responsible for providing any import documents or permits to your customs office or the carrier when items arrive in The Bahamas.

Dangerous goods/hazardous materials are items that require special handling, additional packaging and labeling to be transported internationally.

These items may or may not be allowed to ship to The Bahamas. Shipping dangerous goods is country-specific.

Items considered to be dangerous goods include: flammable items or items under pressure (e.g., hairspray, spray paint, lighters, nail polish and perfume)

Please view our Prohibited & Restricted Items Guide for more information, or contact us for specific information regarding The Bahamas and the items you wish to ship.

Yes. We are allowed to export perfume, with a special handling fee of $10.50.

Yes. Mother-of-pearl is protected by the Endangered Species Act and governed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Department of Interior. BluePostal is licensed to export mother-of-pearl at an additional fee of $180 per shipment. We cannot export items containing mother-of-pearl without payment of this fee.

Mother-of-pearl is commonly found on watches, keys of musical instruments and as decoration on guitars, kitchenware and other home decor. If you have any questions, please contact us before placing an order with a merchant.

No. Incorrectly addressed packages or those missing vital information require manual research, and may delay the availability of that package for shipment.

Incoming Packages

There is no fee for packages that arrive at our distribution center with an incomplete address. You can avoid delays by making sure the merchant properly addresses your order. Read more on how to correctly enter your USA address here.

Outgoing Packages

We will charge a $15 fee to your BluePostal account if you update your address after the shipment has left our facility.

Common reasons for address correction include:

  1. You requested shipment to a P.O. Box. Most express couriers will not ship to a P.O. Box.
  2. Your address is incomplete or missing vital information. You can verify and update your shipping address by signing in to your account and clicking My Account Settings, then Address Book.

Yes. BluePostal opens every package when it arrives at our facility. Our trained login agents carefully review your purchases to ensure they were not broken during shipping and are legal for export from the USA.

If the merchant included an invoice, we will compare the contents of the package to the purchases shown on the invoice to ensure you received the correct number of items. If the invoice shows the price you paid, we will also enter these values for you.

If you receive an item that is not in the manufacturer's original packaging, or is not from a trusted merchant, we will open the product packaging to inspect the item. This allows BluePostal to reduce fraud, and saves you shipping costs by verifying the correct product is in the package and is legal for export from the USA.

No. BluePostal does not provide any form of temperature-controlled storage or transportation. Please do not ship items requiring refrigeration to your BluePostal suite.

Common items that require refrigeration include frozen foods, perishable foodstuffs, temperature-sensitive medications, dry ice and chocolate.

No. BluePostal does not provide temperature-controlled or humidity-controlled facilities.

Members receive 30 days of free storage. Packages stored past the free storage period will incur storage fees of $1 per package per day.

Storage fees continue to accrue until your package is shipped, discarded or returned to the sender. You will see storage charges itemized on your invoice when the package is shipped or discarded.

Most shipments leave our consolidation facility within one business day after we receive your ship request. BluePostal does not ship packages out on Saturdays and Sundays or certain USA or Bahamas holidays.

In some cases, high-value merchandise and shipments may require additional paperwork to comply with US government regulations. This may result in additional shipment processing time.

Shipments containing certain animal products, including feathers, animal skin and mother-of-pearl may require additional processing time to ensure compliance with US Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Shipments containing items on the Prohibited & Restricted Items Guide require additional review by our compliance team. This adds processing time to these shipments.

Once a package leaves our warehouse, average transit time to your door is two to four days.

To ensure quality and compliance with US export regulations, we must open and review all wrapped items. When possible, we make every effort to return wrapped items to their original condition.

Merchants often ship parts of the same order from different warehouses, or at different times. This means you may receive two or more packages, even though you only placed one order.

If your merchandise shipping schedule is set to Automatic, we will automatically ship your packages as they arrive at our facility. If a merchant ships parts of your order separately, you will pay shipping for each package. To save on shipping costs, set your shipping schedule to Hold, and request a shipment when all your merchandise has arrived.

To change your Merchandise Shipping schedule, sign in to your account, click My Account Settings, then Shipping Preferences, and select Hold from the Merchandise Shipping Schedule drop-down menu.

BluePostal receives packages Monday through Saturday. Our receiving team works diligently to ensure packages are entered into your account within 24 hours of arrival at our facility. You will receive an email each time we log a package into your account.

From your account, you can select a Merchandise Shipping Schedule by clicking My Account Settings, then Shipping Preferences. If your account is set to an automatic shipping schedule, we will automatically move your packages from Ready to Send into your Queue.

You can view shipments that have left our facility under History in your account. You will also see a link to the tracking information, and can view the shipment invoice.

Yes. We will accept shipments to your BluePostal address from any merchant or individual seller.

Spam filters sometimes include email you do want to receive. To ensure you receive all your account communications, we recommend that you add BluePostal to your Safe Senders list.

BluePostal sends email alerts to you when we receive a package at your BluePostal address, when your shipments leave our facility, and other important notifications.

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Many USA stores pack their merchandise inefficiently, resulting in substantially higher shipping costs for international customers. There are also other things to know when shopping USA retailers. To save the most at USA stores, follow these tips:

  • Always use your BluePostal suite address as the "Ship To" address. Many merchants offer free shipping to US addresses.
  • Check to see if coupons or discount codes are available.
  • Be sure to read the ratings and reviews of sellers.
  • Be prepared to spend more than a few minutes on these sites looking for the best products and deals.
  • There are typically multiple ways to get to a product; by category, price, features, etc.
  • Consider rebates; sometimes manufacturers offer rebates after the product is purchased.
  • If you are unsure about a seller or retailer, check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Shop around! Check different websites for the same product.
  • Create a separate email address for shopping, so your email doesn't get bogged down with advertisements.
  • Check the BluePostal Facebook and Twitter pages for deals!

With any BluePostal membership, you have complete flexibility with your shipment scheduling! When you register for membership, you can select your shipping preferences. You can even specify separate preferences for documents and merchandise.

BluePostal merchandise shipping schedule options:

  • Hold: BluePostal stores your packages until you create a ship request.
  • Weekly: BluePostal ships your merchandise on the same day every week, based on your selection.
  • Biweekly: BluePostal ships your merchandise every other week.
  • Monthly: BluePostal ships your merchandise once a month.

If at any time you wish to change your shipping preferences please sign in to your account or contact us.

Yes. Once you receive your membership confirmation, you are ready to start shopping! BluePostal will immediately begin accepting your merchandise shipment.

Please ensure all your shipments include the BluePostal facility address and your unique suite number. Any packages shipped to BluePostal with an incomplete or inaccurate address will cause delays and require special handling.