Send a parcel to the USA with PACK & SEND:
|Carrier||Service*||Estimated Delivery Time**|
|Air Express||3-5 Working Days|
|Export Air||3-5 Working Days|
|Economy Air||5-7 Working Days|
|Air Express||3-5 Working Days|
*Other services may be available
**Subject to customs clearance
With 30 years of experience shipping goods to the USA, PACK & SEND are experts in navigating international customs and are familiar with the restrictions that apply when posting parcels to America and each state within it. Our service centres can guide you on these restrictions to avoid any complications from the beginning of your shipment to the point of delivery.
Every country has their own regulations as to what can and cannot be shipped in and out. Whether you’re sending a gift or shipping all your belongings out, it’s important to be aware of the prohibited and restricted items. Prohibited items are completely banned from being imported to the US, whilst restricted items are allowed depending on the circumstances and/or the provision or the correct licenses.
Those counted as restricted include perishable foods, firearms, protected wood (sometimes found in guitars), and medicinal plants. You can find a full list of restricted and prohibited items on the U.S.89 Customs and Border Protection website.
Shipping alcohol to the USA can be complicated. Only six states allow all types of alcohol to be delivered, and most states will only accept wine (no spirits, etc.). Some states won’t allow the delivery of any alcohol products at all. Check this list for official guidance on shipping alcohol to America.
If you are sending a state-restricted item, PACK & SEND may still be able to accommodate your delivery by shipping your package to a nearby state that will accept your package. We then manually bring it into the required state for final delivery. Speak to us today for more information on how we can help you.
When sending parcels to the USA, it is vital that you are aware of the customs regulations imposed by the US Government. Being on top of this information will help to avoid customs problems and therefore reduce the chance of any delays to the delivery of your packages.
As you would expect, PACK & SEND have extensive knowledge of the customs regulations specific to the USA and North America. By following our expert advice, your items should have very few customs issues on their journey.
You must complete a Customs Invoice for every package you send to the US. This is so that the US Customs Officials can correctly identify whether the items inside are subject to import duties, and if so, how much they need to charge you.
Personal effects or items that are intended as gifts are not subject to customs charges, provided they are below a certain value. These items must be clearly stated on the Customs Invoice. Most other items, however, are subject to fees.
During transit, we can inform you of any US customs clearance issues if they do arise. However, we will work with you prior to transporting your package with the aim of avoiding any such issues occurring.
Give your package the best chance of arriving at the intended destination in the USA by addressing it correctly. Follow the appropriate format below:
Recipient’s details – Mr John Smith
Street – 710 Lennox St
Town, State, Zip code – Baltimore, Maryland (MD), 21217
Country – United States of America (USA)
The state can be written out in full or abbreviated to a two-letter code. Find a full list of the correct state abbreviations here.
The zip code is the equivalent of a UK postcode. Some zip codes have a hyphen with an extra four digits following them (E.G. 20260-6500) but it usually isn’t necessary to include the second part of the code.
You can choose to abbreviate United States of America to USA, or write it in full.
When posting parcels to America, it is vital the goods are properly packaged to ensure safe delivery. PACK & SEND offer a bespoke packaging service in all our service centres for a wide range of goods, creating custom boxes and crates to provide you with safe postage to the USA.
For some of our services like PACK & SEND Online Self-Service, you will be required to self-pack your shipment. For any shipment, the packing is key to making sure it arrives safely and must not be overlooked. When packing a shipment yourself we require the following:
Our services provide hassle-free, guaranteed delivery to anywhere in North America and the US. Whether you are an individual or a business shipping large items or smaller fragile goods, PACK & SEND can help. Our range of shipping services are tailored to meet your needs; for example, we can deliver goods on a specific date, which can be monitored using our live tracking.
Our no-limits culture makes us the ideal shipping solution for businesses shipping to and from the USA. Our shipping services include air and sea freight solutions like; container services and large and bulky freight e.g. pallets. There are no restrictions on the size of the goods making PACK & SEND your go-to partner for all your business delivery needs, from important documents up to office moves and beyond!
To give you the ultimate peace of mind with your shipment, we also offer comprehensive loss or damage protection for almost all parcel deliveries to the USA. This cover guarantees the agreed market value of the goods, in rare circumstances, your shipment has encountered some damage or has been lost in transit.
Our growing network of UK service centres provide the full PACK & SEND service from the point of collection all the way through to final delivery. If convenient, we also provide a drop-off service in all of our service centres where we take the package and manage the entire process from there.