Parcel delivery to Guam (US)
The tiny South Pacific island of Guam is an unincorporated part of US territory. There has been a large US military base in Guam since WWII. The majority of Guam's economy is based on Japanese tourists and US military. The speed of mail being delivered to Guam varies by size of the shipment, as well as the time of year. For example a light first class parcel can arrive in about a week with no hurricanes. Larger items can take up to two weeks. There is an extensive infastructure, but the island is small enough for most residents to pick up their parcels at the local post office.
Customs for parcel shipping to Guam (US)
Guam is a duty free port that is considered to be outside of the US Customs Zone. All parcels are inspected by Customs when they arrive. As an unincorporated part of the US territory, the top priority of Guam Customs is security. Most first class shipments arrive directly from the mainland. However large items, and other classes of mail are transferred by sea from Hawaii. All parcels should be labeled with the country name "Guam" rather than "USA" to avoid being rerouted and charged a higher rate. This is especially true coming from Asia.
Security concerns when shipping parcels to Guam (US)
Importation of outside plants or plant products (fruits, vegetables), bearer documents, illicit narcotics, or deadly weapons is prohibited. Hazardous materials cannot be imported into Guam. This may include: acids, batteries, biological products, chemicals, corrosives, cosmetics, dangerous goods, flammables, gases, graphite products, ice (dry,wet), infectious substances, liquor, magnets, oxidizers, paints, perfume, poisons, radioactive material, or toiletries. It is not advisable to ship personal effects through the mail service.
Parcel documents delivering to Guam (US)
In order to qualify for preferential treatment for trade partners it is necessary to rovide a standard declaratiom. A standard declaration includes a commercial invoice as well as a certificate of origin. This document should be established by the exporter and notarized by Customs of the originating country. Special restrictions apply for CD Roms and software, which require an invoice that declares the exact value of the enclosed media. The value should include the value of the data and the value of the storage device separately.