Parcel delivery to Puerto Rico (US)
The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Thus Puerto Rico is subject to US trade laws and taxes. There are two categories of addresses in Puerto Rico: rural and urban. The correct format for each is different. An urban address is more standard in that it includes the urbanization, street name, house number, city, and postal code. A rural address need include the road number, kilometer number, barrio, sector, as well as the town and postal code.
Customs for parcel shipping to Puerto Rico (US)
There are six major ports of entry in Puerto Rico: Aguadilla, Fajardo, Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Mayaguez, Ponce, and San Juan. As a territory of the US there are no Customs formalities when shipping between the US mainland and Puerto Rico. Customs is administered by Customs and Border Protection (CPB) a division of the US Department of Homeland Security. CBP is the largest branch of Homeland Security. Their top priority is keeping terrorists and weapons out of US territory. US laws and regulations in regards to immigration and drug policy are enforced in Puerto Rico.
Security concerns when shipping parcels to Puerto Rico (US)
The following commodities are prohibited in Puerto Rico and the US: white phosphorus matches, obscene or immoral materials, merchandise produced by forced labor practices, counterfeit goods or currency, concealed blades, products made in Cuba or Iran, dog or cat fur, Kinder Chocolate Eggs, petroleum from Syria, illicit narcotics, prescription drugs that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is not recommended to ship personal effects via mail service.
Parcel documents delivering to Puerto Rico (US)
A standard declaration is recommended for those who wish to receive preferential treatment towards taxes and duties. The declaration includes a commercial and a certificate of origin. This declaration must be stamped by customs of the export country. Additional stipulations apply for certain commodities. For example importing coffee requiress a license from the Department of Agriculture. All shipments of textiles are required to include a commercial invoice that contains a detailed description of the articles. This includes fabric content and the country of origin.