Does Amazon ship to PO Boxes? (Everything you need to know!)
Want extra security for your package? Are things often stolen from your home?
For many people, PO Boxes are a great and safe option, but will Amazon ship to PO Boxes? If not, what can you do?
Does Amazon ship to PO Boxes?
Yes, Amazon.com and its third-party marketplace sellers do ship to PO Boxes. However, Amazon uses a lot of couriers that don’t deliver to PO boxes, such as Fedex and UPS. This means that many products sold on Amazon.com will not be delivered to your PO Box. Amazon shoppers are encouraged to use common shipping addresses or their pickup locations to avoid problems.
If you want to learn more about Amazon fulfillment and how to receive packages with or without a PO Box, read on…
Why isn’t Amazon shipping to my PO Box
Amazon uses many independent contractors and private couriers such as UPS and Fedex to fulfill their orders. Unfortunately, these companies do not deliver to PO boxes.
If there’s an item on Amazon that you’re trying to deliver to your PO box and it doesn’t go through, then it’s likely that Amazon is using one of these shipping companies to fulfill the order.
Only USPS can deliver to PO Boxes. Amazon does work with the USPS, which is why some items can be delivered to PO boxes, but not all.
USPS charges the best price for small, lightweight items. However, UPS and Fedex offer better prices to Amazon for heavier packages. By using multiple companies, Amazon is able to take advantage of the best shipping rates they can get.
Customers can enjoy lower shipping costs, but it does cause some small inconveniences when determining which items can be delivered to your PO box.
Note: Amazon Pharmacy will not ship any medications to PO Boxes. You will need a street address to get your medication, and there is no off-site pickup available for prescription drugs.
How to Write a PO Box Address on Amazon
When filling out your PO Box address on Amazon, simply put your PO Box in the “Address Line 1” field. Don’t enter your street address or anything else. That’s it.
Just put your PO Box in the shipping address and Amazon will know to ship via USPS if possible.
Does Amazon Prime ship to PO Boxes?
Amazon Prime members can also use their PO Box to process eligible orders.
Some Amazon Prime deliveries are done through USPS, and in these cases, you are free to use your PO Box address to receive your package.
However, Amazon Prime members with PO Boxes cannot use them for release date deliveries and pre-orders. In this case, you will receive your package a little later than with a regular street address.
Sometimes, in order to fulfill an order, Amazon will downgrade shipping from their free two-day shipping to standard. So your items will be delivered to your PO Box, but not within the two days they guarantee Prime membership.
Does Amazon Fresh deliver to PO Boxes?
No, Amazon Fresh does not currently deliver to PO Boxes. If you live near an Amazon Fresh pickup location, you can choose to pick it up there.
Amazon Fresh only ships to eligible street addresses. You can check on their website to see if they deliver to your home or office. Just enter your address to see if you’re eligible for Fresh Shipping.
Does Amazon ship to PO Boxes in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico residents have some restrictions when ordering online. Amazon does service some, but not all, PO Boxes in Puerto Rico.
When you enter an address on Amazon, they will let you know if the item is available for delivery.
Also note that Amazon does not offer expedited or priority delivery options for PO Boxes on the island.
Items over 70 pounds or anything deemed potentially hazardous are also not eligible for shipping to Puerto Rico, whether it’s a PO Box or a street address.
Which stores ship to PO Boxes?
Many retailers carry similar items to those offered by Amazon. As an alternative, you can shop at various online stores that offer mail to PO boxes.
Although you may not have free overnight or two-day shipping, you can receive your items in a PO Box.
Companies currently offering PO Box delivery services include:
- Beds, bathrooms and more
- TJ Max
- US dollar average
- Vitamin Shoppe
Some retailers, like Target, will ship certain items to PO Boxes without exceeding a certain weight limit.
You can check the shipping information under the product details or contact the store directly for more information.
Note that many retailers use UPS and Fedex to ship their products and do not ship any items to PO Boxes. Some stores that do not use USPS are Staples, Sears and Biglots.
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While Amazon does ship some items to PO boxes, many are excluded because they use companies like UPS and Fedex.
Figuring out what can and cannot be delivered to a PO Box can be a hassle.
It’s much easier to use an Amazon locker pickup location, have family/friends use their address, or simply find another retailer that can ship to PO boxes.