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FedEx says they are back to normal - but delays may still occur. The Service Alert just released:

"Previous hazardous conditions across the U.S. have subsided and FedEx is now back to standard daily operations. Note that there may be on-going service delays until recovery efforts conclude across the country."

So... SHIP, but with caution (understand that shipments may take an extra day in transit).
If something shipped on a Friday is delayed it will not be delivered until the following Monday (or later), which could easily result in dead animals - NEVER ship live items on a Friday!
FedEx Guarantees Still Suspended
All FedEx service failure guarantees are still (since March 2020) suspended. Barring weather issues and unforseen mechanical issues (e.g. problems with a plane) the vast majority of FedEx shipments ARE delivered on the day anticipated, and most are on-time or very close to it - but NOTHING is GUARANTEED any more. They also are still not honoring all delivery signature requests - so don't recommend purchasing delivery signatures - save your money.

Avoid Shipping on Mondays
Monday is the busiest day for FedEx, please consider shipping on Tuesday or Wednesday rather than Monday to reduce chances of delays in transit. We also suggest not shipping live items on Thursdays unless absolutely necessary, as a delay could mean your shipment is not delivered until the following MONDAY. Since many delays are due to heavy volume at the destination areas, we highly recommend shipping "HAL" ("Hold at Location") to a FedEx facility and allow your recipient pick up there to avoid "last mile" delays. 
FedEx posts important information about service delays on their website - before shipping, we strongly recommend checking for their latest updates atFedEx Service Alerts.

We also post updates and useful info on ourReptiles2You Facebook page.
FedEx is in the process of upgrading their labeling infrastructure (label barcode format, software, etc). Labels you get from our site are in their new format, but if the label is for a HAL (Hold at Location) shipment, some FedEx stations are unable to scan the new barcode properly (yes - the labels we provide to you are actually created by FedEx, in their designated format, and some of their own scanners cannot read them properly).

FedEx had said they would have their entire system updated by Christmas, but we are hearing reports that some FX stations are still printing the additional small barcode label to apply to HAL shipments. YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING - the FX agent will know when they scan your package if the additional label is required. (Just be advised that if you are dropping off more than one package, only give the FX clerk ONE AT A TIME to ensure that additional labels they may print are not applied to the wrong package.)
Reptiles2You can help facilitate shipping into Canada via our partnership with Canadian import specialist Reptile Express - DETAILS HERE. (Note: this is the ORIGINAL "Reptile Express" in CANADA - NOT the American company that goes by by a similar name.)
Packages can be REFUSED BY FEDEX or delayed in transit if not labeled properly.

Both the Lacey Act and IATA (International Air Transport Association) require that all packages containing live animals be properly identified and labeled, and FEDEX REQUIRES THIS AS WELL.

Requirements in some states may differ slightly (we suggest checking with individual state FWS offices for complete info), but generally speaking requirements are:
  • Common name of species in package
  • Scientific name of species in package
  • Quantity of animals in package
Florida and California are known to be especially vigilant about inspections/citations, and lately we have heard reports of other states tightening up as well.

On ourFAQ pagewe provide afillable PDF form(you can fill it out on your computer and print it out). Be sure the label is securely attached to your package, that it does not cover any part of the FedEx label (placing it on one SIDE works well), and taped over completely with clear tape for protection. (Our label also reminds FedEx employees that Reptiles2You is officially approved to ship live animals to businesses and residences (helps prevent over-zealous FX employees from refusing to accept your pkg)). Be sure to also include the same information INSIDE the box (under top flaps on top of foam insulation).

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We have been doing business with Debbie for quite a while now, and all I can say is there isn't anyone I would rather work with. She is in a class by herself when it comes to customer service and is always on top of things. Good luck Reptiles2you, in my book you guys are already on top!

Chris & Simone Shaver, Chimera Reptiles