Can you ship any way other than UPS overnight?
Short answer. No.
UPS is the fastest and safest way to ship your live animal. UPS also has the best tracking system in the industry including (in some areas) a ‘follow my package’ option that uses real time gps tracking of the actual truck your package is on. USPS tracking system is antiquated and often not updated at all until after the package has been delivered.
I receive a discounted rate from UPS and I forward that discount to you when I quote your rate. If at any time you believe the shipping rate is overpriced, I highly encourage you to visit the UPS site and enter the same information I am using to ship your package (to/from address, dimensions, weight, etc.). You will see you are provided with a very reasonable rate.
Although USPS might be cheaper, they do not have a next day delivery service. Anything more than 1-day shipping is borderline cruel and is risky to the health of your live animal. I ship and receive 1,000s of fish a year. It is the most stressful part of my job. Once a package is in the hands of the courier systems ANYTHING can and likely will be happening to them. The longer in transit the more chance of something going bad. These boxes are being thrown, dropped, kicked, knocked over, shook up, left on runways and loading docks in cold and hot weather for hours at a time.
UPS offers flat rate shipping that some of my competitors may be using. I as a company do not qualify for flat rate and therefore, I cannot offer it. Due to the way I pack your fish I use extremely specific shipping materials that do not fit into the UPS, FedEx, or the USPS flat rate specific packages. I pack in a way to be the most efficient use of the space in order to keep the shipping costs down while the fish are safe and comfortably packed. In almost all cases your fish are individually packed versus multiple fish to a bag either squeezed into or rolling around in an incorrectly sized container. Your fish are precisely packed so that they can be placed in an appropriate position whether it needs to be packed vertical or horizontal, comfortable, safe from being tormented by other fish during transit, and outside weather condition specific. No space is ever wasted, while at the same time the fish are not cramped or squished. I pride myself and have the reputation for the best packing in the industry.
Same day air cargo is a possible in some cases but before asking please read all the Shipping information on this website. If you are receiving 1 box in any size it is likely I will not accommodate this method of shipping.