Yes, you can ship vitamins and supplements without any trouble! There aren’t any special tips or tricks for doing so; you’ll just want to make sure to save the most money on your shipments.
USPS is the Cheapest Carrier for Shipping Vitamins and Supplements
If you’re choosing between the three shipping carriers, you should opt for shipping with USPS for sending out vitamins and supplements. Packages containing vitamins and supplements tend be on the smaller, lightweight end of the spectrum, and USPS specializes in these types of shipments. You’ll get much better rates for small packages with the Postal Service than you will with either FedEx or UPS. We’ve listed out the two cheapest USPS services that you’ll most commonly see for shipments containing vitamins and supplements:
- First Class Package Service – the cheapest service for lightweight boxes and envelopes under 16 ounces (as long as you provide your own packaging)
- Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope – the next-cheapest service for shipments over 16 ounces (as long as your vitamins can fit within the envelope)
Pro Tip: You’ll always maximize your savings when you use shipping software to buy discounted postage online. Shipping software allows you to access the deepest level of USPS discounts, known as Commercial Pricing rates. When you use shipping software to buy labels for your packages, you can save up to 59% off what you’d pay at the Post Office!
Don’t Include Medicine In This Group…You Can’t Ship Prescription Medicine!
Many people confuse shipping vitamins with shipping prescription medicine, which is an entirely different ball game. All major shipping carriers restrict the shipment of medicine, unless shippers meet specific requirements. In order to send medicine through a parcel, shippers must either be a(an):
- drug manufacturer
- registered agent of a drug manufacturer
- medical practitioner
- authorized dispenser
If you don’t meet any of these above requirements, you may run into issues when sending out prescription medicine. So, in the meantime, stick to sending vitamins and supplements to get the job done.