Lobster Shipping from Trap to Table

Lobster shipping from trap to your table, no matter where you live.

Ship Lobsters to Just About Anywhere

With clear skies and great packaging, we fresh lobster to just about anywhere in the USA. We have even shipped fresh seafood to Hawaii and as far away as the North Pole! (Sorry, at this time we are not shipping outside the United States). 

Thanks to our special freshness-preserving handling and express shipping, you can enjoy fresh from the dock seafood delivered to home tomorrow night.

Lobster Shipping
Lobster Shipping from LobsterAnywhere

1. Hauling Traps & Collecting the Catch

Lobsters are brought to Maine docks by independent lobstermen and women. There are more than 3 million lobster traps off the rocky coast of Maine.

Lobstermen practice sustainable fishing. Over and undersized lobsters are returned to sea. Lobstermen who keep egg-bearing female lobsters will face a fine upward of $1,000.

2. Lobsters Graded

Live Lobsters vary greatly in quality and price. Lobsters are graded according to size, liveliness, and hard-shell quality.

For overnight lobster shipping to arrive alive and kicking, the lobsters must be lively, healthy and hard-shell. When lobsters shed their old shells, there are new, softer shells underneath. A hard shell lobster is a lobster that has not recently molted, or shed its shell. Hard-shell lobsters are hardier, and can withstand the rigors of overnight shipping. You are also guaranteed more lobster meat from claw to tail with a hard-shell live lobster.

Fresh-caught lobsters should also be “seasoned” in cold seawater holding tanks for a few days to adjust them to a cool shipping temperature. Lobsters are held for a short time in refrigerated tanks with constantly chilled and cycled fresh salt water. This makes them hardier and ready for shipping.

3. Lobsters Packed

Each lobster is picked fresh, checked for vigor and weighed on digital scales.

Shipping Live Lobsters

Whether shipping lobsters to Boston, Massachusetts, or Flagstaff, Arizona, live lobsters should be packed right to ensure they are kept cold and moist in transit. Only extra thick, insulated coolers should be used with either seawater soaked newspaper or rock seaweed. Coolers should be a minimum of 1 1/2 inch thick and a thirsty pad should be placed on the bottom to hold in any liquid.These containers provide temperature protection for your lobster until they reach their destination.

Overnight lobster shipped
Lobster are packed in extra thick coolers and shipped to your door.

To ship lobsters, they should also be surrounded with icy-cold gel packs. Lobsters shipped with frozen ice or dry ice can be lethal. Finally, live lobsters should be packed with extra care to avoid any shifting and to withstand rough handling that could potentially crack or crush the lobster’s shells. Coolers should be packed in corrugated boxes and then shipped overnight to ensure freshness.

4. Lobsters Shipped

…and 24 hours later your lobsters arrive alive and kicking at your door-step.

Live lobster shipping requires three key ingredients:

  1. Quality Hard-Shell Live Lobsters
  2. Quality Perishable Packaging
  3. Experienced Lobster Shipping Company

Done right, lobsters should be delivered alive and in perfect condition, no matter how far they travel. LobsterAnywhere.com ships lobsters to just about Anywhere in the USA from Nantucket, Massachusetts to as far-away as North Pole, Alaska.

Lobster Order Deadlines

Orders need to be received by 12 noon EST, the day your order ships. You can order now and schedule a delivery day at checkout  with our date picker.

Missed the cut-off time?  Contact us here and to see if we can rush out a same day order.

Lobster Delivery to Just About Anywhere in the USA.

Only shipping companies who have a reliable track record in shipping perishable seafood should be used. Lobsters should always be shipped overnight to ensure your the shortest lead times. Here at Lobsteranywhere.com,we have shipped thousands of lobsters. They almost always arrive on time, alive and kicking.

LobsterAnywhere.com ships strictly to the contiguous 48 U.S. states, plus some areas in Alaska and Hawaii for an additional charge. Delivery to HI requires an export permit at the cost of $24. No permit is required for frozen items.

Shipping Restrictions

LobsterAnywhere offers lobster delivery to just about every State in the USA. Due to custom laws we are unable to ship lobster to international destinations and U.S territories, including, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

There are no Sunday or Monday deliveries. All packages must be delivered to a physical address. No PO Boxes please. Be sure all addresses are correct and include the recipient’s daytime phone number.

Our experience tells us there are two reasons that potentially cause problems.

Reason #1: Invalid or incomplete shipping address. Apartment numbers, Suite number, or other crucial information our shippers need is missing or incorrect.

Reason #2: The recipients are not home or the business is closed. When you order lobsters as a gift you should alert the recipient that a perishable package is on the way so they can plan accordingly. Packages do have signature release (packages can be left at the door), however it is always a good idea to err on the side of caution when your dealing with perishables.

Lobster Shipping Costs

Your lobster delivery rate  is determined by the total cost ordered. Most of our lobster dinner gift packages include free delivery. All perishable products should be refrigerated or frozen (except live lobster) immediately upon delivery.

Shipping MethodEstimated Delivery Time
2nd Day2 days.
Next DayOvernight by 7 pm
Priority Overnight by 10:30 am
Saturday By 1 Pm to most areas
Total Order Amount2nd DayNext DayPrioritySaturday
Up to $24.99$29.00$33.00$39.00 $49.00
$25.00 – $49.99$32.00$36.00$42.00 $52.00
$50.00 – $74.99$35.00$39.00$45.00 $54.00
$75.00 – $99.99$38.00$42.00$48.00 $57.00
$100.00 – $124.99$41.00$45.00$51.00 $59.00
$125.00 – $149.99$44.00$48.00$54.00 $62.00
$150.00 – $174.99$47.00$51.00$57.00 $64.00
$175.00 – $199.99$50.00$54.00$ 60.00 $66.00
$200.00 – $224.99$53.00$57.00$ 63.00 $69.00
$225.00 – $249.99$56.00$60.00 $66.00 $71.00
$250.00 – $274.99$59.00$63.00 69.00 $74.00
$275.00 – $299.99$62.00$63.00 $72.00 $79.00
$300 and up14% of order14% of order16% of order16% of order + $19.00

Lobster Shipping FAQs

Answers to your most frequently asked questions about shipping fresh lobster and seafood from Lobster Anywhere. Be sure to check out our customer service page.

Do you ship lobster outside the USA?

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to ship outside the USA due to custom laws.

Where does Lobster Anywhere deliver to?

LobsterAnywhere.com ships strictly to the contiguous 48 U.S. states, plus some areas in Alaska and Hawaii for an additional charge.
Delivery to HI requires a import permit for live lobster. No permit is required for frozen lobster or lobster tails. It is the responsibility of the customer to obtain the import permit. For more information, go to http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/pq/import-program/plant-quarantine-application-for-permits/
Please email or fax a copy of the permit to LobsterAnywhere.com. The copy will be attached to the shipment to prevent the package being held in quarantine and spoiling.
Shipments to international destinations and U.S territories (such as Puerto Rico and Guam) are unavailable. All packages must be delivered to a physical address. No PO Boxes please. Be sure all addresses are correct and include the recipient’s daytime phone number.

What days do you deliver lobster?

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. No delivery on Monday or Sunday.
Saturday delivery is not available to some rural areas. Please check with FedEx 1.800.go.FedEx. Orders can also be held at the nearest FedEx station for hold at pick-up.
Your best plan is to set a dinnertime for your seafood order, or if you must, properly store your seafood the day before your event. Major holidays and weather conditions may change delivery availability.

Can I place an order now and have it shipped at a later date?

When you order online you can specify a future ship date with our handy dandy shipping calendar you’ll see at checkout. You can pick the exact day your order will arrive.
Shipping frozen items? It’s not a bad idea to receive your order a day or two before you plan on cooking them. Frozen items can always be put right back in the freezer and stored for several weeks.
Sorry we cannot deliver on national holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. You can order live lobster the day before most holidays and store in your refrigerator until your ready to cook them.
We can ship your order out the next day if we receive it midnight the day before.
Need your order like yesterday? Call us at 888.85.Maine and we can see if we can help!

How do you deliver?

We use Federal Express overnight and second day air service. We ship all of our products in reusable, insulated Styrofoam containers surrounded by chilled gel packs that maintain the proper temperature (take them to the beach or a picnic!).
Your hand graded lobsters are packed with seawater soaked newspaper or fresh seaweed to keep them moist, and frozen ice gels to keep them cold.

Where is my lobster order?

Check your email. The day your order ships, you will receive a shipment alert with a tracking number. You will be able to click on the link to see exactly where your order is. If this is a gift, you will be notified via email when your package is received.

Do I have to sign for my package?

We ship ALL packages ‘SHIPPER RELEASE’ which allows the FedEx delivery person to leave the package at its destination. If your order is more than $500.00 we will require a signature. That’s a lot of lobster to be left at the door.  Another option is we can hold your lobsters at the local station for pick-up at your convenience.
Please  ALERT the recipient that a perishable is on the way. Note the delivery driver will NOT leave a package if the area is deemed unsafe. Sometimes FedEx will NOT leave a package at an Apt. or Condo complex.

Does someone need to sign for package delivery?

You should plan to have someone sign for the package when it arrives. WE WAIVE THE SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT ON ALL PACKAGES so if no one is available to sign the courier will usually leave the box at the door. Although the lobsters should be okay if left alone for a few hours, we cannot be held responsible for unattended lobsters! Many of our customers have orders delivered to their workplace or send a gift certificate.

What are your lobster delivery times?

All live seafood orders are shipped overnight. Frozen lobster tails, chowder and seafood are shipped overnight and two-day with dry ice. Expect delivery by 5:00 pm or earlier. For rural areas, expect delivery by the end of the day or even later.
Saturday will arrive by 3:00 pm or earlier and is NOT available some rural areas. Please call 1-800-Go-FedEx to check availability.
Note bad weather can delay and impact shipments, this includes, snow, rain, thunderstorms,  sleet and even fog.  It’s a good idea to check the delivery check the delivery area for weather updates before selecting a ship date.

What is the best time to buy lobsters?

Generally, the best  time of year to buy lobsters is before Memorial Day (before the summer tourists arrive) and after Labor Day (when the tourist leave). Read our blog about the Lobster Seasons

How do you keep your prices affordable?

Most Internet companies are venders or middlemen for other merchants. Because we are a wholesaler we are able to offer our products at affordable prices-plain and simple.

Can’t find your answer?

Contact us and we will get right back to you faster than you can say Penobscot, ME