Fear Not Tarantulas received the first approval from FedEx to ship spiders. It required the collaboration of those in many fields of study including entomologists, archaeologists, and venomologists from around the globe. We showed FedEx our shipping methods which has become the standard they look for and convinced them it is safe for their staff and the animals to ship.
FedEx has certain guidelines that we follow for the safe delivery of the animals. We ship to FedEx Shipping Centers only because those are the only locations that live animals can be shipped to. If we ship to any other location, we would not be able to indicate that a live animal is in the box. Shipping to a Print and Ship or Walgreens FedEx location is prohibited and may cause the package to be sent to the nearest 'Ship Center' which may cause a delay in delivery.
Packages that show a live animal is in the box is given priority and handled differently than other packages, so it is important that any living thing that is being shipped have the "Live Animal" label on it. We know many packages make it just fine to their destinations when shipped to other locations without being properly documented, but it does add risk to the shipment and it also is against FedEx rules. We think it is important to follow their rules so the privilege of being able to openly ship spiders using FedEx is not taken away.