Lobster Shipping from Trap to Table

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

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 LobstersWhether 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.

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 10 am, the day your order ships. You can order now and take delivery later. Just select your future delivery date at checkout.

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 Method Estimated Delivery Time
2nd Day 2 days.
Next Day Overnight by 7 pm
Priority  Overnight by 10:30 am
Saturday  By 1 Pm to most areas


Total Order Amount 2nd Day Next Day Priority Saturday
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 up 14% of order 14% of order 16% of order 16% of order + $19.00