Need to Order Something Online?
E-box provides you with a U.S. address so you can shop online, subscribe to magazines, or receive packages and have them delivered directly to your nearest MBE store.
How does E-box work?
1. Register by clicking the button below.
2. After registering, you’ll get access to our tracking software and acquire your US address.
3. Sign and submit the Customs Agent Appointment Form (see bottom of page).
4. Shop online and use your new address to receive your packages, documents, and magazines.
5. Pick up your packages at your MBE center once they arrive or have them delivered to your door.
E-box service by Mail Boxes Etc. is a reliable and efficient service for shopping online. e-box provides you with a U.S. address that you can use for online purchases. Through our Miami warehouse you can receive packages and documents and have them delivered to your closest Mail Boxes Etc. center. With e-box, you will have access to thousands of online stores with the best offers, latest styles, trends, modern technology, and much more.
- Highly Advanced Sorting facility
- Modern tracking system: e-box Web
- Real-time package status updates
- Invoice upload & Package pre-alert
- We clear Customs for you
- Mobile App for IOS & Android
- Loyalty Program – MBE POINTS!
E-box, your own U.S. address for online purchases
Packages received in Miami will take 3-7 business days to be delivered to your MBE center. Once delivered, our system will automatically notify you via email that the package is ready for pickup. You can also track your packages via our e-box Web system online.
With e-box you can receive clothing, sports gear, cooking equipment, gadgets, computers and much more. Your possibilities are endless with e-box.
Online Tools & Resources
One of the biggest benefits of e-box is our modern tracking software e-box Web. With e-box Web you will have total control and up to date information on all your orders. Here are some of the features and tools you have at your disposal with e-box Web:
- E-Box Website: Track packages, upload the invoices for your orders, set up email notifications, search for missing packages, make payments.
- Mobile app: Available for download from the App Store and Google Play.
- MBE Points: Earn MBE Points and redeem the coupons on future shipments or any MBE service.
- Pre Alerts: Let us know that your orders are on the way.
- Express Pick-Up: Pay for your shipping and duties online and use the Express pick-up line in -store.
- Delivery: We will deliver your packages right to your door.
- We also offer you the help of our team whom you can contact at (345) 745-1400 or email@example.com
There are two great e-box® plans designed to meet your individual and business needs, with and without annual membership.
|e-box Lite||e-box Pro|
|Flat fee first pound||$12.95||$9.95|
|Package shipping rates
100 lbs +
|Standard package rates apply for all documents and mail above 16oz|
|Does this plan earn MBE Points?||Yes||Yes|
|Choosing a plan||Best for first time buyers and occasional users.||Best value plan. Low shipping rates and one low annual membership fee.|
All rates in C.I. Dollars.
Imported goods are subject to duties and tax assessed by Customs and Border Control in accordance to the Cayman Islands Customs Law.
The shipping rates are applied to the greater of actual weight and dimensional weight. See FAQ section for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
The package journey from your vendor to you is a multi-step process with many moving parts and checks and balances. We understand that this process may appear at times lengthy or complicated. In order to ensure this process is as expedient and clear as possible, we have compiled and attached a list of shipping tips, most common bottle necks and frequently asked questions to ensure we create the optimal conditions for your package’s journey to you.
TRACKING & TIMELINES
- How long does it take to get my orders?
The short answer is typically 5-7 business days after the In Transit date. When your order reaches our Miami facility it will be scanned into our system and appear on your Packages List. Once the invoice and declared value uploaded by you have been verified and approved as compliant with Customs requirements, the package status will change to In Transit. You can expect your order 5-7 business days later. However, there are many factors affecting cargo flight schedules and customs clearance timelines such as volumes, weather, holidays, prioritization of perishable cargo to name a few. Our team works closely with transportation and customs officials to clear your goods as quickly as possible. Following the instructions in our user guide and FAQ’s is something you can do to avoid unnecessary delays.
- How can I track the status of my package?
Once your package has arrived at our Miami facility, it will appear in your Packages list on e-box web or app. We will also send you an email notification when your order is received at the address in Miami and again when your package is ready for collection from our store.
- Where is my package? What do the status codes in e-Box web mean?
Understanding and interpreting the status codes on e-Box is an integral part of understanding your packages’ journey. Below is a summary of the package movement and the associated status codes, along with any subsequent actions required.
Missing Value: Missing Commercial Invoice. Please upload your invoice and declared value in USD including shipping fees but excluding tax.
Processing in Miami: Your package is being prepared for shipment.
In Transit: Your package has departed our Miami facility. The ETA for arrival in Grand Cayman is typically within 1-4 days and depends on cargo flight schedules and the prioritization of perishable and essential goods.
Customs: Your order is on-island at the Customs warehouse undergoing clearance. No action is required unless Customs requests anything further, at which time we will contact you via email.
Available for Pick-Up at MBE: Your package is ready! You can pay online through your e-box account and choose Delivery or In-Store Pick-up. We invite you to use the Express Pick-Up line if you have already paid online. You may also pay in person at the MBE store.
Picked Up by customer: Your goods are in your hands.
In Revision – There may be an issue with the package, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Abandoned – The package exceeded the maximum storage period, or the customer requested to discard the package
- How can I calculate the shipping fees of a package?
We recommend estimating the shipping cost before placing your order. To do this you will need the actual weight and the approximate dimensions of the box. If this is not available from the vendor’s website, you can use your best guess.
1. Take the length, width and height in inches and apply the following formula: LxWxH ÷ 166. The result is the dimensional (or volumetrics) weight in pounds (lbs). E.g. a box measuring 10”x10”x10” has a volumetric weight of 6.02 lbs.
2. Take the approximate actual weight in pounds (lbs), which is the weight when the item is placed on a scale. This is the actual weight in pounds (lbs).
3. Compare the results of steps 1 and 2. Select the greater of the actual and dimensional weights then apply the shipping rate for your e-Box Plan. You can find these on our website www.mbe.ky/e-box.
- What if the vendor ships my order in a large box?
We have you covered! If the vendor ships a small item in a large box, the package may qualify for a volume discount provided the weight to volume ratio meets the necessary criteria. We will apply the discount automatically and it will appear in the breakdown of your shipping charges.
While it is not possible to control the size box your shipper will use, there are some things you can do. If the item you wish to order is bulky, you may opt to ship it using our ocean cargo service. Please visit the Ocean Shipping section of our website for more information.
ESTIMATING DUTY CHARGES
- How is duty calculated?
All goods, even those that are duty-free, must clear Cayman Islands Customs. Most imported goods are subject to import duty and the most common duty rate is 22% of the CIF value (cost, insurance, freight). This essentially means that duty is assessed on the value of the goods and the shipping cost.
Below are some of the most common exceptions to the standard 22% duty rate.
• Books, coffee, tea, all-leather handbags, bicycles, glasses/sunglasses/lenses, cameras, protective masks, school supplies, musical instruments, knives and stainless-steel kitchen articles are Duty Free
• Watches, watch straps are 7%
• Gold, silver and platinum jewelry are 12%
• Soaps and shampoos are 17%
• Car parts are 27%
**Duty rates are subject to change. The final assessment of duty is at the discretion of Customs officials. A complete list of tariffs can be found via the Customs & Border Control website.
A note about goods purchased at a Discount
It is important to note that duties apply on the value of the item to a maximum of a 20% discount. For example, the original price of an article is 100$ but was purchased on sale for $50 (50% off). The dutiable value will be to a maximum of 20% off such that duties are levied at an 80$ value.
- Why was my invoice rejected and how do I fix it?
The number one thing you can do to ensure a seamless package journey is upload the correct invoice format. An acceptable invoice is the official receipt from your vendor that you can upload as a PDF, JPG or PNG file.
Acceptable Commercial Invoices for Customs Clearance must be legible (screen shots, pictures and low-resolution files are not accepted) and must include the following information:
• the vendor’s name
• the purchaser/customer name (cash register receipts excepted)
• the order date
• the order number
• itemized descriptions and purchase prices
• shipping fees and total
Please note: While sometimes invoices are accepted initially, they may be deemed incomplete or unacceptable by Customs officials upon further review. We endeavour to notify you as quickly as possible via email and ask that you follow the instructions to provide a compliant invoice as soon as possible to avoid clearance delays.
- Which invoice and value should I use when my vendor splits my order in multiple shipments?
The best way to handle split orders is to upload your invoice and declared value based on the delivery information from your vendor. After placing your order, most vendors will send a shipping confirmation stating what has shipped and the tracking number. In e-box menu My Packages, look for the matching tracking number, upload the complete invoice but declare the value only for the items contained in that particular package. While it is not required, it is strongly urged to indicate the declared items directly on the invoice by marking them with an X, circling or highlighting. This ensures that the Customs official is aware of the split order when reviewing your import documents. You can use Adobe Acrobat or similar product. Do not cross of any items from the invoice and do not crop parts of your invoice as they will be rejected by Customs.
Uploading invoices for Amazon and other orders: After placing your order, Amazon will send you a shipping confirmation as each package ships from their distribution center. Most other vendors will also do this. Go to your Order History to obtain the complete invoice broken down by package. Save and upload the entire invoice to e-box and declare the value of that particular package as shown on the invoice breakdown. In the example below you would upload the complete invoice as shown and declare a value of $15.
- I already paid duty on an order, but the vendor shipped an item separately. What should I do?
We understand that occasionally it may be unclear that the vendor has shipped part of your order (e.g. a short shipment) and you may have already declared and paid duty on the full value of the order. In this instance, when the next package(s) arrives, indicate the item(s) on the invoice and upload it but declare a nominal $0.01 value. This will alert our team to investigate the initial declaration and provide the appropriate paperwork to Customs to ensure the transparency of this order and that you are not charged again for duties already paid.
LOCATING MISSING PACKAGES
- I don’t see an order on My Packages list. How can I locate it?
There are several reasons a package may not show up on your list.
CBY# Missing: The most common reason that a package does not appear in your list is that it arrived without a CBY# on the shipping label. You can search for the missing package on e-box and associate it to your account. To do this, click on “Search for Package not Received” and copy/paste the tracking number from the vendor in the field, click Search and follow the prompts. Please allow 1-2 business days for the package status to show in your packages list. If the package does not appear in your account after two days, please email our service team at email@example.com.
Packages delivered with USPS. When you receive a status notification from USPS that a package has been Delivered, this indicates that it was delivered to the U.S. Post Office nearest your e-box address. It may take a further 1-5 business days for the package to be delivered to our warehouse by post office personnel. Please re-check your e-box account and if the package does not appear after 5 business days contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Package Undeliverable / Business Closed: This is likely due to a delivery attempt outside of regular business hours. The courier will attempt to re-deliver the package during business hours within 1-3 days. Please monitor your e-box account for updates. Once received at our warehouse your packages will be scanned into our e-box system in the usual way and you can monitor it through the e-box website or app.
If the package does not appear on your account after the expected timeframe, please contact our customer service team for assistance at email@example.com.
- What if I did not include my CBY number when placing the order?
If the package has already arrived in Miami, you can log in to your account and click on “Search for Unidentified package”. You can then upload the invoice and tracking number. Allow 1 to 2 business days for the status of the package to be updated. If the package still does not appear in your account, please email our service team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW PRE-ALERTS WORK (AND DON’T WORK)
- How do I pre-alert a package for expedited processing?
To get the most out of your e-box service, you can pre-alert us of your expected orders. This means that you will enter the information of a package that you are expecting which enables the package to be validated automatically once it arrives at the Miami facility, making the processing quicker.
To pre-alert a package, click on Pre-alert a New Package in your e-box account. Enter the requested information, upload the invoice and then click Submit. As soon as the package arrives at our facility in Miami and the information matches, the package will be processed, and it will be included on the next shipment.
Important! Read before creating a Pre-alert
• If the vendor shipped your order using FedEx or USPS, you can skip the Pre-alert because their tracking numbers are not currently compatible with our Pre-alert system.
• You must submit the pre-alert at least 1 business day before your package is scheduled for delivery so create it as soon as you receive the shipping notification from the vendor.
• You can only create a Pre-alert once you have received a shipping confirmation with the tracking number from your vendor. If you do not have a tracking number, you cannot Pre-Alert your order.
• If your Pre-alert did not work for whatever reason or you did not create one, do not worry, your package will still be handled through our regular process.
- I pre-alerted my package’s arrival. Why am I asked to provide my invoice again?
The Pre-alert is an excellent way to ensure your package moves quickly through the package journey. There are however exceptions when the Pre-alert will not work as intended. If that happens, you will be required to upload the invoice again, even if you already uploaded it.
There are two main reasons a Pre-Alert will not work:
1. FedEx tracking numbers and some USPS tracking numbers are not compatible with the Pre-alert feature. If you proceed with the Pre-alert you may receive an email instructing you to upload the invoice again. If you know that the vendor has shipped your order using FedEx or USPS, you may opt to skip the Pre-alert. Once your order arrives in Miami, you will be notified to upload the invoice at that time.
2. The Pre-alert was received in our system after your order was delivered to our Miami facility, or too close to the delivery time. To avoid this, ensure that you Pre-alert an order at least one business day before the scheduled delivery day. A good rule to follow is to create the Pre-alert as soon as the vendor has sent you the shipping confirmation email containing the tracking number.
PAYMENT, PICK-UP AND DELIVERY
- How do I pay for my package?
Once the package status is Available for Pick Up, you can pay online through your e-box account and choose Delivery or In-Store Pick-up. We invite you to use the Express Pick-Up line if you have already paid online. You may also pay at the MBE store when you collect your package.
- Prohibited Goods: Can I ship any type of product?
Below is a list of Prohibited Items however this list is not exhaustive and subject to change. If you have questions about whether you can import a specific item, please contact us. If we receive prohibited items, they will be retained in Miami and you will be notified. We can coordinate a return or warehouse pickup. The use of the service to receive and send cash, bearer checks, jewelry, securities, currency, money orders and any other financial instrument in general, is not permitted.
• Guns, Gun parts or accessories (scopes, magazines, ammunition, etc.)
• Corrosive liquids (flammable liquids, chemicals, toxic liquids)
• Knife sets, tactical knives
• Perfumes (only allowed to ship 2 units per box)
• Lighters (with gas)
• Oil based paint
• Auto or Motorcycle Batteries
• Vehicle Suspensions
• Living plants or animals
• Perishables (Food)
• Cash or cash equivalents (money orders)
• Alcoholic Beverages
• Spare parts with acid
• Gambling Instruments
• Collectible swords
• Bow and/or arrows
• Paintball guns and accessories
• Hookah Pipes
- What happens if I ordered a prohibited item by mistake?
If the item you bought is prohibited, it will be received in Miami but may not be shipped to the Cayman Islands. MBE offers several options:
• You can contact your supplier and notify them that the item cannot be received. The supplier can collect the package from our facility and give you a refund.
• The supplier can also tell you to return the package. In this case you will have to cover the shipping cost from Miami to the supplier. After the supplier receives the returned package, you will be reimbursed the value of the article in accordance with the seller’s return policy.
• You can ask a family member or friend to collect the package directly from our facility.
• You can request to send the package to another address. In this case you will have to cover the cost of shipping the package from Miami to the destination address.
Please note that handling fees will apply for any of the above-mentioned options.
- Do you have another question?
You can email us at email@example.com, call us on 745-1400 or visit our store and we will be happy to assist you.
The MBE Points program is our way of thanking you, our valued e-box customer, by giving you the opportunity to generate points every time you use the e-box service. You can then redeem your points for vouchers to purchase any of the services we offer at MBE*.
* Vouchers may not be used to purchase postage stamps or to pay for import duties and taxes.
How do I earn MBE Points?
The MBE Points are generated automatically according to the transactions made through your e-box account.
|E-BOX ACTIVITY||POINTS EARNED|
|Ship a package||7 Points|
|Pre-alert a package||5 Points|
|Register on e-box web (one time)||100 Points|
|On your birthday (once/year)**||500 Points|
**Birthday points are generated provided that the birthdate appears correctly on your e-box web profile. Please contact us for assistance if required.
How do I check my MBE Points?
To view your MBE Points, you can go to our website www.mbe.ky and access your e-box account by clicking on “my e-box” and entering your username and password. You can view the amount of points accumulated up to that date by clicking on “My MBE Points”.
Points Exchange (Generating Vouchers)
The minimum amount of points required to generate a voucher is 1000 points. Vouchers can be requested by logging in to your e-box web account. The voucher will be generated automatically and will be available in your e-box account right away. Vouchers are valid for 30 days therefore it is recommended to generate vouchers only once you are ready to use them.
Each 1000 points is equivalent to CI$10.00. Three ways to apply the voucher to your purchase
- From the e-box website or app, copy the voucher number. From the Pay for Packages screen, click Apply Coupon and paste the voucher number. Click apply.
- For in-person payments, the associate can scan the coupon from your mobile phone screen.
- You may print the voucher and present it to a store associate.
With your MBE Points you can:
- Pay for packages via the e- box web payment portal
- Pay for any of the services offered at your MBE Centre such as:
- International shipments
- Digital printing and copying
- Passport photos
- Packaging and packaging materials (boxes, tape, Bubble Wrap, etc.)
- e-box service
Vouchers may not be used to purchase postage stamps or import duties and taxes.
Terms & Conditions
- The points earned by pre-alerts are applied to the account once the pre-alert is validated (when the provided tracking number, invoice, description and value match with the received package and the pre-alert is approved).
- Customers can earn additional points through special seasonal promotions developed by Mail Boxes Etc. and which will be applied according to the conditions established by Mail Boxes Etc.
- Points are valid and available for redemption for 12 months from the month in which they were first generated. After this date they will expire automatically.
- Once a voucher is generated, it must be used within 30 days.
- Vouchers may only be redeemed by the account holder at the MBE centre where their account is registered.
- MBE Points are not transferable.
- To use your points, present your printed voucher at your MBE centre or you can present it from your mobile device.
- Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash.
- The total Cayman Islands Dollar amount of the purchase to be paid (excluding stamps and customs fees) must be greater than the amount of the voucher. No change will be given. A voucher can only be used once.
- Mail Boxes Etc. reserves the right to change the way in which the system generates points, as well as to remove and/or add either temporarily and/or indefinitely any activity that generates points. Mail Boxes Etc. endeavours to inform our customers about any changes to the MBE Points programme through our various communication channels within a period of not less than fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the change.
- To enjoy the MBE Points program, the customer must have accepted the terms and conditions of our service through e-box web.
Customs Appointment of Agent Form
It is a mandatory requirement of the Cayman Islands Customs Department that all persons and companies importing goods into the Cayman Islands must submit to their clearance agent an Appointment of Agent form and a current photo ID. This will ensure that Mail Boxes Etc. can clear goods on your behalf. This only has to be done once, before your first order arrives in Miami.
You may obtain the form in any of the following ways:
– By clicking the link below to download the form
– By email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
– In person at Mail Boxes Etc.
To submit the form and photo ID via email, please send it to email@example.com, and write Appointment of Agent Form in the subject line.
Customs Appointment of Agent Form