International Shipping Advisory
In this advisory you will learn about the following.
Check Your Country Here.
A number of international destinations have declared a national state of emergency and their postal systems have enacted a policy of force majeure which means they have SUSPENDED NORMAL OPERATIONS and instituted altered delivery times and services due to an Act of God.
After we ship, USPS and Economy packages are taking around 4 weeks to leave the US. Please be patient.
- Recommended Actions.
- Significant Delays Out of Our Control.
- What to Expect.
- Services Impacted.
- Countries Impacted.
- Tracking Problems.
- What We Are Doing to Help.
If your shipment hasn't arrived in the expected time we are very sorry for the delay, but the carrier situation is out of our hands. We are actively monitoring the situation and will keep this page updated as we learn more about this rapidly evolving problem. Please be aware that we are not receiving advance notification of changes from USPS or FedEx. We will keep this page updated as we learn more about the global situation.
If at all possible please use FedEx International. FedEx is not experiencing any problems right now. Local customs delays are the only issues we have seen.
Shipping Delays for USPS.
COVID-19 is severely impacting international transit times for USPS. On April 30th, 2020 we were notified by USPS that all international packages, including air and express will now be shipped by sea transport. AT A MINIMUM this will add 2-6 weeks of additional transit time depending on weather and destination. These delays are in addition to LOCAL DELAYS in your country's postal system. Please check the current status of your country's postal system here.
What to Expect.
When tracking stops for a long period of time, it is probably at sea and time at sea can take up to a month. Sea port customs can take 1-2 weeks and then regular post to your address after that may also be slower than usual due to the pandemic. We are seeing lots of delays like this right now, but all shipments with a correct address have eventually been delivered.
All USPS and International Economy shipping options are impacted. Our International First class mail and International Economy shipping services were also impacted by this change earlier this year without notice. It is not clear when this change happened but we started receiving complaints for orders dating back to early March 2020.
All destinations outside the US as well as inside the US have been impacted to some degree. Check the official US Postal Service website for official updates on your country.
USPS is experiencing severe problems with their tracking system Especially For International Services. International tracking has become very inconsistent with many packages losing tracking once they leave the US. This does not mean that your package is lost.
What We Are Doing to Help.
Unfortunately there is not much we can do once an order has shipped. Your package is at the mercy of the postal system and the rapidly changing nature of the situation. If you placed an order after February 15th, 2020 and selected International Economy or another USPS service please be patient. Until the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved we can not guarantee timely delivery of international packages.