Shipping & Cost With The US Postal Service

January 07, 2016

Shipping & Cost With The US Postal Service

We always get asked, how much is shipping and how long will it take? Well that depends on the post office, but we can give you some hints on how to save money and time but before we do that, let us tell you how to get the shipping rates on our website. If you purchase over $100.00, the shipping is free in the USA. But if you are not, or want shipping outside of the states, pick your products and click on Add To Cart. When you are done shopping, put in "Add to Cart". Then on the top right hand corner, click on "Cart" and move to the bottom of the page and you will see "Shipping Rates Calculator". Fill in the blanks and click to the right.

So lets now talk about the options of shipping in the USA (domestic) that we offer with USPS.

First class shipping is something that is small and lightweight. With the product and packaging, it can not weigh more than 13 ounces and an example of this is fin replacement straps or fish ID cards. This can take 3, 5 and even up to 7 days of delivery but we have seen it take up to 14 days. And folks, this means business days. This is the least expensive form of delivery and it gets shipped by ground, which means that most (if not all) of its journey is by truck. So if you live in California and we are shipping from New Lenox, Illinois, it will take a while. While the term "First Class" sounds like it should be the first thing sorted and transported in reality there are other classes of services that are faster. The cost for first class mail is based on the weight and shape of the item being mailed.

Parcel Post, also called Standard Post, is the same form of service as the First Class, but it is for heavier packages. The weight can not exceed 70 pounds. There is also a size limitation for the package. The length and girth, when combined can not exceed 130 inches.This also is shipped mostly by ground transportation, so again it can take 7, 14 and even 21 business days, all depending on where it is to be shipped. As the post office continues to go in debt monthly, it tries to save money. So if your parcel post package stops in Joliet, IL or Orland Park, IL, most likely unless the truck is full, it can sit there for days before the truck continues on. The cost for this class of service is based on the weight and shape of the package as well as the distance that it needs to travel.

Priority Mail & Priority Mail Express are, without a doubt, the fastest form of shipping because both options are transported mostly by air. So if we are shipping from New Lenox, IL, the box will go to the Chicago, IL airport by truck and then fly to your closest airport and then be delivered by truck. Much faster than parcel or first class delivery. Priority shipping takes 2-3 days on average and the cost for this class of service is based on weight, package shape and the travel distance. Priority Express is 1-2 days but you will pay a premium for the Express and the cost is based on both the weight and the travel distance.

The four classes of service described above are for the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii and do include territories under the jurisdiction of the United States such as Puerto Rico and American Samoa. They are also available to military mail with APO, FPO and DPO address designations.

Areas that are not under United States jurisdiction are considered to be International mail. The classes of services include First Class, Priority Mail International and Priority Mail Express International all of which vary with regard to rules, delivery times and costs. One of the rules for packages is that customs forms are affixed to the package which identify what is is the package as well as it's value. Each country has restrictions on certain items that it will allow into it as well as value limits. You may be required to pay a Value Added Tax (VAT) before the package is delivered to you. The VAT, if any, is determined after the item goes through your particular country's customs office. We have no control as to whether or not a VAT is charged so this is not included in our shipping prices. The U.S. Postal Service does have a pretty extensive list of what is allowed to be shipped which can be found here. We do reserve the right to refuse shipment to certain countries. This refusal is not based on you as a person but on past experiences of packages being stolen or lost during transport as well as countries with high amounts of fraudulent orders.

If your package is being shipped internationally, you have the following options from which to choose with the U.S. Postal Service:

First Class International is the most affordable way but the delivery time is the longest. The packages that can be shipped using this service are limited to 4 pounds of weight. Delivery time varies greatly from country to country and we have seen them take as little as 10 days and some as long as 30 days. While this class of service is the least expensive, if you are needing your package sooner then you might consider the faster options.

Priority Mail International must be chosen for packages weighing 4 pounds or greater but can be used for packages that weigh less as well. You should choose this class of service if your package is more time sensitive. The average delivery time is 6 to 10 business days. Items may take longer for delivery if there are delays in customs.

If your package is definitely time sensitive, Priority Mail Express delivery times are listed as an average of 1 to 3 business days. Any delays are usually due to customs but this service is processed faster than the two previously described. This is also the more expensive method of shipping and the prices vary with regard to weight and destination.

We strive to get your product to you when you need it and if we were able to get on a plane and hand deliver it to your door we would. Since that is not possible we do have to rely on the U.S. Postal service to do that. In an effort to let you know where your package is, we do include information that is emailed to you which can be used to track your package. The information can be entered at the U.S. Postal Service website. First Class International Packages tracking information is limited to the point where it leaves the United States but we have found another useful website that seems to pick up the information when it arrives in your country. This is 17Track.

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