Shipping Rates & Information
Holiday Shipping 2020
This year we are strongly recommending that everyone order early.
The pandemic is still causing spotty delays and there is no reason for you to wait to have us ship tea to you – it is not a perishable item!
Here is what we recommend this season:
There is a short period this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Hanukkah is very early (Dec 10-18 2020).
The suggested ‘ship-by’ dates posted by the US Postal Service this year are not accurate – they suggest that you can ship far too late for packages (and cards, too!) to arrive ‘on time’. Please do not ship as late as they predict that you can.
Please note that we ship only by USPS Priority Mail, so all ship-to addresses must be able to receive package delivery by your friendly postal carrier.
USPS Priority Mail offers a reasonable rate, tracking service, and fast delivery time
This year we expect our steady business to continue throughout December, both for gift giving and self drinking.
For the remainder of 2020, we will be running 2-3 days longer than our normally fast turn-around time from receipt of your order to outbound shipping. In most cases an order will arrive about 7 business days after we receive your order, but this time of year, and depending on the days of the week involved, some packages may take longer in transit.
So please do not wait to order. It makes no difference whether your tea purchases sit at your house or our ‘house’ for the next four weeks!
Order now and be an early-bird.
– Gift-Giving Shipping Schedule –
|Date Needed||Last Day to Order|
|Hanukkah Dec 10||Wednesday Dec 2|
|Christmas Dec 25||Tuesday Dec 15|
|New Year’s Jan 1||Monday Dec 21|
If you are hoping for International delivery, you should have ordered by now, or need to very soon…
– Remember –
we are not the type of business that has machine-pre-packed-packages of tea sitting on shelves waiting for a robot to come down the aisle and work from a pick-list to fulfill an order, SKU by SKU, packing up 5 packages per minute.
When you place your order with us we weigh and pack up your tea (which often includes sifting the tea – yes, we give most of our tea a final sifting to eliminate the fine particles that neither you nor we want in your sack of tea).
We carefully double-check everything; pack your order into its shipping box; and send it off either with the mail carrier or take it to the post office (we have two out-going shipping opportunities per day).
All by hand, just the way we have been selling tea for 46 years.
From your positive comments and re-ordering, we know that you appreciate the care that we take in fulfilling your orders, and we love sourcing our premium tea and providing it to you. From the tea garden to your home, every step in the trek is important.
And, if you need tea or teawares for yourself this month, other than the above gift-giving shipping schedule, we will try to get those packages to you almost as promptly as we normally do.
Again, despite what the Post Office suggests for shipping deadlines this season, orders placed after Dec 12th are unlikely to realistically arrive at their destination for Christmas Day.
Tea Trekker’s Year-Round Shipping Info:
How Tea Trekker Ships its Packages to You:
We ship all packages USPS Priority Mail. This is generally a 2-3 business day service starting from the time the package arrives at the Post Office (occasionally an extra day is needed for destinations that are either rural/remote or distant from our location in New England).
Allowing 1-2 days for us to pack your tea and process the package, it is generally a good estimate that your package will arrive 5-7 calendar days from the day that you place the order. You will receive an email once your package has been shipped that will contain your package’s tracking information. Your package can be tracked once your package enters the USPS system and is scanned once or twice; so if there is no information about your package on the USPS tracking site right away, check the tracking again after 12-24 hours before thinking that anything might be wrong!
(please also see #4 & #5 below)
1. Free Shipping:
Tea Trekker offers FREE SHIPPING via USPS Priority Mail on orders that have a value of $100.00 or more with a ship-to address in the 50 U.S. states.
Free shipping is not available for orders shipped to addresses outside the 50 U.S. states, or for International orders.
2. Address Verification:
Please verify the address(es) that you give to us.
Your Shipping Address is the address to which you would like to have your package sent.
A package that is returned to us due to an insufficient or incorrect address will be re-shipped for an additional shipping charge once we are provided with a correct address by the customer. This shipping charge will apply to any re-shipped package including one that initially qualified for Free Shipping.
A second, additional re-shipping charge will apply if Tea Trekker is charged for the return of an undeliverable package.
A Note About Your Credit Card Billing Address:
Your Billing Name and Address must match the name and address to which your credit card statement is delivered.
An incorrect Billing Name or Address will cause your purchase to be denied by your credit card processor.
The Billing Name and Address is often different than the address to which we will be sending your package.
Please check both of these carefully.
If your credit card Billing Address is outside of the U.S. then chances are very good that the formatting for inputting that address into the authorization system will fail. Please use PayPal for these payments.
3. General Shipping Information:
We make every effort to keep shipping charges as low as possible.
We sell our tea for fair prices – we do not overcharge for our tea so that we can offer “free shipping” .
We ship Monday through Saturday noon.
We fill orders Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Orders are typically shipped the next business day after we fill the order, except for major holiday weekends and extremely busy times such as the period in the spring when the new harvest’s Spring teas arrive (generally April, May & early June); Cyber Weekend; Mother’s Day; and Christmas.
Please note the abundance of Monday holidays which will interfere with the Post Office’s transport of your packages – and plan accordingly.
Orders received on Sunday & Monday (our busiest times) generally ship on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Orders received on Friday & Saturday of a Monday holiday weekend will not ship until Tuesday or Wednesday.
(The Post Office is closed 20% of the Mondays during the year.)
5. Shipping Methods
A. United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail :
USPS Priority Mail service is inexpensive and offers fast delivery.
Tea Trekker’s shopping cart is linked to the USPS Priority shipping chart.
All packages ship from our store which is located in Massachusetts (zip code 01375).
The rates for USPS Priority Mail will show during checkout once you have entered your full address.
If you are ordering from a state or US-affiliated location on the following list, your package will also be shipped by
USPS Priority Mail.
Off-Shore US Mailing Addresses and APO, etc
Packages shipped to Puerto Rico and other off-shore US mailing addresses will be charged at a higher rate than the rate for the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia; and Free Shipping is not available.
B. USPS Priority Mail International:
All International orders ship USPS Priority International Mail only.
We ship to the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- British Virgin Islands
Remember – the rate for USPS Priority International Mail will show during checkout only after you have entered your package’s complete ship-to address. Please start with the country field, so that the form that loads is the correct one for your country.
There is no Free Shipping available for international packages.
6. Payment and Confirmation
Ordering from our secure website is both safe and easy and can be accessed 24/7.
For U.S. originated orders we accept these major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and also payment through PayPal.
For International orders we accept PAYPAL only.
PAYPAL is better able to handle international addresses and money transfer. Once you register with PAYPAL you should have many options available to you for payment.
7. Confirmations After Placing Your Order:
You will receive several e-mail confirmations after you place an order with Tea Trekker.
First, one from Tea Trekker that confirms that we have received your order
Second, one from Authorize.net or PayPal confirming that your payment has been authorized so that we can then process the final sale for your purchase
Third, when your package is ready to be shipped, you will receive another e-mail from either Tea Trekker or Stamps.com with the USPS tracking information for your package.
These confirmations will all be sent to the email address that you have provided on your account and/or your order.
If you do not receive these e-mails, then please confirm that the e-mail address on your account is correct and check your spam inbox or your spam filter – perhaps your e-mail security settings are set very high – high enough to intercept these messages.
Tea Trekker thanks you for ordering from us, and we know that you will enjoy your tea and teawares.