China Post Shipping Update and Concerns February 03 2020

5/19 Shanghai orders. If you have an order marked as 'expired' in 17track.net and the last update looks something like this: "2020-05-19 15:30 上海市, 已交航空公司运输" then you have a 519Shanghai order!
Your order isn't lost or expired. It's just stuck. Something happened in Shanghai on 5/19 and literally hundreds of our packages are there right now. China Post has not been helpful. The 'expired' status is a glitch as far as I can tell. The orders still get through. We are starting to see some progress on them. I'm confident that yours will arrive but I don't know when. Orders made after that have already arrived. It's super frustrating for us and we know it is for you too! We're sorry for the delays. We appreciate your patience and understanding!

July Update: Things are mostly ok right now and packages are getting through without too many delays. The exception being the 519 Shanghai orders detailed above. A number of packages are being returned for no reason. When they are we will relabel them and ship them again. Even with all of these delays packages are still all arriving eventually; we just don't know when.
Please take a look at our inventory in Seattle if you need something quickly shipped.

Please read about our updated shipping rates from China!

Corona Virus Package Safety

There is little to no risk of contamination from packages coming from China. The virus can’t live for very long outside of a biological host. Packages coming from China are in transit much longer than the virus can survive. The CDC released a statement about packages coming from China. “Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of 2019-nCoV associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of 2019-nCoV in the United States associated with imported goods.” You can stay informed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

While we are taking every precaution to pack our teas as safely as possible once they are handled by postal carriers we can offer no guarantees. You should take the safety steps you deem necessary when the packages arrive.

Orders From Seattle

Orders from Seattle ship via USPS. We are packing the orders as we receive them but are only delivering them to USPS twice a week. We are trying to minimize our external points of contact during the stay at home orders in Washington State. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding!

We have limited inventory in Seattle but will keep it up to date with what we have available. You can check out our Seattle inventory here: https://crimsonlotustea.com/collections/seattle-inventory