China Post Shipping Update and Concerns February 03 2020
Spring 2022 Update:
China Post has made a significant increase in shipping rates. We have updated our rates to match what they charge us to ship packages.
Long delivery times is the new norm. Nearly all packages will arrive. We can't say for certain when but we have lost very few packages. Some packages are arriving relatively quickly and others are taking a long time. There continues to be huge queues in China for packages leaving and also in destination countries at customs. Tracking notifications will show long gaps while packages wait in line. Some packages will move back and forth inside China for weeks.
Average ePacket package delivery time right now is still about 2-3 months. Sometimes it can be longer. Sometimes it will be shorter.
Your package may not see updates for a couple of weeks and this is normal. We have lost very few packages. Packages are occasionally still being returned for no reason. When they are we will relabel them and ship them again.
Please take a look at our inventory in Seattle if you need something quickly shipped.
Shipping Policy Update: We have updated our Shipping Policy Page. International package delivery is inherently risky. Our packages nearly always make it to their destination safely. That is until they don't. We do everything we can to ensure the orders are packaged safely and labeled properly and clearly. However once we have a package off to the shipping agency it is out of our hands. You assume all the risks of package delivery. Please take that into consideration when ordering.
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