Our Shipping and Delivery Policy
While ordering on Bento&Co, you will notice the possibility to choose from several shipping methods.
Shipping fees are clearly indicated on the cart page, and also at the checkout time :
- FedEx, DHL and UPS
These are well-known, international companies. Deliveries time range from 48 hours (UPS, DHL) to 4/6 days for FedEx (economic express).
Please give as much as information you can to help the deliverer, such as intercom codes, floor numbers, etc. For most countries, the receiver must be there to sign the delivering slip.
Almost every parcel sent by private carriers are subject to taxes and custom fees in the country of delivery. An invoice will be sent to the same address as the shipping address.
- Japanese Post (Economy, Standard or Airmail)
Parcels are collected by the Japanese Postal Service in our Kyoto store and delivered by your county's national Post service. Japan Post offers 4 different services:
Economy air shipping (SAL) :
A cheap service with a wide national Post network. Packages sent with this service have no tracking number, no insurance and no set delivery time.
Delivery usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks to Europe or North America. It can be longer depending on the period (the holiday season for instance). For some areas, delivery can take more than a month.
Standard shipping :
With this service, delivery also usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks to Europe and North America, but parcels have a tracking number. This shipment type is insured up to 6000 Yen.
Express Mail Shipping (EMS) :
Deliveries with this service are fast and usually delivered within 4 to 6 days to Europe and North America. EMS is insured in case of loss or damage up to 20,000 yen.
For areas which are not covered by the SAL or EMS tariffs, parcels can be shipped with the Airmail service (ex: caribbean islands, etc..).
Tracking your parcel
Send an e-mail with your order number to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Delay: for economic and standard shipments, it is possible that a package can take up to 45 days for delivery, so we can only be of help after this period of time. If you are concerned and it has not yet reached the 45 day mark, first, go to you post office and ask if a parcel is waiting for you there. Then, if you still haven’t receive it, please contact us after the 45 days. For FedEx, UPS, DHL or EMS shipments, please use the related online tracking service and contact the carrier.
- Damage: If you have a product that was damaged during delivery, please e-mail us (email@example.com) within 3 days after receiving it and include pictures of your damaged item.
- Mistakes: If you believe there has been a mistake with your order, we will do all we can to remedy the problem. Contact us and we will take care of it. .
- In the case of a parcel being returned to us: If your parcel has been sent back to us by FedEx or the the postal service (for example, due to an unknown/mistaken address or unclaimed parcel). We'll message you to plan a new shipping. If this happens, shipping costs will be based on the carriers' prices, not the regular prices on the Bento&Co shop.
Taxes & Custom Fees
Shipping of a product from Japan may be subject to taxes and to custom fees in the country of delivery. These supplementary costs are the customer’s responsibility.
These costs include the sales tax in the country of delivery (applied to the total cost of the order), duties on the cost of products (around 6% for the European Union) and fees to carrier (from $10 to $20).
FedEx, UPS and DHL usually send the invoice a few days after the delivery compare with EMS, which generally charge you right at the delivery.
We have to display the full value of your purchase on the customs label with no exceptions.
We understand that custom fees are worrying for some of you. We hope that you are reassured by the fact that, while buying on Bento&Co, you can get real Japanese original boxes that you won’t be able to find anywhere else, at a good value.
For our customers in the USA : Packages whose declared value is under $200 will be cleared without any fee. We ship to the States every single day and we never had any issue with customs.
For our customers in Australia : you are the luckiest e-buyer on this planet. For goods that are worth equal to or under AUD1,000, there are no duties, taxes or charges to pay.
For our customers in Canada : you are not so lucky. If the item is worth more than CAN$20, you must pay the applicable duty & the GST.
The following list describes EU rules for custom fees:
- For parcel which products total value does not exceed 22 euros, products are not subject to tax nor import duty .
- When this total value ranges from 22 to 150 euros, the consignee is responsible for the sales tax only. Beware, they apply on product and transportation total value.
- If order total value exceeds 150 euros, sales tax and import duty has both to be paid.
About Our Tax free Shipping Option (Priority)
We offer a special, fast and tax free shipping service via UPS Priority option. Make sure to avoid any unexpected fees and get your parcel delivered in two days by selecting this shipping method. Eligible countries include Canada and part of Europe.
Still have questions?
Feel free to mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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