Shipping costs within South Africa are relatively inexpensive: R80.00 - R130.00 depending on weight and destination. On receipt of your order, we will quote delivery costs and lead time.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING COSTS.
Before you place an order from an International destination please read the below carefully.
When you place an order on this website and check out there is no payment due, it is only an order form - on receipt of your order we will quote shipping costs and lead time and you can confirm or cancel the order.
WE CANNOT QUOTE SHIPPING COSTS UNTIL WE HAVE YOUR ORDER - please use the below shipping cost estimates as a guide, we will confirm exact costs and delivery lead time when we receive your order.
There are TWO shipping options available:
1. SHIPPING COSTS VIA SA POST OFFICE REGISTERED AIR MAIL.
ONLY SHIPPING TO USA & UK DURING COVID-19.
Estimated delivery lead time: 30 days (see disclaimer below).
You will receive a REGISTERED MAIL tracking number.
DELIVERY WILL BE TO YOUR NEAREST POST OFFICE FOR YOUR COLLECTION.
This is the cheaper of the two shipping options and is only available for small orders under 2KG however it is not as efficient as a private courier (see disclaimer below).
Below is an estimate for small orders based on weight:
- shipping estimate to send a small order with a weight of 500 grams = R220.00
- shipping estimate to send a small order with a weight of 1000 grams = R380.00
DISCLAIMER 1: the above-quoted delivery lead time is a general estimate based on 7 days for processing, manufacturing, packing & dispatch PLUS 23 days actual shipping = 30 days. THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE. There may be unforeseen delays with manufacturing or with the shippers which are totally out of our control, we will not accept any liability for late deliveries. While we strive to deliver on time, every time, unforeseen problems do occasionally occur resulting in delayed delivery.
DISCLAIMER 2: the SA Postal Service shipping method is less expensive than a private Courier service but is also not as efficient, if you choose this method to ship your goods you will receive a REGISTERED MAIL tracking number however as soon as the goods leave South Africa we are unable to track them any further and it will be the responsibility of THE BUYER to track the goods in their Country. There is no insurance method for SA Post Office shipping - Earth Africa will accept no liability for goods sent via the SA Post Office.
While EARTH AFRICA offers Post Office shipping as an option we highly recommend you pay a little more and ship with a private courier (below). The Post Office shipping method works well until something goes wrong and unfortunately when this happens their service levels are less than desirable, this can become highly frustrating when you are trying to track a late/missing order.
2. SHIPPING COSTS VIA PRIVATE COURIER (TNT, DHL, UPS, etc).
Shipping costs via private courier is the more expensive option however it is also the more reliable of the two options, you will receive a tracking number to trace your order and if a problem arises you are guaranteed efficient assistance. This is the preferred shipping option and we highly recommend you ship your goods via this route.
Estimated delivery lead time: 14-21 days.
DISCLAIMER: the above-quoted delivery lead time is a general estimate based on 7-14 days for processing, manufacturing, packing & dispatch PLUS 7 days actual shipping = 14-21 days. THIS IS NOT A GUARANTEE. There may be unforeseen delays with manufacturing or with the shippers which are totally out of our control, we will not accept any liability for late deliveries. While we strive to deliver on time, every time, unforeseen problems do occasionally occur resulting in delayed delivery.
Below are the shipping cost estimates for a few major destinations - you will notice that it is fairly expensive to ship 2KG, however the cost per KG thereafter is relatively inexpensive.
NB! the below rates are estimates and may change, we will confirm the exact shipping rate when you place an order.
HOW TO REDUCE SHIPPING COSTS.
Shipping costs from South Africa to any International destination are based on weight and size:
- the more you order the higher the shipping costs.
- the heavier the product you order the higher the shipping cost.
- the larger the product the higher the shipping costs.
International Shipping costs are quite expensive however this is offset by the favorable exchange rate and more importantly by which products you order. When you factor in the incredibly low prices you are being charged for our products, then add the shipping costs and then do the currency exchange conversion you should still have commercially viable products...that is if you have ordered the correct products.
Every product has a DIMENSIONS button shown directly below, this will show you the weight and size of the product.....DO NOT ORDER LARGE HEAVY PRODUCTS unless you are prepared to pay high shipping costs.
Beaded Jewelry, necklaces, bangles, bracelets, earrings, etc are great examples of products to order with the lowest shipping costs, beaded earrings for example only weigh 8 grams and are economical to ship.
This applies to most of our beaded products, Zulu Love Letters, beaded keyrings, beaded pens, Christmas decorations, etc are all small lightweight products, always check the weight and size of the product to ensure lower shipping costs.
EXAMPLES OF PRODUCTS THAT ARE EXPENSIVE TO SHIP.
- Zulu Hats.
- Wooden curios.
- Stone curios.
- Soapstone bowls.
- Walking sticks.
- Grass mats.
- Nguni hides.
- Ostrich eggs.
INSURANCE ON ALL SHIPPING/COURIER/TRANSPORT.
All shipping quotes EXCLUDE INSURANCE. Over the last 10 years (1000's of orders) our shippers have never lost a single order however there is a remote possibility this could happen. Unless the buyer specifically requests an insurance quote we will always quote shipping costs excluding insurance. If you would like your goods to be insured for theft in transit, breakage, political riot, etc, please request this in an email and make sure it is included on your invoice as an additional insurance cost. In the event that no insurance fee is included and paid for on the invoice, Earth Africa will accept no liability whatsoever for the loss or damage to your goods once they leave our premises.
Before you proceed and place your order please see more info on HOW TO PAY here.