International Shipping FAQ
Last Update: Feb 8th, 2023
Before Placing An Order
In the case of the 27 member states of the EU, for orders under 150 Euros, VAT will be charged on our site and remitted directly via the IOSS system. If VAT is charged on your order on our site, there will not be additional charges of any kind. VAT varies by country, but it is usually around the 20% range.
For EU orders over 150 Euros, our site will not charge VAT and there will be clearance fees (including VAT, duty and a clearance fee) charged upon entry to the EU. Please do not place orders to the EU for over 150 Euros unless you are okay with these import fees because it is quite an administrative hassle for everyone involved if these fees are not paid.
This is to comply with laws put in place by the EU as of July 1 2021 — we did not determine the 150 Euro amount.
In the case of sub 135GBP orders, the 20% UK VAT will be charged on our store and we will remit it directly to HMRC. This means that you will no long have COD VAT or processing/clearance fees as as long as your order is under 135GBP. In addition, orders should proceed to delivery more quickly than prior to this system being put in place.
However, if your order goes over 135GBP then our store will not collect VAT and you will have to pay VAT (20%), duty (rates vary) and a clearance fee (typically in the 8-10GBP range) upon arrival to the UK. Please do not place orders to the UK for over 135GBP unless you are okay with these import fees because it is quite an administrative hassle for everyone involved if these fees are not paid.
This is to comply with laws put in place by the UK as of Jan 1 2021 — we did not determine the 135GBP amount.
It depends on your country and the amount. If you’re in the EU and the order is over 150 Euros, you will have customs charges — some combination of VAT, duty, clearance fees, etc. Even within the EU, fees will differ from country to country, so you should be familiar with your country’s laws before ordering. However, if the VAT is charged on our site, then you will not pay any additional import/customs/VAT/etc fees upon delivery.
In some countries like Hong Kong and Singapore, the duty limits are pretty high and taxes are less likely. For instance, in Singapore, the duty limit is S$400 — below this, taxes are typically not charged as far as we know. In places like Australia and Canada the duty limits are also fairly high so fees are possible but only highly likely on more expensive shipments.
In pretty much any country, there is some point at which import fees will kick in, but that amount differs so it ultimately depends on the country you’re shipping to. Please note that our shipping cost does not cover these import charges.
Yes. Orders of $100 or more qualify for free shipping. Simply use promo code hookgrip at checkout — it should pop up if you’re eligible. However, some exclusions apply, including: Romaleos, Anta, ATG hoodies and thumb tape. Due to the size, weight and profit margins of these items, we cannot offer free shipping.
It’s also important to note that free shipping online applies to orders shipped via UPS Priority Mail Innovations, our normal economy shipping service. We currently ship via UPS Priority Mail Innovations to 44 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom.
Yes, as long as your order hasn’t already left our warehouse. Changes cannot be made to addresses after they have been picked up.
Check your order confirmation email after ordering, and if you see any mistakes, contact us immediately. Just reply to your order email as that will come to our firstname.lastname@example.org shared inbox. But as stated in the prior question, if your order has been picked up from our warehouse, we cannot make any changes.
Yes. You will receive an automatic email from us with your tracking number once the shipping label for your order has been printed. If it’s been awhile since ordering and you haven’t received an email, please first check your spam folder before contacting us. We generally find that hotmail, msn, outlook and live (anything microsoft) tend to go to junk/spam. Most other major providers like gmail generally do not put our emails into the spam folder.
If you pay extra for DHL Express at checkout, then DHL Express will complete the final delivery. However, if you opt for the other options, your order will leave our warehouse as UPS Priority Mail Innovations.
With UPS Priority Mail Innovations the delivery is mostly done by the local post in the country. Typically the package is transported to the destination country by UPS Priority Mail Innovations (or contractors for them) and then once the package arrives in the destination country, it is transferred to the local post. So final delivery will mostly be done by whatever national post organization is in charge in the destination country.
Some examples of this include: Royal Mail (UK), Aus Post (Australia), Canada Post (Canada), La Poste (France), Poste Italiane (Italy), Correos (Spain), PostNL (Netherlands), Poczta Polska (Poland), Bpost (Belgium), etc.
In general, you will be able to figure out the final delivery company by looking at your tracking page and looking at the local tracking number.
Delivery time depends on many factors like which country you are located in, mail volume, and the time of year the package is shipped. At the time of writing (April 2023), here are some of our recent delivery times to a few international destinations:
- Australia: Averaged 19 days, with a low of 10 days, and high of 27 days
- Canada: Averaged 9 days, with a low of 6 days, and high of 16 days
- France: Averaged 10 days, with a low of 7 days, and high of 14 days
- Singapore: Averaged 12 days, with a low of 8 days, and high of 15 days
- Spain: Averaged 16 days, with a low of 10 days, and high of 18 days
- UK: Averaged 10 days, with a low of 9 days, and high of 12 days
Please note that these days are counted from the time when the package was processed at the UPS Priority Mail Innovations warehouse in New York. Packages are generally processed within 48 hours of being picked up at our warehouse.
We don’t maintain these sorts of lists for all countries because the information is, for the most part, not very relevant.
- Firstly, these times should not be relied upon for anything with a tight deadline. It’s not safe to assume that any package would be faster than the “high” timeline. It’s likely to be faster, but there are no guarantees on timelines with services like UPS Priority Mail Innovations.
- Secondly, these times vary wildly depending on the time of year. The holiday season often sees transit times double for some countries. For instance, in December 2019 we saw Italy basically shut down their customs processing around mid December and lots of packages from early December didn’t get delivered until January. But packages sent in mid November were arriving around 2-3 weeks after being sent. Another example is that a lot of countries had massive slowdowns in April-May of 2020 because of COVID related problems both in processing and in air transport between countries. These sorts of slowdowns are impossible for us to know about or predict so we don’t want to quote a customer something like 10-20 days and have 20 days come and go without delivery.
The good news is that UPS Priority Mail Innovations is generally quite quick, economical and reliable to the countries that we ship to using that service. We’ve eliminated the ones where the local post is a problem. So you stand a very good chance of getting your order in sub 3 weeks in most countries, but we can’t promise a timeline or guarantee.
International Package Tracking
You can use this number on your country’s local post website to access more accurate tracking details. However, the number will not work until the item is actually physically received in the destination country. Sometimes the transit process from the USA to the destination country can entail a few weeks of relatively little tracking visibility. This is more common during busier time periods or countries with less international mail volume. For example, even though Malta and Italy are located near each other, we always see slower shipping times to Malta than we do with packages to Italy. This time discrepancy is simply because Malta has lower mail volume than Italy and because trucking over land is faster/easier/cheaper than transport from European sort centers to an island like Malta.
- ORDER INFORMATION RECEIVED: Happens at the time the label is generated.
- PACKAGE RECEIVED FOR PROCESSING: Happens when the package arrives at the processing warehouse. This can take anywhere from several hours to several days from the time you get your email. It all depends on how your shipment syncs with our pickups.
- PACKAGE PROCESSED: Depending on how busy processing centers are, this usually happens several hours or days after arriving at the distribution center.
- PACKAGE ARRIVED AT/DEPARTED INTERNATIONAL CARRIER (USA): Typically this happens 1-3 days after it’s marked Processed.
After those first four is when things become quite different from country to country. In many instances, tracking will proceed something like this, after the above four statuses occur:
- PACKAGE PROCESSED BY INTERNATIONAL CARRIER (DESTINATION COUNTRY)
- PACKAGE ARRIVED AT/DEPARTED FOREIGN CUSTOMS OFFICE
- PACKAGE ARRIVED AT/DEPARTED INTERNATIONAL CARRIER (DESTINATION COUNTRY)
- DELIVERED OR DELIVERED BY LOCAL POST OFFICE
Depending on the item and the country, you may see customs related statuses mixed in there. Something like “HELD BY CUSTOMS“, “CLEARED CUSTOMS“, etc are common to see in the mix after “PACKAGE ARRIVED AT FOREIGN CUSTOMS OFFICE“. It’s also fairly common to see statuses missing or to see statuses twice. For instance, some countries don’t do the “PACKAGE PROCESSED BY INTERNATIONAL CARRIER [DESTINATION COUNTRY]” status but you’ll just see two or three “PROCESSED BY INTERNATIONAL CARRIER” with various locations listed. However, generally, you can expect to see some or all of the above in some reasonably similar list/order.
The timeline for these statuses varies wildly. Most commonly shipped to countries will see “PACKAGE PROCESSED BY INTERNATIONAL CARRIER [DESTINATION COUNTRY]” just a few days or maybe a week after “PACKAGE ARRIVED AT INTERNATIONAL CARRIER [USA]“. Some others won’t see an update for several weeks.