International Sales

Blue Jeans Cable will ship anywhere in the world; however, of course, shipping costs vary depending on where our customer is located, and there are other considerations you may want to keep in mind, which are detailed here.

USPS-served locations:

To locations outside the 50 United States but within the coverage of the US Postal Service (e.g., APO/FPO, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Pulau), we offer US Priority Mail shipment. Priority Mail ordinarily is delivered in 2 to 3 business days, though service to these more distant locations will sometimes take a bit longer.

All Other Countries:

To the rest of the world, we offer shipping options that depend upon the particular country to which we're shipping. These will vary because some services are supported to some countries and not others. The most important distinctions to note are those between Federal Express and Postal-Service based shipping methods, because we treat tax and duty considerations very differently under these two options and because the speed and reliability can differ substantially.

Federal Express International Priority: Highly Recommended

NOTE: We have been using FedEx International Priority for a number of years, in accord with the description below. However, recent difficulties, including FedEx erroneously billing charges to customers, have led us to suspend this method, other than for shipments to Canada and to the UK, where the problem seems now to have been resolved. We are working to either re-establish this practice or find a suitable substitute for it which will allow customers to prepay VAT, sales tax and duty, but at the moment we have no solution.

Our recommended service, and the only service which consistently provides solid tracking information for every package, is Federal Express International Priority. This service will typically deliver within 48 to 72 hours of shipment anywhere in the world. If your country charges VAT and/or customs duties for your shipment, we have those charges billed back to us, so your package will arrive without any need to pay additional duties, taxes, or customs fees. At checkout, if you select Federal Express, we will charge your country's VAT rate on your order. For reasons which are in some cases rather strange and obscure, and frankly not very consistent from country to country or package to package, the VAT we ultimately have to pay to your country's taxing authority may be less than or more than the amount of VAT we charge you. The valuation of goods reflected on our customs declarations is based upon the net payment collected after deducting the list-rate shipping cost which FedEx reports to your country (which generally is included in the taxable total) from the gross payment.

Postal Service Methods:

We also can ship using, depending on the destination country and package size, one or more of the following methods. These are the "US"-side names for the services, which will correspond to different names in your own postal service depending upon the destination country. It should be noted that these postal services, while often more economical than FedEx, come with limitations. In all cases (except the UK, for which, please see below!), any VAT, duties or customs fees which are owed will be payable by the recipient, and we have no reliable method to predict whether such fees will be owed or how much they will amount to. In most countries, tracking on these methods of shipment ranges from non-existent to minimal. We have no ability to contact your local postal authorities to add instructions regarding your delivery, or indeed to do anything about it at all after it has left our hands. Postal shipments are prone, in many countries, to long delays (as much as four weeks in some cases) while customs officials review them for assessment of fees. In sum, we strongly recommend the Federal Express option; if you select a postal service option, do not be surprised if your package takes a while to arrive and/or is completely untrackable. Note also that we have no more access to tracking data than you do; if a package does not track for you, we will not be able to tell you anything about it other than the date that we shipped it.

In the UK, due to recent changes, different conditions apply. We now are required to charge and remit VAT on ALL UK orders, regardless of size. For orders under 135 GBP, you should not be charged VAT on receipt, and we will pay the VAT when we file our quarterly VAT returns with HMRC. For orders over 135 GBP, we ask that you do not use postal shipping methods; we will still have charged you the VAT, but we have no method of pre-paying it, so you are likely to be faced with VAT charges on import. If that happens, contact us and we'll see how best to resolve it -- but the better practice is to use FedEx for orders over 135 GBP.

All of that being said, the postal service options commonly available are:

International First-Class Mail: The most basic, nontrackable service, First Class Mail usually will be delivered within four weeks of shipment but can take longer. On rare occasion and to a few countries, the customs tag number may provide limited tracking, but this method should ordinarily be regarded as completely untrackable.

International Priority Mail: International Priority Mail is ordinarily said to be deliverable within six to ten business days (that is, two weeks, if there are no holidays intervening). Our experience is that while most packages are delivered within that window, many are not. The service is said to be trackable, but tracking information is frequently absent from the system for reasons which are something of a mystery to us. The quality of tracking information, when available, will vary with destination country, as the USPS stops tracking the package itself when it leaves the US and can only rely on the destination country's postal service to scan and forward the appropriate data.

Express Mail International: This is the best of the normal postal-service methods. It provides the most consistent tracking, often (but not always) has priority of processing in the destination country's customs facility, and generally is delivered within its stated three to five business day timeframe. However, tracking availability is still inconsistent from package to package, and delivery speed likewise is a bit unpredictable.

Our experience is that while many customers balk at the cost of International Federal Express, customer satisfaction with Federal Express delivery is vastly better than with any of the postal services. The package is more likely to be on time; it is more likely to be trackable; there are no unpleasant surprises in the form of excessive customs charges on delivery; there is, basically, a good deal less to worry about. In choosing a shipping method, please take this into account; it is worth a bit more money to avoid being confused and/or angry about where your package is and when it's coming.