Shipping (flat rate) will be added at checkout.
UK - £3.20 (Royal Mail Second Class 2 - 3 working days*). If I'm a bit delayed sending things out, I may upgrade parcels to first class (UK only). UK shipping is based on the Small Parcel rate.
EU shipping will be suspended from 1st June, due to the new EU VAT distance selling regulations being introduced on 1st July.
New EU VAT regulations are coming in for all imports from 1st July. The €22 threshold for VAT will be scrapped, so VAT will be payable on the full value of the parcel. Plus the seller is now responsibly for a) charging the correct VAT rate for the customer's country, b) remitting that VAT quarterly to each EU country's tax authorities. I'm sorry, but I am a very small business and I simply do not have the accounting abilities to do this, or the time to do it. For the tiny amounts of money involved, it is simply uneconomic for me to continue shipping to the EU at present.
It was always known that these new VAT regulations would be the death knell for small businesses selling to EU customers. Combined with Brexit, they have destroyed the EU side of my business. I'm sorry, but there is nothing I can do. If you are an EU customer, I hope you can find somewhere else to buy your sashiko, kogin and boro supplies.
I will be switching off the EU shipping options from 1st June, to allow several weeks for any orders to arrive.
Thank you to all my EU customers who have purchased from my website in the past.
Please let your MEP know your views on this cumbersome way of dealing with VAT! It's all very well for the big businesses like Amazon but it has made life impossible for micro businesses, and it is unlikely to bring in much by way of extra tax revenue.
Royal Mail's international shipping rates increased on 1st January, reflecting the heavy increases in costs this year.
International flat rate shipping is based on an average weight of 750g Small Parcel, Tracked (and Signed For, where both options are available) - click on the region link to view Royal Mail's lists of countries.
Europe - £13.15
World Zone 1 - £19.00
World Zone 2 - £21.60 (includes Australia and New Zealand)
World Zone 3 - £22.85 (USA)
All overseas parcels are based on a 750g weight Small Parcel size, which is equal to the weight of one book and some materials. NB - This is a flat rate.
Customers continue to be responsible for payment of any Customs Duties and/or import taxes that may be due before parcels can be delivered in their country.
NB - from 1st January 2021, customers in the EU have had to pay VAT plus customs duties as follows - please read this link -
Under €22 – no duties or VAT
€22 – €150 – charge of 21% VAT
€150+ – duties and VAT (duties dependent on WTO categories)
Brexit has changed the amount of information I will need to supply for Customs, and Customs forms have to be attached to all EU mail as well as other overseas mail. At the moment it is not clear whether there will be Customs duties and VAT payable by customers on orders to the EU, including Northern Ireland, or not, although excessive trade tariffs seem to have been avoided.
'Flat Rate' shipping stays the same no matter how much you buy!
Please remember, shipping costs also cover the costs of packaging, including cardboard book mailers, and driving to the post office.
Unlike some online stores, I don't send any orders out using private delivery services, like Hermes, as these don't have a good reputation (in the UK at least) for taking care of parcels and, if something does go wrong, it can be a nightmare to claim compensation.
I get proof of postage for all parcels.
Please be aware that UK Bank Holidays can delay our postal services! Click here for UK Bank Holiday dates.
All my parcels are packed in distinctive floral mailing bags, which are recyclable at plastic bag recycling stations.
I don't use padded envelopes because they are difficult to recycle.
I don't use extra tissue paper, ribbons etc. or decorative packaging because it just adds to waste.
Books and patterns are packed in cardboard mailing envelopes to keep them flat, then packed in mailing bags.
Where bubblewrap is necessary, I use packaging recycled from my deliveries from Japan.
I also reuse some of the plastic bags the threads arrive in, and the small cardboard boxes used to pack the 80m threads are great for keeping needles flat.
Needles may also be slipped inside the sashiko panel packets, as this helps protect them.
Scotch 'Magic Tape', a fully removeable tape, is used to fasten packets together inside the mailing bags, to stop them sliding around in the post.