Shipping and VATs FAQ

Desmo Times changes shipping options depending on the cost and availability. At present here are the options:

  • Domestic Shipments (within the USA) – US Postal Service Priority or Express
  • International Shipments (outside the USA) – DHL Express

Domestic Shipments (inside USA):

Flat Rate Mail

Typically an order for a Shim Kit or Individual Shims costs about $10.50 to ship anywhere in the US and takes 2 to 3 days delivery. The cost of the package increases with the weight. So over 2 lbs cost a little more depending on the distance.

Express Mail

A Shim Kit or individual shims and most items under 2 lbs costs about $30.00. If the package is mailed from the post office before 2 pm, it usually gets delivered the next day. Sometimes it takes two days.

International Shipments (outside USA):

US First Class Mail - Not available until end of COVID-19 (2022)

We only recommend this for shipping individual shims. Transit time can be up to 4 weeks. No tracking available with this method. It is not as reliable as the other methods of delivery.

US Flat Rate Mail - Not available until end of COVID-19 (2022)

A Shim kit or Individual Shims (under 2 lbs) costs about $33.95 anywhere in the world. Over 2 lbs the price increases about $10.00 per lb. Transit time is usually from 10 to 14 days, sometimes less.

US Express Mail - Not available until end of COVID-19 (2022)

A Shim Kit or Individual Shims (under 2 lbs) costs about $62.50 anywhere in the world. Over 2 lb the price increases about $10.00 per lb. Transit time is stated to be 3 to 5 days, but sometimes it can take longer due to Customs.

DHL Express

For most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, 1lb and under costs about $43.00. From 2 to 5 lb costs about $58.00. Transit time is about 4 days.

VATs (Value Added Taxes)

Due to the changing nature of how VAT taxes are to be paid, the burden is now on the shipper/merchant rather than the customer. This has placed an unrealistic burden on merchants to collect VAT and then pay to a third parts, who in turn  will pay host governments. For this reason, I have ceased shipments to the UK effective 1 April and to the EU effective 1 July.  These restrictions are likely to expand to other countries as are as likely to attempt to pad their wallets at the expense of free trade.