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Orders Status | Shipping & Customs Fees FAQ's



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If you wish to add additional items to an already placed order:..

For security reasons, we do not have access to, nor do we store your credit card data. We cannot simply add additional items and then charge you for it on our own, we don't have your data. If you paid with a credit card or PayPal, the only way to add additional items is to...

  • Place a second order
  • Contact us immediately and let us know you wish to ship additional items togehter with your original order
  • We will then refund the additional base shipping charge.



Where is my order?

Did you choose First Class shipping instead of Express Mail (EMS)? If so, as explained when you checked out, we don't know where your parcel is once we shipped it because there is no tracking on first class mail.  If you send us an email asking us where your order is and you chose first class, we won't be able to tell you where it is or when it will arrive.  We can only tell you what our experience has been.  First class orders to the USA typically take 7 to 11 days but they can and sometimes do take longer.  First Class orders to Europe typically take 10 to 20 days.  They can and sometimes do take longer.

It is the aim of O-Cha.com to ship all orders within 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are very strict about shipping your order ASAP, and we are also very strict about logging every single order as it leaves our facility. We know that it is in our best interests as a company that you the customer receive your parcel in the quickest amount of time. We KNOW that if your order takes too long or turns into a big headache that you may never purchase from us again. Sometimes despite our best efforts, however, your parcel can become delayed by reasons beyond our control.

Before contacting us we ask that you please review the following possible situations regarding your order status.

Express Mail Orders: Typically take 3 to 5 days, but this can vary depending on the country. You can track it with the tracking number provided in both your account and also on the invoice. This is THE most reliable, quickest way to ship, though it is a bit more costly.  If you can afford it, we highly recommend this method first!

Is there freezing or bad weather occurring? Bad weather, typhoons, hurricanes, snowstorms, etc, both in Japan where we ship from, the receiving location, or anywhere in between can delay the delivery of orders by days to weeks.

Is it anywhere near the the New Year holidays? This is typically the season where the slowest delivery times occur. 

Are you in SPAIN, Germany, Italy, France, Eastern Europe, The Philippines (and several others)?  From our experience, German customs has recently been holding first class parcels for up to 6 weeks. In Italy, even Express Mail (EMS) parcels can take 3 weeks to be delivered. The countries mentioned above usually take longer than 11 days - they can take over a month to be delivered.  Sometimes you will get lucky and have it delivered in a short time, and the very next order will takes weeks. Honestly, we have no control over this.

You were not home when the delivery was attempted and and a notice was left (or sometimes not.) This is probably the most common reason.  If your order was sent by Express Mail and you do not pick it up within 10 days, they will typically return it to us. It can take 6 months to have a parcel returned to us when this occurs.

You live in an apartment or work at an office and the parcel is being held by the front desk.  This happens all the time.

Your neighbor has it.  This happened in France once, the item was mistakenly delivered to the neighbor and held for a month.

Your order is being held by customs. This happens A LOT with European orders (especially SPAIN, Germany, Italy, and France), but  almost never with USA or Canada orders.

You "thought" you placed an order but didn't actually take the order process all the way to completion.  Did you get an invoice from us by email right after you placed the order? You should have. 

You paid by PayPal but didn't have funds in your PayPal account.  When this happens, the order is placed on "hold" until PayPal can pull funds from your bank account. This is about a week delay.

You once used a different shipping address and forgot to change it back when you placed a later order. Happens all the time.

We made a mistake. Yes, we make them once in awhile.


 My order is lost, will you send me a replacement?

If a mistake was made on our part, we of course will replace it. However, what happens with a parcel once it enters the various postal systems around the world is beyond our control once we ship it. This is why we leave the option to choose EMS shipping or first class shipping to the customer. The Japanese postal system is stellar so lost parcels always occur after the item has left Japan. 

If the customer chooses first class shipping and a parcel becomes lost (rare, but does happen from time to time), we will not replace this. We go by the shipping address the customer gives us so if the customer made a mistake on the shipping address and it becomes lost, we will not replace this. Under these circumstances, should the parcel be returned to us we will contact the customer and will re-ship provided that the customer pays the fee to re-ship it.

We will send a replacement if EMS (express mail) shipping was chosen as the delivery method and the shipping address was correct. The exception for this would be EMS parcels which were not picked up from the post office in a timely manner (somewhat common) and which were in turn returned to us. In that case, we can re-ship the parcel but will have to charge shipping fees once again. If your country does not have EMS (there are a few), we may not be able to send it at all. 


 How Do I Track My Order?

If you chose first class shipping, the parcel cannot be tracked (another reason why we highly encourage EMS shipping.) For EMS orders, your parcel can be tracked by logging into your account and looking up the order's tracking number. First, try Japan Post, or  after 3 or 4 days, you can try your local Postal System's express mail tracking service.

Japan Post / USPS / Canada Post

List of Express Mail (EMS) ONLY Countries

The following is our current list of countries where only EMS can be chosen due to the need for tracking which first class postage does not provide. This is usually a case of the customs authorities in said country holding up parcels for an excessive amount of time, causing the customer to abandon the parcel and do a chargeback.  Countries with high incidents of fraud are also included on this list.

  • Italy (excessive delays in delivery by customs -sometimes even takes 3 weeks for EMS parcel to clear customs and be delivered!)
  • Germany (excessive delays in delivery by customs - up to 6 weeks for first class parcel!)
  • Russian Federation (high incidents of fraud)
  • Spain (excessive delays in delivery by customs)
  • Ukraine (high incidents of fraud)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (excessive delays in delivery by customs)



Shipping Charges

Instead of marking up the price of the tea and claiming "free shipping!" or making the price of the "free shipping" at a point where you are forced to buy another item, our policy is to just charge as close to the actual shipping cost as possible. There is no such thing as "free shipping" and we do not make a profit on shipping charges.

  • Shipping charges are based on weight
  • Shipping charges are based on the Japanese yen, which may vary from your currency daily
  • All orders shipped within 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Tea ware: Heavier tea ware items such as ceramic teapots and teacups are sent directly from Japan and may carry additional postage.

Basic Shipping Charges



First Class

Typically 7-11 day Delivery

Loss Insurance/Tracking NOT included!

Express Mail

Typically 3-5 day Delivery

Insurance / Tracking 


North & Central America

190 yen base charge


230 yen per item

1050 yen base charge

150 yen per item

Europe & Middle East

190 yen base charge

230 yen per item

1300 yen base charge

200 yen per item


120 yen base charge

200 yen per item

900 yen base charge

100 yen per item

South America

220 yen base charge

400 yen per item

1500 yen base charge

200 yen per item



220 yen base charge

400 yen per item


1500 yen base charge

200 yen per item


190 yen base charge

230 yen per item

1050 yen base charge

150 yen per item



 Customs Duties

United Kingdom customers, please read this!

While we go out of our way to help you avoid customs duties, we are not responsible for extra fees or taxes. Unfortunately, many EU customers are charged customs duties. This depends on the country, the amount ordered, and a multitude of other reasons.

We *must* include an invoice inside of the parcel.  We have had instances (Germany, France) where customs officials have returned the parcel for lack of an invoice.

We cannot mark down the value of EMS parcels because insurance for loss is based on this figure.

While we always mark items as a "gift", customs does not always see it as a "gift." 

The strictness of the customs officials vary from country to country.  Probably 95% of the parcels we send to the UK are not taxed but when they are, they are heavy handed and use "Parcel Force" to delivery the items, tacking on an extra shipping fee.

We notice EMS parcels seem to be targeted in Canada whereas first class parcels seem to sail on through.

We've never had a USA customer have to pay customs fees.   

Credit Card Orders: Your billing address MUST match with that on record at your bank, otherwise the order will not go through. In any case where the shipment is going to a party other than that of the cardholder, we may need to call the authorized cardholder for verification. For that reason, please include a valid phone number.

 Do You Offer Wholesale?

We no longer offer wholesale.  We now focus strictly on supplying our green teas and matcha directly to the consumer.

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