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International Sales

Safety Emporium Sells Worldwide

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We welcome International customers. As shown in red on the map above, we've sold to customers in 93 different countries plus Antarctica. Customers in the US and Canada can order directly on our web site, but International customers will have to request a quotation and make payment arrangements. The steps involved in an International transaction are:

  1. The customer contacts us and requests a quotation on one or more items. You can send an email inquiry or use our web site's Contact form if your email bounces. Please provide full company, contact, and shipping information when requesting a quotation. If you are reselling the goods to a different country, we need to know the name of that country as well.
  2. For items that can easily ship via United Parcel Service (UPS) or the US Postal Service (USPS), we will provide a shipping estimate along with most quotations. We do not quote international freight on most heavy/big items, but we are happy to provide customers with the name of a US-based freight forwarder if they do not have their own.
  3. If the customer accepts the quotation, we require payment in advance. We can not accept credit cards for international orders even if they have a US billing address or ship to a domestic freight forwarder. Wire transfer, PayPal and Western Union Money Transfer are the only methods of payment we will accept. All quotations are given in US dollars and all orders must be paid in US dollars.
  4. Once the payment is received, the order will either be sent to the factory or shipped. Tracking information will be sent when it is available.

Frequently Asked Questions About International Orders/Shipments

  • Does it cost a lot to ship internationally? It can. The US Postal Service's Express Mail International service (3-5 business day delivery) is surprisingly inexpensive - and is typically 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of a shipping service such as UPS or FedEx. It is, however, limited to packages that do not exceed a girth + length of 79 inches (200 cm). The largest box size we typically ship with the USPS is 31 x 12 x 12 inches. Small orders can cost as little as $40-50 USD to ship around the world.
  • What about taxes, duties, brokerage fees, levies etc.? We do not collect these. It is your responsibility to pay any such fees to the shipper when they deliver your parcel. We can not predict these fees for you as they will be determined by the shipper, the cost of the items, the nature of the items, and your country's regulations. You may wish to check with the delivery company's office or export agency located in your country before ordering. Canadian and Mexican customers: see our last paragraph of our Shipping policy for information about discounted UPS brokerage fees.
  • My emails to you are not getting through. Our mail server blocks a lot of International mail. If your messages are bouncing, use our Web-based contact form and we will be able to get your messages. Alternatively, try using an account with an email provider such as Yahoo or Hotmail which is less likely to be blocked.
  • Do you accept APO/FPO orders? Yes; US military personnel and contractors with APO/FPO addresses can order directly from our web site. The US Post Office is the only company that can deliver to APO/FPO addresses, so your can't include any heavy freight items or hazardous materials such as charged fire extinguishers. If you have such needs, your base purchasing officer/department should be able to provide instructions on how to order heavy or bulky items. Some APO/FPO shipments may be delayed a few days for items that normally ship manufacturer-direct as those have to come to our facility first and then reship to you via the US Postal Service
  • Cuba is listed on your map. Isn't that prohibited? The US State Department bans exports to embargoed countries and those designated as supporting terrorist activities such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Northen Sudan, and Syria. However, we routinely sell items to the US military, embassies and other agencies that may have a presence in such countries.
  • Antarctica, really? Yes. Scientists in polar research stations are running laboratories, after all, and they need both lab and safety equipment. We don't actually ship to Antarctica - the United States Antarctic Program has vendors ship to locations within the US for consolidation and reshipment. By the way, we've also helped outfit icebreakers operating in the Arctic Ocean, but there's no land at the North Pole so we can't show it on our map.