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Shipping and Handling
Shipping Damages
 
Occasionally products are damaged in shipping. We will replace the damaged product if you adhere to the following protocol:
  • Inspect all of your packages carefully upon receipt. We must be informed of all damages within one week of you receiving the product.
  • If there is damage, retain all shipping materials (including all outer and inner packaging boxes). Please re-pack the damaged product in the shipping box with the original packing material as we may put in a UPS/FedEx claim for the damages. If a product is damaged we retain the right to put in a damage claim with UPS/FedEx. UPS/FedEx  retains the right to inspect any damaged merchandise, and they require that the customer retains the all shipping boxes. In many cases UPS/FedEx will not pay a claim unless the outer shipping box is damaged--and if you throw away this important evidence we can not put in a claim with UPS/FedEx  and we can not replace your damaged product.
  • Call us at Toll Free 877.878.9349 or Email sales@marineandreef.com regarding the damage and we will put in a claim with UPS/FedEx. If we need the damaged product returned either UPS/FedEx will pick up the product and return it to us or we will send you a UPS/FedEx Return Label (a pre-addressed, pre-paid shipping label). In most cases we will send out replacement products prior to when the damaged product has been returned to marineandreef.com.
How will you ship my order and when will it arrive?
 
Ground orders can be shipped by UPS, FedEx or the USPS (United States Postal Service).

For orders that are 1 pound or less you will be given the option of having your order shipped USPS for $7.99. USPS orders are shipped either USPS Priority Mail or First Class, and in either case you will be Emailed a tracking number. For orders over 1 pound we sometimes still ship the order USPS, but the only option will be Ground or the expedited shipping options (all expedited is through FedEx).

We ship most of our Ground orders through FedEx, and the remainder are shipped UPS or USPS. FedEx delivers to residential addresses on Saturday, but not on Monday. UPS delivers to residential addresses on Monday, but not Saturday. FedEx delivers to certain states a day quicker than UPS. We keep these factors in mind and choose the option that will get your products to you the quickest.

Expedited orders are sent via FedEx. However, if there is a problem with shipping FedEx at a particular time, due to the driver not showing up or a problem in a particular FedEx delivery area, we will send the order via the equivalent UPS service.

Canada orders are shipped UPS Standard.
On business days (business days are Monday through Friday, non-holidays), if we have the item in stock, orders are shipped within one business day. We typically will ship orders we receive before 2 PM (Arizona time) on business days on the day we receive the order. Weekend orders are usually shipped on Monday. In general, we do our best to ship as quickly as possible. Occasionally, our inventory is incorrect and we can't ship the order right away. We'll let you know as soon as possible by Email if an item you ordered is out of stock.

Almost all products are shipped from Tempe, AZ, and Ground orders shipped from Tempe will take anywhere from 1 to 5 business days to arrive.

Expedited Orders Times:
  • FedEx Priority Overnight takes one business day. Packages will be delivered by 10:30 AM, but there are some remote areas where the package will not be delivered until 5:00 PM.
  • FedEx Standard Overnight takes one business day. Packages will be delivered to most areas by 3:00 PM, but there are some rural areas where it will not be delivered until 5:00 PM.
  • FedEx 2Day takes two business days. Packages will be delivered to business by 4:30 PM and to residences by 7:00 PM.
  • FedEx Express Saver takes three business day, and will be delivered to a business by 4:30 PM and a residence by 7:00 PM.
Please keep in mind that business days are Monday through Friday, non-holidays. For example: An order placed on Wednesday after noon using FedEx Express Saver will not arrive until the following Tuesday (or later if any of the weekdays are holidays). Although FedEx does have a Saturday delivery service and Saturday pickup, for various reasons we do not use these services.

We do not ship on FedEx holidays, and FedEx holidays are not business days. For 2014 New Year's Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day are FedEx holidays. FedEx will not pick up or deliver packages on these days. The USPS also has the same three holidays and will not be picking up or delivering on those days.

We'll have the USPS, UPS, FedEx or marineandreef.com Email you a tracking number on the evening of the day your order ships. UPS Emails are sent from QuantumViewNotify@UPS.com. You can track the progress of your order at www.ups.com with the tracking number. FedEx tracking number can be checked at http://www.fedex.com/Tracking. USPS orders can be tracked at http://trkcnfrm1.smi.usps.com/PTSInternetWeb/InterLabelInquiry.do.

The following products are drop shipped from manufacturers:
  • Red Sea Max Aquariums (shipped from Houston, TX via commercial trucking companies--can take up to 10 business days)
  • Emperor Aquatics UV Sterilizers, bulbs and quartz sleeves over 40 watts (shipped from the East Coast--can take up to 10 business days)
  • 1/2 HP JBJ Arctica Chillers (shipped from the West Coast via commercial trucking companies--can take up to 10 business days)
  • 1 HP and larger SeaLine and Pacific Coast Imports chillers (shipped from Oregon via commercial trucking companies--can take up to 10 business days)
  • Hamilton Technology lighting fixtures and retrofits (shipped from the Los Angeles, CA--can take up to 10 business days)
  • My Reef Creations Calcium Reactors

On occasion, when we are out of stock on an item, some manufacturers will drop ship the product for us.

For all the products shipped from Tempe, AZ (from where 99% of our products are shipped from) consult the FedEx Shipping map below for the exact shipping time to your area. We try and ship orders so that they'll arrive in the shortest time possible. When choosing a carrier we take into account that FedEx delivers to residential addresses on Saturday and not Monday, while UPS doesn't deliver on Saturday but does deliver on Monday. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, we always ship FedEx as the package will arrive one day sooner than with UPS. USPS shipments quite often takes less time to arrive than FedEx or UPS shipments.

International Shipping
 
Marineandreef.com will only ship to the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico locations (for other countries please read the information about Bongo International below).
 
Canada Orders

We include all Brokerage Fees, Bond Fees, Duties and Taxes in the UPS Shipping price. You will not need to pay the UPS driver. Please keep in mind that if our Canada shipping prices appear high, it's because we're paying the following on your behalf:
  • Brokerage Fees. For orders under $200 these Fees are only $10. For orders over $200 they jump to $45.60.
  • Taxes. As I'm sure you realize, the combined GST, PST & HST can be as high as 15%.
  • Duties. Most products we sell are non-NAFTA and can have duties as high as 8%.
  • Bond Fees
Bongo International Shipping

We have partnered with Bongo International to service our customers Worldwide!

Bongo International provides our customers with their very own US address. Once you have a US address, you will be able to make purchases with us as well as other US based online retailers. Bongo receives your purchases and logs them into their online system which you can use to view your items and consolidate them with multiple orders.

International customers can save up to 82% off typical international shipping rates by following these four easy steps:

Register with Bongo and receive a U.S. shipping address.
Enter the Bongo address as both your billing and shipping address.
Use the credit card that you have on file with Bongo as the payment method.
Once the order arrives at Bongo, log into your account to forward to your country.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bongo through live chat or by e-mail. They will be glad to assist you.

Click on the Bongo Banner below to get started!


How much is my shipping & handling?
  Shipping and Handling Fees are automatically calculated prior to submitting your payment information if you enter your country, state and zip code/postal code, and then choose the "Recalculate" button. For orders under 1 pound we offer a flat rate $7.99 USPS option. A USPS shipment may cost us less than $7.99 to ship and it may cost more. Flat rate shipping does not take into account the zip code of the recipient or the physical dimensions of the product (e.g. shipping a long lamp to Maine costs us much more than shipping an impeller to an address down the street in Tempe, AZ though we may ship both for $7.99). We offer no guarantee that the prices we charge for shipping are equal to or less than the cost of shipping. This is pretty much true with every company that sells on the Internet.

We offer free freight on all orders over $99 to the 48 contiguous states of the United States and our policy has no exceptions for heavy and large items. Quite plainly, we encourage customers to place large orders and we're willing to lose money on shipping larger orders to make this happen.

More info on shipping choices, expected delivery times & order tracking..