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Once you become aware of a delivery problem, your first step is to find the problem description below and then Contact Us. Rest assured that we handle each case individually and try to tailor a resolution to your specific needs. Please note the special conditions for orders shipped to APO/FPO/DPO mailboxes and orders with specified date delivery.
No Tracking or "Pre-Shipment" Status -- Tracking may not be immediately available once you receive your tracking number. The most common reason is simply the package is awaiting pickup scan by the carrier; most tracking will start updating by 9 PM Eastern Time. Tracking takes a business day to begin updating when the package was processed very late in the day after our daily carrier pickup. If the tracking has not updated when you think it should, please contact us and we will investigate immediately.
USPS "Package Acceptance Pending" Status -- Don't worry, this means your package is on it's way to you. When your order is picked up by the US Post Office truck the tracking status changes from "Pre-Shipment" to "Accepted", but with a confusing remark "Package Acceptance Pending". At the Post Office receiving facility itself the individual packages are supposed to be scanned by hand as they are moved from the USPS truck into the facility, and the tracking status will change to "In-Transit". Sometimes the facility acceptance hand scan step is not performed by postal workers, often in order to avoid transit delays because of a peak work load at the facility. In this circumstance, your package is in transit for on-time delivery by USPS but may remain in the "Package Acceptance Pending" status until it is actually delivered.
Delay -- Delays in transit are usually caused by either equipment failures or inclement weather. Delays in transit for international packages can also be due to Customs backlogs. These delays are usually brief, well beyond our control, and unfortunately there is no better source of information about the delay than might visible in the online tracking. Normally the best strategy is just to wait one or two days for the package to begin moving again. If the delay appears it is going to be unacceptably long, then our options are to reship the order via a different carrier service level or to issue a refund. In those cases, when the redundant or unpaid order eventually shows up then you are responsible for returning the package to us at our expense.
Attempted Delivery -- If the addressee is not available the driver may not leave an unattended package, even when no signature is required. The driver will normally post a notice at the front door or mailbox indicating the date of the next delivery attempt or a nearby depot location where the addressee may collect the package. In any case, you must act immediately to collect the package or it will automatically return to us. Using your tracking number you may be able to manage delivery of your package with the appropriate USPS Informed Delivery®, UPS My Choice®, or DHL On Demand™ website to request a redirect, re-delivery or release without signature.
Additional Charges -- Dive Gear Express has already pre-paid all shipping and brokerage fees. While you do not have to pay any shipping or brokerage fees, international package recipients should always expect to pay both import duty and tax appropriate for your location. Refusal to pay your government mandated duty and/or tax can ultimately prove to be very expensive. The package will be automatically returned to us and any refund amount will be reduced by both the outbound and inbound actual shipping costs from the order.
Non-Delivery -- When tracking indicates the package has delivered yet you have not seen it, you can "remain calm" because it usually turns up. In most cases the package was collected by a family member or co-worker, left with a nearby third-party, or was deposited somewhere unforeseen. We ask you please search for a few minutes and if you don't find the package or a notice then please contact us immediately. We will open an investigation with the carrier who will then contact the driver; which may take a day or two. If your package is not found then our options are to reship the order to a different address or to issue a refund. In those cases, if the redundant or unpaid order eventually shows up then you are responsible for returning the package to us at our expense.
Damaged, Defective, Incorrect or Missing Items -- Please notify us, as soon as possible, of any discrepancies in your order. If the external packaging shows obvious evidence of damage please take photographs as appropriate to assist with our insurance claim. We will immediately reship damaged, defective, incorrect and missing items or issue a refund. Depending on the value of the items and our need to inspect for quality control, you may be responsible for returning items at our expense.
None of the Above -- We've seen some very uncommon causes for delivery problems in our many years of shipping to divers. Express is part of our name and, while we can't overcome the physics of time and distance, we will try to get you back in the water as soon as possible. If you have a time critical issue, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your deadline.