Terms and Conditions
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All fees subject to change without prior notification.
1) Terms of Sale within the U.S. & Territories
A) Minimum order within the U.S.: $25.00. Sorry, no C.O.D. shipments.
· For Hawaii: the minimum order is $500.00. A Phytosanitary Certificate is required. Please add $150.00. The Phytosanitary Certificate usually takes 1-2 weeks. Please include your Import Permit number with your order.
B) We can hold plants for up to two weeks but a 50% deposit will be required.
C) Errors, Inaccuracies & Omissions: All product and shipping prices are subject to change without prior notification.While we do our best to provide correct info, this website may contain errors in pricing, availability, description and photographs. Orchidweb.com and/or Orchids Limited have the right to correct any errors and refuse or cancel any orders containing such errors. We will do our best to catch errors prior to charging a credit card, but if the card has been charged, we will promptly void the charge or issue the credit to your card. Individual banks vary, but may take up to 3 days to credit your account.We apologize for any inconvenience.
D) Pot size only generally indicates price. Rarity, size of plant, number of growths, and select forms influence pricing. If you need more information regarding leafspan, number of growths, etc., please contact us.
E) Payment by credit card: We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. For VISA, MasterCard and Discover, the Security Code is the 3-digit number to the right of the signature box on the back of the card; for American Express, it is the 4-digit number on the front of the card, just above the credit card number. We also accept payment via PayPal.
F) PLANTS are shipped by Federal Express: Standard or Priority Overnight, 2-Day, Express Saver (3-Day) and US Postal Service Priority Mail and Express Mail. Most supplies are shipped by FedEx Ground; a few items, such as books and light bulbs, may be shipped by US Postal Service Priority Mail. Please note: FedEx does not deliver to P.O. Boxes.
During extreme heat or cold, service by FedEx Express Saver (3 days) and USPS Priority Mail may not be offered.
We ship by FedEx 2-Day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; FedEx Express Saver on Monday and Tuesday only. Weekends and holidays are not included in the shipping day count.
Packing/Shipping charges are based on the size and weight of the plants and dimensions of box.
G) Plants grown in plastic or clay pots will be shipped in pot (except orders shipped outside the U.S). Large, heavy plants, plants in spike or plant supplies may require extra shipping charges due to additional weight and/or time and packing materials.
H) We guarantee safe delivery of plants year-round. Winter shipments are well insulated and packed with chemical heat packs. During bitterly cold weather, winter shipments may be held until temperatures allow safe shipping.
I) Orchids Limited cannot guarantee the productivity of any plant. All plants are inspected for any signs of disease or virus. To the best of our knowledge, our plants leave free of pests or diseases. Plants are, however, living things and they can at any time develop disease, virus, or insect pests. If there is a problem with your order, please contact us within 2 weeks of receipt. We will offer cultural advice or replace the plant(s). After 14 days, we cannot be held responsible for the health of the plants as they are no longer in our care.
J) Damaged Plants: If plants arrive damaged due to freezing, overheating or poor packing, please notify us immediately by phone or email. Please do not refuse or return any shipment without notifying us first. There are no refunds on plants as they are perishable items, but we will gladly replace your plants.
Please return damaged plants to us for verification, using as much of the original packing materials as possible. Once we receive your plants, we will ship replacements. Return shipping is your expense; we pay shipping on the replacement plant(s)
In the case of dead plants, please send us a photo or photos, as we may need these as proof when filing claims with the carrier.
K) Plants shipped in spike/in bud: We will gladly ship plants in spike/bud. We believe our method of packing to be the best available. 98% of the time, plants arrive intact, however, due to handling by carriers beyond our control, we cannot guarantee all flowers/buds will arrive in perfect condition. We will not replace plants that arrive with damaged buds or flower spikes. These plants will bloom again with proper care.
L) All orders with a Minnesota shipping address are assessed 6.875% state sales tax (plus 0.15% Hennepin County sales tax and 0.25% transit tax depending on zip code) on plants, supplies and shipping.
M) SUPPLIES: In general, supplies are shipped separately from plants, via FedEx Ground or US Postal Service Priority Mail. If items are small or lightweight, they may be included with plant shipments. In that case, the separate supply shipping charge will be zeroed out and the plant shipping charges via FedEx or USPS will be adjusted to include shipping of the supply item(s). Some items may be dropshipped by other carriers. All supply sales are final. There are no returns unless an item is defective or damaged in shipment. Contact us first before sending a damaged item back. A replacement will be sent once item is returned; if replacement is not available, a credit memo will be issued. Credit memo can be applied to future orders.
2) Terms of Sale Outside the U.S. – International Orders (including Canada)
A) Minimum order for plants is $2500.00 payable in U.S. funds prior to shipping. (Note: See Condition I regarding Group orders.) We accept the following credit cards: American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. Payment by PayPal or wire transfer is also acceptable. Please inquire for bank account details.
B) Not all plants are available for export. We can ship only specific orchids and nepenthes that are on our approved Appendix I and Appendix II permits, authorized by CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species). These permits include both species and hybrids. We have designated CITES-approved plants on our website. Please refer to this listing to select your plants. This listing is continually updated.
C) Once you place your order we will confirm availability. We will finalize your order and will mail, fax or email your invoice. Payment must be made at this time. CITES and phytosanitary documents will then be processed and your order shipped as soon as possible.
D) Shipping plants outside the United States is a complicated task with requirements that are different for each country. To cover time and costs involved in preparing documentation for individual foreign orders (For Group Orders to the EU, please see Point I):
This fee is for document preparation time that can take many hours. This also covers fees that include document mailing, plant inspector travel and inspection fees as well as the permits themselves: State phytosanitary certificate, Federal phytosanitary certificate and CITES permits.
Depending on the plants and the country, you may be required to obtain a plant import permit. Check with your country’s Ministry or Department of Agriculture. You will be responsible for any import permit or customs fees.
E) Shipments will be made by Express Mail or Airfreight, depending on country.
F) We will make every effort to be sure your plants arrive in good condition. All plants will be shipped bare-root; roots will be wrapped with moist sphagnum moss or shredded wax paper, secured in plastic bags.
G) There are many factors involved as to when we ship: weather, time of year, allowing ample time for a customer to obtain an import permit, if required, from the destination country. Each customer needs to allow at least 2 months for processing an order before shipping. Note that if you place an order several months in advance, plant health and/or available stock can change over time and plants may need to be removed from the original order.
H) We ship foreign orders during the following months: late March, April, May, June, July, mid-August, September, October, up to mid-November. We do not ship foreign orders in December, January or February. We avoid shipping during times of extreme heat or cold.
I) Group orders –Once or twice a year, Orchids Limited ships CITES-approved plants to our EU customers. (We either travel with the plants or ship them to a nursery in one of the EU countries.) We consolidate all customers’ plant orders into one large group order to process under one permit. In a group order, there is a lower minimum order requirement per customer (instead of $2500 as for individual shipments noted above in Point D) and handling fees are added, based on a percentage of the customer’s total order. The minimum order and fee structure vary from trip to trip, depending on the country of import. The handling fees cover document processing fees (CITES permits, import permit, inspections, phytosanitary certificate), customs, baggage and shipping from the US to the importing country and then from the importing country to each individual’s address. We email announcements to our EU customers with ordering details for upcoming shipments. If you are interested in being a part of a future large group order, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
J) With the exception of books, LED lights and MOMETs, we do not ship supplies outside the U.S.
All fees subject to change without prior notification.
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