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All of our lumber shipments are made either by FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground Delivery, USPS, YRC or FedEx Freight(common carriers). Most shipments up to 100 board feet are sent via FedEx Ground Delivery or FedEx Home Delivery. Shipments in excess of 100 board feet are generally sent via YRC or FedEx Freight. Parcels under 40 pounds and under 42" in length can be shipped via the USPS if requested. We will always ship by the cheapest method to ensure that our customer gets the very best rate available to us. Each method of shipping has advantages and disadvantages.
FedEx Shipping Guidelines
Just about all our shipments are shipped in packages 8 feet to 9 feet long providing they measure under 130" in length and girth combined and under 150 lbs. These are considered standard shipments. FedEx will also accept a package that measures up to a maximum length and girth combined of 165 inches and a maximum weight of 150lbs. These packages will be billed the actual weight plus a $50 additional FedEx surcharge per package. If you wish we custom cut our lumber to your specs to avoid all oversized charges at no extra cost to you.
FedEx Ground Delivery is used for delivery to business address locations set apart from a residence or home location. Home businesses do not qualify as a business location.
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Please Read Important Shipping And Reduced Shipping Cost Information
Most of our Private Stock material is shipped via FedEx to your door. It is securely packaged in heavy gauge cardboard and guaranteed to reach you without damage. See additional shipping info here. We get many compliments about our packaging!
Computing shipping cost is always a problem with the items offered on this site because nothing is standard. Every item has a different size and weight which presents multiple problems with software computation. If you are ordering more than one item the actual shipping cost may be much less than the computed shipping cost at checkout. This is because the software does not know how I will package the material if there are multiple items ordered as it computes the shipping cost per item box. More than likely I will be able to package both items in one box and still remain within FedEx shipping specs. This will drastically reduce shipping cost. This situation can be handled in one of two ways.
(1) You can pay the rate computed by the software and I will refund the overcharge via your payment method.
(2) In the "Please Select Box" choose "Contact Us For Best Shipping Rates". You may then checkout and I will charge the reduced rate via your method of payment on my end of the transaction.
If you would like to know the approximate reduced shipping rate please call or email me and I would be happy to provide you with the info if you provide your shipping address. We are not in the shipping business and we only charge what we are charged plus a small packaging fee to recover packaging materials and time.
Common Carrier Guidelines
Common Carrier has no restrictions when it comes to shipping lumber. It is however a much more expensive method of shipping smaller quantities of lumber. However, for larger quantities of lumber 200 board feet or more it becomes a much cheaper method of shipping. Another added advantage to common carrier shipping is that it is possible to ship 9', 10', 12' or 14' length material by this method at no extra charge. Remember also unless you are a business you will be charged an extra $50 - $70 charge for a non commercial home delivery . You may of course pick your shipment up at the nearest terminal at no extra cost to you. I always ship via common carrier when quantities are over 200 board feet because this method is much more efficient and cheaper.
USPS Shipping Guidelines
Because of size and weight limitations we discourage using the USPS as your shipping agent. Generally the longest parcel they will accept is in the range of 40" long and 40 pounds in weight. It is however a good choice in sending luthier items, because of their size, to anywhere in the world because of USPS's service range and at times pricing. Please email me about shipping cost if you live outside of the USA and we will gladly get back with you with quotes.
MapleLeaf Shipping Policies
So there you have the dilemmas of shipping choices. I would recommend FedEx for all shipments under 100 board feet and occasionally up to 200 board feet depending on the situation. They deliver to your door and are efficient in doing so. Besides that if you can get your quantities over the 200 pound magic number (60bf) your shipping cost is greatly reduced by as much as 20% over the normal charges per package. This is because I have a contract with FedEx where they extend discounted rates starting at 200 pound shipping weights. I am not in the shipping business so I will gladly extend this discount to you.
I will by default ship all material under 100 board feet via FedEx Ground or Home Delivery so please give me your cutting instruction for boards over 8 foot long when you place your order. Please indicate the shipping agent you want me to use for your shipment if it is different from my default method. Please note.....If I have your shipping address listed in my data base from a previous order and you change your shipping address and do not indicate this change at the initial time of any new order I will not be responsible for any additional shipping charges in getting the item to you.
If we have to store your shipment for more than 30 days, prior to shipment to you, there will be an additional storage charge of $15/month due to the large amount of material coming and going through our shop and the lack of space for storage.
All retail lumber is end coated with protective sealer and is securely bound together to ensure that your lumber gets to you intact and in good shape. After shipment we will notify you of your shipping date and the FedEx tracking number or your common carrier pro number. These numbers will enable you to track your shipment in transit. To track your shipment tune into the appropriate shipping agent's web pages at FedEx or YRC , formerly Roadway Express. Thank you for choosing MapleLeaf Hardwoods for your quality lumber needs.