Frequently Asked Questions ~ Wholesale
What are your shipping policies?
All orders ship from our location in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Orders typically take 1-3 business days to process, although often we ship within 1 business day. Delays sometimes occur. If we anticipate delays we will contact you right away.
How do I change my order?:
We cannot change your order once it has been placed but we can cancel it so you can place a new order with the changes you require. email us at email@example.com or call (800) 9-SHANTI (974-2684) or local/international: (613) 706-0670
My order arrived damaged, incorrect or didn't arrive!
Please let us know right away.
|Ontario||1-3 business days|
|Quebec||1-3 business days|
|Nova Scotia||4-5 business days|
|New Brunswick||4-5 business days|
|Prince Edward Island||4-5 business days|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||4-5 business days|
|Manitoba||4-5 business days|
|Saskatchewan||4-5 business days|
|Alberta||4-5 business days|
|British Colombia||5-7 business days|
|Yukon Territories||8-10 business days|
|North West Territories||8-10 business days|
|Nunavut||8-10 business days|
|USA and International||3-10 business days*|
*For more accurate shipping times in the US and International destinations please contact us.
The cost of shipping for your tea order will be calculated at checkout based on your cart total.
|Canadian Provinces||$10.00 (2-8 business days)||Free (orders over $50)||$20.00 (1-3 business days)|
|Canadian Territories||$14.00 (6-12 business days)||Free (orders over $75)||$28.00 (2-4 business days)|
|Continental USA||$15.00 (4-10 business days)||Free (orders over $75)||$30.00 (1-4 business days)|
|Alaska, Hawaii||$18.00 (8-12 business days)||Free (orders over $150)||$36.00 (2-5 business days)|
|International||$25.00 (7-30 business days)||-||
$50.00 (4-7 business days)
Retail customers also have the option to pick up at our Ottawa warehouse at checkout.
|$0 - 300||$15.00 (2-4 business days)||$30.00 (1-3 business days)|
|$300 - 500||$25.00||$40.00|
|$500 - 1000||$40.00||$80.00|
MB, NB, NS, PEI, SK
|$0 - 300||$20.00 (3-6 business days)||$40.00 (1-3 business days)|
|$300 - 500||$35.00||$50.00|
|$500 - 1000||$40.00||$80.00|
|$0 - 300||$20.00 (6-10 business days)||$40.00 (1-3 business days)|
|$300 - 500||$35.00||$60.00|
|$500 - 1000||$55.00||$100.00|
|$0 - 300||$25.00 (8-12 business days)||$50.00 (1-4 business days)|
|$300 - 500||$45.00||$60.00|
|$500 - 1000||$55.00||$100.00|
|$0 - 300||$30.00 (4-10 business days)||$60.00 (1-3 business days)|
|$300 - 500||$55.00||$100.00|
|$500 - 1000||$80.00||$150.00|
|$0 - 300||$35.00 (8-12 business days)||$70.00 (2-5 business days)|
|$300 - 500||$60.00||$120.00|
|$500 - 1000||$80.00||$200.00|
|$0 - 300||$50.00 (7-30 business days)||$100.00 (4-7 business days)|
|$300 - 500||$100.00||$200.00|
|$500 - 1000||$150.00||$300.00|
Ordered for Standard Shipping could be shipped via Canada Post or UPS. Shanti Tea will determine which method once the order is ready for shipping.
Wholesale customers have the option to pick-up at our Ottawa warehouse. Ottawa based wholesale customers can also choose to have ordered couriered to an Ottawa address
What’s the process to get my own private label tea?
The process to get private labelled tea is very simple, actually:
Step 1 : Select the format for the tea: Teabags, or Loose Leaf Tea?
Step 2 : Choose a tea from our collection, or ask us to create a custom blend just for you.
Step 3 : Choose an existing packaging style (Tins or Pouches) or ask us about custom packaging options.
Step 4 : Decide whether or not you want to have the "Certified Organic" seal registered for your brand.
Step 5 : Design your label, or have us design your label.
That's it! Here is a bit more information about each step:
Step 1: Tea Format
Selecting the format for your tea is pretty straight forward. Teabags are a great choice in environments where a tea infuser is not always available, or if speed of service if important. Teabags are also very convenient at home or at work because there is no infuser to wash or carry around with you. Loose-leaf tea, on the other hand, is generally regarded by the public as being of higher quality and more luxurious than teabags. It is also less expensive than teabags and uses significantly less packaging and manufacturing effort, thus being a more eco-friendly product. In addition, the manufacture of private label loose-leaf tea is much faster than the manufacture of teabags, so if time is a factor in your process then loose-leaf tea might be the best option.
Step 2: Select Your Tea(s)
If you select a tea that is already part of our regular collection, then the minimums for private label are lower, and you can move on to the next step. If you want us to create a custom tea for you that is not part of our collection, the minimum order is 5kg per custom blend. For custom blends, the first step is to ensure you have a wholesale account. Next, you would order our custom blending service for each of the blends that you require (this can be found on the Wholesale Tools page that is accessible only after you have a wholesale account). At this point, you will be working closely with an account manager who will begin the process of designing your tea. We typically send you between 1 to 3 samples of each custom blend for your consideration. You may either pick one of the samples or you may make suggestions for improvement. If you select your tea form the samples, then we can move on to the next step. If you ask for revisions, then we send you new samples based on your revisions. Note that there is a service and shipping charge of $20 per revision but it is very rare that revisions are required.
Step 3: Choose Your Packaging Style
Our standard and readily-available packaging are silver tea tins, and stand-up zipper tea pouches. The tea tins are about 2.5" in diameter and 6" tall, while the standard pouch size is about 5" wide by 7" tall. They both hold between 50g and 100g of tea, depending on the type and density of tea selected. We can work with you to develop a new packaging style - you can discuss these details with your account manager.
Step 4: Certified Organic Tea
As most of our products are Certified Organic, you may ask us to register your brand and your tea as a certified organic tea. This will give you the option of placing the Canada Organic or USDA organic logo on your label. The cost to register your brand as a certified organic tea under our license is $150.00 per year. The cost applies to your brand - whether you have 1 tea or 100 teas under your brand, the cost remains the same. However, additional brands require additional yearly registration charges.
Step 5: Design Your Label
The last step is to design your label. You may design the label yourself, or ask us to design your label for you. If you design the label yourself, you will be provided basic templates that your designer can use to format your label dimensions correctly. If you want us to design your label for you, we will ask you for some information and provide a quote. Once the above 5 steps are completed, we will assemble your private label product and ship it to you as soon as it is ready. That's all there is to it!.
Do you sell wholesale to cafes and restaurants?
We’re happy to offer our retail customers all of our premium socially and environmentally conscious teas at very competitive wholesale prices. We are equipped to supply bulk bags of premium tea to cafes and restaurants as well as packaged tins, biobags, and samples to retail stores. No order is too large or too small as we custom-tailor our offering to meet our customer’s varied needs. Fill out our wholesale application form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 9-SHANTI (974-2684) or local/international: (613) 706-0670 to find out how we can help you build a successful specialty tea program for your business.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept Mastercard, Visa, Debit Visa and Paypal. We also accept American Express payment through Paypal (no Paypal account required). Our wholesale customers can request to pay by email money transfer. We never store your credit card information on our servers. All transactions go through our secure merchant services provider. If you prefer, you can also make a credit card payment by phone. For businesses, in addition to the above payment methods, we also accept business cheques, electronic fund transfers and email money transfers. Your order will ship once your cheque has cleared or your bank transfer has been received.
How do I place an order?
The easiest way to place an order is to create an account on our website and use the online shopping cart. Retail orders are usually shipped within 2 business days form our Ottawa warehouse, while wholesale orders make take more time, depending on the size of the order - your account manager will keep you up to date on your order status. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation that your order has shipped within 2 business days of placing your order, you may contact us to confirm the status of your order.