As the continuing rise of the Japanese yen has put more and more pressure on prices, we have decided to add a new shipping option. SAL stands for Surface, Air, Land and means that packages are transported by air from Japan to your country, but by land within the country. In the U.S. for example, this would mostly affect those living further away from the west coast or areas that don’t have direct flights from Japan.
Like Airmail, SAL is only cheaper than EMS for packages that weigh 2kg or less, using what Japan Post call the “small packet rate.” So for orders that add up to a packed weight of more than 2kg, you will see only the EMS rate offered in the checkout. This will help avoid customers choosing to pay more for the slower shipping method (yes, it has happened!).
We hope this cheaper option will help offset the cost of shipping the items you need halfway across the world.