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ROUTE- Lost Items Policies

Packages presumed to be lost

  • Order issues for packages presumed to be lost by the carrier (where the status is not "delivered") must be filed no sooner than 7 days after the scheduled delivery date for United States domestic shipments (20 days for international shipments, including Canada unless a Canadian merchant is shipping within Canada in which case the 7 day domestic shipment timeline applies) and within 30 days from the last checkpoint.

Invalid address or delivery barriers

  • Sometimes carriers cannot deliver the customer’s package due to an invalid address or other unexpected delivery barriers. At this point, the carrier might return the package to the sender/retailer. The customer’s package is not actually lost, thus Route does not cover this. In instances where the item is being returned to the sender and is reusable, customers will be referred to the retailer.

  • The exception is retailers that ship perishable items (e.g. food, a mattress that cannot be reused).

Only part of the order delivered

  • If the customer ordered several items in one package but only part of the order arrived and there is no evidence of tampering, Route does not cover the order issue. The customer will be referred to the retailer. 

  • If a single order is being shipped in multiple packages and one package does not arrive, Route will cover the order issue and reorder or refund the value of the undelivered package.

  • If the retailer forgets to ship an item from the customer’s order, the customer needs to reach out to the retailer to have the missing items fulfilled.

Packages labeled "return to sender"

  • Route does not cover packages labeled return to sender because the order has been sent back to the retailer. Items are returned to sender when a customer provides an invalid or undeliverable address or refuses a delivery. 

  • At our discretion, we may cover the order issue if the returned item is perishable or if the retailer is unable to reuse it.

  • Route covers the customer’s order if the package gets lost in-transit back to the sender.

Order stuck in customs

  • Route cannot cover when a customer’s order is stuck in international borders/customs.

  • The customer’s next step is to pay the customs fees in order to receive the package.

  • If Route replaces something the customer has already paid customs on, under Route’s discretion, Route can approve and pay customs the second time.

Order marked as unfulfilled or unshipped

  • If the customer’s order is marked as unfulfilled or unshipped, the order hasn’t been fulfilled yet by the retailer (retailer could be low on inventory of the items, internal delays with the fulfillment center, etc.).

  • Route does not control how quickly the retailer ships the customer’s order. Route Package Protection is not yet in action because the order has not shipped.

Order issue filed too soon

  • If the customer is filing an order issue the same day that the package was marked as delivered, at our discretion Route may ask you to wait 5 business days. Carriers (FedEx, USPS, UPS, DHL, etc.) sometimes prematurely mark the package as delivered when it’s still in transit.
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