FAQs and Policies

We at Paper Connection make sure you are in every way a satisfied customer, from the moment you click to the opening your package of paper. Here are answers to selected questions you may have, as well as our policies, to help guide you in the ordering process.  Don't see your question covered? Write us at contactus@paperconnection.com and we will be happy to answer you.

Please note some of our shipping rates have reflected the recent rate increase by USPS.  If you prefer alternate shipping methods, please email us at contactus@paperconnection.com. 

If you are working with a deadline, please contact us directly at 401-454-1436 to discuss alternatives to expedite your order.

Questions about Paper Connection International and Paper:

Q: Do you make paper?

A: Although we are not making the papers we carry, Paper Connection International has been providing the finest in handmade papers from the East to paper lovers in the West and beyond! With over twenty years of experience in the field of handmade paper, we are proud to represent papermakers who elevate their craft by consistently producing by hand quality made sheets.  These papermakers practice sustainable methods of papermaking, which are time-honored traditions, and thereby support not only their communities but the environment as well.

Q: What is washi?

A: Washi basically means "Japanese paper", and can refer to a wide variety of papers: whether a richly patterned "Yuzen" paper with traditional Japanese motifs, or a plain white sheet devoid of fibers, ideal for a certain type of printmaking.

Q: Do you have rice paper?

A: Rice paper has been a misnomer for centuries, with consumers mistakenly thinking that the above mentioned washi is made out of rice. Although there is such a thing as rice paper, the washi that we carry is generally handmade out of tree-free, bast fibers, such as "kozo", or the Japanese paper mulberry bush.

Questions Regarding Ordering, Shipping, and Returns:

Q: How is my paper shipped?

A: We ship all papers rolled, in a tube or rectangular box. Papers shipped flat incur more shipping charges and are more prone to damage, so the rolled method has been the method of choice. The utmost care is taken to select, roll, and pack your paper. Perhaps you ordered a variety in weight, texture, and size; our staff rolls the various papers based on each sheet's personality, so that it is safely nestled in its box en route.

Q: How long does it take to receive my order?

A: We ship USPS Priority Mail  or UPS within the United States:  your choice.  Large sheets of paper CANNOT be shipped via First Class Mail  within the USA, due to the shape of the shipping tube.  If  noted or if the customer prefers an alternate shipping method (not shown here), the customer should contact us via email or telephone.  If you live in a multi-unit building with no or little security, please contact us and we can add "signature confirmation" service.  

1. Please plan ahead.  Orders (within the USA) that consist of papers by the sheet will take usually no more than 5 business days to process. (May be a bit slower during the pre-Christmas season.)  You will receive an email confirmation upon shipment leaving our door.

2. Orders to be shipped within the USA which consist of product only, (non-sheet items, ie stationery), will take 3-5 business days to process. You will receive an email confirmation upon shipment leaving our door.

3. Orders comprising of both product and papers by the sheet will take usually no more than 5 business days to process.- in this case, sometimes your order will arrive in 2 separate packages.  You will receive an email confirmation upon shipment leaving our door.

Paper Connection International reserves the right to ship UPS Ground in certain cases; customer will be informed of this change in ship method.

We are not responsible for loss, theft, or delays that occur after items are shipped out of our warehouse/showroom.  Our warehouse is closed on the weekends.

IF YOU HAVE A DEADLINE OR A SPECIAL SHIPPING REQUEST, WE SUGGEST CALLING OR EMAILING US ASAP, TO LET US KNOW OF YOUR SITUATION.

Some international shipments can be shipped First Class; see below.

Q: Do you ship outside the United States?

A: Yes. we ship to Belgium, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom  and ALL OTHER COUNTRIES.  (exceptions would be if your country has strict package-size rules.   ie, our very large gampi paper or rolls may not ship easily to certain countries.) Paper Connection reserves the right to ship *the best way possible, routinely Priority Mail International. First Class USPS may also be used. For international customers outside of the above mentioned countries, please contact us for the preferred method of shipment best for your region. Any customs, duties, and tariffs are the responsibility of the buyer. Orders will be processed within 5-7 business days, however, depending where you are your order may take up to two weeks to receive.  You will receive an email confirmation upon shipment leaving our door.

*Although we try our best to ship the most economical way, we also reserve the right to package your order so products will arrive safely, which sometimes means shipping with more than one parcel per order. In this case, you may incur extra shipping charges, otherwise we reserve the right to ship via a method which may take longer than expected but works within your budget.

Paper Connection International is not responsible for any loss, theft, or damage, customs, duties, or tariffs.

Q: What types of payment do you accept?

A: Payment is accepted through most major credit cards. Orders may be cancelled if payment is not received within that time period. Buyers will be contacted before any cancellation is processed. Rhode Island customers may be subject to sales tax.

Q: What is your return policy?

A: If the item you ordered is not satisfactory, please contact us to see what we can do to leave you a happy customer.  Buyer is responsible for shipping any authorized returnable items.  Refund is granted after buyer sends returnable items within 2 business days of contacting Paper Connection regarding said item(s). Items should be returned without damage or use. Buyer is subject to a 10% restocking fee.

Q: Do I really need to know all these code numbers?

A: Of course not; that is an in-house feature that the Paper Connection staff has publicly shared in order to expedite your ordering process. With over 3,000 types of paper items, we have a lot of inventory to remember! So these codes simply help move your order along even more swiftly. If you do care to remember and call in your order, using these codes, we would be thrilled!