The Best Guide for Epacket Shipping
Buying from online stores or marketplaces, you get parcels shipped by ePacket. But you may have no idea about it. This article is going to discuss almost everything about ePacket.
What is Epacket Shipping?
Importing from China, you definitely know 3 basic shipping channels which are shipping by sea, by air, by express. These 3 ways now can reach to any part of the world, but the delivery time and cost are totally different.
International EUB, also named international Epacket is a brand-new economical international postal delivery product tailored by China Post to meet the needs of the international e-commerce delivery market. EUB is the same as the Hong Kong international parcel service for air-to-air products for light and small items.
Currently, this service is limited to parcel delivery services for senders of Chinese e-commerce sellers.
How Does ePacket Delivery Charge?
ePacket delivery has a standard cost system which is handling cost per parcel plus cost based on weight per kilogram. The handling cost per parcel and cost based on weight differs from country to country. For details, you can check the cost table below or you can consult us directly.
What Are the Requirements to Use ePacket Delivery?
ePacket delivery can not be used for all parcels. According to the information provided by China Postal Express & Logistics, there are some regulations that need to be followed when it comes to the package or parcel being sent by ePacket delivery. Most of these regulations have to do with the material, the value, the weight and the dimensions of the product.
The ePacket delivery is first sent by air to destination airport. And in terms of the safety of air cargo, the requirements of the aircraft are strict. Depending on the airline’s respective regulations, their aircraft will refuse to transport dangerous goods such as lithium batteries, chemicals, liquids, powders, ferromagnetic products, paste products, etc. Therefore, we suggest customers to avoid products which relate to such material.
The weight of the package being sent by ePacket cannot exceed 2 kg (4.41 lbs). This weight includes the weight of the product, the the shipping box or bag and any other packaging material. The only exception to this weight rule is for Israel, where the packages can weigh up to 3 kg (6.61 lbs).
The maximum size of a single parcel: the total length, width and height are no more than 90 cm (35.4 in), and the longest side is no more than 60 cm (23.6 in). The twice diameter plus the length of the round or rolled-up parcel should not more than 104 cm (40.9 in) in total, and the length of the package must not exceed 90 cm (35.4 in).
The minimum size of a single parcel: the length should not less than 14 cm (5.5 in) and the width should not less than 11 cm (4.3 in). The twice diameter plus the length of the round or rolled-up parcel are not less than 17 cm (6.69 in)in total, and the length of the package must not less than 11 cm (4.3 in).
If a package is smaller, the solution is easy. You can simply add a box or fill with some protective material. But a bigger size or weight of package will be a trouble in delivery.
The value of any product being shipped, cannot be more than $400 (US Dollars). There is no minimum value mentioned, but we need to declare a value which proper and reasonable.
What Are the advantages of Using ePacket Delivery?
As the name “ePacket” suggests, the shipping service was created for ecommerce purposes, in order to deliver products purchased from online stores and marketplaces from China and Hongkong to customers worldwide with a much faster, cheaper and more secured experience.
ePacket became so successful starting from the US and expanding to more and more countries. The list of countries that have access to ePacket is constantly growing. Now let’s go through the advantages of using ePacket delivery:
Standard methods of shipping from China to other parts of the world usually take months. But, with ePacket delivery you get much faster delivery time. Of course, you can not expect the delivery time faster than DHL, TNT, FeDex, etc which are not economic shipping or FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon), but you can expect your delivery to reach your customer in a span of 10-20 days.
Average ePacket Shipping Times
- Brazil: 20 to 30 business days
- Mexico: 20 business days
- Vietnam: 5-7 business days
- Russia, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia: 7-15 business days
- All other supported countries: 7-10 business days
ePacket is the most economic shipping with the fastest delivery so far. Especially when the international purchase parcel is of light weight and small value, both customers and sellers are not willing to pay high shipping cost. With this cheap shipping cost, sellers are able to achieve more profit after offering a better price. And buyers are more likely to enjoy their purchase of “Made-in-China” products.
ePacket delivery offers end to end tracking for every parcel without any extra cost. This is the “MUST” for dropshippers or worldwide buyers. If you own a dropshipping business, basically you will worry about the shipping same as the buyers. Epacket will make you stress free comparing other economical shipping. As soon as the carrier received the parcel and scanned the code, you are able to track your parcel. And the tracking is very simple and we will discuss in our next section.
Another benefit to the customers and the sellers is the sense of security is that any undelivered item will be returned, without any additional expense. This in turn, improves the customer-merchant relationship, as the online merchants will be able to provide refunds on any packages that were not successfully delivered to customers. The return, however, is arranged collectively in a certain period.
Payment of postal customs: Any customs, duties, and/or taxes must be paid by the recipient of the shipment. As the ePacket delivery goes through regular custom clearance, customers might be required to pay any applicable taxes and duties. This isn’t an ePacket shipping issue but an international shipping one. But due to the low value of the parcel in most cases, the duty or tax can be ignored.
How to Track ePacket Delivery from China?
As mentioned that tracking is a “MUST” for international purchase, it makes the buyer felt secure and comfortable. The tracking information can be very valuable to the customers so that they can know the location of their delivery. This also helps prevent any customer concerns regarding scams, if say, their package is not delivered within the given time frame.
The ePacket can easily be tracked on websites such as 17track.net, EMS and USPS. If you own a dropshipping business and have lots of parcels every day, you can also track the parcels in bulk after you gained tracking code from the suppliers.
For example, you can track 40 parcels at one time using 17track.net. Personally, I prefer using 17track.net as it has multiple language choices and filtering allowed in the result page.
How Does ePacket Benefit Dropshipping Business?
ePacket is created for e-commerce and dropshiping is a new e-commerce model. Dropshipping allows individuals, small and medium enterprises to expand their business to China and it helps the globalization of “Made-in-China” products.
When it comes to dropshipping, most products are manufactured in China. But the dropshipping owners are from worldwide. To start a dropshipping business, owners are to save cost and test market. Dropshippers are selecting products of low value to test, low weight and small volume to save shipping cost. It can be said that dropshipping and ePacket are made for each other.
The ePacket China post is one of the reasons why dropshipping products are relatively inexpensive. Many have asked themselves, “why buy a cheap product if shipping fees are high and delivery time is long?”. A lot of times online shoppers are lured into products due to their affordable price, but once they’re about to checkout they are greeted with high shipping charges, or a long shipping period which might make many reconsider their purchase.
ePacket’s fast delivery maintains a positive relationship with your customers and that’s the key point of dropshipping business. Increased customer satisfaction means that you have a higher chance for future orders, as well as higher profits from lower shipping costs.
With the undeniable benefits that ePacket shipping has for your dropshipping business, it should be one of the main considerations for you when deciding which products to dropship. Not only will you benefit by lowering the costs, but you will also be able to keep your customers happy with a reasonable delivery time.
The ePacket delivery is offered by merchants as a shipping option from China on websites such as Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, Shopify and so on. However, the ePacket shipment is not limited to just the aforementioned. If a package that is being shipped meets the requirements for an ePacket delivery, it can also be shipped with China Post’s mailing service.
In addition, using ePacket tracking and delivery changes the game for e-commerce entrepreneurs who want to sell “Made-in-China” products at a low cost, while maintaining quick shipping time for their customers.
Now you have a through understanding of ePacket. It is made for e-commerce entrepreneurs. Even though it can only reach to 39 countries so far, we believe that it can be expanded to more and more countries. We know how important shipping costs and regulation are for dropshippers. We will continue to monitor the situation as more information becomes available.
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