Most of the products on AliExpress are manufactured in China or Hong Kong. Many of the suppliers are also based in that location, which is part of the reason why products on AliExpress are so cheap. But what’s the point in purchasing a cheap product if you have to pay three times the price in shipping and wait weeks for it to ship it to your country?
It used to be the case that small products purchased from places like China or Hong Kong had to be shipped through the sea, which meant that delivery could take up to 8+ weeks. This meant one of two things — either your customers had to wait longer to receive their product as result of the lengthy shipment date, or you would purchase the product at a higher price from a US based supplier. That would eat into your profit margins.
Fortunately, ePacket tracking shows that most orders come within 30 days, some much sooner than that. China ePacket tracking allows people to order affordable products from China with affordable international shipping as well.
What Is ePacket delivery?
ePacket delivery is an agreement between the US Postal Service and the Hongkong Post to boost growth in eCommerce. It allows for faster delivery of lightweight products coming from China and Hong Kong to the US. Merchants can send small packages weighing up to 2 kg (4.4 lbs).
Notably, the value of the package also needs to be less than $400.
This new method of shipping offers a variety of benefits to buyers, like:
- Door-to-door ePacket tracking
- Postal customs clearance on any duties or taxes paid by the recipient
ePacket was originally created specifically for ecommerce purchases. The goal was to allow customers in the United States to have access to affordable shipping costs when ordering from China. However, ePacket became so successful within the US that they’ve now expanded into numerous countries around the world. The list of countries that have access to ePacket is constantly growing.
Keep in mind that not all products can offer free shipping. If the package is under 24″ x 36″ and less than 2kg it can qualify for ePacket shipping. Notably, this type of delivery method must be shipped from either China or Hong Kong. Thus, if certain AliExpress vendors have products shipping within the US, customers cannot benefit from ePacket shipping in that specific case.
Which countries can benefit from ePacket shipping?
There is a growing list of countries that are able to benefit from China’s affordable ePacket shipping.
- United States
- UK & Ireland
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
ePacket Tracking – How to Track ePacket
Next, it’s important to learn how to track ePacket. ePacket shipping also features tracking and delivery confirmation in the US Postal Service network. Also, ePacket tracking codes must be obtained through your supplier, and can be tracked through USPS, China Post, or sites like 17track.net — not through AliExpress.
You can go to My orders -> Track order on AliExpress to find your ePacket tracking code.
From there, you can go to China Post’s site to manage your China ePacket tracking.
See how fast one buyer was able to get products from China all the way to New York.
It only took four days. Typically, delivery times aren’t always this short. Yet, ePacket delivery drastically cuts down on the waiting time after you order a product. This allows your customers to get faster delivery, which maintains your business’ positive relationship with them.
A product delivered with ePacket shipping is typically delivered within 7-30 days. The delivery method to the US is typically faster than other countries around the world. This is likely due to high order volumes from the US due to the size of their population allowing for more frequent trips. Yet, compared to standard China Post deliveries (sometimes up to 60 days), countries around the world receive their packages much faster when using ePacket shipping.
Often, you even have the option to select ePacket delivery options that are free. A benefit to free ePacket delivery is that you can have free shipping on your store which helps increase conversions.
Pro Tip: Using Oberlo, you can quickly find products that have an ePacket delivery option available using an overlay filter:
Unfortunately, some suppliers claim to have ePacket delivery on the product page. However, some notice after they order that some suppliers ship using a different carrier that has longer ship times. You can manually check on AliExpress’ Orders page under the View Details section to ensure that the ePacket delivery method was applied to your order.
Keep in mind that you do need to select ePacket shipping when ordering products to benefit from it. In Oberlo, on the gear of the left panel, click ‘Suppliers.’ By clicking ePacket as the default shipping method, you’ll automatically place ePacket shipping when it’s available as an option.
Importantly, this is why you should put time into finding a trustworthy supplier. If you find that a supplier isn’t using ePacket tracking, feel free to find a competitor selling the same product.
People want instant gratification. So the more you can reduce the waiting time your customers have to experience after they’ve ordered a product, the more your sales will grow. We saw that with Amazon tackling the “instant gratification” market. A core reason why they’ve dominated other retailers is the ease of purchasing a product on Amazon and low shipping times. Fortunately, you can still meet the needs of your customers with ePacket tracking and delivery. Thus, customers will still receive products quickly but at a fraction of the cost of an American made product.
The lower your shipping time is and the cheaper it is, the more likely customers are to buy — and the higher margins you can charge as a dropshipper. Luckily, even if you have to pay for ePacket, with the right product price, your business can easily absorb the cost of a China ePacket tracking and delivery. Fortunately, most ePacket deliveries are either free or only a couple of dollars.
In addition, ePacket tracking and delivery changes the game for eCommerce entrepreneurs who want to buy products from Chinese suppliers at a low cost, while maintaining quick shipping times for their customers.
Notably, customers may still have to pay for customs or taxes on their product upon arrival. This isn’t exclusively an ePacket shipping issue but an international shipping one. For best-selling items you may want to clarify with your suppliers whether or not a customer may incur additional fees for receiving products to determine the best next steps for your business.
Keep in mind that ePacket to Canada or other international countries can have slightly higher shipping fees and times. Often times, the free ePacket shipping is only for the US. You need to manually look up the countries you serve to ensure that ePacket tracking and delivery is available internationally. Thus, if you always target the same countries, you might want to check if they have ePacket before importing them into your store. Notably, this helps ensure every customer benefits from ePacket China.
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