ePacket delivery is one of the most popular shipping methods. As one of the fastest delivery methods, ePacket China allows you to ship internationally. You can use China Post to monitor your ePacket tracking for your customers.
When it comes to dropshipping with platforms like AliExpress, most products are manufactured in China or Hong Kong. Naturally, many of the suppliers are based in this part of the world. This is one reason why products on AliExpress are low cost. Many have asked themselves, “why buy a cheap product if shipping fees are high and wait times are long?”
Formerly, products purchased from China were shipped by sea. This meant delivery could take 8+ weeks. This meant your customers had to wait longer to receive their products. Or you’d also have to purchase the product at a higher price from a US based supplier. Unfortunately, buying from a US supplier can eat into your profit margins.
Fortunately, ePacket tracking shows that most orders come within 30 days. When you check your ePacket track data, you might notice many packages arrive sooner. Now, ePacket China Post tracking allows people to order affordable products from China with low shipping costs. There are several considerations to make regarding using ePacket delivery. For example: ePacket regulations, the location of your customer base, and how to track ePacket deliveries. This guide will cover these topics and more.
What Is ePacket Delivery?
ePacket delivery is an agreement between the US Postal Service and Hongkong Post. The goal is to increase international ecommerce sales for China. It allows for faster ePacket delivery of products coming from China and Hong Kong to the United States. Merchants can send small packages weighing up to 2 kg (4.4 lbs).
The value of the package also needs to be less than $400.
This new ePacket China Post shipping method offers a variety of benefits to buyers, including:
- Door-to-door China ePacket tracking
- Postal customs clearance on any duties or taxes paid by the recipient
ePacket was originally created specifically for ecommerce purchases. It allows customers in the United States to have access to affordable shipping costs when ordering from China. Then, ePacket became so successful within the US that they began expanding internationally. The list of countries that have access to ePacket is constantly growing.
Keep in mind that it’s not possible to offer free shipping on all products. If the package is under 24″ x 36″ and less than 2kg it qualifies for ePacket shipping. Notably, this type of ePacket 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 have ePacket shipping?
There is a growing list of countries that are able to benefit from the affordable China ePacket shipping. Updated: August 2017.
- United States
- UK & Ireland
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
ePacket Tracking – How to Track ePacket Delivery from China
Next, it’s important to learn how to track ePacket. ePacket shipping also features ePacket tracking and delivery confirmation in the US Postal Service network. Also, ePacket tracking codes must be obtained through your supplier, and you can track ePacket shipments through USPS, ePacket China Post, or sites like 17track.net — not through AliExpress itself.
You can go to My orders -> Track ePacket order on AliExpress to find your ePacket tracking code.
From there, you can go to the ePacket China Post website to manage your ePacket China Post 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, ePacket delivery times aren’t always this short. Yet, ePacket delivery drastically cuts down the ePacket shipping time. 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 ePacket 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. Even if you pay for shipping, it typically only costs a few dollars and can’t be absorbed into your business costs.
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 but don’t. Some ecommerce business owners notice after they order some suppliers ship using a different carrier. The carrier may have 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 this happens rarely. As a dropshipper, you can easily remove suppliers who do this.
That said, you do need to select ePacket shipping when ordering products to benefit from it. In Oberlo, on the gear in 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. ePacket delivery keeps your shipping costs low and quickens delivery times making it the best option for store owners.
This is yet another reason why it’s important to 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. Therefore, by reducing shipping times your sales will likely 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 and costs, the more likely customers are to buy from you. Your business will also have higher the margins from low business costs. Luckily, even if you have to pay for ePacket delivery, with the right product price, your business can easily absorb the cost of using ePacket China post tracking and delivery. Fortunately, most ePacket deliveries are either free or only a couple of dollars.
In addition, using 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.
Most noteworthy, customers may have to pay for customs or taxes on their products. This isn’t an ePacket shipping issue but an international shipping one. For best-selling items, you may want to contact your suppliers to find out about customs fees.
Notably, products with ePacket to Canada or other international countries may have slightly higher shipping fees and lengthier delivery times. Often, free ePacket shipping is only for the US. You need to look up the countries you serve manually to ensure that ePacket tracking and delivery is available internationally. Hence, if you always target the same countries, you might want to check if they have ePacket before importing them into your store. This helps to ensure that every customer who can benefits from the ePacket China post delivery option.
Fortunately, you now have a strong understanding of ePacket. Now, you’re ready to incorporate this delivery option onto your ecommerce store. Doing so is likely improve customer satisfaction and boost your conversation rates. For more tips and tricks for improving your dropshipping process, feel free to have a look around our blog.
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