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Given the large Chinese communities around the world, we facilitate the shipping of a great number of packages to this expansive country and we are happy to offer our customers incredibly cost-effective shipping rates via our global shipping marketplace. From students shipping back home whilst studying abroad to businesses shipping to major cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing, we are able to provide a courier service for all. Use our shipping calculator to see which cheap courier delivery services to China are currently available on Parcel Monkey.
Book cheap international shipping from the USA to China
Parcel Monkey can help you get a great deal on shipping packages to China by allowing you to compare courier companies via our simple to use shipping calculator. Our DHL eCommerce rates allow you to send to all the big cities such as Bejing, Shanghai and Shenzen as well as more rural areas from around just $16. All you need to do is provide the dimensions and weight of your package and place an order. Then print out the shipping labels, attach them both to the box and drop off at any USPS store.
Your package will be processed from the US to China in an estimated transit time of 11-22 working days, fully tracked via our website and DHL making this an ideal delivery service for eCommerce retailers and eBay sellers.
Fast shipping times to China
If you need Express International shipping to China, then we also have Express delivery services with well known couriers such as our own brand USA Express International. This service is collected by FedEx and then shipped internationally by a freight forwarder and delivered in China by DHL. This service also comes with full tracking and has an estimated tranist time of 2-5 days.
If you prefer to USPS Mail services we have a number of these available to book, like USPS International Priority Mail and International Priority Mail Express. We also offer Aramex as a courier service to China, with this service you can drop off or have it picked up from your home or work.
China: A Brief Overview
The Chinese use Renminbi (RMB) as their currency and Yuan is the name of a unit of this currency.
China’s time zone is + 8 GMT and does not observe Daylight Savings Time
October 1st is a National Holiday in honor of the founding of the People’s Republic of China
Major exports from China include Machinery and equipment, textiles and clothing, footwear, toys and sporting goods, mineral fuels, and chemicals
Major imports: Machinery and equipment, plastics, chemicals, iron and steel, mineral fuels
Major industries: Iron, steel, coal, machinery, textiles
Major trading partners: U.S., Japan, Germany, South Korea
eCommerce in China
China has the world's largest eCommerce market valued at $1.6 trillion and by 2020 it is expected to be larger than the US, UK, France, Japan and Germany combined. The eCommerce market is dominated by domestic marketplaces such as JD.com and Alibaba owned Taobao and Tmall where US retailers can sell, providing opportunites for online retailers from outside of China. New and emerging distribution channels are being set up to cater for the demand, so shipping to China is becoming more reliable and cost effective, with more opportunities available driven by the more relaxed government laws.
One way of entering the Chinese market is selling items cross border directly from abroad, and being able to ship to the customer using trusted carriers like DHL at a discounted rate. There is also massive opportunities for sales to be made at events throughout the year such as Singles Day on November 11th with sales records being smashed year on year. Singles Day, on November 11th is now the largest eCommerce shopping day in the world, with 538 million internet users able to purchase online. Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day are also well known to be very busy shopping periods.
The Chinese market is also price sensitive, with price often being the defining factor in making a purchase, so bear this in mind no matter whether you are selling toys or gadgets right down to clothing. Chinese consumers value prestige and quality in products they are buying from overseas, so bear this in mind when marketing your goods. There is demand from the wealthy in China for the latest Western gadgets and fashion, all of which have to be shipped to Asia. We can help you overcome any worries you have around expensive shipping by offering low cost international courier services, plus we provide package tracking and even the Customs Documents. We provide any documents needed in the booking process and you can also contact our Customer Support team should you have any issues.
There a number of factors that you should consider to help you succeed in selling to the Chinese market.
Be Mobile. Over 50% of the Chinese population have regular access to the internet and 90% of those use a smartphone to shop so have your site mobile ready.
Care for currencies. Chinese consumers often pay via e-wallet. Look to accept Yuan and display your prices local currencies.
Appear on Baidu. The biggest Chinese search engine is Baidu, so consider how to appear in local searches.
WeChat has over 12 million business accounts registered and over 889 million active users, so having a profile on this social platform is essential.
Why use Parcel Monkey to book a courier who can ship to China?
China is well known to be the biggest exporter on the planet and has a rapidly growing economy, giant population and interestingly is the second largest importer in the world, so the potential for conducting business with customers in China is massive. As consumer income increases in China, more and more of the 1.35 billion population are looking to import goods from overseas. Parcel Monkey can help you compare multiple couriers who can provide quick shipping or affordable mail services, so we have a service to match every time frame and every budget.
The availability of desirable goods, plus the ease of which they can be bought online from foreign retailers, has seen cross-border eCommerce increase. With this in mind you may be looking to keep costs down and be able to ship multiple packages but keep tabs on the delivery tracking all in one place. There are 210 airports in China, vast road networks and good infrastructure so if shipping to major cities and towns, delivery will be relatively quick if you book your shipping online with Parcel Monkey, plus we can help you clear customs by providing all the relevant paperwork needed and by providing delivery with only the most trusted of delivery companies.
Shipping Checklist -
Select a courier service for the right price and with the correct transit times you need.
Complete the Customs Documents and give a detailed description of your goods.
Print all your shipping documentation including all the shipping labels we provide.
Prepare and package your item correctly ensuring Customs Docs are visible on the outside.
Ship your package. Share the tracking the number with the recipient so they can follow the goods too.
China: A Regional Overview
UPS have created a very useful regional overview that outlines the regions in China and what the strengths of them are. China is much like the US in that each state can be quite different so having some background knowledge is highly important.
1. Sichuan: Inland Province Leader – Attracting major infrastructure programs due to national stimulus.
2. Chongqing: Provincial-Level Municipality – Economic center of Upstream Yangtze area and modern manufacturing hub. – Competitor with Sichuan as gateway to western China.
3. Henan: Large Agricultural Producer – Agriculturally geared province and is also a major producer of coal and aluminum.
4. Hubei: Hub for Central Provinces – Manufacturing and distribution hub for nearby regions. – The steel sector, a major contributor to GDP, is consolidating due to overcapacity.
5. Hunan: Potential Manufacturing Hub – One of the largest provinces in central China and potential manufacturing hub. – Agriculture is still a major component of the economy.
6. Beijing: The Capital City – Capital of China and the second largest in population after Shanghai. – Home to the headquarters of most of China’s largest state-owned companies and a major hub for the national highway and rail networks.
7. Tianjin: The Next Beijing – Domestic demand-oriented, with high disposable income and sophisticated consumers. – Relatively expensive labor and water.
8. Shandong: Massive Consumer Market – Second-largest province in China and a recipient of major government healthcare investment. – Export economy closely tied to Japanese and Korean markets.
9. Jiangxi: Rich in Natural Resources – Rich in minerals, with important copper and tungsten centers. – Relatively poor province loses talent and capital investment to richer neighbors.
10. Guangdong: Wealthy Manufacturing Hub – Traditionally export-oriented, with major cities and a wealthy population. – Manufacturers are seeking a shift to higher value-added production.
11. Liaoning: Revitalizing Economic Development – Old industrial base in north China, with heavy equipment and machinery companies based in the province. – Revitalized itself through development zones and incentives after being overshadowed by southern coastal cities.
12. Jiangsu: Industrial Center – Heavily dependent on industry, but growth has remained relatively strong. – Robust growth might be short-lived, as exorbitant loan levels are not sustainable.
13. Shanghai: Center of Commerce – The largest city in China by population. – The world’s busiest container port and a major Chinese transport hub.
14. Zhejiang: Future Energy and Rail Hub – Developing a regional energy production base and a major high-speed rail network. – Proximity to Shanghai brings commercial benefits, such as back-office functions.
15. Fujian: Gateway to Taiwan – Major beneficiary of new regulations that open up the economy to Taiwanese investment. – Among the wealthier national provinces, but GDP per capita is lowest of coastal provinces.
Customs advice for shipping to China
When arranging a courier to ship a package to China you will need to attach the correct shipping labels and Customs Documents. Along with a commercial invoice, you will also need to supply a detailed packing list. This must outline a detailed description of the contents of your package. You must also provide a valid and working recipient telephone number. If you are sending a gift into China, then the shipment limit is 1000.00 Yuan Renminbi and the recipient will need to supply their passport or certificate to have their gift clear customs. Antiques and artwork from some countries are restricted. You are not allowed to send gambling devices, and there are limitations and restrictions on the importation of books and jewellery as well as used electrical equipment.
Please consult the Chinese General Administration of Customs for further guidance.
Printed mattter, photographs and media that are deemed to be detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and moral interests of China. Platinum, gold or silver, Radio transmitters, Coins and banknotes, Soil.