China’s online market is rapidly expanding, creating various opportunities for European online retailers. Do you ever find yourself thinking, “How do I ship to China?” There are a few things to keep in mind when exporting abroad since the laws are different outside of the European Union. It doesn’t have to be complicated, though.
We’ll go into how to ship a package to China, how much it will cost, and how long it will take to arrive in this post. We’ll even remind you about the Chinese customs laws and which Chinese holidays you should be mindful of. All in all, this is a practical guide for online stores that want to export to China!
You may be asking if you can send packages to China during the coronavirus epidemic. Since the bulk of flights have been postponed, it’s a fair issue.
Several countries have also suspended mail and package exports to China, according to the International Postal Union. Some European carriers are still shipping in China, so stay tuned to our coronavirus blog for more information!
Since the virus would not survive the long trip on mail and parcels, you do not need to worry about infection.
Packing instructions for your parcel
When shipping packages to China, it’s essential to obey the packing instructions as with all exports. Customs can at maximum postpone and at worse reject a shipment that does not comply with international regulations. So bear the following four recommendations in mind:
- Pick packaging that is unique to the product being shipped. The packaging’s format, weight, and consistency are essential and must satisfy the carrier’s specifications.
- Note to protect the items in the package by covering them in bubble wrap or other packaging material.
- Using tape to reinforce the packaging’s corners and gaps. A plunge of at least 1.5 meters must be able to smash the parcel.
- Fragile objects should be stored individually to reduce breakage.
Items that are not allowed to be shipped to China
You can’t ever ship anything to China because Chinese customs officials are very picky about what they let in.
Below are some examples of goods that are banned from being shipped to China. To be safe, make sure you read the full list of prohibited objects.
- Materials in powder form.
- Under a 50-piece limit, books, magazines, and newspapers
- Refills with electronic cigarettes
- Gems and precious stones, as well as costume jewellery
- Gum chewing (depending on destination)
- artistic works
- Artefacts and publications that could jeopardize China’s political, technological, cultural, or moral interests
To export alcohol, cosmetics, food or organic products to China, the recipient must have a specific license.