Chinese New Year is a huge cultural event in China, on the same scale as Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Years Day. The Spring Festival and Chinese New Year is celebrated by families and all work is forgotten about for a few days, so save yourself the stress and ship your packages well before or even after the Chinese Spring holidays.
Expect an increase in orders in the build-up to Chinese New Year if you do sell to this market, and if not, now is an ideal time to consider offering your products to consumers in China as this destination offers huge potential to online retailers.
Singles Day is also a major event that if you are looking to flourish in China, you should be aware of. Be prepared for the enormous scale of it, Singles Day started in the 1990’s and has gone on to be the biggest online sales event going, with mind-boggling numbers produced every year.
Falling just before the US seasonal peak on November 11th, Singles Day produces double the volume of sales involved in Cyber Monday. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to increase revenue and acquire new customers by getting on top of your orders and providing reliable and affordable shipping options.
For online retailers, no country represents a bigger opportunity than China. Home to 1.3 billion people China is the world’s largest exporter, as well as the third-largest importer of U.S. goods.
If you have considered making a move into the Chinese eCommerce Market, but have worries about shipping costs and reliability, Parcel Monkey can help. It has never been a better time to sell in China, with great infrastructure constantly evolving, a range of marketplaces to sell on and competitive delivery prices located via our shipping calculator.
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China has one of the leading world economies and is established as the biggest manufacturer on the planet. This growth has improved living standards massively and developed the population into a consumer society.
Over half of the 357 million Chinese households are predicted to be upper-middle class by 2020, and by the year 2022 it is on course to be the largest luxury goods market in the world.
US goods are considered in China to be the hallmark of quality and Chinese consumers often turn to western markets such as the US and UK for evermore intuitive and unique items.
For those who wish to sell to Chinese consumers, it is now easier than ever for overseas retailers to reach customers through the ever improving infrastructure including the new high speed rail network.
By 2019 the Chinese eCommerce market will be worth over $1 trillion, which is more than that of the US, UK, French and German markets combined. Over half the Chinese population have already made a purchase online.
Consider a marketplace as a starting point if you want to sell to the active Chinese market.
Tmall, is an eBay equivalent and great place to start. Many fashion retailers are already operating on this marketplace and have made a success of it.
Consider Alibaba, China’s largest online marketplace has over 500 million active shoppers. Alibaba does not sell directly to consumers, it operates marketplaces that connect buyers and sellers, and sellers operate their own storefronts. There is at the time of writing over 7,000 U.S businesses on board too.
Amazon also allow for businesses in the US to access the Chinese consumer through their Chinese language Amazon.co.jp site.
Conducting research into pricing before you start selling to the Chinese market is essential. You won’t want to make a sale on your site only to realise there is no easy or affordable way to ship to China.
Save both time and money by using our shipping calculator to cross check mulitple shipping services for the best delivery prices.
Parcel Monkey can provide low cost mail services to keep your costs down. Our DHL eCommerce rates are some of the cheapest on the market starting from under $16, plus you can still track your items to delivery and provide the tracking information to the recipient too.
If your package is more urgent, we also offer Express Couriers. Book USA Express International delivery with a shipping time of just 2-5 working days or use our International Drop Off service also delivered in the same time frame.
Parcel Monkey provide you with the Customs Documents you need. We know what the carriers need from the shipper to ensure a smooth delivery, so we take this information during the booking process.
Be sure to provide a detailed customs invoice so Customs know exactly what you are shipping.
Shipping paperwork – Waybills, labels and invoices must include sender and receiver details including; goods’ quantity, value and full description; clearly shown Commodity Codes; and a typed invoice with no manual changes.
Check the prohibited and restricted items list. China is more strict than other destinations but if you follow their guidelines you can ship there with no issues. You can find more information on our China country information page.
An interesting restriction around packaging is also that wooden packaging is prohibited so be aware of this if shipping big and bulky items. Books and any printed materials can be troublesome to ship into China as they are heavily censored.
New Year's Day - 1 Jan 2018
Chinese New Yar and Spring Festival - 15-21 Feb 2018
Tomb-Sweeping Day - 5-7 Apr 2018
Labour Day - 29 Apr-1 May 2018
Dragon Boat Festival - 16-18 Jun 2018
Mid-Autumn Festival - 22-24 Sep 2018
National Day - 1-7 Oct 2018
Holidays can add a delay to transit times so be aware of these throughout the year when shipping to destinations in China.
Sources- DHL China Fact Sheet, UPS Guide To China, FedEx Guide to China