For all dropshippers, one of the aspects that require the most attention is shipping. Shipping time and costs can make or break your business.
To choose the best shipping method, you have to take into account your shipping destination, the shipping carrier, and the product attribute.
If you want to make the most informed choice, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, you’ll find out what is the best shipping method for dropshipping, how to deal with long shipping times, and how to track your dropshipping orders.
Let’s dive into it now!
Dropshipping Shipping Methods for Shipping to the USA
The United States is considered the largest market for most dropshippers and is the country where we ship the most packages for our clients.
Shipping from China to the USA: Shipping Costs and Time
|Shipping Methods||Shipping Cost||Average Delivery Time||Trackable or not||Delivery Confirmation|
|DHL Official||$26.22||3-7 Day(s)||Y||Y|
|EMS Guangzhou||$18.05||15-35 Day(s)||Y||Y|
|CJPacket MY Sensitive||$6.01||15-30 Day(s)||Y||Y|
|ePacket Yiwu||$4.86||12-50 Day(s)||Y||Y|
|Yanwen Ordinary||$4.24||8-25 Day(s)||Y||Y|
|Yanwen Sensitive||$4.39||8-25 Day(s)||Y||Y|
|CJPacket YDS US||$4.94||10-22 Day(s)||Y||Y|
|CJPacket Liquid US||$4.37||18-35 Day(s)||Y||Y|
Price and timeframe are the primary two aspects to consider when choosing a shipping method. Therefore, we can tell from the above table, the most cost & time-efficient choices from China to the USA are USPS, Yunexpress, CJPacket and Yanwen Ordinary.
Customs & Taxes
In 2016, the USA increased the minimum threshold for customs duties from $200 to $800, which means most goods valued below $800 are not subject to duties or taxes.
If the package has duties applied, it is your customer, the receiver, who is responsible for paying customs duties (or import taxes) on the items shipped from China across the US border.
Make sure you add such information on your store so that your customers are aware that the items they ordered may come from abroad so they should expect to pay customs duties. The point of being upfront is to protect you from complaints or refund requests because of customs costs.
Prohibited and Restricted Items
There are items that are prohibited or restricted by law to enter the US. You need to avoid or pay attention to these items when deciding on your dropshipping products if you want your customers to receive their packages with no problems.
Such items are listed below:
- Absinthe (Alcohol)
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Ceramic Tableware
- Cultural Artifacts and Cultural Property
- Defense Articles or Items with Military or Proliferation Applications
- Dog and Cat Fur
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Fish and Wildlife
- Food Products (Raw and Prepared)
- Prior Notice for Food Importation
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Game and Hunting Trophies
- Haitian Animal Hide Drums
- Merchandise from Embargoed Countries
- Photographic Film
- Plants and Seeds
- Textiles and Clothing
- Trademark and Copyrighted Articles
For details, please refer to Prohibited and Restricted Items.
Providing lightning delivery is one of the practical ways to win a customer’s heart. It would be best if you had private inventory in the local warehouses. Keep reading and you’ll learn the fastest way of bringing parcels to your US-based customers.
Shipping within the USA: Shipping Costs and Time
|Shipping Methods||Shipping Cost||Average Delivery Time||Trackable or not||Delivery Confirmation|
Shipping from the US warehouses costs a little bit more than shipping from China to the US but in return, it improves shipping times by triple.
How Can Shipping from the Us Warehouses Boost Your Dropshipping Business?
Let’s face the truth: dropshipping as a business model isn’t perfect. The feature of dropshipping has the attraction of flexibility, which you don’t need to pay upfront for inventory. Yet that’s precisely where its limitation lies.
Holding no inventory means you lack control, especially during high season and holidays such as Christmas and Chinese New Year, when products may run out of stock and shipping times may be extended.
At a certain point in your dropshipping journey, when you are ready to scale, you can make good use of our US warehouses to bring your business to another level. Let’s take a look at the benefits that using our US warehouses can bring you.
Keep Selling on Holidays
Many experienced dropshippers suspend their Facebook ads during the Chinese New Year as Chinese suppliers and logistics companies go on vacation. By purchasing inventory to our US warehouses in advance, you can keep running ads and have your orders shipped without delay. That will get you ahead of your competitors who have to stop due to out of stock.
Meet the Needs of Country-Sensitive Customers
Some customers may be sensitive to which country or region the package is being sent from. By shipping from the US warehouses, parcels won’t show information such as ‘Ship from China’.
Expedite Order Processing and Delivery
During the peak season, when many orders come in at the same time, suppliers can only process orders according to the payment time.
On the one hand, it isn’t easy to guarantee that your order will be processed the first time.
On the other hand, the shipping pressure on logistics companies increases dramatically so that some customers may experience delays in receiving their packages.
With your private inventory in the local warehouses, you don’t need to worry about the long time spent in order processing and international shipping. Your customers will be happy with receiving their packages in 2-5 days
Common Shipping Methods for Dropshipping
There are so many shipping carriers out there. Which one is the best? We selected the most popular shipping methods for dropshipping and gave answers to frequently asked questions regarding their delivery services.
What Is ePacket?
ePacket is an affordable and faster shipping solution to the cross-border delivery of lightweight parcels, which is provided by China Postal Express & Logistics in cooperation with partner posts such as USPS, Canada Post, Royal Mail etc.
What are the requirements & restrictions to use ePacket shipping?
There are certain requirements that need to be met if a parcel wants to use ePacket delivery service.
There are limits on the maximum size and minimum size of a package.
The weight of the parcel including packaging cannot exceed 2kg.
The package value cannot exceed $400.
What Is ePacket Tracking?
ePacket is trackable through all the way to the recipients allowing them to monitor and locate their parcels on the carrier’s official websites or sites like 17TRACK. With ePacket tracking, customers won’t worry about scams nor keep inquiring, “Where’s my order?”
What Is ePacket Delivery and How Does an ePacket Parcel Get Delivered?
EPacket delivery is fulfilled by more than one carrier. The ePacket parcel will first go to the China Post’s postal office and be sent to the mail processing centers.
Then it will be handed over to the international transport. After the parcel arrives at the destination country, it will go through the customs.
Once the customs releases the parcel, a local carrier will pick it up and be in charge of delivering it to your customer’s address.
How to Calculate ePacket Shipping Rate?
EPacket shipping rate is calculated based on the destination country/territory and package weight. You can register and check our shipping calculator to get the recent shipping rate of ePacket.
Which Countries Support ePacket Delivery?
Not all countries support ePacket delivery. The countries and regions where epacket is available to include:
- Hong Kong, China
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- the United Kingdom
- the United States
How Long Does Epacket Take To Deliver from China to the Us?
Normally it takes 12–25 days on average for ePacket to deliver from China to the US. However, shipping can get delayed due to various factors, including holidays, customs, weather, epidemics and the like.
Will the Customer Have to Pay Customs Duties and Taxes for ePacket Delivery?
Yes, the recipient may be asked to pay custom duties and taxes when the package arrives at the destination country. All international shipments going through customs clearance are subject to the local customs duties and taxes, so is the ePacket package.
How Does ePacket Work on Aliexpress?
If working with Aliexpress suppliers, ePacket is an ideal shipping option considering its low cost, fair delivery time and trackable feature. You can even find lots of Aliexpress suppliers offer ePacket as free shipping, which enables you to offer free shipping to your customer.
How Does ePacket Work with a Dropshipping Agent?
Dropshipping agents can provide you with a wide selection of shipping options, usually including ePacket. Check out how a dropshipping agent gets your orders delivered.
What’s the Benefit of the ePacket?
There is no doubt that customers are more likely to buy from you if they can enjoy a faster delivery at the lowest cost. By leveraging ePacket shipping, you can make a more appealing offer to your customer and improve the customer experience.
How to Ensure the Delivery Time during Special Occasions Such as COVID-19 Pandemic?
Package shipped with ePacket is usually expected to be delivered in about 20 days. However, in the event of a holiday or epidemic, shipping times can be extended. Your customer may wait months without receiving the package.
To cope with this situation, you either have to find a local supplier to work with or use a local warehouse to stock and ship the goods. Check out how our customer managed to dropship with 2–5 day shipping in the US during the covid-19 pandemic.
What Is USPS?
USPS stands for the United States Postal Service, and is an independent executive agency of the United States federal government. USPS provides domestic and international delivery service for mail and small parcels less than 70 lbs (31.75 kg).
USPS provides the following mail and shipping services:
|Priority Mail ExpressPriority MailFirst-Class MailUSPS Retail GroundMedia Mail||Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)Priority Mail Express InternationalPriority Mail InternationalFirst-Class Mail InternationalFirst-Class Package International ServiceAirmail M-Bags|
Shipping from China to the Us with USPS. How Does It Work?
You are able to choose USPS as the shipping method if using our service. Here is how we deliver your orders with USPS shipping:
- We collect small packages that use USPS and pack them into large parcels, and hand over to DHL each day.
- DHL ships the large parcels from China to our US warehouses.
- USPS picks up the small packages from our US warehouses and is in charge of delivering to your customers.
How Long Does It Take to Ship from China to the Us with USPS Shipping?
It usually takes 10–20 days for the delivery of our USPS parcels from China to the US. Parcels may be delivered earlier or later than usual due to epidemics, customs, weather and other factors.
How to Track USPS Packages?
There are several ways you can track the package with USPS tracking number.
- Visit USPS official site.
- Send a text to 28777 with the tracking number.
- Install USPS mobile app on your iPhone or Android devices.
- Use third-party package tracking system such as 17track.
- If using our service, you can keep track of each order on our platform.
What Do USPS Tracking Statuses Mean?
Below we’ve listed the most common USPS tracking statuses and their meanings.
Pre-Shipment means USPS has received the parcel information from the shipper or shipping partner and they are waiting for the item to arrive at a USPS facility.
Accecpted indicates the item has been received by USPS.
In Transit means the item is on its way to the final destination.
Delivered means the item has reached its destination.
If the status shows Alert, it means there was an issue during the delivery of the item. You need to pay attention to the detailed tracking information and contact USPS Customer Service for further details or help if necessary.
What to Do If USPS Tracking Info Shows Delivered but the Package Isn’t Received?
The tracking information shows the package is delivered. Still, you can’t find it? First, you need to check all the potential delivery locations around your indicated address.
Also, don’t forget to ask your family member if they received it for you. There is a chance that the package will arrive a little late after it was marked as delivered. If you still can’t locate your parcel after 24 hours from the delivered status, you can contact your local postal office for the detail of the delivery and ask for help.
What Is DHL?
DHL is a division of the world’s leading logistics company Deutsche Post DHL. The company name DHL is a combination of the initials of the founders’ last names, Dalsey, Hillblom and Lynn. DHL serves more than 220 countries and territories with its wide range of logistics solutions.
How Much Does DHL Cost?
The cost of shipping a parcel with DHL depends on the destination country/territory and the size and weight of your parcel. You can register for free and enter the shipping details into our shipping calculator to get the latest shipping rate of DHL.
How Long Does DHL Express Take To Deliver?
DHL Express is among the most efficient shipping methods to deliver a package worldwide. Delivery times vary by country/territories of origin and destination. Parcels with DHL Express dispatched from China usually reach the USA in 3-7 business days, as fast as in 1 business day.
Sign up now to view delivery times to the globe for DHL and other available shipping methods we provide.
How to Track DHL Packages?
You can track your DHL packages by visiting DHL official website with the tracking number provided by your shipper. If you are using multiple shipping carriers to deliver your packages, we recommend using a package tracking platform such as 17TRACK. By using our service, you are able to get all tracking updates on our platform.
What Are the Restrictions on Using DHLShipping?
There are certain items that are prohibited from being imported to other countries as each country has its own import laws and regulations. You can take advantage of DHL Express Global Import Guidelines to help you spot the prohibited items for different countries and territories.
Under no circumstances may the following items be shipped via DHL：
- Live animals
- Hunting (Animal) trophies, animal parts such as ivory and sharks fin, animal remains, or Animal-by-Products and derived products not intended for human consumption, prohibited for movement by the CITES Convention and/or local law.
- Human remains or ashes
- Bullion (of any precious metal)
- Cash (current legal tender)
- Loose precious and semi-precious stones
- Complete firearms, ammunition, explosives / explosive devices
- Illegal goods, such as counterfeit goods and narcotics
What Is EMS?
EMS is an international express mail service under the management of the Universal Postal Union. In China, it’s a postal service provided by China Postal Express & Logistics (CPEL).
To better serve cross-border e-commerce merchants, CPEL provides an international express service which is e-EMS. E-EMS currently covers 106 countries and aims to offer a fast delivery timeframe and more comprehensive tracking information.
Compared to EMS, e-EMS is more economical since it charges for every 50g which means more shipping costs saved for dropshippers.
How Much Does E-EMS Cost?
The shipping cost of e-EMS is based on the destination country/territory and the size and weight of your parcel. You can register for free and enter the shipping details into our shipping calculator to get the latest shipping rate of e-EMS.
How Long Does E-EMS Take To Deliver?
Shipping times for e-EMS can vary depending on the destination of the package. Our shipping calculator allows you to know the average delivery time to different countries and regions for e-EMS shipments as well as to compare the delivery times with other shipping methods.
How to Track E-EMS Packages?
You can track your e-EMS packages at any time by visiting China Post Tracking Page with the tracking number. If you are using multiple shipping carriers to deliver your packages, we recommend using a package tracking platform such as 17TRACK. By using our service, you are able to get all tracking updates on our platform.
What Are the Restrictions on Using E-EMS Shipping?
To use e-EMS shipping services, certain size and weight requirements need to be met. Check here for details.
China Post Registered Air Mail
What Is China Post Registered Air Mail?
China Post Registered Air Mail is an economical international postal service operated by China Post. The word ‘Registered’ indicates that the shipping method is trackable. It’s suitable for the delivery of small and light parcels, reaching more than 200 countries and territories.
How Much Does China Post Registered Air Mail Cost?
Shipping costs for parcels with China Post Registered Air Mail are determined by the destination country/regions, the size and also the weight of your parcel. You can sign up for a free account to get the latest shipping rates of China Post Registered Air Mail with our shipping calculator.
How Long Does China Post Registered Air Mail Take To Deliver?
China Post Registered Air Mail is an economical but not efficient way of shipping. Delivery times can often be up to several weeks or months.
When it comes to international shipping, delivery time can be extended due to various external factors such as holidays, customs, weather or epidemics. Register for a free account and check our shipping calculator to find out the delivery times for China Post Registered Air Mail and more shipping options we provide.
How to Track China Post Registered Air Mail Packages?
The tracking number of China Post Registered Air Mail starts with letter ‘R’. With the tracking number, you can track your packages from China Post Mail Tracking System.
If you are using multiple shipping carriers to deliver your packages, we recommend using a package tracking platform such as 17TRACK. By using our service, you are able to get all tracking updates on our platform.
What are the restrictions on using China Post Registered Air Mail shipping?
There are certain requirements to follow when using China Post Registered Air Mail, regarding size, weight, and product type
What Is PostNL?
PostNL is the main postal company in the Netherlands, providing domestic and international mail and parcel delivery services.
How Much Does PostNL Cost?
To calculate the shipping cost for PostNL, you need to know the destination country/regions and the package weight. You can take advantage of our shipping calculator to get the latest shipping rates of PostNL by registering for a free account.
How Long Does PostNL Take To Deliver?
The average international shipping and delivery time for PostNL is 15 to 35 days. Deliveries may be delayed due to uncontrollable factors such as weather, customs clearance, festivals, epidemics and the forth.
How to Track PostNL Packages?
You can stay up to date on the shipping status of your PostNL package through PostNL Online Tracking service as long as you have the tracking number. If you are using multiple shipping methods for your packages, we recommend using a package tracking platform such as 17TRACK.
Also, you can get all tracking updates on our platform by using our service.
What Are the Restrictions on Using PostNL Shipping?
You need to make sure that the items you are dropshipping with PostNL are not among the following prohibited goods:
- Perfume and aftershave
- lithium batteries
- Aerosols such as deodorants, air fresheners, hairspray, whipped cream, etc.
For more detailed information about the rules for international delivery, please check out Shipment conditions.
What Is Turkey Post?
Turkey Post, known as PTT or Turkish Post worldwide, is the national post and telegram service provider of Turkey. The services provided by PTT include postal and logistics services, both domestically and globally, as well as banking services.
How Much Does Turkey Post Cost?
To calculate Turkey Post shipping fees, you need to know the destination country/region and the weight of your parcel. You can use our shipping calculator to get the latest shipping rates for Turkey Post by signing up for a free account.
How Long Does Turkey Post Take To Deliver?
On average, it takes 15 to 35 days for Turkey Post to ship and deliver internationally. Delays in delivery may occur due to uncontrollable factors such as weather, customs clearance, holidays, epidemics, etc.
How to Track Turkey Post Packages?
To track your package, you can enter the tracking number on the PTT official website. For those who are using multiple shipping methods at the same time, a package tracking website such as 17TRACK is more suitable for you. Additionally, our customers can track the shipping status of any order in our system at any time.
What Are the Restrictions on Using Turkey Post Shipping?
You may not be able to use the shipping service of Turkey Post due to certain product attributes, such as liquid, powder, cream, magnetic and sharp items. Batteries are not permitted either.
What Is YunExpress?
YunExpress is a Chinese logistics provider, famous for providing reliable and affordable shipping solutions for cross-border B2C e-commerce. YunExpress is favored for its low cost and consistent service quality by not only sellers but also shoppers on Aliexpress, eBay, Gearbest and other popular online marketplaces.
How Much Does YunExpress Cost?
YunExpress is known as a cost-friendly shipping method. The shipping costs depend on the destination country/region and the weight and size of your package. You can use our shipping calculator to get the latest shipping rates for YunExpress by creating a free account.
How Long Does YunExpress Take To Deliver?
It usually takes 12-26 days to ship from China to the USA using YunExpress service. YunExpress can also deliver to the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and other European countries with an estimated delivery time ranging from 10 to 20 days.
How to Track YunExpress Packages?
YunExpress packages can be tracked on the official website by entering the tracking number.
You may find another tracking number assigned to your package when checking the tracking information. This is because once the package reaches the destination country, a local logistics company that YunExpress partners with will take over the last-mile delivery.
What Are the Restrictions on Using YunExpress Shipping?
Please note that the following items won’t be accepted by Yunexpress: counterfeit goods, batteries, liquids, powders, dangerous goods, firearms, ammunition and any items that are not permitted by laws or regulations.
What Is Australia Line?
Australia line is a direct line shipping from China to Australia. The parcel will be delivered by Australia Post to the customer after arriving in Australia.
How Much Does Australia Line Cost?
The shipping cost for Australia Line is determined on the basis of the destination country/region and the size and weight of the package. To get the latest shipping rates, you can sign up for free and enter your shipping details in our shipping calculator.
How Long Does Australia Line Take To Deliver?
It usually takes 14-20 days to deliver the package via Australia Line. However, as you may know, the actual delivery may be delayed due to weather, customs, holidays, epidemics and other external factors.
How to Track Australia Line Packages?
You can track your Australia Line packages by visiting Australia Post’s official website with the tracking number provided by your shipper. If you are using multiple shipping carriers to deliver your packages, we recommend using a package tracking platform such as 17TRACK. By using our service, you are able to get all tracking updates on our platform.
What Are the Restrictions on Using Australia Line Shipping?
The maximum weight of a parcel cannot exceed 20 kg if shipping with Australia Line.
Batteries, liquid, powder and sharp items are not permitted to ship with Australia Line.
Dropshipping Shipping Methods by Product
Product attribute is an important factor in your choice of shipping methods. Some products with sensitive attributes such as products containing liquid can only be shipped by a limited number of shipping methods.
Check out the table below to see what shipping methods are available to ship products of different attributes to the US.
|PostNL||USPS||YunExpress||CJPacket||DHL||EMS||CJPacket MY Sensitive||ePacket||Yanwen Ordinary||Yanwen Sensitive||CJPacket YDS US||CJPacket Liquid US|
|Sharp (e.g. knife)||Y||Y||Y||Y|
While shipping from the US warehouses, there are not many restrictions on product attributes. Let’s take a look.
|Ordinary||Electronic||Battery Contained||Pure Battery||Liquid||Powder||Cream||Magnetic||Sharp (e.g. knife)|
Want to know the available shipping methods to other countries? Register now and check our shipping calculator!
How to Overcome Long Shipping Times?
Long shipping time is one of the main concerns of those who hesitate about creating their own dropshipping stores. You may wonder, “Why would anyone want to order from my store when s/he can receive what s/he bought from Amazon in two days?”
Keep reading and you’ll know why long shipping is no big deal and how to get rid of the shipping time issue.
Sell a Product that Evokes the Desire
The truth is people don’t buy from you out of necessity. You need to sell a product that customers did not know they wanted but they see your ad on Facebook and it gives them a feeling that they must have it.
Be Frank about Shipping Times
Make sure your customers are aware of how long it might take to receive their packages. It’s crucial that customers can get clear shipping information on your site.
You need to manage your customers’ expectations properly by giving realistic shipping times. You might worry about a decline in conversion when customers see they need to wait for weeks. Trust me, it’s far better to sell a few less than to spend an awful lot of money on chargebacks.
Offer Excellent Customer Service
You’ll receive emails from customers asking about their parcels, and more emails when shipping delays. Although there is nothing you can do to speed up the delivery, responding to customers’ concerns timely can give them peace of mind of not having to wonder if they’ve been scammed.
By doing this, customers won’t require refunds for having to wait a couple of more days.
Cut Down Shipping Times by Shipping from US Warehouses
The ultimate way to avoid long shipping times is to ship from the country where your customers are. You can either find suppliers with local warehouses or buy products to stock in a local fulfillment center.
Nichedropshipping can cut down the delivery time to the US into 2-5 days by shipping from our two US warehouses. Fast Shipping will get you ahead of the competition.
How and Where to Track Your Orders?
There are several ways to track your orders.
In fact, with the tracking number you get from the supplier, you can track your orders easily via the Internet in a number of ways. If you are about to or are using our services, you can directly track all the orders on our platform in real time. We have listed several common ways below, so you can choose the one that is most convenient for you.
First, check the official website of the shipping company you used for the order.
Another way is to use third-party package tracking websites such as 17TRACK so that you don’t have to switch back and forth between different sites.
If you use our service, you’ll be able to track all of your orders through our platform.
What about a Hassle-Free Shipping Experience?
If you are looking for a hassle-free shipping experience, you can work with a reliable dropshipping agent who works with top carriers in the industry and has established return and refund policies, such as NicheDropshipping.
We help you not only in dropshipping, but building your branded dropshipping business by offering comprehensive dropshipping services tailored to your needs. Here are some of the reasons why dropshippers come to us when they are tired of AliExpress Dropshipping:
- Free sourcing for good quality and better prices
- No minimum daily order required
- Strict quality inspection
- Integration with Shopify, Woocommerce, and other popular eCommerce platforms
- Various payment methods: PayPal, Credit Card, Payoneer, Payssion, Western Union, Midtrans and more
- Dropship with your branded packaging
- Multiple shipping methods for you to choose
- One-on-one support through the whole process
Ready to bring your dropshipping business to a new level? Register for free and your dedicated support agent will get in touch soon.