AliExpress shipping is an end-to-end cross-border logistics service that contains the first-mile pickup service, consolidation service, international line-haul service, customs clearance service, and last-mile delivery service. It also includes the tracking service, customer service and logistics dispute resolution service, and guaranteed compensation service.
WHAT IS ALIEXPRESS SHIPPING?
AliExpress Shipping is a one-stop shipping method that is officially provided by AliExpress and Cainiao Network.
After making payment on AliExpress, the seller send your order/package to the AliExpress shipping centre. From here, AliExpress make sure that your package is handled with care and delivered on time, and they will add the tracking information to your order details so that you can follow your package whenever and wherever you want.
WHERE DOES ALIEXPRESS SHIP FROM?
When it comes to AliExpress shipping, most sellers are based in China. That doesn’t mean that all sellers on AliExpress are based or from China.
AliExpress is an international marketplace with sellers from different countries such as Turkey, Spain, France, the United States, Belgium and other countries around the globe.
Most products ordered on AliExpress are shipped from China, however, some AliExpress vendors do have local warehouses outside China such as in the United States, Spain, France, Belgium and Turkey.
AliExpress vendors with local warehouses outside China, do offer to ship products from a local warehouse close to your shipping address to ensure fast and free delivery to your doorstep.
Shipment information on the tracking details page usually starts with “Country of origin” In many cases, this means China except the vendor stated another country.
ALIEXPRESS SHIPPING METHOD
There are two types of shipping methods used by AliExpress vendors and they are namely:
- Ordinary Shipping Method
- Standard Shipping Method
The major difference between ordinary and standard shipping methods on AliExpress is tracking, shipping fee and delivery time.
ORDINARY SHIPPING METHOD
Ordinary shipping methods are low-budget shipping services used by AliExpress vendors for cheap delivery of products to the rest of the world.
They are unregistered post whose tracking information is only valid and available for an update within China.
AliExpress ordinary shipping method logistics company only operates within China. They pick up orders from AliExpress vendor’s warehouse and transport the goods to airports where it is handed over to linehaul services for dispatch to the destination country.
They are designed for goods not more than 2kg in weight that can be transported as air cargo.
All tracking information or movement of the order is only available before the package “Departed country of origin“ mostly China.
Once your package “left from departure country” you will stop getting tracking information updates about the order movement until it arrived at your doorstep or your local post office call to notify you about your package with them.
Ordinary shipping methods on AliExpress are very slow and unreliable methods of shipping orders. The average delivery time under normal conditions is usually between 15 to 35 working days depending on the shipping address or country.
However, in some abnormal cases, delivery time can be longer than usual. Your order can arrive at its final destination within 35 to 65 days.
In some cases, you will have opened, won a dispute, and got a refund for your order before you get a call or notification from your local post office that you have a delivery from AliExpress.
Because the tracking information stops updating or working when the package is handed over to customs or linehaul at the airport, many customers on AliExpress usually start complaining that the tracking service is fake or that the AliExpress vendor provided a fake tracking number.
When orders shipped through ordinary shipping methods arrives at the destination country, the package goes through customs clearance and is then handed over to the local postal service.
In the united states, it would be USPS, in Canada, it will be Canada Post, in the united kingdom it’s Royal Mail and in Nigeria, it’s the Nigerian Postal Service that will handle the delivery of the product.
Some of AliExpress ordinary shipping logistics companies are:
- Cainiao Super Economy for Special Goods
- YunExpress Economic Air Mail
- Cainiao Super Economy Global
- SunYou Economic Air Mail
- China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus
- Malaysia Post (POS Malaysia) Air Mail
- 4PX Singapore Post OM Pro
STANDARD SHIPPING METHOD
The standard shipping method on AliExpress is the opposite of the ordinary shipping method. They are registered post with a valid tracking number.
It simply means that all tracking information about your package is working and valid within and outside China. Your tracking number works until your order is delivered.
You can track products shipped through standard shipping from China to your doorstep. This AliExpress shipping methods is commonly used by vendors for orders worth USD $10 and above.
With up-to-date tracking information, it is very practical to be aware of when your package is going to arrive, so as to take the necessary steps required in collecting and signing for your package.
Depending on the logistic company used, product delivery can take between 3 to 35 business days.
Examples of standard shipping methods courier companies on AliExpress are:
- AliExpress Standard Shipping
- Netherlands Post(PostNL) International Mail
- China Post Registered Air Mail
- ePacket Express
- Turkey Post Registered Air Mail
- Malaysia Post(POS Malaysia) Registered Air Mail
- Singapore Post Registered Air Mail
- Sweden Post(PostNord) Registered Air Mail
- Belgium Post Registered Air Mail
ALIEXPRESS COMBINED DELIVERY
AliExpress combined shipping is where multiple orders from different AliExpress stores or vendors are packed or consolidated into the same shipment by AliExpress so that you can save money on shipping costs and get all of your products at the same time without delays.
Also known as consolidated delivery on AliExpress, it is a way of getting a single shipment for products that you have purchased from various sellers on AliExpress.
One of the major benefits of combined delivery is that you will receive a new tracking number that can be used to monitor the single package for all the products bought from many vendors on AliExpress. Hence you don’t need to have multiple tracking numbers to monitor your orders’ movements.
Note: If you want to combine different items from multiple vendors on AliExpress and pack them into one package, unfortunately, this is impossible to do by yourself on AliExpress because all products on AliExpress are not stored in the same warehouse.
HOW ALIEXPRESS COMBINED SHIPPING WORKS
The combined delivery of orders on AliExpress is not available for all products. For you to enjoy the combined delivery service, all the vendors on AliExpress you bought products from their store must ship such orders using AliExpress Standard Shipping.
Only a few AliExpress sellers offer this shipping option, and you must remember that you will have pay for everything at once through the shopping cart for the combined shipping to work.
If you want to find products that can be delivered all at once, there are several ways to do so on AliExpress.
The simplest method for obtaining combined shipping on AliExpress is to filter the product search. Recently, AliExpress added a new filter titled “combined delivery.”
It will display products that can be combined, including products from different stores as well as those from the same store.
You may combine results from multiple searches. In other words, if you initially search for sports products, add products with combined delivery to your shopping cart, and then search for T-shirts with combined delivery, you will be able to place an order with combined delivery.
The shopping cart is another method for ordering with combined delivery. AliExpress will indicate which items are eligible for combined shipping.
All items must be paid for at once. You make payment on AliExpress for products that have combined delivery as well as those that do not, but only products with this option will have the same order number.
ALIEXPRESS SHIPPING TIME
Packages that are sent with AliExpress Standard Shipping usually take 15 to 45 working days, whereas AliExpress Premium Shipping will take an estimated delivery time of 7 to 15 working days.
If your package is sent from China, it can take up to 45 working days depending on the shipping method used before it gets to you, but if the AliExpress vendor has a local warehouse close to your shipping address, the delivery time is dramatically reduced to 3 or 7 working day.
One of the best ways to know how long an order will take to arrive at your doorstep is to look at the estimated delivery date.
On the product page on AliExpress, the vendor usually provides a delivery time estimate. It is an estimate based on the selected shipping option, but the real-time it takes for an AliExpress item to arrive is contingent on a number of factors that we will discuss below.
- Shipping option used,
- Local warehouse location,
- Designation Country,
- Time of the year, and
- Vendor’s order processing time
VENDOR ORDER PROCESSING TIME
One of the reasons AliExpress estimated delivery takes a long time is sometimes caused by delays from the seller.
Before AliExpress can ship your package, they have to first receive it from the vendor.
Some vendors on AliExpress do process orders quickly which results in fast shipping whereas some vendors take days to process your order before giving AliExpress for shipment which will lead to a longer delivery time for such orders.
AliExpress can’t ship out your order until the product actually arrives at their facility, which, unfortunately, means that if there’s any delay with the seller, then there’s also going to be a delay with the shipping and delivery time.
SHIPPING METHOD USED
There are several shipping methods on AliExpress available to customers.
If your package is shipped using the premium shipping method on AliExpress, you will get the product delivered fast and in record time without delays.
If AliExpress standard shipping was used to send your order, it might take up to 45 working days before your package gets delivered.
If a low-cost shipping method was used to ship your package, it might take almost 60 working days or more before your order is delivered. In many cases, economy shipping tracking information only works within China.
LOCAL WAREHOUSE (COUNTRY OF ORIGIN)
AliExpress vendors ship products from multiple locations around the world, if the product you purchased is shipped from a local warehouse very close to your shipping address, the possibility of getting your package very quick and swift is extremely high.
If your AliExpress shipping address is based in the United States and the vendor ship your order from a local warehouse in the United States, you can get your package delivered between 3 to 7 working days.
If you reside in a country where AliExpress has a local warehouse or a nearby country close to a local warehouse, you can order products marked with “3-days delivery”, “7-days delivery” or “10-day delivery”.
This fast delivery is made possible by the Cainiao Warehouse Standard Shipping method.
AliExpress ships products to different countries around the world but the delivery time for each order differs between countries depending on many factors such as local postal services, customs clearance and transportation system.
AliExpress packages delivery usually takes between 2 to 4 weeks but the AliExpress Buyer Protection program offers a guaranteed refund of your money if your package isn’t delivered within 60 days.
So, if your AliExpress order is not delivered within 60 days, you are expected to open a dispute and seek a refund of your money immediately.
TIME OF THE YEAR
Your AliExpress order delivery time may be extended or prolonged during the busy shopping period such as AliExpress Single Day Sales (11:11), Black Friday Sales, Christmas sales or other shopping festival periods on AliExpress.
AliExpress shopping festivals mean there will be a large backlog of orders waiting to be processed and shipped.
It also means that the destination country’s postal services will have a huge amount of packages to handle and process within a short period of time.
All of these can lead to order delivery delays at both ends of the spectrum – country of origin & destination country.
Also, AliExpress delivery time gets delayed during Chinese national holidays such as the Chinese New Year which is celebrated by the whole country.
The Chinese New Year celebration usually takes up to two weeks which means if you purchased any product during the Chinese holiday, your order might not be processed quickly or fast by the vendor or such order processing will be delayed until the end of the holiday.
WHY ALIEXPRESS SHIPPING IS CHEAP
Many online shoppers know that AliExpress vendors sell several products at a very low price with free shipping.
AliExpress vendors are empowered to ship products worldwide at a cheap price because of the following reasons:
CHEAP COST OF PRODUCTION
Chinese products are cheap and affordable due to mass production and low labour costs which get shipped all around the world.
Chinese factories focused on mass production which reduces their overall cost significantly and enables the products to be made even cheaper. This also attracted huge foreign direct investment in China.
MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT
China’s huge investment in building necessary infrastructures such as electricity generation, roads, ports, rail networks, and highways allows many industries to move raw materials and finished products easily.
This infrastructure reduces the time and cost required to transport merchandise while improving productivity.
AliExpress vendors practice delivering in bulk and consolidating to deliver many products to the same destination. Your order that comes in a small box shared the same flight with several others products transported to the same place (your country).
PRODUCTIVE LABOR FORCE
Because China puts so much emphasis on skill development programs, its workers are much more productive than workers anywhere else. Chinese goods are the cheapest because their workers are more productive and their wages are lower.
The credit for the success of Chinese industries should be given to the well-planned policies of its government.
In order to maintain the competitiveness of their products for exportation, they intentionally keep their currency weak against the US Dollar.
BUSINESS AGREEMENT BETWEEN USPS & CHINA POST (ePacket Service)
The USPS announced a new shipping service and an agreement with Hongkong Post in 2011. This made it possible for packages from China and Hong Kong to be sent first-class mail and be tracked. This method of shipping, called ePacket, is fast and cheap.
It makes shipping from China to the U.S. a lot cheaper. In the past few years, ePacket shipping has grown and now works more than 45 countries.