Any business needs to find a competitive edge that will make it a preferable choice over their competition. Any business dealing with the delivery and shipping of products needs to find a way to reduce shipping costs. Accordingly, in the case of dropshipping businesses, it can be done with the help of ePacket shipping.
What is ePacket?
ePacket is one of the most popular delivery methods that is offered by sellers from China. It is also one of the fastest shipping methods for international shipping.
ePacket is a service that many AliExpress sellers offer. With it, they can deliver their products to a wide range of countries worldwide at relatively low prices. The list contains 44 countries and is constantly growing. However, this shipping service can be applied only to small, low-cost packages.
What are the benefits?
By the name of the service, you can probably guess that this shipping service was created specifically for ecommerce purposes. With it, customers can receive their orders much faster and at much more affordable prices compared to regular AliExpress shipping services. Hence, let’s look at what benefits ePacket has to offer more closely:
- Shorter delivery time
Basic AliExpress shipping methods take a very long time to deliver orders outside of China. And ePacket offers much faster shipping, so you can expect consumers to receive their orders much sooner.
- Low shipping costs
Considering that the shipping rates are much lower, dropshipping entrepreneurs have an opportunity to price their products higher if necessary.
- Door to door tracking availability
With no additional costs, consumers can track their shipment all the way from the supply center in China to their local post office or even to their home.
- Free returns
For customers, it is important to know that if something goes wrong with the shipment of their purchase, they will get a refund. With no additional expenses, ePacket returns money if the item is not delivered. Overall, this improves the relationship between the seller and buyer and increases the level of trust with the seller.
An important thing to note is that not all products can be shipped via ePacket. There are specific size and weight requirements – see below.
Furthermore, the service only works in China, meaning that if the dropshipping entrepreneur is cooperating with a supplier within the US, for example, then his US customers cannot use the ePacket service.
What countries does ePacket ship to?
As stated earlier, the list of countries is constantly growing, but here are the countries that the service works in:
- Great Britain
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
ePacket delivery time
You don’t have to be a logistics expert to understand that the delivery time is different for each separate item. However, the service states that the shipping will almost certainly be completed within 10 – 30 business days.
What are the requirements to use ePacket?
The requirements of the ePacket service are all related to the items’ material, value, weight, and dimensions. In fact, let’s look into them in more detail.
- Product mаtеrіаl
The aircraft regulations heavily restrict certain products materials, including but not limited to hazardous materials like lithium batteries, chemicals, liquids, powders, ferromagnetic items, etc.
- Package wеіght
Package weight cannot exceed 2 kg (4.41 lbs). This includes the weight of the item together with the box or bag that it is being shipped in.
- Package sіzе
The size of the package shouldn’t be more than 90 cm (35.4 іn). This includes the sum of the length, width, and height of the package, with the longest part of the package not being more than 60 cm (23.6 іn). The same parameters are set for rolled-up packages, except the sum of its length and twice its diameter should not be more than 104 cm (40 in).
A regular package’s size should not be less than 14 cm (5.5 in) in length and 11 cm (4.3 іn) in width.
- Prоduсt value
Products valued at more than 400 US dollars cannot be shipped via ePacket. Furthermore, there is no minimum price for the product.
By now, you should have an understanding of what ePacket is and how it works. It is a great solution for ecommerce entrepreneurs to lower the shipping costs and provide a better shipping option for their customers. Although the range of supported countries is limited, their list is constantly growing and new countries are being added.