Ali Express Shipping Question

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Hello All

I am thinking of making a purchase from Aliexpress. They offer free shipping via China Post Airmail. Does anyone have any experience with this shipping company. If I make a larger purchase it would be worth it for me to pay for DHL shipping, but for this order I really did not want to pay that much for shipping.

My main concern is that the product get to me and not to a shipping agent and then I will need to pay for shipping from there

Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated

al
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  • Profile picture of the author jikanv
    I have purchased several items through Aliexpress and never had any trouble with shipping and not getting the merchandise. Small Items, like phone and cosmetics. Aliexpress actually is not selling anything, but sort of works like Amazon, where sellers can sign up with them and have to maintain a good standing in order to be promoted through Aliexpress who is one of the major ecommerce outfits in Asia. I am in the UK tho, but I don't think there would be any difference for shipping to the US.

    I have a parcel forwarding business and also a shopping service and few of my clients buys from Asia and use DHL or TNT or FedEx, they each operate a bit different. DHL Collects duty and sales tax before delivering the stuff to you, TNT bills afterwords and sends you the bill. FedEx also sends the bill after delivery. Might be handled differently there in the US.

    Here in the UK EMS and China post gets inspected quite a bit by customs, DHL and the rest comes through easier and much much faster. Their shipping charge is about 5 dollars per kilo (about 2 pounds -weight- not the money) not too bad.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by jikanv View Post

      I have purchased several items through Aliexpress and never had any trouble with shipping and not getting the merchandise. Small Items, like phone and cosmetics. Aliexpress actually is not selling anything, but sort of works like Amazon, where sellers can sign up with them and have to maintain a good standing in order to be promoted through Aliexpress who is one of the major ecommerce outfits in Asia. I am in the UK tho, but I don't think there would be any difference for shipping to the US.

      I have a parcel forwarding business and also a shopping service and few of my clients buys from Asia and use DHL or TNT or FedEx, they each operate a bit different. DHL Collects duty and sales tax before delivering the stuff to you, TNT bills afterwords and sends you the bill. FedEx also sends the bill after delivery. Might be handled differently there in the US.

      Here in the UK EMS and China post gets inspected quite a bit by customs, DHL and the rest comes through easier and much much faster. Their shipping charge is about 5 dollars per kilo (about 2 pounds -weight- not the money) not too bad.
      Thanks. The company I want to purchase from charges shipping for DHL so, would I still need to pay duty and whatnot or is that covered in the shipping charges,
      I guess I will give them a call tomorrow

      al
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      • Profile picture of the author Importexport
        Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

        Thanks. The company I want to purchase from charges shipping for DHL so, would I still need to pay duty and whatnot or is that covered in the shipping charges,
        I guess I will give them a call tomorrow

        al
        Duty and taxes (if payable) are never included in the courier charges.

        May I suggest that before placing your order you check out Ripoffreport.com for any bad reports on the supplier. You will need to search for Aliexpress on ripoffreport and then scroll through the scores of complaints listed to see if your supplier is one of the scam merchants that has been reported there.

        Not everyone complains on the ripoffreport site, so you should check them out carefully anyway.

        The Chinese government, with help from the USPS subsidizes suppliers in China and this is how they can afford to offer free postage on small orders.

        Most suppliers will understate value of the shipment, so to avoid trouble you should tell them to declare full value. If you are thinking of importing for resale, Aliexpress is definitely not the place to look.
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