A Simple Guide To Choosing Express When Buy From China?

By justchinait
October 28, 2020

Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand are suitable for issuing FedEx, which is fast and cheap. DHL is also fast, but slightly more expensive.


There is no tax exemption for packages with a value of less than 1,000 yen. According to actual operational data, there are fewer cases of parcels being inspected in Japan.


Tariffs are levied on packages with a declared amount greater than 400 Singapore dollars (32OUSD). From the data point of view, there are few problems with packages to Singapore.


The customs atmosphere in India is not ideal, but from the data point of view, the receipt status of DHL and FedEx is not bad.

All parcels sent to the city of Hyderabad (HYD) must be marked with a tax number (TIN) on the invoice. If the invoice lacks tax number information, the shipment will be temporarily detained and subject to a fine to avoid unnecessary delays and costs. Please ensure that the information is complete before shipping the shipment.

Note: Customs clearance in India is more complicated and may result in high taxes. Please inform the shipper to ensure that the information is valid before delivering the shipment. Otherwise, the delay in customs clearance or other costs incurred when the shipment arrives at the destination will be sent by the sender. The cargo person bears.


It’s better to send DHL. It’s not easy for the federal government to clear customs there, and the tax is heavy. This is the customer’s personal experience, so he would rather choose the relatively expensive DHL.


There is no set exemption limit for imported goods, tariffs may be imposed on all packages, and there is uncertainty about taxation.


According to the new regulations on wooden packaging materials, starting from July 1, 2010, the wooden packaging of all imported goods in Malaysia must be heated and bear a label or smoked and bear a certificate.

And there must be a description of wooden packaging materials on the invoice and packing list. The sender shall indicate the type of packaging materials on the relevant electronic or manual customs declaration form.

Any non-compliant goods received by UPS will be put on hold in the destination country and managed by local customs authorities.


United States

The United States has relatively fast customs clearance for express parcels and exempts tariffs on packages less than US$200. At the same time, because the United States has a relatively sound legal system, it is very strict with regard to goods involving personal safety and health issues.

EMS is relatively easy for all current products to clear customs; DHL and FedEx are relatively stricter on some electronic radio products from the data point of view. DHL is best. Although FedEx is cheap, it is more restricted and not as strong as DHL’s customs clearance capabilities because it is a local company.


There are no restrictions on the category of products, but the declared price’s direct control is relatively strict. Regardless of EMS, DHL, FedEx, there are cases where tariffs are imposed due to low declarations, and the customs revaluation is very high, but for low-value items, Customs clearance is easier.


FedEx is cheap and has strong customs clearance capabilities. Many customers ask to go to the federation. Customs clearance is relatively easy, but it will take a long time for the goods checked by the customs to be returned to the sender, and there is no abnormality in the customs inspection.


Judging from the current information and the reflections on the market, it is among the world’s most difficult countries to clear customs. All parcels except air parcels are often checked, especially when FedEx and DHL can be checked, and the collection must be provided. The VAT registration number of the piece. Brazil’s best to send EMS, in order to avoid unnecessary trouble, or post it.

The Brazilian Customs stipulates that the quantity of the same goods cannot exceed 3PCS for all items sent to local private persons, otherwise, the customs will refuse to clear the customs and directly arrange the goods to be returned to the place of delivery (no notification will be given before the return), and all the freight incurred the shipper bears all.

If the quantity of the same product exceeds 3PCS, it can only be sent to the company, not to individuals, and it must be imported in the form of formal customs clearance. Suppose the shipment needs to be formally cleared. In that case, the recipient must have a record and registration at the local customs and need to hire a customs clearance agency to assist in customs clearance procedures.

The recipient can also use his own customs clearance agent. At present, only two ports in Brazil, VCP and GRU, in Sao Paulo, can go through formal customs clearance procedures. If the recipient is not in these two port cities, the recipient can go to these two ports to complete the customs clearance procedures or transfer the goods to the nearest port. Customs supervision center (there will be additional costs) to deal with. As Brazil DHL does not have the authority to transfer goods in a bonded area, it needs to be handed over to a third-party agent to do it. The resulting warehouse rent and transfer freight must be paid directly to the agent.

(1) This country does not accept abandonment without fees. If the destination customs clearance fails, the sender chooses to abandon the shipment and needs to pay at least 50 euros for the abandonment fee per ticket. Otherwise, the foreign country will arrange to pay for the return.

(2) The recipient’s tax number is required for DHL to Brazil.

(3) The city GURUPI is remote and does not accept tariff collection. For some remote areas or unlisted areas, the tax must be paid by the sender. If the goods are not remarked on the waybill and invoice with VAT NO. (recipient VAT number)They will be returned directly to the place of origin without any notice.


It belongs to a South American country, and there are talks in the market that the country’s customs clearance is prone to problems. From the data, there are individual packages that have been levied on tariffs.


Starting from January 13, 2011, shipments imported into Ecuador must provide the original commercial invoice. Pro-forma or copy commercial invoices are not accepted. If the declared information is inaccurate, it will result in a fine for the express shipment, which is USD1320 per master air waybill and USD130 per bill of lading for DHL.

The costs incurred will be borne by the sender. At least 8 days delay, fine (10% CIF), 100% inspection, or may be deducted. If there is a problem with customer information, the airline may be affected.

The invoice must have the following information: the shipper’s trademark, commercial invoice number, delivery date, complete information of the shipper and consignee (company, address, name, telephone), country of origin and brand, description of each The project’s product and destination customs code, detailed product name, quantity, weight, model, and price for trade payment methods: such as FOB price.

In other South American countries, there is generally no problem with express delivery. Central American countries are also available, depending on customer requirements. DHL is slightly more expensive, and FedEx still has certain advantages.


Western Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, etc.

Western Europe, Northern Europe, and Southern Europe are suitable for DHL and TNT and have the strongest customs clearance capabilities. Especially for the Netherlands and Belgium, TNT has the greatest advantage because TNT is from Holland Post.

It should be noted here that France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom are not suitable for sending postal parcels in some Western European countries. Their websites will not be updated. It is possible that the customer has received the goods, but he also said that they did not receive it, which may cause disputes.

Eastern European countries, DHL is better, including Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.

Other European countries

Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, as well as the countries of the former Soviet Union, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, etc, should send EMS and postal packages.

Greece and Turkey have relatively corrupt customs and high taxes. Unless customers have their own customs clearance agents, it is not recommended to use the four major express delivery services of DHL, FedEx, TNT, and UPS. Generally, they use EMS and postal services, which have strong customs clearance capabilities.

United Kingdom

Duties will be imposed when the declared value is greater than 18GBP, and very few parcels have been checked by customs in the U.K.

Ireland, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, etc.: belonging to the European Union and will levy taxes on parcels higher than 22 euros. According to previous data, a small number of parcels have been found, and the safety factor of EMS is high.


Taxes are collected on packages higher than 22 euros. Due to the low tax-free declaration amount, parcels in the European Union are often checked for low declarations.


It belongs to the European Union area and will levy taxes on parcels higher than 22 euros. According to previous data, a small number of parcels have been found to have received tariffs. The textiles are relatively strict, and the safety factor of EMS is high.


It belongs to the European Union area and will levy taxes on parcels higher than 22 euros. Germany is also a relatively special country in the European Union area. Customs inspections are stronger than other European Union countries. EMS is often returned due to customs reasons.


Russia is a very special country. For DHL and FedEx and other express delivery methods, basically, every item will be found, but EMS is rarely found, and the postal route is normal. For express shipments exported to Russia, the destinations are only Moscow and St. Petersburg with parcel service, and the sender and recipient must be in the name of the company. Either party is a private person, and the shipment will be directly arranged to be returned before it reaches the destination. This country does not accept discarded shipments. If the destination customs clearance fails, the express shipment will be arranged to pay and return. The cost of the return will be borne by the sender, and it will take a long time to arrange the return abroad. EMS can.


Ukraine’s customs are also more difficult. Except for postal EMS and small parcels, FedEx and DHL parcels are difficult to clear customs.


The country is prone to problems with FedEx and DHL packages, but there is no exception if EMS is used. Belarus imposes weight restrictions on parcels. The single shipment ticket cannot exceed 250KG, and the single piece cannot exceed 50KG. If the shipment arrives in the local area, it must be forwarded to a third-party agent for delivery (the city or zip code marked “F” in the DHL service guide list ) A single ticket cannot exceed 30KG, and the size does not exceed 1.2*0.8*0.8M. If the weight exceeds this limit, the shipment will be automatically returned, and all costs incurred will be borne by the shipper.

middle east

It is recommended to take the Middle East Express, which is a local express company, which has an advantage over DHL in the Middle East. And EMS and postal services are also available. It’s just that the timeliness is slower.

Saudi Arabia

Shipments to Saudi Arabia (S.A.) will have the following customs clearance requirements: (Applicable to goods with a commercial declared value greater than or equal to US$100)

(1) The actual consignee or the final consignee must be an importer with a record of IOR;

(2) The customs declaration materials must include: a copy of the consignee’s business registration (business license in China), and a power of attorney authorized by the consignee to clear customs on its behalf;

(3) All imported goods with a value of more than US$100 must be formally cleared. Goods imported into Saudi Arabia also have the following requirements:

a. Goods imported in the name of the company with a value of more than 100 US dollars must provide the importer’s business registration copy (business license) (the importer’s business registration number needs to be filled in the VAT number of the DHL waybill — the Chinese business license number),

b. All shipments to Dhahran (Dhahran) with a value of more than US$13,250, or Jeddah (Jeddah) and Riyadh (Riyadh) with a value of more than US$2500, must have a power of attorney to authorize DHL to act as the importer for customs clearance ( The authorization is valid for DHL for one year),

c. All Saudi Arabians and foreign nationals must provide an I.D. number (equivalent to China’s I.D. number) when importing goods worth more than $100 in private names. When self-pickup is required, this I.D. number should be written on the DHL waybill At VAT number,

d. For specific goods exceeding US$100, a Clean report of findings/SASO (Clean report of findings/SASO) issued by an authoritative testing company in the country of origin is required; for goods valued at Jeddah exceeding US$13,250 and Riyadh goods value exceeding For goods worth US$2,500, an authoritative trade organization must provide a certificate of origin in the country of origin.

Suppose the relevant customs clearance documents are not provided in accordance with the above requirements. In that case, the goods will be returned, and all returned expenses will be directly forwarded to the sender.

The destination cannot be discarded, but can only be transferred to Bahrain for customs clearance or discarded, and there will be transshipment costs from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. Generally, the shipment is relatively large and weighs more than 50KG.



The inspection of imported parcel goods is relatively loose, and customs duties are exempted for parcels under 1,000 Australian dollars. Except for some prohibited and log products, customs clearance is very good. DHL is more expensive, and it has to be marked “Made In China” on the box machine. Relatively speaking, FedEx is cheaper.

All express mail (including documents and packages) to Australia must pay attention to the following:

All express mail (including documents and packages) to Australia must pay attention to the following:

(1) All commercial invoices must provide market value. Otherwise, it will cause delays or not allow customs clearance at any time.

(2) Customs clearance must have all customs clearance documents, including a complete commercial invoice, packing list, import permit, etc. Shipments sent to Australia (Australia), and New Zealand will not accept P.O. Box. Otherwise, the shipment may be directly returned to the place of origin, if the related costs incurred will be borne by the sender; the person shall bear it. (If the recipient’s address is P.O. BOX, there is no recipient to sign for the shipment, but it is sent to the mailbox in front of the door. It is easy to lose the shipment. Please try not to send it to POBOX when shipping.)

Other countries in Oceania

Including New Zealand, French Polynesia, and some small islands, there are more DHL and FedEx flights, but DHL is faster and more expensive. At the same time, UPS also has advantages.


South Africa

It is officially stipulated that South Africa requires import certificates for textiles. FedEx and DHL have been found relatively more, and EMS has rarely been found and returned.


DHL freight is not high, but after arriving at the destination, the recipient will be charged related fees for no reason; a single piece exceeding 70kg or a single ticket exceeding 300kg is rejected.

Other countries in Africa

For example, wealthier Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, etc. can all take DHL. Other poor countries are best based on the ability of customers to clear customs.

The post is Universal Post, basically in every country, and this is the most capable of customs clearance. When you send it to an uncertain country, you can choose postal and EMS or go to the forum to see if some people have passed the other four major express.

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