AliExpress Shipping Methods Explained — Which One Should You Choose and Why?
Which shipping method should I choose in AliExpress?, Is China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus is Good?, Can I track 4PX Singapore Post OM Pro? etc… These are some common questions that come to the first time buyer of AliExpress.
Almost every new buyer does a mistake in choosing the shipping method. Just because of the free shipping charge, mostly new buyers choose shipping methods like China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus, 4PX Singapore Post OM Pro, YunExpress Economic Air Mail, SunYou Economic Air Mail, POS Malaysia Economic Air Mail, etc…
Then the buyer complains that AliExpress is a fake website, they don’t deliver the product, the seller of AliExpress is not reliable, etc…
If you have already tried these shipping methods and never received your parcel on time then don’t worry. In this AliExpress Shipping Guide, I will tell you which shipping method should you choose to receive your product on time with hassle-free tracking.
How Many Types of Shipping Methods Does AliExpress Offer?
When we purchase a product from a local website, we get a tracking number within an hour(or within a day) and we receive the product the same day or sometimes within a few days.
You need to understand one thing is shopping from local websites and international websites are completely different. When you purchase anything from international websites, you need to be careful about the shipping methods because some shipping methods come with a tracking number while the tracking number of some parcels is fake.
1. Ordinary Post/Shipment
As the name suggests, these are the ordinary parcels like we send something by sticking ₹5 or ₹10 rupees ticket/stamp on the envelope. Ordinary shipments are used for small products that fit in a small padded envelope.
Most new buyers are not aware of the fact that the tracking number of ordinary parcels is not valid outside China. This means you will never know when will you receive your product. And If your parcel lost in transit, it’s impossible to determine at which stage of the delivery process it went missing.
List of some ordinary parcels that cannot be tracked:
- China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus
- Yanwen Economic Air Mail
- SunYou Economic Air Mail
- 4PX Singapore Post OM Pro
- YunExpress Economic Air Mail
- POS Malaysia Economic Air Mail
How long does Ordinary Shipments take?
As per this report, these ordinary parcels take between 30-45 days to reach the destination but I would say It depends on your luck.
I have tried all these shipping methods so many times but haven’t received my parcels 7 out of 10 times. And those parcels which I received took less than 25 days and sometimes took more than 90 days. In short, you can say that these shipping methods can take forever to reach the destination.
2. Registered Post/Shipment
Maybe you know it as certified shipments in your country but we call it Registered Post in India. Registered Post or mail is the most common shipping option available for products that cost above $10. This is helpful when any parcel or packages needs some kind of attestation so that it can be safely delivered, unlike ordinary posts.
Registered post is almost like an ordinary post with special features as it is safe, secure, and record proof. You get a valid tracking number with Registered Post, which can be tracked until the delivery.
List of some registered post that can be tracked:
- AliExpress Standard Shipping
- China Post Registered Air Mail
- Singapore Post Registered Air Mail
- Turkey Post Registered Air Mail
- Belgium Post Registered Air Mail
- Netherlands Post(PostNL) International Mail
- Sweden Post(PostNord) Registered Air Mail
- Malaysia Post(POS Malaysia) Registered Air Mail
How long does Registered Post / Certified Shipments take?
As per this report, the Standard delivery time for most packages is 15-45 days. In my case, I have received almost all the products within a month and sometimes within 15 days.
If you’re from the metro city then the delivery time could be less and If you’re from the rural area then the delivery time could be longer. If you don’t want to wait for a long time, you can go for the premium delivery service. On average these orders are delivered within 7-15 days.
Here are Some Examples
I ordered some sunglasses using Standard Shipping from AliExpress. The seller shipped the product using Singapore Post Registered Air Mail, and the product arrived in just 12 days.
Here’s another example
I ordered a universal travel charger from AliExpress. The seller shipped the product using SunYou Economic Air Mail and this time the product arrived after 33 days. If you regularly travel, this universal travel charger will be very helpful for you.
I want to say one thing, Whenever I select AliExpress standard shipping and the seller ships the product using SunYou Economic Air Mail, I get a valid tracking number and I can track it until the delivery.
But whenever I directly select SunYou Economic Air Mail, the tracking number looks the same but it doesn’t work in the destination country. So I will recommend you please avoid SunYou Economic Air Mail.
I ordered a mechanical keyboard from AliExpress. The seller shipped the product using China Post Registered Air Mail and this time the product arrived after 40 days. You should check this keyboard, This is one of the best mechanical keyboards you can buy.
3. Premium Shipment
You would have already understood from the name, courier service like DHL, FedEx, EMS are some examples of premium shipments. Premium Shipment is used for heavy and costly products to deliver them safely and earliest.
How long does Registered Post / Certified Shipments take?
Most of the time, the Premium courier will deliver your product within 10 days and it can also attract customs duty.
You can check this laptop, I ordered the laptop using Standard Shipping. The seller shipped the product using Singapore Post (EMS) and the product arrived in just 12 days.
You should also remember one thing is, costly products take a long time in customs clearance especially in India. If the seller will ship a laptop using Registered Post, it will take more than 40 – 50 days to reach the destination.
How to verify, the tracking number is valid/invalid?
One of the biggest problems you can face is sometimes the seller mentions a Registered post on the product page. Once you place the order, they ship the product using an ordinary post.
In that case, you won’t able to do anything even customer support team won’t help you. They will just tell you to wait for the 60 days. If you will not receive the product within the mentioned time, you need to contact AliExpress customer support to get the solution.
I will recommend you to verify the tracking number after shipment. If the seller is using an ordinary post instead of a registered post, you can blacklist the seller.
Almost all valid tracking number(premium excluded) of the Registered post starts with ‘R’ Alphabet, Nine Digits in the Center and Ends with Country Code. To verify the tracking number you should check that your tracking number is looking like the below example or not.
Example of Valid Tracking Number:
RB123456789SG — ‘SG’ Stands For Singapore Post.
- RK123456789CN — ‘CN’ Stands For China Post.
- RJ123456789SE — ‘SE’ Stands For Sweden Post.
- RP123456789NL — ‘NL’ Stands For Netherlands Post.
- RU123456789MY — ‘MY’ Stands For Malaysia Post.
- RT123456789HK — ‘HK’ Stands For HongKong Post.
- Start with EX — It’s EMS also known as Speed Post in India.
- Starts with LP — SunYou Economic Air Mail.
Some examples of the valid and invalid tracking number in the below image.
I can assure you that you will definitely receive your product if you select any one of the above shipping methods suggested by me. However, Sometimes your package can be lost in transit but this is an exception.
Frequently Asked Questions
I already explained everything related to AliExpress shipping methods in this article, but there are some doubts that come to everyone’s mind. Here I am answering frequently asked question-related to AliExpress shipping.
Can I pay Cash on Delivery?
No! AliExpress does not offer cash on delivery. I can understand your problem, when I was placing my first order on AliExpress, I was scared of not receiving my order.
But don’t worry your money is completely safe. When you place an order on AliExpress, AliExpress informs the seller about the order but doesn’t give the money. The seller receives the money only if you confirm the delivery of the order or after the end of the purchase protection time.
Can I change the shipping address?
If you have already paid for the order but you noticed that the shipping address is wrong. In that case, You cannot change the address but now AliExpress gives you an option to request to modify the address.
After placing an order, you get a message and also get an edit button below the message. You can use the edit button to modify the address. After submitting the form, AliExpress will inform the seller about the change you want in your order. Your requests cannot be guaranteed but the seller will do their best to meet your needs.
What should I do, If I haven’t received the product within the mentioned time?
Normally, the product will be delivered to your address with 30 – 45 days but for any reason, if you don’t receive the product, you can contact the seller to get the solution.
Sometimes, Seller re-ship the product and also increases the purchase protection time. If the seller isn’t willing to help you, You can open the dispute to get the solution.
Can I send the order to a country other than the one I live in?
Yes, It’s very easy. If you’re familiar with drop-shipping, you already know that most drop shippers use AliExpress to sell products in other countries.
You will find a Ship To option on the top right of the AliExpress website, Just select the country where you want to send the order, then you will only get products from sellers who ship to that country.
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