ePacket shipment has come as a revolution in online shopping that backed up hundreds and thousands of online sellers and dropshippers with excellent cutting edge shipping services.
The reason I called ePacket as a revolution in the ecommerce industry is that it somewhat resolved the primary issue of online buying that restricts the digital buyers to complete the purchase.
The numbers of online buyers have significantly increased over the years. There are 1.92 online buyers in 2019, and it is expected to grow up to 2.14 billion by 2021.
However, the majority of online sellers could not get a chance to get maximum benefits from numbers of the online buyer, and the primary reason for that is the shipment.
According to Statista, 63% of US digital shoppers abandon their carts because of unexpected shipment cost, and 36% abandon the cart due to late shipment issues.
VWO commerce survey states that 24% of online buyers are willing to spend more to qualify for free shipping.
I hope you can understand how ePacket shipment revolutionized the ecommerce industry by eliminating the problem of late delivery and expensive rates in online purchasing.
Now coming back to the concern of understanding the term ePacket and how does it work.
In this post, I have tried to answer the questions related to the ePacket shipment, and I hope that by the end, you will have a comprehensive answer to your question.
What is ePacket?
ePacket is a shipping option that came into existence after an agreement that the Chinese and Hong Kong government made with US postal service along with multiple other tier A & B countries to make the delivery fast within 10-20 days and relative cheap than other shipment options.
This international shipping method was designed in 2011 to flourish the ecommerce industry worldwide as the ‘e’ stands for ecommerce in ePacket.
It allows the merchants of big ecommerce marketplaces such as Aliexpress and Lazada to offer fast shipping services at reasonable prices for the customers worldwide.
What is ePacket tracking, and how does it Work?
ePacket tracking service allows the merchant as well as the customer to track their product on the websites Express Mail Service (EMS) and the US postal service (USPS) website.
You can monitor your package destination on these websites with an ePacket tracking number that is provided to both – merchant and buyer – when the order is placed.
What is the Eligibility Criteria of Using ePacket
There are some requirements that have to be fulfilled to use the ePacket shipment.
USPS presents eligibility criteria based on height weight size and value. Every product has to fulfill the entire requirement on those fields to become eligible for ePacket shipment.
The package/parcel requirement and rolls requirement are slightly different here.
Weight – The product’s weight must not exceed than 2 kilos (4.4 lbs) – includes the weight of shipping box + any packaging or filling material.
Value/Price – The product price should be equal or less than $400 and must be delivered to the countries eligible for ePacket shipment.
Height and Length – The length of the package should not exceed 24 inches (60 cm). The length, height, and width altogether should not exceed 36 inches (90 cm).
The rolled up packages weight, and value requirement is the same; however, the length requirement is different.
The length of rolls should not exceed 36 inches (90 cm).
The length plus twice the size of diameter should not be more than 42 inches (104 cm).
Length + 2(diameter) = 42 inches (104 cm)
The length of rolls should be at least 4 inches (11 cm).
The length plus twice the size of diameter should be more than 6.69 (17 cm)
Length + 2(diameter) = 6.69 inches (17cm)
What is ePacket Aliexpress
Aliexpress provides the option ePacket shipment on most of its items that is very cheap compared to other shipping options.
Here is an example of ePacket Aliexpress;
You can get this portable blender in just 25 days via ePacket in just $1.22 delivery charges.
How to choose ePacket on Oberlo
Oberlo chrome extension allows you to add products directly from Aliexpress to your Shopify store. And also it comprehensively tells you either the item has the ePacket option or not.
To learn to setup your own Shopify Store, do check our step-by-step drop shipping Shopify guide.
In case, if you just need to check the ePacket Aliexpress product without even clicking on the item, Oberlo will help you to do so.
All you need to do is to download Oberlo Chrome Extension from Chrome web store.
Write ‘Oberlo’ in the search section and click ‘Add to Chrome.’
After adding Oberlo Chrome Extension, click on it and select ePacket in the options section.
Now go to Aliexpress.com and scroll down the products. All the ePacket Aliexpress product will be highlighted in ‘green.’
List of countries that have ePacket
Following are countries where the ePacket shipment is possible.
- Hong Kong
- Kazakhstan (currently in a trial run)
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Spain (in testing for some cities)
- Thailand (currently in a trial run)
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
- Vietnam (in testing)
How long does an ePacket from China take
The delivery date is not exactly specified. There are certain elements on which delivery is dependent such as the country’s import policies, customs restrictions, and local post office services. Also, public holidays in different countries affect shipping time.
However, the buyer should expect to receive the package within 10-25 days.
How does ePacket help the dropshipper
ePacket services come as a messiah for dropshippers. The primary problem that a dropshipper face on which he has the least control is the shipment. The unreliable, slow, and expensive delivery is similar to a contagious disease in dropshipping business.
The unreliable and unsettling delivery methods proved as the primary barrier to create trust issues among the merchant and customers.
ePacket bring the evolution in the dropshipping business by making it possible to deliver the small packages from China to all over the globe, including Australia, North America, and Europe.
Here are some benefits that dropshippers gets from ePacket
1. Inexpensive Rates
ePacket is famous for its cheap delivery prices that became the primary factor for its success in the ecommerce sector. In online markets, the major issue that buyers face is the unreasonable and expensive shipping charges that sometimes cost more than10 times the price of the product. With ePacket shipment, the product manufactured in China now can be shipped at cheap rates or even some time at free of cost all over the world.
The inexpensive shipment allows the dropshippers to offer the product to their customers with a free delivery option, which online buyer love the most.
2. Fast Deliveries
Usually, a customer has to wait for the months for the product to be delivered from China that makes the customer frustrated with the ecommerce market. ePacket came as a revolution by cutting down the shipment time as well as in the cost.
Now, instead of waiting for months to get the products, the customer receives the product in 7-20 days.
3. Sync with Dropshipping Sites
The popular dropshipping sites provide ePacket in their shipment options, including eBay, Oberlo, and Aliexpress. The ePacket option is not available on all the items, but the majority of items do give the ePacket shipping option.
4. Product Tracking and Receiving Confirmation
Another issue that dropshippers frequently face is the complete helplessness on the inventory control and its tracking. With the help of ePacket, the dropshippers and the buyers both can track their products with the tracking number at no surcharge fees or hidden cost. The tracking option creates the element of trust between buyer and seller, which is a crucial aspect of online selling.
5. Boost your Sale
Free shipping is a proven method to improve online sales. ePacket allows the sellers to provide their customers with a fast, reliable, and free shipping option.
This practice helps the seller to maintain a healthy relationship with the customers to generate lucrative results for their ecommerce stores.
Every individual associated with ecommerce industry can significantly leverage from ePacket that opens the option of global shipment where price and time is not a problem.
New countries have been adding in the list of ePacket every year, which will option more gates for online sellers to target more relevant target audience for their products.