We are leaving Shanghai on Friday. I can’t believe our stay has flown by so quickly. It feels like we were just scratching the surface in really getting to know Shanghai. So with that we had to ship some clothing and gifts home to the U.S. I couldn’t find any decent information on shipping from China, so that is why I am sharing our experience and pricing. Why are we shipping stuff home? Because we plan to continue traveling throughout Asia for almost 3 more months and Jen had to bring business casual clothing to teach for Project Hope.
Here is our loose itinerary coming up:
Chengdu – 5 days | Hong Kong – 5 days | Taiwan – 2 weeks | Philippines – 1-2 weeks | Malaysia – 1 week | (unplanned time period) | Singapore – 3 to 4 days | Tokyo – 5 days | Florida – 1 week | North Carolina – 5 days | Home to Michigan – July 21st!
Now on to our experience shipping from China. We had two boxes worth of clothing, gifts, etc. We ventured to our local China Post office. These can be tricky to find as there is also the Postal Savings Bank of China. They are not the same thing.
We packed up our stuff in some bags and took them to our closest China Post office. I had been here before because I mailed some fancy Chinese New Year Oreos to our friend Courtney.
Lucky for us, the clerk spoke some English. China Post provides the boxes and tape. We packed up our goods and he sealed up the box with tape.
There’s a simple form that you fill out for each package. Nothing too crazy. Just addresses, what’s in the package, how you want it shipped, and a forwarding address/how you want the package to be dealt with if it is undeliverable.
Some customers had these huge bags or sacks that they were actually SEWING closed with string and needles!
China Post even provides tape, string, giant needles and RUBBER CEMENT! (that’s what that giant gob is – rubber cement!)
Another cool thing that China post did with our boxes was to attach plastic strips around them and seal them. Super fancy.
One box was 11.05 kilos, the other was 8.85 kilos. We shipped them surface or on a slow boat from China. The total was 580 RMB or $93.47. Roughly $4.69 per kilo. Needless to say we were so happy at that price. I had thought we’d be spending around $200 – $300 to ship our stuff home. They said 1-2 months for the surface mail.
We also sent a small care package to some family. This package was only able to be sent by Air Mail, thus making it more expensive. It was 1.95 kilos – shipping for 113 RMB or $18.21. Pretty high at $9.33 per kilo. They said 2-3 weeks for the airmail option.
We didn’t purchase any kind of insurance because we didn’t really see any way that we could recoup that once in the United States.
Here is a link to the China Post website. I didn’t find it particularly useful. I only found our local China Post office by being on the VPN and using Google Maps in our neighborhood.
I know that there are other options for international shipping like DHL or FedEx, but this was the most cost effective. Also, there was nothing shipped that we couldn’t live without.
Good luck! And keep your fingers crossed that our packages arrive!