Shipping to China: The Definitive eCommerce Guide

This guide is designed to show you everything you need to know about setting up your shipping strategy in China. Unlock your growth, by utilizing our tools and expertise, in serving millions of shipments to China and beyond.


China eCommerce Facts & Figures

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Shipping Rates & Couriers to China

Easyship offers a wide range of couriers & services that ship to China. Link your own courier account, or use our pre-negotiated rates to show the fastest, cheapest and best value deliver options for every customer.

China Shipping Tips & Information

Get helpful China shipping tips & information. Find out about public holidays and non-working days before you ship.

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Top courier services when shipping to China include, SF Express - Economy Express, Hong Kong Post - E-Express & SF Express - EC-Ship.

When shipping to China, ensure you pack shipments securely. See our guide .

Popular eCommerce platforms in China are Taobao , Tmall & JD .

Payment methods used by China are WeChat Pay & AliPay

Many merchants in China provide free shipping to consumers.

Saturday and Sunday are considered non-working days. You may experience delays for your shipments on these days.

Public holidays are also considered as non-working days. Please refer to the country's official Public Holiday page for specific holiday dates. Please refer to the official Holidays Page

China eCommerce Facts & Figures

The taxation for a particular country depends on the local GST/VAT, as well as the item category and its declared value. The tax & duty threshold is the amount at which a person begins paying taxes based on the declared value of an item.

China calculates using the CIF method, which means the duty and taxes are calculated based on the value of the imported goods as well as shipping costs. See more about calculation methods here

Duties & Tax Details For China

Currency: Chinese yuan (CNY)

Calculation Method: CIF

Tax Threshold: 0 USD

Tax (VAT/GST): 17%

Tax & duties are calculated on the price of the products only

Duty Threshold: 0 USD

Import Duty Product Categories

Shipment items in an order will have relevant duties charged at this rate


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0 %


0 %

Accessories (Battery)

0 %

Health & Beauty

10 %


16 %


23 %


0 %

Pets Accessories

20 %

Dry Food & Supplements

5 %

Home Appliances

4 %

Home Gardening

0 %


0 %


6 %


20 %

Audio Video

12 %


0 %


0 %

Books & Collectibles

0 %

We try our best to keep this information as accurate as possible, but this information is liable to change at any time.

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Shipping Documents

Shipping Documentation to China

Shipping internationally requires a lot of documentation, which can be confusing and time consuming. Easyship generates this paperwork for you automatically based on your shipment's information, making the whole process easy.

Commercial Invoice

Battery Statement

Tax Documents & Shipping labels

China Customs: Shipping Restrictions & Prohibited Items

Confused on China customs and regulations? Before shipping to China (or any country), it's important to know if there are any special arrangements to make when sending them or even if they are legal at all. Get shipping regulations for China and other countries at Easyship.

Restricted Items

  • Animals

  • Flowers

  • Seeds

  • Substances Of Human Or Animal Origin

  • Tobacco

Prohibited Items

  • Chemicals

  • Currency

  • Drugs

  • Endangered Animals

  • Explosives

  • Firearms

  • Fresh Food

  • Plants

  • Radio Transmitters

The list of restricted items changes frequently, so it's always best to check the official customs page prior to sending your goods.

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