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What’s the Shipping Cost from China to USA for 7 main shipping methods (2020 Updated)

I bet there are million people have thought about this business mode: import good products from China and sell to different market places in US.  

Although it’s easy to find product suppliers on Alibaba, still a lot of people give up this business plan, because they don’t know methods and cost for shipping products from China to US.

The truth is over 90% of product suppliers on Alibaba are not professional on all shipping methods, so they are more likely to overcharge on shipping cost.

Or many of them prefer you use own freight forwarder to pick up cargo at their warehouse or at the port of China.

That sounds quite discouraging for people who are new to import from China.

So, I wrote this article to help you understand the estimated cost for using 7 main shipping solutions from China to US. Thus you can do the math by yourself, to decide if a product is worthy to import, or which shipping solution is most cost-effective.

NOTE: The shipping cost for each shipping method is not fixed. The article only provides you with a reference range of shipping price based on my industry experience.

Let’s dive right in…

Part 1 Express Shipping from China to US

There’s plenty of information on Google regarding the Express companies like Fedex, UPS and DHL.

Therefore, I am not going to waste your time listing the top Express courier’s here.

Instead, I’ll get straight to the point and answer the two more important questions:

  1. When is it more cost-effective to choose express? And;
  2. What type of goods can be transported via express?

Which Express Company is Better?

Express Company FedEx UPS DHL

Express Company FedEx UPS DHL

Express is a relatively easier mode of transportation when compared with sea or air freight.

And which is also fastest shipping from China to US.

Firstly, you won’t have to bother about custom clearances or duty payment, etc.

Custom Clearance and Duty

Secondly, whether you are getting the goods delivered to the east of United States, or the west, delivery fees will likely be the same.

Therefore, all you have to do is find an express company that gives you a reasonable quote and wait for the goods to be delivered to your address.

Yes, it’s that simple!

In fact, 95% of the product samples and small amount of high-value goods are shipped by express.

Mostly, express delivery is highly suitable for online sellers who are in a hurry to restock, like Amazon sellers.

Moving on…

You’ve all heard of Fedex, UPS, DHL.

But which one is most reliable and cost-effective for shipping from China.

I definitely recommend Fedex and UPS.

In general, DHL’s customs clearance process is slower than that of Fedex and UPS.

Furthermore, sometimes DHL’s shipping cost from China to US is also relatively higher.

Comparison Between Fedex UPS DHL

As for the shipping cost of Fedex and UPS, you have to ask your Alibaba supplier or your freight forwarder to provide you with a real-time price, then choose a cheaper one.

Compared with sea freight, the shipping cost of express is quite unstable and may even change every week.

The shipping costs quickly escalate during the high season like a month before Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Christmas High Season Shipping Cost from Express Company

While at the same time, the costs may drop significantly during the low season.

Express Shipping Costs from China to USA

Keep in mind, whether Fedex,UPS or DHL, the official price is generally higher.

Also, every express company offers different discounts based on the annual shipments of the shipper (your supplier, or freight forwarder), which further influences the prices.

If your Chinese supplier doesn’t often use Fedex to ship goods from China to the US, he can find an express agent with discount and ask him to ship the goods to the United States.

So, you’ll get a lower shipping cost.

Therefore, besides the impact of season, and the amount of empty space left in plane;

The difference in the agents’ discount also influences the cost of express delivery.

Moving on to the price estimate for Fedex delivery.

Although, the delivery charges often fluctuates but the price of Fedex still floats within a specific range.

Using the reference price I provide in this post and factoring in the other influencers discussed above, you can easily determine the cost of delivery to your address.

Fedex offers International Priority and International Economy delivery, also known as IP and IE. Transit time for IP is faster than IE.

Fedex International Priority vs Economic

In general, IP takes 2-3 working days, and IE takes 4-6 working days.

I call it small package below 20KG, and cargo above 21KG. Refer to the tables below to check out the price estimate.

Firstly, for the small package (<21KG):

Fedex IP (<21KG)< /h2>
0.5-5.5KG Cost $ 6-11KG Cost $ 11.5-16.5KG Cost $ 17-20.5KG Cost $
0.5 25 6 97 11.5 169 17 241
1 31 6.5 103 12 175 17.5 248
1.5 38 7 110 12.5 182 18 254
2 44 7.5 116 13 189 18.5 261
2.5 51 8 123 13.5 195 19 267
3 57 8.5 130 14 202 20 274
3.5 64 9 136 14.5 208 20.5 280
4 70 9.5 143 15 215 _ _
4.5 77 10 149 15.5 221 _ _
5 84 10.5 156 16 228 _ _
5.5 90 11 162 16.5 234 _ _

Fedex IE (<21KG)< /h2>
0.5-5.5KG Cost $ 6-11KG Cost $ 11.5-16.5KG Cost $ 17-20.5KG Cost $
0.5 24 6 72 11.5 112 17 161
1 29 6.5 77 12 127 17.5 167
1.5 36 7 82 12.5 131 18 171
2 43 7.5 87 13 136 18.5 175
2.5 50 8 92 13.5 139 19 180
3 53 8.5 97 14 144 20 186
3.5 56 9 102 14.5 148 20.5 190
4 61 9.5 107 15 152 _ _
4.5 66 10 112 15.5 152 _ _
5 70 10.5 115 16 155 _ _
5.5 71 11 119 16.5 158 _ _

Then, for the cargo (>21KG):

Fedex IP ( >21KG)   Fedex IE ( >21KG)  
21KG-70KG $7-$7.5 21KG-70KG $6.5-$6.7
>70KG $6.3-$7 >70KG $6-$6.5

The tables above clearly shows that IP delivery is more expensive than IE.

So, generally, Fedex IP is the best choice for sending product samples.

However, if it is CARGO >21KG), I suggest you choose Fedex IE.

In addition, please note that the goods containing lithium batteries, powder and liquid are not allowed to be shipped by official Fedex.

Fedex Refuse to Ship Lithium Battery

And you’ll say,

“I really want to ship these products by express, you have a better solution? ”


Some express agents will help you ship the goods to Hong Kong first.

And then ship them to the United States by Fedex or DHL of Hong Kong.

Of course, the cost for shipping such sensitive goods is more expensive, usually around $10/kg or more.

Dimensional Weight VS Real Weight

For express and air freight, you should pay special attention to the problem of charged weight.

So, is charged weight calculated by the “kg” – its real weight or its real volume?

If the volume of the goods is larger than its actual weight, charges are applicable according to the volume.

For instance, if you ship a huge foam of 100cm x100cm x 100cm, which weighs 20kg.

Then the express company will definitely not charge you by its real weight (20kg).

Since the size will of the package will be large and will occupy significant space.

Interestingly, the charges are not calculated as per the volume as well. The costs are actually determined by dimensional weight.

Here’s the formula to calculate it,

Dimensional Weight = Length(cm) x Width(cm) x Height(cm)/5000.

Dimensional Weight Calculation

Let’s go back to foam example.

Suppose you need to ship 1 piece of a large 100cm x 100cm x 100cm foam weighing 20KG. What will be it’s dimensional weight?

Let’s calculate.

Dimensional weight=100cm x 100cm x 100cm/5000=200kg,

So,you see,

Its dimensional weight is far larger than its actual weight.

Hence the express will charge you by 200kg.

The charged weight for all the goods are calculated in this manner, and then the dimensional weight is compared with the real weight to determine the charged weight.

As for customs duties, if the value of goods is less than $800, it is duty-free by Fedex.

One last thing, If you ask your supplier to help you ship goods by Fedex, it’s better to pay the fee to your supplier in advance.

Even if you have a Fedex account in the United States, you should not pay the freight until you sign for it, because it will be very expensive.

Part 2 Air Freight from China to the USA

After covering the cost estimates for express delivery, let’s move on to air freight.

Essentially, both air freight and express use plane as a tool to ship the cargo.

Wondering what’s the differences between the two and when do you choose to express and when do you choose air freight?

Don’t worry, you’ll soon know the answer.

The Differences Between Air Freight and Express

Undeniably, express delivery is quite simple and straight-forward. But what about air freight?

Shipping via air freight is a bit more complex and its import and export procedures are similar to the traditional sea freight.

It includes the following three steps:

  • Local logistics in China and export process.
  • Air shipping from Chinese airport to American airport.
  • Local logistics in USA and import process.

Usually, if you have more than 500 KG of cargo, choosing air freight is cost-effective.

Loading Cargos Before Air Freight

At the same time, if your cargo quantity is below 300kg, you may not want to consider air freight as express offers a better choice.

Now, what if the cargo quantity is between 300-500kg?

At this time, I will not recommend either air freight or express.

The price of air freight is always changing just like the express prices, so, it’s impossible to say which is cheaper.

It all boils down to real time prices.

There are also lots of irregular discounts to express.

For example, FedEx is cheaper than air freight if the plane of FedEx has much empty space left.

What is All-Included Air Freight Cost to US

As mentioned above, if the cargo quantity is more than 500kg, you can ship by air freight.

But what about the cost of air freight?

Whether you are planning to consult a freight forwarder or are dealing with an Alibaba supplier, it’s essential that you ask for the price for the whole shipping process.

It is the all-included price, which includes the cost of shipping from China airport/port to your door.

As stated earlier, the shipping process for air freight includes three main steps.

Air Freight Factory to Buyer Process

It’s important to decide beforehand whether you want to ship your goods to the port of your country or have them delivered directly to your door.

At times, some freight forwarders or suppliers only quote you the price of shipping from the China airport-to-destination airport in order to attract you.

Obviously, such prices seem low at the beginning but there are hidden charges.

It does not include some customs clearance costs and domestic land costs.

Of course, air freight is the same as express, and its price is also subject to real-time changes.

Air freight costs per kg for your reference

Here, I will give you an air freight all-included price range.

More than 500kg, and the all-included price by air freight is around $5.5/kg.

In order to make an intuitive comparison with the express, I will also give you the express price here, $6.5/kg.

Note, this price I gave you doesn’t include the local logistics cost in China (From China factory to China airport).

Shipping time for air freight =Time required for booking shipping space+flight time+Local delivery time in USA.

It usually takes 4-7 days in total.

The Cost Breakdown Of Air Freight

If you are a newbie, you can just seek help from your China supplier or freight forwarder in shipping the goods.

Just keep in mind the shipping costs that are mentioned in the article, and you’re good to go.

However, some importers carry out the shipping process on their own. So, the next part will surely interest you.

Similarly to Express, air freight has its own calculation formula that you can use to calculate the charged weight of the air freight.

Importing from China to USA

You must remember the dimensional formula of express:

Dimensional Weight = Length (cm) x Width (cm) x Height (cm)/5000

But, the dimensional formula of air freight is slightly different than this:

Dimensional Weight = Length (cm) x Width (cm) x Height (cm)/6000

So, if you’re shipping your goods yourself, you should know the cost of each part of the air freight as it’s not just an all-inclusive price.

Usually, while sourcing products from Alibaba, most of the suppliers will quote you FOB price.

FOB Price Alibaba Quotation

This means, your Chinese supplier is responsible for the transpiration from a Chinese factory to the Chinese airport.

Here, air freight is divided into two steps:

  • The cost from China airport to an American airport.
  • The cost from American airport to your door.

Also, there are other costs as well including Chinese export costs and American custom clearance costs.


Shipping cost (FOB) = Cost for air shipping from Chinese airport to American airport + American customs clearance cost+ Local logistics cost in the USA

However, for the accurate cost of American customs clearance and local logistics in the USA, you have to ask your local freight forwarder.

Additionally, there is also a little difference between the cost of air shipping from Chinese airport to American airport and sea freight.

As it depends on the type of cargo and the destination airport, there is a great variation in the cost.

That’s all for FOB. No, let’s move further to EXW.

It means that one more step will be added to your FOB and you’ll be responsible for the transportation from the Chinese factory to the port of shipment in China.


It implies, besides the cost of FOB, you’ll also have to add on the cost for logistics in China and export process.

Shipping cost(EXW) = Local logistics cost in China + China export cost + Cost for air shipping from Chinese airport to American airport + American customs clearance cost + Local logistics cost in the USA

As you can see, the cost of air freight is not fixed, and there are some additional costs that you’ve to consult by yourself, it makes your estimation very complicated.

For a rough calculation of shipping costs, you can refer to the price of FedEx.

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Part 3 Sea Freight from China to the USA

Now, let’s move on to sea freight.

Sea freight is the most complex shipping method. But, you need not worry as this guide will make the process simple and clear for you.

Loading Before Sea Freight

If the quantity of your goods exceeds 2CBM, you should consider sea freight.

Just like air freight.

firstly, this guide will provide you with an all included price so you can compare the prices and roughly calculate the shipping cost.

This cost includes the delivery to your door but excludes the local logistics cost in China.

NO HURRY, before that, I have something else to show you.

Less Than Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL)

The cargo shipped by the sea freight is carried out in containers.

If the quantity of your goods is small and its volume is less than 15CBM, the freight forwarder will help you ship your goods by LCL.

It implies you have to share a container with other importers because your cargo load is less than a container.

LCL use CBM (Cubic Meter) as the unit to calculate the freight.


Now, what is FCL?

FCL is when your cargo quantity is large enough, and you can fill one or more containers.

In this case, the freight is calculated on the basis of the whole container.

Generally, it will be cheaper than LCL freight.

Furthermore, the container model is mainly divided into three types:

Full container load 20”GP   40”GP 40”HQ
CBM contained

1 CBM = 1 Cubic Meter

What is All-Included Sea Freight Cost to US

Again, this price mentioned here will help you in roughly calculating the shipping cost.

For bulk cargo, i.e. LCL, I’ll provide the price for the western United States, middle states, the eastern United States for your reference.

However, for the FCL price, I can only provide the cost of Los Angeles port for your reference.

This is because the cost from China to the different American port varies a lot.

And, there are more than 100 ports in the US.


Besides, the sea freight fares are changing in real time that is determined by the shipping company.

So, if you want to know the specific cost to your port, you can directly ask our customer representative.

They can help you with contacting the shipping company and offering you a real-time quotation.

The following table will give you an idea of the CBM and container shipping rates:

USA 3-5CBM 5-10CBM 10 CBM+ 20”GP    40”HQ
US West ($) 310 240 180 3700 4200 ($) 340 290 240 _ _
US East ($) 370 320 260 _ _

And, here’s how you can estimate the shipping cost of your products based on these. It’ll also give you a better estimate of the profit of your products.

So, how do you calculate freight rates?

Here is a real life example, you want to purchase 400 red wine glasses from China, and the size of the red wine cup with the package is 19cm x 23cm x 19cm, which you want to ship to Los Angeles (western United States).

The total CBMs for the 400 PCS will be:

400 x19cm x23cm x19cm/106 =3.3CBM

So, the total shipping cost will be $310*3.3CBM=$1,023.

Then, the average shipping cost of a wine glass will be:

Total shipping cost/400 units=$1023/400=$2.56

The Cost Breakdown Of Sea Freight

The all-included price is just to help you calculate a simple and rough shipping cost.

So, I’ll divide the sea freight process into three steps and show the cost in each step.

If you want to know everything about the sea freight process and its price, keep reading.

Or, just skip to my last part of this guide.

As discussed in Air freight, let’s read about the composition of sea freight under FOB and EXW.

Now, you must be wondering why these two again and not any other trade form.

Well, 90% of the trade is done under these two terms.

For example, suppliers usually offer you a FOB and EXW price when you source products on Alibaba.

Honestly, the EXW price is just the product cost, which means your supplier won’t help you ship the goods to the port of the shipment.

However, the FOB price includes the cost of the product and the local logistics cost in China (Chinese factory to the port of shipment).

Yes, that is it!

Now, let’s see the same through a formula for a much clearer overview.

In FOB, your supplier will help you ship your goods directly to the port of shipment.

After which, the part of sea freight you need to pay will be:

Shipping cost=Cost for sea freight from a Chinese port to America port +American customs clearance cost + Local logistics cost in the USA

On the EXW basis, your supplier will not help you ship the goods to the port of shipment.

In this case, the part of sea freight you need to pay will be:

Shipping cost = Local logistics cost in China + China export cost + Cost for sea freight from Chinese port to America port +American customs clearance cost + Local logistics cost in the USA

As you are now familiar with the components of total shipping costs, let us learn some more about the cost of each part.

Cost in China: It includes the cost for the factory/supplier to ship your goods to the port of shipment and China export cost.

If it is bulk cargo (Goods quantity is less than container load), the price will generally be around $10 -$30/CBM.

It depends on the distance from the factory to the port, and the volume of the goods.

Smaller the volume, expensive the freight will be.

China export cost: It includes booking costs, export operating costs and customs documents costs. It is generally around $100-$300.

If it is LCL (bulk cargo, less than one container) the cost will be $100-$200.

However, if it is FCL (Full container load), the cost is about $300.

So, if you have 5CBM bulk goods the cost in China will be:

($10-$30) x 5CBM+($100-$200) ≈ $150-$350

Cost for ocean freight is the cost from Chinese port to America port.

China Shipping

Similarly to air freight, the ocean freight is quoted by the shipping company, and the price is not fixed.

For a real-life example, when you book an air ticket, you’re most likely to get a 50-60% discount if most of the seats on the plane are vacant.

But, in the peak season, tickets are quite expensive (Full price).

Also, the price of the shipping cost to the United States east, middle and west of the different ports are different.

As there are more than 100 ports in the US, it’ll be difficult to give all the prices.

Below is the list of the prices of Los Angeles and New York.

The actual cost depends on the real-time quotation by the shipping company.

  Bulk Cargo(Less Than Container Load) Full Container Load (FCL)20”GP Full Container Load (FCL)40”HQ
Ningbo – New York $75/CBM $2100/Container $2600/Container
Ningbo – Los Angeles $70/CBM $1500/Container $1600/Container
Remember the 20”GP and 40”HQ?20”GP=28CBM,40”HQ=68CBM.

Cost in the local US: It includes US customs clearance, customs duties and local logistics cost in the US.

For this cost, you must consult an American customs clearance company or a local freight forwarder as it is a much simpler and more efficient way.

Let’s move on to the next part of the article.

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Part 4 A smart and cost-effective shipping solution (SFUC & AFUC )

Now, what are SFUC & AFUC?

Let’s start with SFUC.

SFUC—-Sea Freight UPS Combined

Generally, the shipping time for sea freight is about 30-45 days. Besides the shipping time on the sea, the local logistics in the USA is also quite slow.

Now, the question arises, is there a faster and cost-effective way than traditional sea freight?

Indeed, there is!

To remedy this problem, many Chinese freight forwarders are providing such shipping method.

They will help you ship the goods to the nearest port to you in the same way as traditional sea freight.

But, unlike traditional sea freight, UPS is responsible for the local logistics in the US.

It means transporting goods to your address as soon as the goods arrive at the port.

This makes the whole shipping process at least 10 days faster than the traditional sea freight.

Not all freight forwarders provide this service, so there is no unified English name for this type of transportation.

But, I prefer to call it Sea Freight UPS Combined– –SFUC.

Now, let’s check out the price.

USA 100KG+ 300KG+ 500KG+ 1000KG+
US West ($) $1.5 ($) $1.6
US East ($) $1.8

Note: For some goods with high taxes like textiles, hardware and accessories, some freight forwarders will charge you extra, i.e. $0.3-$0.4 per kg.


Now, you must be wondering, why doesn’t SFUC use CBM to calculate the cost?

It is because after arriving at the port of the US, UPS is responsible for the delivery, unlike traditional sea freight that is delivered by a truck when your goods arrive at the port.

As the express(UPS) is calculated according to kg, the shipping cost of SFUC is also calculated by kg, not using the CBM or container in traditional sea freight.

Therefore, SFUC is one of the main shipping methods directly from China to Amazon FBA because of its fast shipping time and efficient customs clearance.

AFUC—Air Freight UPS Combined

Although express is fast, it’s very costly.

So, many importers ask – “Is there a cheaper mode of transportation than Express but won’t take much longer than the express?”

Of course, there is a way.

Like SFUC, UPS is also responsible for the local delivery of goods within the United States after your goods arrive at the airport.

It is called Air Freight UPS Combined.

Air Freight UPS Combined

Let’s check its price in the table below. The exact price is subject to the real-time quotation.

USA 21 KG+ 51 KG+ 71 KG+ 101 KG+ 301 KG+ 501 KG+ 1001KG+
US West $) 5 4.8 4.3 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.8   ($) 5.2 4.9 4.5 4.1 4 4 3.9
US East ($) 5.3 5 4.9 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.3

Express takes 3-5 working days, and air freight takes 4-7 working days.

However, AFUC takes 11-15 working days.

Also, AFUC is not a mainstream shipping method.

But, if there is an urgent replenishment for Amazon FBA or other e-commerce platforms.

AFUC will be considered due to its cost-effective cost than express and much shorter shipping time than sea freight.

The Easiest Door to Door Shipping Solution

LAST part How much does epackage or postal parcel cost? What item is suitable?

Finally, here’s the last part.

I bet there are many people have heard about ePacket or China Postal Parcel, and believe these two are one type of cheapest shipping solution for sending from China to US.

But very few people on internet has introduced what is the rough cost for using these methods, and how to use.

These two methods are only useful for people who are doing dropshipping business, because they are cheap but very slow, and only suitable for very small packages (less than 2kg).

Postal Parcels

Shipping Cost from China to the USA by Epacket

When you want to ship a small package which is around 2kg weight, then it costs you $45 for sending by FedEX IP.

So, ePacket is a better choice, which is an economical International express service of China Postal Express & logistics.


Okay, let me give you an intuitive sense of what this service is. You must have shopped on eBay or Aliexpress, right?

Many cheap Chinese products are shipped directly from China to your doorsteps.

Yes, the sellers transport the products via an ePacket.

Now, read on to get a better understanding of the ePacket charging standard.

Take note that the delivery costs for each country vary. Here, we are only going to discuss the ePacket delivery costs from China to the United States.

Country Fixed Fee /package Charge/weight (g) Starting Weight Weight Limit
USA 2.17 0.009 50g 2000g

Pay special attention to the size of the package

Maximum size: Length + Width +Height <90cm,The longest side ≤ 60cm。If it’s round roll shape, its diameter x 2 + Length ≤ 104cm,and its length ≤ 90cm.

Minimum size: The length ≥14cm,the width ≥11cm。If it’s cylinder shape, its diameter x 2 + Length ≥17cm,and its length ≥ 11cm.
( Datasource:China Postal Express

For example, one lipstick with package is 120g,then the total cost, $2.17 (Fixed Fee/package) + $0.009 x 120g = $3.25.

If a very small-light item, like a marking pen, which weighs around 35g is to be shipped then the shipping cost is, $2.17 + $0.009 x 50g= $2.62.

That is to say, if it is less than 50g, the cost shall be calculated according to 50g only.

You see, isn’t it easy to calculate the cost?

Now that you understand the cost let’s move on to shipping time.

In the US, it usually takes you about 8-14r days to receive a package.

In exceptional cases, after 1-2 months, you’ll receive nothing.

Unlike express, ePacket clearance is a quick process in which the goods go through the customs in bulk and usually leave the port within 1-2 days.

But during the busy seasons, many packages are simply stranded at the airport for a long time and hence the shipping time accelerates and may be delayed by 1-2 months.

So, the shipping time of the ePacket is very unstable.

Additionally, if the barcode of a package is damaged during transportation, the package will be stranded at the airport, and cannot be tracked in time.

Barcode Broken

In many cases, you won’t know where your package is, and it may get lost in transit.

Are you thinking about claiming compensation from ePacket for your lost package?

Well, it’s about time to remind you that ePacket doesn’t offer a loss claim.

Get ready to hear the official of ePackage say that the average shipping time is 7-10 working days, and China post does not provide any compensation for delays beyond that.

Wondering if ePacket ships all types of goods? Certainly not!

According to the provisions of international aviation, the following goods can not be shipped,

Powder, liquid, flammable and explosive goods, and other dangerous goods, as well as alcohol and tobacco, cash and securities, infringing products, etc.

Dangerous Goods ePacket Refuses

Now, you’ll ask me, with so many flaws in ePacket, why does anyone choose this shipping method?

Well, despite all its drawbacks, ePacket offers an economical shipping service.

Many people are willing to bear the risks to save money.
For instance, people who do dropshipping, tend to use this shipping method.

Shipping from China to the USA by China Post (For small parcel)

I don’t want to put down this shipping method, but the fact remains that its shipping time is pretty unstable.

China Post Mail Trucks

Plus, unless you have insurance, China post won’t even compensate you if your package is lost.

Moreover, this shipping method is not the most popular shipping method in China.

There are only a few sellers on e-commerce platforms who use this method.

For example, you are from America and want to buy 100 carbon pens from Aliexpress or Dhgate.

The total weight of your package is about 2kg.

You are not even in a hurry to receive the goods and considering it’s costly to ship via express; Postal Parcel becomes a good choice.

Even if the package is lost after 1-2 months, since the value of goods was not high, you will not lose a lot.

Delivery time to us for China Post,

  • The shipping time by sea is 1-2 months.
  • The shipping time by air + sea is about one month.
  • It will take about 15 days by air.

All shipping times do not count the time spent in customs. China Post would not guarantee delivery time.

For the price of Postal Parcel, you can check out its official website by, and you’ll see the following image.

Enter specific information here, query price.

Note: The maximum shipping volume for post small parcels is 30kg.

If you ask me, what is the cheapest shipping from China to USA?

Then I’ll say opt for Epacket and China Post Parcel if you have a small parcel of low value.

However, you must accept the risk of loss of goods and long wait.

Over to you:

Hope you got lots of valuable information and inspiration on more strategies for reducing shipping costs through this article and choosing the suitable shipping method for your goods.

And I was able to resolve your confusions surrounding the topic.

However, if you are still confused and have any queries just let me know by leaving a quick comment below.

I’ll make sure all your questions are answered.

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July 9, 2020 12:01 pm

You said , if it is express shipping , we need not to worry about duty payment. But one of the freight agent said , once the goods arrive in USA , Fedex will contact you and you follow their steps and pay for the duty. Could you please explain . Thank you.

Xindan Li
July 18, 2020 10:29 am
Reply to  Raj

Hey Raj, in general, many express freight agents will help you pay the customs duty in advance, you just need to pay the money to your freight agent. If not, the customs duty is not included in shipping cost, that is, your freight agent didn’t pay the customs duty for in advance, you need to pay duty yourself.

john dblend
May 18, 2020 3:31 pm

Hi, very good article, can you please tell me how much average cost the shipping price for small t shirt, hoodie, pants, etc..I’m stuck to put shipping price in my store. can you help me please.

Xindan Li
May 20, 2020 2:03 pm
Reply to  john dblend

Hello, John dblend, does the total price of each item of your goods reach $2000? there are many different kinds of shipping methods, you can send more details to our customer service, the email is [email protected]

Quan Ng
Quan Ng
May 17, 2020 9:21 pm


Thanks for the detailed rundown, currently my company is looking to Dropship a new product from Xuzhou to the US. The carton is 54*54*51cm, 15kg weight, and we want to find cheaper shipping alternatives since the shipping that the manufacturer is quoting is very high. Wanted to get more estimates for shipping to compare.
Wanted to check if you would have any possible options for this, thank you!

Xindan Li
May 20, 2020 11:50 am
Reply to  Quan Ng

Hello, Quan Ng, what kind of your goods? and what’s the number of pieces? you can send more details to our customer service, the email is [email protected]

May 15, 2020 7:47 am

I am looking to ship 11 CBM from China to east USA. Would it be easier to let the supplier arrange the shipping? Like a FOB destination or SFUC? Also, can’t UPS handle the entire transaction from the China port to my location?
Also, on the invoice it says Loading 40’ and under that says 892(PC). What does that mean?

Xindan Li
May 20, 2020 11:46 am
Reply to  Jann

Hello, Jann. You can choose the LCL load, SFUC. the 40′ may mean 40HQ, 892(PC) may mean 892 pieces of your goods. what’s kind of your goods, Jann? you can send an email to our customer service, the email is [email protected] Maybe we can help you import these goods.

April 30, 2020 10:47 pm

Hello, thank you for the article. I am not in an importing business, but do buy from China occasionally for business, usually products for events. Most recent supplier asked if we had an express account. Since we don’t have shipping needs very often, I don’t see that we would qualify for a discount from a shipping provider. You mentioned a freight forwarder or express agent that may have discounts? How do you find a reputable one?

Xindan Li
May 6, 2020 10:09 am
Reply to  Eileen

Hello, thanks for your comment! If you have a large number of products to express, we can help you deal with the express issues. we are cooperating with freight forwarders and express agents. we can help you find a reputable one. Our customer service will send an email to contact you soon.

April 24, 2020 3:55 pm

Hi, im looking for services where I dont have to handle part of import and export. (Which i believe i fall under express catefory after reading your writing)

Im new in selling products to US. My products are mainly not sensitive item (no fluid, no lithium).

Could you guide me and list me the shipping price for small item?

Xindan Li
May 6, 2020 2:30 pm
Reply to  Leon

Hello, Leon, thanks for your comment, our customer service will contact you soon.

April 24, 2020 11:21 am

Hello Can you please tell me how much would it cost to ship from China to Fort Worth or Dallas TX a sofa and a loveseat. Regular sizes

Xindan Li
May 6, 2020 2:55 pm
Reply to  Naomi

Hello, Naomi, our customer service will send you an email, please pay attention to your mail inbox.

Willie S
Willie S
April 21, 2020 11:19 am

Hello , I am working with a company in Yangzhou for hotel related supplies. It will be a lcl quantity but on a regular basis . Am looking for the simplest method on the shipping side . Destination is Miami, Florida. Can someone contact me to work out details. Thanks.

Dragomir Dragos Marian
Dragomir Dragos Marian
April 11, 2020 1:29 am

I have a produc with build in battery. Can i ship it to US with ePacket?

April 7, 2020 4:07 pm

Thanks for putting together this helpful information for people who are in IMPORT&EXPORT business
Our export office is in Xiamen, China
I am interested on SFUC & AFUC shipping for packages from 100 to 3,000 kg.
Please contact me if you like to cooperate with us.

Graciela Villa
Graciela Villa
April 5, 2020 2:12 am

One concern, I have seen companies that offer ePacket shipment for liquids like hand sanitizers and shampoo. why is this?

Leslie Evans
Leslie Evans
February 21, 2020 5:23 am

how do I calculate an ocean shipment rate for an LCL 20′ container on an order that is 0.6 CBM in total. 200 cartons (each carton 8.75×5.75×4 = 0.003CBM)? thank you in advance.

Mengyao Wu
February 24, 2020 2:09 pm
Reply to  Leslie Evans

Hi, for this question, I suggest you ask a freight forwarder to calculate it for you since the quantity is small and choosing a freight forwarder is more economical.

February 24, 2020 3:18 pm
Reply to  Mengyao Wu

I was just curious how you would calculate the freight for this order based on your chart. If the carton number was 800 how would you calculate? Thank you in advance.

Mengyao Wu
February 28, 2020 2:55 pm
Reply to  Leslie

If your goods only have 0.6 CBM, you can only use LCL, and the freight forwarder will quote the price for you. Don’t worry about the size of the container. My suggestion is it will be cheaper to ship the products by express. It is recommended to ship more than 3 CBMS by sea, and the express delivery fee should be 6 to 7 dollars per Kg.

Steve Gibson
Steve Gibson
January 6, 2020 12:00 am

I want to ship from China to Antigua for persons who are buying direct from China, which shipping method do you suggest will be best to use

Mengyao Wu
January 6, 2020 9:37 am
Reply to  Steve Gibson

Hi Steve, it depends on what type of goods and the quantity you’d like to ship. Could you please provide more information so that I can give you suggestion.

December 10, 2019 7:05 pm

Hello, I bought a .925 silver around 26 pieces of bracelet and 5 pieces of earrings and 1 necklace and 1 rosegold bracelet which I bought very cheap. I want to send this to my friend as she wants to use this as a gift to her colleagues and others. Some of the items is my gifts for her. How can I send? Is it prohibited in exporting silver from china to US? The cost of the item is not even reach 400 rmb.

Mengyao Wu
December 11, 2019 10:31 am
Reply to  Grace

Hi Grace, for these jewels, I recommend you use express or ePacket, but these ways usually take more time.

December 3, 2019 10:56 pm

Thanks for this info. Can you tell me why I’m unable to see same or similar rates on FedEx Calculator? Seems from China yo USA 2 to 3 day delivery is 200 to 300 dollars when i request the rate.

Mengyao Wu
December 4, 2019 10:42 am
Reply to  Chris

Hi Chris, the price on the FedEx website will be pretty high, so you can turn to find a freight forwarder or agent company. How many goods do you need to deliver? Maybe we can help you.

Lola Muhamedieva
Lola Muhamedieva
November 21, 2019 11:14 am

Can you please help me out.
I am ordering some wall paper for my new construction, the cost of the product is $8400., weight 175kg. My supplier seems not very experienced, and keeps asking me what type of trade I prefer, and not knowing how to deliver it to my door. What can I do to help her out.
We had some other supplies from China shipping goods to us by sea, and delivered to door.

Thank you

Mengyao Wu
November 22, 2019 9:29 am

Hi Lola, we can help you with the shipping. Please submit a ticket and I will ask my workmate to help you.

marcelino jr. de peralta
marcelino jr. de peralta
November 19, 2019 5:43 pm

This article really helped me!
is that so about epacket, so I better order my bulk stock and ship it locally if I choose to market in other countries than.
Is there no other epacket alternative that offers fast and cheap? Any recommendations?

Mengyao Wu
November 21, 2019 9:32 am

Hi, there is also something like epackets in other countries. Which country do you need to send to? If you want to wholesale from China, we can help you with dropshipping.

Marlous Danz
Marlous Danz
October 29, 2019 8:50 pm

Do you also know about shipping from China to germany? Our company ordered for 350kg rosequartz stones, the lady in charge is perfect when it comes down to product details, but unexperienced with shipping, I had to asks for weeks about an insurance, she said: do not worry.. Finally she gave a price: She asks $395 for shipping over see, $173 insurance costs. We are not in a hurry, shipment can take it´s time.. Are we safe do go for it like this and is custom clearance point of attention? Thank you very much in advance for taking your time… Read more »

Mengyao Wu
October 30, 2019 9:41 am
Reply to  Marlous Danz

Hi Marlous, insurance is usually depended on the value of your goods and the shipping way. Could you please tell me your goods’ value and the shipping way you choose so that I could tell whether the price is reasonable or not.

Marlous Danz
Marlous Danz
October 30, 2019 7:58 pm
Reply to  Mengyao Wu

Thank yoi for your reply! Value is $2990 and weight 230kg. Shipping way she can not tell me.. TNT UPS or Fedex. she said…. (even after asking many times 😉

Mengyao Wu
October 31, 2019 10:51 am
Reply to  Marlous Danz

Hi Marlous, it seems like the freight forwarder charges you around $1 per kilogram, from which I think they may adopt the sea freight. For sea freight, there is no insurance needed. Maybe they will use DHL after the shipping? I suggest you ask your supplier directly to let him honestly tell you the shipping way they choose and how long would it take.

Marlous Danz
Marlous Danz
November 1, 2019 5:54 pm
Reply to  Mengyao Wu

Why is there no insurance needed for sea fright? It´s wonderful, but what is some damage happens? I inquierd again about shipping way and as soon as I know I write you again. I thank you for very much for your attentive response..

Mengyao Wu
November 2, 2019 9:24 am
Reply to  Marlous Danz

Hi Marlous, the insurance fo sea freight will effect only when your goods are lost in the sea. Even if some are damaged, it won’t effect.

Milos Gak
Milos Gak
October 8, 2019 10:32 pm


Mengyao Wu
October 9, 2019 9:27 am
Reply to  Milos Gak

You’re welcome Milos, glad to help you.

September 8, 2019 11:31 am

thanks, perfect

Mengyao Wu
September 9, 2019 9:53 am
Reply to  kamueone

Thanks for your appreciation too.

Janet Chavez
Janet Chavez
August 11, 2019 1:02 pm

Thank you so much for this information. You have been very helpful. I did not that you could ship through China post up 30Kg. This info helps a lot. Can ship myself through China Post?

Mengyao Wu
August 12, 2019 9:55 am
Reply to  Janet Chavez

Hello Janet, what kind of products do you want to post? Surely you can use Chinese Post by yourself, while we are glad to help you. If you want to ask us to ship or post for you, welcome to message to our email [email protected].

August 8, 2019 12:36 pm


So I am trying to buys some computer cases from a Chinese company but they said that the freight costs are too high to sell the quantity I am looking for. How can I get around this?

Mengyao Wu
August 9, 2019 9:32 am
Reply to  Tony

Hi Tony, for this question, we can discuss by email. Please check it later.

August 3, 2019 7:19 pm

I am importing shoes from China. From different suppliers. I am looking for a freight-forwarding company that can receive goods from different suppliers, combine them in one shipment by sea or the cheapest way and forwards the merchandise to me in NY. About 150-200 pairs of shoes in boxes.
Please advise.
Thank you.

Mengyao Wu
August 5, 2019 2:46 pm
Reply to  Evrard

Hi Evrard, for this question, we will message you soon, please look to your email.

July 29, 2019 3:59 pm

This information was more than just helpful! great work!
i have a question: i studied customs in the university and i remember that the goods may be subject for declaration if the party comprised of the same products (for example 500 socks of the same color) even if they are under 800$. Is it the same for the US law? Thank you!
xiexie Peng you!

July 17, 2019 7:20 am

Thanks for this super detailed post!! I am starting a fashion/jewelry e-commerce here in the US, and have ordered a few samples from Chinese suppliers. So far, the suppliers didn’t ask me a thing about my company. I just gave them my name, address and phone number and paid the order. They used DHL and UPS for the delivery. A few samples already arrived and I haven’t received a note from the US customs. I just want to make sure I am doing everything right. Is there a document I should provide to the supplier or shipping company in order… Read more »

July 17, 2019 11:05 am
Reply to  Jing Zhu

Thank you Jing for the valuable tips! I am starting small to test the market so will probably use the express a couple times before scaling and using freight, as you suggested.

When you said express and courrier take care of the custom’s clearance does it mean they pay for the duties if any? If no, will I receive a notification to pay for them AFTER I received the packages?

July 18, 2019 5:29 am
Reply to  Jing Zhu

Oh so there are no duties/tariffs on goods under 800$ right? (please correct me if I am wrong).
thanks so much!!!

July 20, 2019 3:10 am
Reply to  Jing Zhu

Thanks, Jing, you’re awesome!

July 7, 2019 6:48 am

Thank you for all the info. I have a supplier who quoted me “FOB$2.95/pc and separately stated other costs Freight:$675(by air) $280(by sea) GW: 20Kg. I thought FOB cost included everything, why state the additional freight cost? Since its a small shipment (20kg) what do you recommend? Please help thanks!

February 25, 2019 1:26 am

Thank you for your so detailed guidance! im a newbie in importing goods, and some confused in choosing which delivery method for my cargo, now feeling some clear but still need you guys’ help. Looking forward to your hear your professional suggestions!