Shipping Advice for Sending Parcels to China

It can seem daunting to send a parcel to China. With Parcel2Go we make sending your parcel East quick and stress free.

We’ve got the experience to make your international delivery plain sailing. Let’s take a look.

How much does it cost to send a parcel to China?

With Parcel2Go, our shipping to China starts as low as £9.70.

We work with trusted couriers such as Evri, DHL, and FedEx so you know your parcel will be in safe hands every step of the way — you can use our FREE parcel tracking for extra peace of mind.

The cheapest way to send a parcel to China is with our Royal Mail service. But get a quote to compare costs and find a service that works for you.


How long does shipping take from the UK to China?

On average, express delivery services to China can take around 1-3 working days.

To avoid any delays when you post a parcel to China, it’s a good idea to avoid their national holidays.

Remember the estimated delivery time doesn’t take into account any service disruptions, customs delays, or deliveries to remote areas of the country - consider sending early to be sure your parcel arrive when you need it to.


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What do I need to know about shipping to China from the UK?

These are top four things you should know when sending to China, whether it’s for business or sending gifts to loved ones.

1. Customs in China

When you send a parcel to China, it will be exempt from duties and taxes if the value of the shipment is less than 500 Yuan (around £55), or if it is a gift worth less than 1,000 Yuan (roughly £110).

Shipments worth over 1,000 Yuan will need to go through the formal customs process which can lead your parcel to take longer to arrive.

What is a commercial invoice?

Your parcel will need a customs invoice, more commonly known as a commercial invoice, to clear customs. This is a legal requirement for every parcel whether it’s a gift for a friend or an order for a customer.

Completing your customs invoice when you send a parcel to China is easy with Parcel2Go. Just input your parcel’s details as part of the booking process and we’ll send you any necessary forms once the booking process is complete. Simple!

2. Check for prohibited and restricted items

The list of items that are prohibited or restricted to post to China can change frequently, so we advise you check the official list each time you make a booking to avoid delays.

Some items on the prohibited items list are:

  • Wood and wooden items
  • Food of any kind
  • Cosmetics
  • Ceramic and porcelain
  • Glass
  • Liquids, creams, oils, wax, or gels

Shipments sent in wooden crates, or on pallets may be subject to additional checks at local customs.

For the most up-to-date list of what you can ship to China, check with the Chinese customs authority.

3. Address your parcel to China the right way

If it’s not something you’ve done before, it can be confusing to address a package to China, especially because their addressing system isn’t as regulated as other countries.

This handy Chinese address formatting guide is super helpful.

Addressing your label in both English and Chinese can help your parcel get to its destination once it passes through customs.

4. Weigh and measure your parcel correctly

To find out how much it will cost to send your parcel to China, it’s important to fill in the following dimensions accurately:

  • Length
  • Width
  • Height
  • Weight

You can always use our volume calculator to work out dimensions you’re unsure of. Making sure your parcel description is accurate will help us find you the best quote results from our couriers and prevent delays.


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How to Ship a Parcel to China

Shipping to China is easy with Parcel2Go. Follow these easy steps.

1. Get a quote

Getting a quote for shipping to China from the UK is the same as if you were sending a parcel in the UK.

2. Choose your international courier

We work with experienced international couriers such as Evri and DHL to help you find the cheapest way to send a parcel to China.

3. Pack your parcel securely

You’ll want to make sure your items are safe during their shipping to China.

  • Where possible, invest in new double- or triple-corrugated cardboard boxes to pack your items into
  • Wrap your items individually in bubble wrap
  • Fill any gaps between your items with bubble wrap, packing foam, or scrunched up newspaper

4. Find your drop-off point

Plenty of our China couriers have local drop-off points so you don’t have to go far when sending your parcel. Find your nearest drop off point.

5. Ready to send your parcel?

Now you know how to send a parcel to China or the rest of Asia, start by getting a quote and see how much you could save by shipping to China with Parcel2Go.


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