There are two commonly known shipping methods on AliExpress: Standard Shipping or ePacket service.
But which one is better? Which one is more reliable for dropshipping?
People may wonder about the differences between these two as well.
Which is why, we’ll be taking a closer look into these two shipping methods. We will help you figure out which one is better, when both are available to you during fulfillment.
Update: The shipping time of both shipping methods, which were once very reliable, has become longer during the Covid pandemic. You are encouraged to ask your supplier for a faster alternative method such as Yunexpress or have a long-term solution.
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Update Nov 24, 2020: ePacket’s delivery time is slowly back to normal. However, it’s not available in some countries which have re-imposed a lockdown, such as Germany and UK.
What Is AliExpress Standard Shipping?
AliExpress Standard Shipping is a logistics provider under Alibaba Group. This is the default shipping method when ordering from AliExpress and other Alibaba websites.
Using this method may cost more for dropshippers, but rest assured that packages are delivered to customers safely. This is thanks to the company collaborating with renowned couriers from around the world.
AliExpress Shipping uses a standardized packaging bearing the AliExpress logo. This may give the buyers an idea where the dropshipped goods come from.
What Is ePacket?
Meanwhile, ePacket is an optional shipping method. It allows dropshippers to ship orders to their customers in light packages in a faster and more affordable way.
This is offered by third-party logistics providers in China and Hong Kong, in partnership with national couriers such as United States Postal Service‘s First Class Mail Service.
Now, while both shipping methods offer key features such as tracking numbers and a 15 to 45-day delivery timeframe, they couldn’t be more different with each other.
Differences Between AliExpress Standard Shipping & ePacket
For one, AliExpress Standard Shipping only acts as a medium. As mentioned before, the company works with other couriers when delivering packages, so as to increase their service range around the world.
In some countries, it actually partners with very fast courier service such as DHL eCommerce for delivery. So by using AliExpress Shipping you tap on a faster shipping method without paying for the full price of it.
Because of this and depending on the destination country, AliExpress Standard Shipping has no fixed format for its tracking numbers.
On the other hand, an ePacket tracking number has a fixed prefix (usually, an L). This shipping method’s availability however, depends on a country’s postal agreement with the third-party logistics provider in China or Hong Kong and the destination country’s default courier.
Do note that ePacket’s postal arrangement is subject to reviews by governments and may change. This had happened once in the United States, causing AliExpress suppliers to raise the shipping fee of ePacket.
Also ePacket has a restriction of max 60cm length, and max 2kg weight, while AliExpress Standard Shipping does not.
Which Shipping Method Should I Go With?
ePacket is faster and more reliable. So, you should choose this as your shipping method whenever it’s available in the country.
But if it isn’t, like in Dubai, Philippines, or Mexico, then AliExpress Standard Shipping should be your next best choice for affordable shipping and package delivery.
From our experience, AliExpress Standard Shipping generally has a slower delivery timeframe than ePacket. However, it is more reliable than other shipping methods with the same rate.
Tip: Just try to test using AliExpress Standard Shipping with a few orders. Make sure that they provide a tracking number, which doesn’t associate with bad couriers. One example is China Post Registered Air Mail with a tracking number of R**CN.