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Shipping to China from the UK

PACK & SEND makes light work of deliveries to China. Whether you’re sending gifts to loved ones overseas or fulfilling orders to customers in China, we’re here to help – packing your items in our specialised service centres and delivering them door to door.

We specialise in packing and shipping awkward, fragile and valuable items all around the world. Our 30+ years experience in international shipping makes delivering to China a breeze.

Here, we’ll cover everything you need to know before shipping to China and how PACK & SEND works with you to guarantee secure and timely delivery.

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Deliveries to China with PACK & SEND

PACK & SEND takes the hassle out of shipping to China. Our international delivery experts help you navigate the country’s customs processes, and we offer sea and air freight services to ensure safe and speedy delivery – even for your large and awkward items. 

We even offer express delivery services for your urgent shipments, getting lastminute gifts to friends and family and keeping customers happy. 

Plus, our international courier services are tracked throughout their journey and we’ll let you know when your parcel arrives safely in China. 

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China’s customs requirements

All shipments to China require accurate customs documentation. These forms need to be detailed to make sure your parcels avoid being delayed or rejected. 

You’ll need to complete a commercial invoice. Your courier service will be able to provide these documents for you. 

Complete these in as much detail. For example, instead of listing ‘clothes’ as the product description, write ‘4 x white cotton t-shirts, made in the UK’. This detail helps speed along checks at the border and means your items are less likely to be delayed. 

If it’s a gift, note this on the form – gifts up to the value of 1,000 Yuan (around £111) are exempt from customs fees, so the recipient won’t have to pay the usual charges for importing the parcel. 

Any delivery up the value of 500 Yuan (around £56) should also be exempt from customs charges. However, shipments valued at over 1,000 Yuan may be subject to a formal customs check, so they may take slightly longer to arrive. 

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Banned imports to China

Before organising your shipment to China, check your items aren’t prohibited from import. If you attempt to send restricted items, your package could be returned to you at a charge or even destroyed at the border. 

Some examples of China’s restricted items include: 

  • Liquids with over 24% alcohol volume 
  • Currency including coins and banknotes 
  • Some foods and animal products 
  • Certain medicines 

However, it’s worth checking the comprehensive list of restricted imports before attempting to send your items. This is available on the Chinese government’s dedicated customs website. 

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Addressing parcels to China

If you’re unable to label your package in the local Chinese language and characters, you can do so in the traditional English address format, with a few small changes. 

The receiver’s title and name appear on the first line of the address. The house number, street and city go on the second line, with the area code appearing before the province on the third line. 

‘CHINA’ should then appear on the fourth line in block capitals. 

For example, 

Mr Zhang Sang
10 Yuzhi Rd Beijing
100010 ChaoYang District

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Working with PACK & SEND

If you need any extra help sending packages to China, get in touch with us today. Visit one of our specialist service centres or arrange for us to collect from your door. We’ll then take care of everything, delivering your items safely and in impressive time.  

Not only can we work with you to safely pack your items but our comprehensive cover protects you against loss or damage in transit, for complete peace of mind. 

Contact us to find out more about our specialist packing and shipping to China services or to get a quote for your specific items and parcels. 

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What items are prohibited to send to China?

Just like any other country, China does have restrictions over what can be imported to the country. Things that cannot be imported include alcohol over 24%, currency, some foods and certain medicines. A full list can be found here – http://english.customs.gov.cn/home/index. Whilst these goods are prohibited for import, solutions can be found in some circumstances, contact your local service centre for more information.

What ways are there to get an item sent to China?

Shipments to China are sent by air or sea by PACK & SEND. For more information on how we offer these services follow this link – https://www.packsend.co.uk/business-solutions/international-freight-and-shipping/.

How long will my things take to reach China?

Just like with shipping to any country, the time it takes to ship to China can be very variable as a result of customs clearance. We do have some estimates of how long things might take to reach China. By sea we estimate things to take 8-10 weeks and by an estimated air 7-9 days.


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