Floship China E-express Service

A cross-border trade solution, direct to mainland China

Cross-border trade market

The cross-border e-commerce channel into mainland China is growing at an exponential rate. In 2016, Chinese e-commerce sales reached almost $752 billion, while fifty-eight million Chinese customers are expected to engage in cross-border transactions in 2017.

As the world’s largest consumer market, Chinese online shoppers are paying premium prices for Western products including food, cosmetics, vitamins and luxury items from online marketplaces such as Amazon, TMall, JD Worldwide and Taobao Global. These marketplaces give foreign brands direct access to Chinese consumers, offering a wider selection of products, cheaper shipping, and more advanced technology than ever before.


The rapid movement towards cross-border trade into China has opened up immense opportunities for other foreign brands to follow suit, with many hailing it as the future of trade in China.

Advantages of cross-border trade


With Floship’s tech and industry experience in the e-commerce space, you too can cash in on the 60 billion dollars’ worth of sales that comprise the alternative cross-border avenue.

Cross-border trade provides:

  • Minimal risks and transparent business processes - Work with trusted Westernised consultants who can market your brand and uphold your business reputation in the Chinese market.
  • A wider selection of foreign goods - E-commerce marketplaces bring China’s 332 million online shoppers within reach of thousands of foreign brands and products.
  • More cost-effective trade, when compared to traditional exporting - B2C (direct to consumer) and B2B (direct to vendor) shipments of overseas goods attract lower taxes and fewer customs regulations.
  • An eager market - Chinese consumers are not only the largest consumer market, they’re also the most health-conscious. Cosmetics, food and health goods from brands such as The Body Shop, Blackmores, Swisse, Woolworths, Fonterra, Costco, Wal-Mart and Aldi are highly sought after.

Floship’s China E-express Service

As a large portion of Floship’s customers demonstrated a need for a shipping

fulfilment solution from tax-free Hong Kong to inbound China, Floship have

partnered with a local freight aggregator operating wholesale accounts, to

expertly facilitate cross-border trade.


Based primarily in Shenzhen, Floship’s partner network also have a dedicated

cross-docking facility in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, and work closely with China

Post, Floship’s chosen cross-border carrier. Pilot shipments to Shenzhen,

Guangzhou and Beijing have already demonstrated excellent delivery times

and cost-efficient processes.

Market Entry Prerequisites

Basic business requirements:

  • A registered foreign corporate entity 
  • Possess foreign retail and trade qualifications
  • Pay partner site set up fees and acquire appropriate business licenses

E.g. Tmall Global requires a US$25,000 security deposit, a US$5,000 annual fee, and a 0.5-5 percent commission depending on the product category

Operational requirements:

  • Products must be genuine, complete with a certificate of origin and meet both Chinese/international customs specifications
  • Product labels must be in Chinese and use international units of measurement

Tracking

Cross-border shipments through Floship’s China E-express Service are easily trackable using the EMS website.

Quick and easy tracking process:

  • 1
    Input your tracking number into the tracking field
  • 2
    Confirm your tracking code
  • 3
    Select the ‘Track’ button, to receive a full history of tracked events

Shipping process

7-step shipping process, from Hong Kong to inbound China:

China E-express requirements

Parcel weight and dimensions:

WEIGHT LIMIT

10kg

MAX LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT

70cm x 210cm x 210cm

WEIGHT LIMIT

10kg

MAX LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT

70cm x 210cm x 210cm

Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) and Delivered Duty Unpaid (DDU) shipping options:

DDU shipping

  • Floship supports DDU shipments as part of their cross-border trade solution.
  • The seller is responsible for all transportation expenses during shipment, except for any duty payable upon arrival at any given trade port.
  • 5-10% of the shipment will be liable for import tax, due to a customs sample check.

DDP shipping

  • Floship does not currently support DDP shipments as part of their cross-border trade solution.
  • The selling cost of the goods includes all customs duties, handling expenses and taxes, to safely deliver through the trade port to the buyer’s premises.
  • Attracts a general import tax, based on the customs value declared by the supplier.

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