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Sun Sept 22 2019 17:02:35

How Will ePacket Shipping Rates from China Change?

By: Reader

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Dear Ina, 
I love reading articles on EcommerceBytes. We have a company that sells golf accessories online. We sell on our website, eBay, Amazon and Etsy.   

We have a lot of competitors that sell on eBay from China that use epacket to deliver goods to the US at a much lower price than we charge. I have been reading about the US trying to change the rules so that the price will go up for the epacket service from China. 

My question is, do you know if the US is going to go push this through and make it more expensive for Chinese companies to ship goods to the US? Is there a way to know what the new shipping charges will be for epacket from China?

Thank you very much for your time.
David

Note from the Editor: ePacket rates are negotiated between international postal services but are influenced by the regular postage rates for small packets. This weekend's Dow Jones article (via Barrons) does a good job explaining the ins and outs of how things are changing. It's complex and the stakes are high, especially for small merchants. The bottom line: we don't know how ePacket rates will change, but keep in mind the UPU has already begun moving toward more equitable postage rates.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Wed Sep 25 23:42:24 2019

Also Announced today is that the UPU is going to allow the US to set its own rates for all incoming mail starting in July next year. The US has agreed to it so the ePackets will be out the window just as Wenig is out the window.

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by: purpleiris This user has validated their user name.

Thu Sep 26 13:15:33 2019

You know, I can't tell you how many times people have gotten snarky with me about my lengthy posts, claiming "nobody wants to read all that." There are several posts in this thread that speak to how important it IS to read to keep up with current events that may affect your business, to learn new ways of managing your business, to ensure you're doing things legally, etc.

Also, the U.S. government is not a fast-food drive thru window, so Americans do NOT get instant satisfaction when policies are being changed. There are a LOT of details that need to be worked out, whether within the bureaucracy and/or Congress itself or when negotiating with other countries.

So, yes, it takes time for these things to be finalized and implemented. It also takes time for things to balance out after such a drastic change to policy. People really need to read more for their businesses and practice a little patience because not everything is going to get done NOW as so many seemingly expect it to be.

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by: danny This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 9 16:01:30 2019

If you are a small seller do not expect to get the big shipping discounts large sellers will get.  End of story.  Raising epacket rates only hurts the USPS with declining volumes which will be force to raise rates (highest cost is the last mile which needs to be covered regardless if 1 package is delivered or 10).  There are plenty of other common carriers that offer discounts.  I regularly order custom parts from China shipped to my door DHL within 2 days from China to US.  Shipping cost $5-$15 for a 6 oz package.

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by: purpleiris This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 9 22:10:42 2019

Yeah, I've always felt DHL was the best international courier.

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