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Send Parcels to China Quickly and Cheaply

Shipping to China from the UK from only £17.79

Shipping to China

Fastlane® makes it cheap and simple to send parcels to China. We help you compare prices from the biggest global couriers to make sure you get the best deal, saving you up to 60% against booking directly.

Whether you’re sending parcels from the UK to China, or you’re shipping from China to the UK, Fastlane® offers a range of fast and cheap economy delivery options to suit every budget. With specialist China postage advice to help you on your way, your parcel is in the best possible hands with Fastlane®.


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  • Get instant quotes on the best China couriers
  • Real-time parcel tracking
  • £50 free cover on every shipment

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  • Door-to-door delivery
  • Express or Economy International Shipping
  • Large and heavy delivery experts
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Our online price calculator enables you to get instant quotes and compare courier prices from the best carriers like DHL, UPS and TNT. With more than 30 years of experience, Fastlane® has long-standing partnerships that enable us to offer the most choice when comparing couriers.

  1. Get an instant online quote for postage to China.
  2. Compare low prices from the best couriers.
  3. Select either a fast express service or a cheap economy delivery.
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Sending to China Prices

Fastlane® offers amazing rates on sending a parcel to China. In fact, our prices are so low, they often offer savings on postage to China, but with faster delivery.

Check out our rates for popular destinations:

Our China Shipping Services

Whether you’re sending airmail, a small parcel, a bulky item or even if you are shipping a pallet to China by air freight, Fastlane® has a range of fast or economy shipping options to suit every budget.

In addition to export services, we also offer a convenient import service for shipping from China to the UK. What’s more we can collect same day from most locations across China.

Shipping to China from the UK

Express – Next-Day Delivery
Economy – 2/3 Day Delivery

Shipping from China to the UK

Express – Next-Day Delivery
Economy – 2/3 Day Delivery

Express Delivery

Fast 2 – 4 day delivery

across China

AM Delivery

Pre 9, 10:30 AM and Noon Delivery

Cheap Economy Delivery

4 – 7 day Cheap China Delivery

Customs in China

All parcels being sent to China, with the exception of documents, will go through customs before they are allowed into China and they may be subject to import duty and tax. However shipments values under 500 yuan are not subject to import duty.

To make things easy Fastlane® provides all the documents you need when you book a delivery with us. If you’re sending to China on behalf of a business, we recommend you also enter the tariff code for each product you’re shipping by using this tool.

Learn more about clearing customs
Learn more about restricted goods in China

Collection & Delivery

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China Courier Collection

For packages in most locations, we can pick-up on the same day throughout the UK and China.

However, if your parcel is particularly large – heavier than 50kg or longer than 180cm – you have to book your collection a day in advance and you will also need to assist your courier in loading and unloading your shipment.

If the item you’re sending to China is on a pallet or requires a tail lift or pallet truck, please contact our customer care team prior to collection.

Delivery

For most services, we deliver across China between 9am and 6pm on working days. If the first attempt at delivery is unsuccessful, we will make another two attempts before the parcel is returned to the sender. If you’re using one of our timed delivery services, our delivery attempt will be made at the time of your choosing.

If you cannot be available to take delivery, your package can be delivered to an Access Point. These are local businesses that you can collect your parcel from at your convenience.

Parcel Tracking

At every point on your parcel’s journey, it will receive a scan which informs you where your parcel is and whether any delays have occurred. Tracking your parcel to China is easy, simply enter your tracking number into our tracking page to get started.

In order to ensure that you’re in the loop, we’ll also send you real-time track and trace updates if any delivery delays occur. It’s all part of the Fastlane® service.

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Sending Gifts to China

When sending gifts to China, there is a gift exemption that means that any gift worth less than 1,000 Yuan will not be charged import duties and taxes. In order to ensure that these exemptions are applied, each item in the parcel must be listed and described in your customs paperwork. Customs requires the receiver’s passport to clear a gift shipment; it is up to the recipient to provide this.

When sending a gift, we recommend you ship it to a private address, otherwise Chinese customs may consider it a commercial shipment, and you will not be able to avail of the Chinese gift exemption.

Sending Luggage
or Excess Baggage to China

Avoid excess baggage charges by sending your luggage to China via courier . There is no official exemption for shipping personal effects to China, but for shipments worth less than 1,000 Yuan there will be no import tax charged – duties will however still be applied. Personal shipments include gifts between individuals (of a reasonable quantity and for personal use) and there is some extra paper work that will need to be completed.

Important points of note:

  1. When you are shipping personal effects to China, these are only goods that are used only by an individual, such as clothes and jewellery.
  2. Goods used by more than one person in a household cannot be shipped as personal effects. They are considered ‘household effects’ and are treated differently during customs clearance.
  3. In order to ship personal goods to China, you may be required to complete additional documentation.

Large Parcel and Air Freight to China

Got something large or heavy that you want to send to China? Fastlane® has the courier for you. We can ship packages up to 1,000kg in weight or 270cm in length on their longest side, including pallets. Making a booking to send a big package to China couldn’t be simpler, just keep in mind that packages that are heavier than 50kg will require at least 24 hours’ advance booking. You’ll also need to be on hand to assist in loading or unloading the delivery when your courier arrives. Sending by air freight means huge cost savings, but delivery normally takes longer.

Learn more about sending heavy or bulky items

Sending food to China

China is extremely strict on their rules and regulations around importing food, but as long as you are aware of their rules, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting your food shipment through customs. There is also some extra paperwork that will be required for clearing customs.

When shipping food to China, the recipient of the shipment may also be asked to obtain a Certificate of Quarantine from the Local Inspection and Quarantine Authority. The food items imported are also subject to quarantine inspection as well as normal customs clearance, which may add extra time to the shipping process.

Milk powder and baby milk powder is a hugely popular import in China. If you’re sending milk powder, then there are several further restrictions that you should be aware of:

  • Milk powder shipments can only be sent to China as personal effects.
  • Baby milk powder and milk powder quantity must be less than 5 kg per parcel.
  • The total shipment value for milk powder shipments must be less than 1,000 Yuan.

Packaging your Parcel

When sending a parcel to China your package will be handed many times, increasing the risk of damage. To make sure that your goods arrive in safely, you have to make sure that they are properly packaged.

Taking simple steps like using good packaging, and diligently wrapping your items, can save a lot of headaches further down the line. Here’s some useful guidelines for you to follow to ensure safe transportation:

1. USE A STRONG BOX

Fastlane® recommends getting a box new because used boxes are more vulnerable to damage and bursting, as they are already weakened from previous uses. So make a small investment in a strong, double lined box to ensure your products are sufficiently protected.

Safely packaging a parcel for international shipping

2. PACK IT CAREFULLY

Wrap your goods individually and place them in a suitable packing material (such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts), so that they are no nearer than 6cm from the box’s inner walls. Nothing should be able to move in the box before you seal it.

3. TAPE IT UP

Don’t scrimp on tape – use parcel tape and go round the box three times in a Union Jack flag pattern, so that all joins and corners are covered. Get rid of any old labels which may be on your parcel and make sure your new shipping labels are securely attached and clearly visible.


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FAQ's

Can I send food to China?

With Fastlane®, shipping food to China isn’t a problem, but it’s important to remember that there are several rules that are specific to China. If you’re planning to send food to China, be sure to check our section above before booking your shipment.

Who applies customs charges?

If customs charges are applied to your shipment, this is done by the customs agent processing your parcel. Customs offices are part of the local government, and have nothing to do with Fastlane®.

Is there anything that I can’t ship to China?

When shipping to China, there are several restrictions that have to be kept in mind. You can look at the Chinese Service Guide, or you can look at our clearing customs guide above to make sure that the contents of your package are allowed into China.

Will I have to pay duties and taxes if I ship my luggage to China?

It depends on the value – for low value luggage shipments, taxes won’t be applied, although you will still need to pay duties. If they are worth more than that, the full duties and taxes will be applied. Either way, there is some extra paperwork that you will need to fill in. You can see the full details in our Shipping Luggage section above.

If I want to send a gift, will I have to pay any extra charges?

As long as your gift is worth less than 1,000 yuan, no taxes will be applied when it enters the country. Gifts worth more than this will mean the receiver will have to pay duties and taxes in order to clear the gift from customs.

Can I ship very big items with Fastlane®?

Yes. Fastlane® are specialists in shipping large, heavy goods. We can carry parcels as heavy as 70kg and as large as 270cm long and, if your shipment is larger and heavier than these dimensions, we can still provide pallet or freight services.

Which couriers does Fastlane® work with?

We only offer you delivery with the world’s most reliable couriers, we don’t accept anything but the best service. Our delivery partners include DHL, DPD, FedEx, TNT and UPS.

Can I use Fastlane® to send out eBay items?

Yes, Fastlane® is an excellent choice to help you find the cheapest shipping options when selling on eBay. You can use our postage calculator to work out how much shipping will cost before you even list your item.

Can I get a business account with Fastlane®?

We offer business accounts when you have sufficient delivery requirements. Check out our business shipping page for more information.

Will it cost me the same to send to all areas of China?

If you are shipping to a remote area of China you may have to pay an extra charge, which is applied by the courier firms to cover excess mileage. This charge will be added to your quote as soon as you enter the exact destination address.

Do delivery times take longer to remote areas of China?

Whether you’re sending to an Island in the South China sea, the deserts of Yueyaquan or the greater Khingan mountains, shipping to remote regions of China does take longer to deliver, however we’ll always quote you an accurate delivery date whenever you obtain a quote from us.