What if you could always track your parcels from China?
Unfortunately this isn’t always possible.
Not all shipping methods have a working tracking method. Especially with free shipping methods by China Post or Hongkong Post. Sometimes you need to pay a little for a tracking number, usually just 1 or 2 bucks.
But when you have a Chinese tracking code… Do you know how to track your parcel?
Please read this blog about: How to track your parcel from China.
In this previous blog we discussed different tracking sites like:
And when you know how and where to track, do you understand what the tracking information means?
In this blog we dig deeper into the Chinese tracking codes!
What does the Chinese tracking code information mean?
It’s great to know that you can follow your parcel but what does the code mean? Let’s break down the tracking code into understandable English.
First use your tracking codes on one of the sites mentioned above. And see what information these site return.
The following codes are used as long as your parcel is still in China.
- Posting = your parcel is in the tracking system
- Arrival outward office of exchange = your parcel is in the posting system
- Opening = Chinese export customs scan, parcel might be opened
- Departure outward office of exchange = departure from airport
- NULL = status is currently unknown
The next tracking codes are used when your order enters your country.
Your local postal service must use the China post tracking code or might give you a new local tracking code to replace the Chinese tracking code.
- Arrival inward office of exchange = arrival in country customs
- Held by customs = parcel is held by your customs until further notice
- Departure inward office of exchange = departure from customs
- Arrival at delivery office = accepted by foreign shipping company
- Out for delivery = the last miles towards you
- Failed delivery = you were not at home!
- Delivered = finally it is all yours!
When you enter your code on one of the mentioned tracking sites, look at the last item on the tracking list. This is the last registered or known information about your parcel. You can use this info in the communication with the shop owner.
Please get experienced with tracking your parcels. It will make you life when it comes to buying from China much easier or at least less stressful.
Do you track your parcels from China, or do you just sit and wait?
Please let us know in the comment box below and share your experiences.
I wish you a great journey through the online world of Chinese shopping sites!
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