Tracking your parcels from China all the way to your doorstep would be great…
Unfortunately tracking isn’t that evident with free shipping. Not every order gets a tracking number. Not all the tracking codes work in your country. And how do you know where you can track these codes?
Let’s break down the tracking code a bit.
Getting a Tracking Code for your parcel
When you order larger quantities or more valued products, you want to be sure that you can follow your parcel all over the world. For higher-priced shipping methods like DHL, UPS etc a tracking code is standard procedure. With this code you can check on their sites the shipping status of your parcel everywhere on the world. If you order high value products, I would suggest to use these premium shipping methods.
With lower priced products and free shipping, the seller decides if he will add a tracking code. Some shops have the option for ‘Free registered shipping’. This shipping option resembles the ‘Free shipping’ method with the addition of a tracking service. With stores like TMart, BangGood or DealExtreme, a tracking code will be added on purchases above $25. With orders below $25, they have the possibility to buy a tracking service for around $2.
It depends on the value of your product whether you want to add an extra tracking code or not. It’s not that expensive. But maybe this extra security isn’t worth the extra money.
Based on my experience, I suggest always to add a tracking service if possible unless the order value is so low that you can afford to lose the product.
How can you check the tracking code?
The tracking codes is added when the product is ready to be shipped from the seller. This is done some time after you have bought the product, and can take a few hours up to 2 weeks, depending on the processing time. You will not see the tracking information immediately when you place the order.
Some stores like AliExpress send you an email with the shipping information and tracking code. Other shops add this information to the order documentation in your account.
The premium shipping services like DHL have their own tracking system. To track your parcel, visit their sites and input the tracking code you received. This is pretty self-explanatory.
If you choose the cheaper or free shipping methods, tracking is a bit more complicated. In some countries, the postal company converts the Chinese tracking code into a new code that works in your country. Other postal companies use the same Chinese tracking code on their website. For this, you must check the website of your national postal company.
On the Internet, you can find multiple sites that offer the possibility to track your parcel for various shipping companies. I like to mention 3 of them.
3 Worldwide tracking services
17Track.net is a very professional site for the larger orders and premium shipping methods. You can find China Post or Hongkong Post on this site too through the blue UPU banner, although these are not mentioned by name.
Wishing your parcels a safe journey!