EcommOps Shipping Line Options

Did you know there are other alternatives to YunExpress that are just as good? We help you figure out which shipping option best suits your business!

We at EcommOps specialize in high volume direct from China fulfillment worldwide with millions of packages shipped to date. We have tested various shipping lines throughout the years and optimize our shipping options based on the best combination of cost, efficiency, and any specific requirements of the product shipped.

Different couriers and service lines have specific strengths for certain countries, types of products, and even time of the year. While you may be accustomed to using specific services (eg Yunexpress or 4PX), there is not one single perfect courier that is suited for all needs. We utilize our proprietary systems to constantly optimize for the best solution for our clients.

We offer consolidated shipping options based on cost, delivery time expectations, and any specific product requirements as shown in the specific grouping of shipping options below.

Please note that worldwide shipping is still affected by the lingering impacts of COVID pandemic and is facing varied delays. The delivery time estimates below are based on CURRENT data in light of these delays, and are expected to improve.

General Use Lines

These are the most commonly used shipping lines and offer the best combination of speed and cost efficiency. We strongly suggest that you focus your marketing on countries offered through these lines.

Express Lines

These are the fastest consumer package lines available for China fulfillment, but are generally more expensive. This option is best used if you want the most reliable shipping to your customers, particularly during periods like Q4 holidays when shipping time is critical. 

One downside is that there are limited countries available, though we are constantly evaluating additional options.

Express line Countries and shipping times (in Calendar Days)

  • United States Express: 4 to 10 days
  • United Kingdom Express: 4 to 8 days
  • France Express: 5 to 10 days
  • Germany Express: 5 to 10 days
  • Italy Express: 5 to 10 days
  • Spain Express: 5 to 10 days
  • Canada Express: 7 to 18 days

Sample couriers used

  • Yunexpress Express
  • 4PX Express
  • UBI Express

Additional benefits

  • Tracking in English and uses local last mile (eg USPS, DHL) label once customers receive packages
  • Can ship products with batteries in them (but NOT single, separate batteries)
  • Stays very consistent during busier periods (great choice for Q4 shipping)

Limitations

  • More expensive, especially at higher weights
  • Cannot ship most liquid products
  • Size limitation of 60cm in one dimension OR 90cm all dimensions added together
  • Weight limitation of 2kg to 5kg depending on country
  • Volumetric weight may apply (see below on Volumetric lines for more details)
  • Cannot ship to US states of Hawaii and Alaska, or other territories outside of the 48 contiguous states (those addresses require epacket)
  • Cannot ship to certain remote islands of Spain (those addresses require epacket)

Regular Lines

These lines are the best balance of delivery speed and reasonable cost for high volume ecommerce fulfillment. The primary choice of the majority of our clients, they are best used to achieve a great customer experience while at cheaper costs than the Express lines.

These lines are available to ~35 countries, including most of the main ecommerce markets.

Countries and shipping times (in Calendar Days)

  • United States: 6 to 14 days
  • United Kingdom: 5 to 10 days
  • France / Germany / Austria / Italy / Spain / Netherlands: 6 to 12 days
  • Other EU countries: 7 to 18 days
  • Australia: 7 to 18 days
  • New Zealand: 6 to 12 days
  • Singapore / Malaysia: 5 to 12 days
  • Canada: 7 to 24 days
  • UAE / Saudi Arabia / Israel: 7 to 20 days

Sample couriers used

  • Yunexpress Battery Line
  • 4PX Battery Line
  • UBI Regular

Additional benefits

  • Tracking in English and uses local last mile (eg USPS, DHL) label once customers receive packages
  • Can ship products with batteries in them (but NOT single, separate batteries)

Limitations

  • Cannot ship most liquid products
  • Size limitation of 60cm in one dimension OR 90cm all dimensions added together
  • Weight limitation of 20kg to 30kg depending on country
  • Volumetric weight may apply (see below on Volumetric lines for more details)
  • Cannot ship to US states of Hawaii and Alaska, other territories outside of the 48 contiguous states (those addresses require epacket)
  • Cannot ship to certain remote islands of Spain (those addresses require epacket)

Ordinary Lines

These lines are the most economical options while still delivering at a good level of consistency and speed. These lines are typically used as the “standard” option for most china fulfillment agents or similar to CJ Ordinary.

While these are our most affordable options, these lines are still satisfactory in performance - we do NOT use less reliable lines like epacket within this option.

These lines are available to ~20 countries, including most of the main ecommerce markets.

Countries and shipping times (in Calendar Days)

  • United States: 8 to 17 days
  • United Kingdom: 7 to 14 days
  • France / Germany / Austria / Italy / Spain / Netherlands: 7 to 16 days
  • Other EU countries: 9 to 21 days
  • Australia: 7 to 20 days
  • Canada: 15 to 40 days

Sample couriers used

  • Yunexpress Basic Line
  • 4PX Basic Line

Additional benefits

  • Tracking in English and uses local last mile (eg USPS, DHL) label once customers receive packages

Limitations

  • Can be less consistent than Express and Regular lines during busy periods (eg Q4)
  • Cannot ship products with batteries in them
  • Cannot ship most liquid products
  • Size limitation of 60cm in one dimension OR 90cm all dimensions added together
  • Weight limitation of 20kg to 30kg depending on country
  • Volumetric weight may apply (see below on Volumetric lines for more details)
  • Cannot ship to US states of Hawaii and Alaska, other territories outside of the 48 contiguous states (those addresses require epacket)
  • Cannot ship to certain remote islands of Spain (those addresses require epacket)

Epacket

We avoid using Epacket except for unique situations, notably for the US states of AK and HI where typical lines are not available, some special countries, and special circumstances such as liquids (liquids section below).

Epacket is not reliable and no longer as affordable as it was before, mainly due to the current COVID pandemic.

“Other” Countries Without Reliable Lines

Many countries simply do not have reliable shipping lines - most South American countries, most African countries, and many parts of Asia as examples. 

While there are usually shipping lines to ship anywhere in the world, they can be both slow and also expensive. 

There is a very good reason why there are no reliable options to these countries: they are simply not very well performing ecommerce countries and/or they have local logistics issues that prevent efficient shipping. 

We strongly suggest that you exclude any countries that we do not offer a consistent line to. However if you once in a while get an order to one of these countries we will charge a general “Other countries” price, as part of the Epacket pricing (we don’t necessarily use Epacket, depending on the country, but there are too many possible lines to list).

Unfortunately the shipping times can be extremely unpredictable.

Special Situations Lines

Certain products require the usage of situation lines, which we offer if your product needs it. These are summarized in this section.

Volumetric Lines

Most lines have limits on how large (in terms of volume) the package can be in relations to its weight. The most consistent lines we offer use freight planes to get packages to the destination country, which tends to be limited in space and will calculate what is called a “volumetric” weight cost.

The calculation for volumetric weight is Height * Width * Length (cm) divided by 5000 to 8000 depending on the line. 

For example:

Yunexpress divides the calculation by 8000.

Say you have a package that only weighs 500g but takes up a LOT of volume (a large stuffed animal perhaps?). 

This package might have a measurement of 20 X 30 X 30 CM, divided by 8000 would equal a volumetric weight of 2.25kg.

If you were to send this product via Yunexpress you would be charged for the weight of 2.25kg rather than 500g, which will be a LOT more expensive. 

For these products we offer our volumetric lines. They are slightly more expensive than Regular lines, however still MUCH cheaper than if you were charged volumetric weight for these types of products. 

Volumetric line Countries and shipping times (in Calendar Days)

  • United States: 8 to 17 days
  • United Kingdom: 7 to 14 days
  • France / Germany / Austria / Italy / Spain / Netherlands: 7 to 16 days
  • Other EU countries: 9 to 21 days
  • Australia: 7 to 20 days
  • Canada: 15 to 40 days

Sample couriers used

  • Yunexpress Volumetric

Additional benefits

  • Tracking in English and uses local last mile (eg USPS, DHL) label once customers receive packages
  • Can ship products with batteries in them (but NOT single, separate batteries)
  • Much cheaper than volumetric weight costs if your product will hit the threshold

Limitations

  • More expensive than regular lines
  • Cannot ship most liquid products
  • Size limitation of 60cm in one dimension OR 90cm all dimensions added together
  • Weight limitation of 20kg to 30kg depending on country
  • Cannot ship to US states of Hawaii and Alaska, other territories outside of the 48 contiguous states (those addresses require epacket)

Liquid Lines

Most liquids are unable to be sent on typical lines like Yunexpress or 4PX due to flight and customs regulations. 

While we do suggest that you avoid sending liquids whenever possible, we do still offer limited options. However we are unable to guarantee consistent delivery speeds on these lines, particularly in light of COVID disruptions on many of them.

Liquid lines Countries and shipping times (in Calendar Days)

  • United States: 7 to 18 days
  • Other countries where offered: 10 to 30+ days

Sample couriers used

  • USPS Sensitive
  • Epacket Liquids
  • SunYou

Additional benefits

  • Fully tracked end to end
  • US has an option that hands off to USPS and arrives in an USPS label (but not other countries)
  • Can ship liquids reliability

Limitations

  • More expensive than regular lines
  • Cannot ship oils or liquids with high % of alcohol content
  • Can be slow and unreliable to most countries
  • All countries except the US use ePacket style labels