Choosing the right service when shipping to Shanghai

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Except personal effects, all shipments must be manifested to company name and not to individual. Some shipments transit Hong Kong and are subject to Hong Kong Customs restrictions.

Duties, tax and VAT may be applicable to shipments of returning faulty or unwanted items to the manufacturer.

All shipments, except documents and personal effects, will require an Importer Customs Registration Code (a 10-digit customs code) to be provided for customs declaration.

Before sending your parcel to China, please make sure that none of the items in your parcels contravene the restrictions imposed by customs at destination.

Customs website: http://english.customs.gov.cn/

Documents Needed

After you have paid for a shipping service to China, you will be redirected to a page where you can download and print out the relevant shipping labels, i.e

AWB (Courier Air Waybills - barcode) - Proforma or Commercial invoice - Address label.

The above documents are standard for any international shipment.

Please note, if additional documentation is required for the import of any particular item, it is the customer's responsibility to provide them at destination.


Goods travelling by 'Cargo' are subject to different restrictions to those travelling as carry-on luggage.

A shipment to China is deemed unacceptable if: it is classified as hazardous material, dangerous goods, prohibited or restricted articles by IATA (International Air Transport Association), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) or other relevant organisation. Many items which appear harmless in everyday use can pose danger on air transport and are consequently forbidden for transport.

The following page displays a sampling of common prohibited and restricted goods.


Packing Advice

Your parcel must be boxed and well packaged. This will reduce the risk of damage to any item during transit or any associated automated distribution process.

Please be aware the item is not taken by hand from collection to destination and will visit many sorted facilities on its journey. For that reason, you need to protect the items to ensure they make it from A to B safely.

The following packaging guidelines are recommendations to assist you in packaging your shipment:


Shipment Protection

When you book a shipping service to China, you will be able to choose an appropriate level of cover for your shipment. We offer enhanced parcel protection for up to £2000 for a small additional fee.

If you do not purchase enhanced Shipment Protection, your shipment will be only covered to a maximum value of £50 as per the limited liability set out in our Terms & Conditions and subject to your parcel passing minimum packaging requirements.

Please note that the declared value for customs purposes is not related to the declared value selected for Shipment Protection. We encourage all customers to purchase shipment protection cover for loss or damage.

National Holidays

  • 04/04/2024 - qing ming jie
  • 06/04/2024 - Qing ming jie
  • 29/04/2024 - Labour day
  • 30/04/2024 - Labour day
  • 01/05/2024 - Labor day / may day
  • 10/06/2024 - Dragon boat festival
  • 11/06/2024 - Dragon boat festival
  • 12/06/2024 - Dragon boat festival
  • 19/09/2024 - Mid-autumn festival
  • 20/09/2024 - Mid-autumn festival
  • 21/09/2024 - Mid-autumn festival
  • 01/10/2024 - National day
  • 02/10/2024 - National day golden week holiday
  • 03/10/2024 - National day golden week holiday
  • 04/10/2024 - National day golden week holiday
  • 05/10/2024 - National day golden week holiday
  • 06/10/2024 - National day golden week holiday
  • 07/10/2024 - National day golden week holiday


We have a detailed and comprehensive Help Section here. If you cannot find the answer or advice you are looking for there, please use our enquiry form

Example prices for China Parcel Delivery

Kg: 1 5 10 15 20 40

Courier Kg Service Type Transit Time Price
Express Services:Toggle
1kg World Express 3-5 business days *
£ 89.45

Choosing the right service when sending a package delivery to Shanghai

There are an abundance of Shanghai parcel delivery services out there, but how can you be sure that you’re getting the most for your money, that your package will get to its destination safely and securely, and that it will arrive on time? The only way for you to be sure that everything will go as smoothly as you would is to select from the world’s best couriers to make your delivery to Shanghai. Thankfully you can do just that through RapidParcel.com.

The quick and easy way to send your delivery to Shanghai

Our customers may be located in homes and offices across the globe, but Shanghai being the economic capital of the Republic of China and the most populous city in the country makes it one of the most popular destinations that we service.

Its position at the mouth of the Yangtze River saw the city grow over the centuries to become the centre of trade for the region, and early shipping to Shanghai would have been orientated around the textile industry that the city was famous for. Today Shanghai is the world’s largest cargo port and a massive centre for international banking, commerce and tourism, so it’s no wonder that our Shanghai parcel delivery service has become so well used.

Our new website has been developed with the customer firmly in mind. We have taken the complex world of international parcel delivery and, with the help of some smart technology and much experienced consideration, we have created an interactive, user-friendly environment in which anyone can quickly and easily compare the rates charged by some of the world’s most reputable couriers then book the one most appropriate for their needs. So no matter what size of package you are shipping to Shanghai, to book your delivery you only need to follow six simple steps.

  • 1. Fill in our simple Rapid Quote Form
  • 2. Compare and choose from the selection of carriers and services for shipping to Shanghai that best suits you
  • 3. Enter your collection and delivery address details
  • 4. Answer a few short questions about your delivery
  • 5. Double check the information you’ve given us and confirm that it’s correct
  • 6. Pay for your package delivery via our secure payment page

RapidParcel.com offers a truly international delivery service

Of course, our service is not restricted to shipping to Shanghai. We can also help you to find the best courier to professionally transport your parcels to Hong Kong, Beijing, or to literally anywhere else in the world. So whatever your courier comparison needs, RapidParcel.com is the answer.

To see some examples of fees that the couriers represented through our comparison service can offer for your Shanghai package delivery, take a look at the table below. Then, once you are ready to do so, follow the six simple steps highlighted above and see exactly what our courier partners have to offer.

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