What The Entire International Logistics Process Be Like After You Paid to Your Supplier on AliExpress?

What The Entire International Logistics Process Be Like After You Paid to Your Supplier on AliExpress?

After you placed and paid an order on AliExpress, what’s your supplier going to do next to fulfill the order? This blog will let you know every step.

Domestic logistics part in supplier’s country

First, your supplier will do pre-shipment jobs to make sure the product all-prepared for international logistics.

After you made the payment, the order information will be shown to the supplier. They will sync the information to their warehouse to pick, pack the product securely to withstand long transit times.

If the product is customized, or POD type, the warehouse will wait until the product is fully prepared. Generally, this takes 1-3 days, under some unusual circumstances, it takes longer.

Then they will prepare all the necessary documents:

There will be commercial Invoices to detail the transaction, including buyer, seller, and product information. One packing list of all items in the shipment with details like weight and dimensions. A contract between the shipper and carrier detailing the goods being shipped is called bill of lading. And some required certificates, such as a Certificate of Origin or compliance certificates.

Then, supplier usually hand over the package to their logistics partners:

Domestic shipping carriers will pick up the package from the address provided by the supplier, and ship it to International freight forwarders’ warehouse. This usually takes 1-2 days due to dropshipping suppliers always located near by export centers.

Customs clearance & trunk transportation

International Freight Forwarders will help in arranging transport, consolidating shipments, and managing documentation. After the export custom clearance finished, they will transport the package to the destination country with all other goods by air freight. This usually takes 1-3 days.

Customs brokers assist with clearing goods through customs, handle documentation and compliance with local regulations. They will ensure all documentation is accurate and complete, classify goods correctly with appropriate HS codes, understand and comply with destination country regulations.

Here’s a list of common documents required for customs clearance:

1. Invoice

2. Packing list

3. Product information, images, etc.

4. Contract

5. Bill of lading

6. Customs declaration form for outbound goods, required for export inspection products

7. Special export invoice, required for some large exports or special situations

After the goods are transported to the destination country:

Customs brokers submit required documents to customs authorities, pay any applicable duties, taxes, fees. And Respond promptly to any inquiries or inspection requests from customs.

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Last-mile delivery

If the import custom clearance process is normal, the destination country’s local logistics will arrange last-mile delivery through road or rail transport, pick up the package from import distribution center, ship the package to the customer, and track the shipment to ensure timely delivery.

Finally, the destination country’s logistics will ask customers to inspect goods upon arrival to ensure they are undamaged and as ordered. Up to now, the entire logistics process is finished.

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