Good News:Taobao Can Ship Directly to Japan without Agent Now!

I recently surf on taobao and found that Taobao Global Consolidation and Shipping now supports Japan now.That means Japan shoppers can buy directly from taobao now.I don’t know if this is old news or not, but thought I’d share anyway with an overview of the ordering process and shipping rate.

1.Ordering Process

The process of ordering on taobao using Global Consolidation and Shipping is pretty much the can follow this covers every details you need to know.

2.Shipping Cost from Taobao to Japan

Here is the translated version of shipping rate from taobao.

Country Forwarder Local Courier First kg(RMB) Next 0.5kg(RMB) Size Limit Weight Limit
Japan PRouter 西濃運輸seino 42 9.5 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤150cm
4PX 佐川急便Sagawa 39 10 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤150cm
Sources: ,Data is current as of Aug 23, 2016.

3.Tax chart

There is also a tax chart,I don’t know what it is,if you are from Japan,please let me know why there is a tax on the products you buy from taobao.

Clothing fur 20%
Outerwear underwear 5.3 to 12.8%
T Shirt 7.4 to 10.9%
Swimwear 8.4 to 10.9%
tie 8.4 to 13.4%
scarf 4.4 to 9.1%
Bags leather 8 to 16%
accessories Platinum gold and silver gem 5.2 to 5.4%
Watch Watches or other duty free
Electric Computer Camera duty free
Musical Instruments Piano and other musical instruments guitar duty free
RECORDS CD DVD Magazine duty free
Printed matter Music poster reproductions duty free
Artwork Painting sculpture duty free
cosmetic Perfume lipstick lotion and other cosmetics duty free
toy toy ~ 3.9% tax-free
Sporting Goods Automatic car, motorcycle duty free
Fishing Tackle 3.20%
Wear material (shoes) Even a little shoe leather 30% or 4300 Riyuan
Furniture Office furniture, tables, etc. duty free
bed linings Sheep artificial cotton carpet 6.3 to 8.4%
Kitchenware Stainless plastic ceramic glass ~ 3.9% tax-free
bedding Felt quilts and other linens 3.2 to 10.9 &
Drink Tea 3 to 17%
Coffee beans Exemption to 12%
water 3%
Soft drinks 9.6 to 13.4%
Wine Beer, whiskey brandy liqueur duty free
Red Wine 45 to 182 yen / 1 liter
Biscuits Snacks chocolate 10%
Fruit sugar 24 to 25%
Biscuit 13 to 20.4%
ice cream 21 to 29.8%
Meat, fish and other concoctions sausage 10%
canned fish 9.60%
Canned crab 5%
cheese Cheese category 22.4 to 40%
cigarette Cigarette No tax – 29.8%
Cats and dogs and other pet food Cats and dogs and other pet food No tax ~ 36 yen / kg

Taobao Global Consolidation and Shipping

Taobao Global Consolidation and Shipping,also called Taobao Cargo,Taobao CSCL,is a Taobao official forwarding service for international buyers.It currently supports six countries which are USA,Canada, Australia,New Zealand,Singapore and Malaysia.

How much does the shipping cost

Country Forwarder Local Courier First kg(RMB) Next 0.5kg(RMB) Size Limit Weight Limit
USA JCEX Jiacheng International UPS 110 26 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤150cm
JCEX Jiacheng International USPS 82 22 Single Side: ≤152cm
Total: ≤274cm
Zhongshan courier EMS/DHL 105 25 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤200cm
Canada JCEX Jiacheng International UPS 112 26 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤150cm
Zhongshan courier USPS/DHL 115 26 Single Side: ≤150cm
Total: ≤300cm
Australia ZTO/COE/秀驿物流/中通 Toll 85 26 Single Side: ≤150cm
Total: ≤220cm
4PX Toll 85 28 Single Side: ≤105cm
Total: ≤185cm
佳成JCEX Jiacheng International Toll 75 20 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤150cm
New Zealand ZTO/COE/秀驿物流/中通 Toll 106 29.5 Single Side: ≤150cm 30kg
4PX Toll 110 30 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤200cm
Singapore 4PX Singapore post 43 12 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤200cm
popstation 43 12 ≤37*42*61cm 30kg
PRouter PRT Express 27 10 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤300cm
中通DPEX DPEX 39 11 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤120cm
递壹时DEX MSC Delivery 28 11 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤150cm
West Malaysia PRouter PRT Express 23 10 Single Side: ≤150cm 80kg
DEX MSC Delivery 24 10 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤150cm
4PX Airpak Express 35 14 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤200cm
ZTO/COE/中通秀驿 SKYNET 32 11.5 Single Side: ≤150cm
Total: ≤220cm
East Malaysia PRouter PRT Express 35 16 Single Side: ≤150cm 80kg
DEX MSC Delivery 34 15 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤150cm
4PX Airpak Express 43 21 Single Side: ≤120cm
Total: ≤200cm
ZTO/COE/中通秀驿 SKYNET 41 18 Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤120cm
Sources: ,Data is current as of May 11, 2016.


1.  If the actual weight or size of your package exceeds the permissible limit as stated in the form, it will likely be rejected at the warehouse, resulting in a delayed shipment. Therefore, prior to making an order it is suggested that you check the package weight and size with the seller or forwarder via aliwangwang, so that a smooth shipping process can be ensured.

2.  If this is the first time you are using the shipping service, or should you encounter any problems during your use of the service, please consult with the forwarder’s customer service via aliwangwang by clicking on the forwarder’s name in the form below.

3.  If you are unable open the aliwangwang after clicking on the forwarder’s name, please click here to download aliwangwang and login using your Taobao ID. You can then connect instantly with the forwarder’s customer service.

How Taobao Consolidated Shipping Works

“Taobao Consolidated Shipping” is a two-stage shipping process, whereby the shipping fee is to be paid by two steps.

  • Stage 1: From seller to China forwarder’s warehouse
  • Stage 2: From China forwarder’s warehouse to buyer

the following is a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Taobao Global Consolidation and Shipping:

Stage 1: From seller to China forwarder’s warehouse

Step 1: When making an order, please select or add a new address at the shipping address section, and then choose “Taobao Cargo”.

taobao cargo

Step 2: Click “modify” to  choose your preferred forwarder based on their pricing and service standards.



Step 3: After confirming your selection, proceed to payment and complete your order.

Stage 2: From China forwarder’s warehouse to buyer

Step 1: After settling the payment, check the shipping status from “Purchased Items(已购买的宝贝)”. When the “Pay for international shipping(支付转运费)” button appears, click it.


Step 2: Click “Orders to be consolidated(添加合并)” to select products that you want to consolidate.You’d see the number of days of  free storage(仓库免租还剩) you have left for each package.


The system will automatically calculate total weight(总重量) and the shipping fee(预计运费) of the consolidated goods, from the warehouse in China to your place. After confirmation, click “Consolidate Items(合并订单)”.


Step 3: After consolidating your orders, check the shipping method and delivery address. Then click “Checkout(提交并支付)”.You will then be prompted to make the second payment.

Step 4: Now Stage 2 shipping fee payment settled. Check the status closely and wait for your parcels.


The official holding time in the warehouse is 20 days. If your parcels stay in the warehouse for not more than 20 days, you won’t need to pay for any extra detention charges. Else, you will be charged RMB1 per parcel per day.

Taobao Consolidated Shipping allows consolidation of up to 20 orders! If you have more than 20 orders, it is recommended that you split them into different batches of consolidation and make payment accordingly.

Frequently asked questions

1) I have made my orders through consolidated shipping, but why have I not received my parcel?

After making your orders, and when the products have reached the forwarder, you’ll need to make a payment to the forwarder before the goods can be delivered to you. You can track your parcels at “Manage Consolidated Shipping” on the right of Taobao homepage, consolidate your orders and pay for the shipping fee.

2) Will I receive any notification when my parcel reaches the forwarder’s warehouse?

Yes. You are advised to download “Taobao Global App” from App Store or Google Play. The “Logistics Helper” in the app will automatically send you the notification.

3) How can I contact the forwarder?

here is the list of their contact information.

Online Chat
Zhongshan courier
JCEX Jiacheng International

Taobao Global Direct Shipping

2fdc9979e97fbd3e52930f32077c064cTaobao Global Direct Shipping is a Taobao official forwarding service in Singapore and Malaysia areas. All you need to do is checkout all items in your shopping cart at once, select “Taobao Direct Shipping” and make payment, sit back and wait for your parcel to be delivered directly to you without having to undergo a consolidation process at the forwarder warehouse.

The biggest advantage of this service is you only have to make one-time payment including domestic + international shipping fee, so you won’t need to consolidate your orders and make any second payment – Fast and easy! Save time save money!

1. Shipping Rates for Taobao Global Direct:

Country Forwarder Local Courier Price starting from Size Limit Weight Limit
Singapore ZTO DPEX 39RMB Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤120cm
West Malaysia ZTO SKYNET 32RMB Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤120cm
East Malaysia ZTO SKYNET 41RMB Single Side: ≤80cm
Total: ≤120cm

2. The detailed procedures:

Step 1: Make your order by selecting “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart”. If you are making multiple orders, it is recommended that you choose “Add to Cart” to consolidate all your items and make a lump-sum payment.

After clicking “Add to Cart” you will be told that the item has been successfully added, click “Proceed to Checkout” to consolidate all your items and make payment.

Step 2: Select the items that you want to consolidate, click “Checkout”.

Tips: Consolidation in shopping cart – you can only consolidate items listed on this page.

Step 3: After clicking “Checkout” you will enter the “select delivery address” page. Please select your Singapore or Malaysia address.

Tips: You may click on the upper right to “use a new address” and “manage delivery address”.

After confirming the address, click “Next” to confirm the direct shipping method.

Tips: You can see the domestic shipping fee and international shipping fee clearly shown on the right. It’s convenient! It’s money-saving and trouble free!

After confirming the shipping method, your selected items will be listed at the bottom of the page, along with the total amount to be paid.

Check the item information, amount, etc. and click “Submit Order” to enter the payment page.

Note: Certain products which are not eligible for Taobao Direct Shipping will be shown under the “Submit Order” button. These items will not be included in the calculation of the total amount!

Step 4: After clicking “Submit Order” you will enter Alipay payment page. Here you can choose to view other overseas versions. You are advised to check and verify all order details, and then select your payment method.

After making the payment, you may go to “Purchased Items” to check the order details. Don’t forget to check the delivery status very closely!

Customs & Taxes on a Parcel Sent from China to You

China CustomsThinking about buying and shipping products from China online? Any time a shipment comes from outside your home country, it must be entered and cleared through customs, and may be subject to duties and taxes before you can receive delivery. The process can be complex, which is why I write this post about issues related to customs from four aspects.

  1. what is customs clearance and customs duty
  2. How much tax do we have to pay
  3. How to pay the tax
  4. Tax avoidance strategies

1. We need to understand customs clearance and customs duties.

What is customs clearance?

In a layman’s term, it involves submission of documents for relevant customs procedures (payment of duty, customs examination, etc.) when the goods have reached the customs.

What is customs duty?

It is the tax imposed on goods when transported across international borders. there are export duty and import duty.For buying from China, our concern is only about the import duty.

2. How much tax do we have to pay?

The value for the purposes of charging Customs Duty is calculated on the price paid or payable for the goods plus the cost of transport (including postage), insurance and any loading or handling charges associated with the delivery of the goods into your country.Every country has its own set of duty rates and the customs officers will determine, impose and collect customs duties.

3. How to pay the tax?

Once we know the taxable amount and the duty rate, we can calculate the amount to be paid.Paying custom depends on from which courier company you are ordering,
If you are using premium shipping like DHL,TNT,FedEx then they will email you invoice of custom and their personal will collect money at your doorstep at the time of delivery.

If you choose free shipping method such as China Air mail,Singapore Air mail,Hong Kong Air mail etc then once your courier reaches your local post office,you will receive a call from post office and you will need to go there and pay.

4. How to avoid import taxes?

Please note that not all products will be taxed. While luck may play a role, there are certain strategies which we can use to avoid tax.

Try to avoid direct shipping. Choose transshipment instead.

Some taobao sellers provide the direct shipping option. In order to ensure a secured shipping, they will normally choose the well-established courier services such as DHL, UPS, etc. which will impose a duty fee.

For large quantity and weight, split them equally!

The reason for splitting is to reduce the parcel size to avoid drawing attention. Imagine if you are declaring a huge, heavy box of personal items, will the customs skip examining it? Secondly, it is to put your eggs in different baskets, so that even when you are taxed, you can minimize the loss.

Check the weight: it would be best to keep it within 30 lbs.

Then, check the size:

you know the volume of your items. For instance, imagine you have bought 2 pieces of down jackets. The weight would be within the standard, but it will still be taxed. Why? It’s because of the volume! Two pieces of down jackets will have a parcel size larger than that of other heavier items. The customs will definitely examine it.

Avoid buying heavy items

We all know that there are many different transportation routes used by the courier to ship different types of products at a different shipping rate. There are routes used for shipping valuable objects and there are routes used for bulky items. As a rule of thumb, we should avoid buying heavy items, not only because it will increase the shipping cost, but also it will affect the shipping speed. Heavy items tend to be held by the customs for examination, causing a delay and other inconveniences.

Try not to have all same items in one parcel

Try to have different types of items packed in the same parcel so that when you declare it, it will be a list of many different items. If the number of units of the same item is big, it might be examined by the customs.

5 Things You Won’t Believe You Can Buy On TaoBao is more or less a bottomless pit of e-commerce with wide selection and variety of items and services, and browsing through the site without purpose is like a deep sea exploration where you encounter all the oddities lurking in the dark spaces.

Here are 5 of the weirdest things sold on

  1. Taoist Talismans


The religion and ancient philosophy of Taoism has been a part of Chinese life for over thousands of years. The Taoist clergy Daoshi runs several shops on Taobao selling “Fu”. Fu is said to hold special powers that can ward off evil or bad luck and also bring good luck to whoever owns it. Many mothers seek it out to calm a fussy, crying baby. The Fu is generally written on a piece of special paper and sealed in a pouch. It is  given a religious rite first in order to make the healing powers of the Fu stronger. The price for a Fu can range from 0.1 yuan to 166,000 yuan.

  1. Marmite


Taobao offers the British version of Marmite, available in a larger jar with a yellow top, as well as the New Zealand version that has a red label. Vendors buy the yeasty treat from different places overseas, such as Hong Kong, the UK, Canada, or New Zealand and offer it buyers on the site.

  1. Poetry for the Soul


A site called “The Sadness of a 50 Cent Poet” was set up last August on Taobao. This site caters to poetry lovers who select one of the 45 short poems available, written by four different poets, and are kind enough to send a 50 cent donation in return. Their motto is “Ours is an age when poets starve. Our poems are free. If you think they are good, we would not mind a 50 cent donation”. To date, this site has only received two donations, proof that poetry readers may be as “starved” as the poets themselves!

  1. President Combo Lunch

President Combo Lunch

In December, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinpling ate at Qingfeng Steamed Dumpling Restaurant in Beijing for lunch. He ordered six pork and leek dumplings, two sides of mustard greens, and a pig liver and intestine stew for 21 yuan. Known as the President Combo, you can order it from Taobao for 79 yuan!

  1. Gaming Credits

Gaming credits

China had 190 million online gamers in 2012, according to official statistics. Gaming online is a huge business in China, grossing 69bn yuan. Gamers turn to Taobao to buy credits or items for their virtual games. Some stores also offers leveling up services for gamers who are short on time. Staffs of these full time gamers work round the clock to level up a gamer’s avatar for a fee, moving them from level 1 to 90.