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How many types of cross-border e-commerce logistics?
Release time:2024-01-15


How to choose all those types of cross-border e-commerce logistics?
When the online-stores receives an order, the first consideration is to choose a suitable logistics method to send the goods overseas. What are the common cross-border e-commerce logistics currently available? How should sellers choose?
1. Postal package model
International postal parcels refer to the import and export of goods through the Universal Postal System, using personal postal parcels for shipment. Currently, 70% of China's cross-border logistics in international postal parcels are sent through postal parcels, with China Post accounting for 50%.
Postal logistics include China Post small packages, China Post large packages, Hong Kong Post small packages, EMS, International e-Mail, Singapore small packages, Swiss Post small packages, etc. Among them, postal parcels, international e-mail parcels, and EMS are the most commonly used.
Postal packages have high network coverage, wide logistics channels, and relatively affordable prices, but their disadvantages are slow delivery speed and high loss rate.

2. International express delivery model
The four common international express delivery companies are DHL, TNT, FEDEX, and UPS.
This logistics modell relies on a unified information platform operation, with the main characteristics of ensuring timeliness, facilitating consumers to query real-time logistics information, low packet loss rate, but counterfeit, battery containing, and special category products cannot be delivered. Of course, high-quality service comes with expensive prices.
(1) International air or ocean freight transportation line refers to a dedicated route from China to a certain country, which is a door-to-door transportation service that includes delivery and taxes. In addition to high costs, it is a more suitable stocking method for fast sales and replenishment.
(2) Ocean freight transportation line is a low-cost, long delivery method that is more suitable for large volume cross-border logistics.
(3) The railway transportation line is mainly aimed at cross-border trade between China and Europe, with prices higher than international air transportation lines, and is severely constrained by transportation regions.
3. Domestic express delivery model
Domestic express delivery mainly refers to EMS, SF Express, and "Four Links and One Delivery". In terms of cross-border logistics, the "Four Links and One Delivery" China Shentong Yuantong layout was earlier, while Zhongtong, Huitong, and Yunda have just started cross-border logistics business. SF Express's international business needs to be more mature. Currently, it has opened express delivery services to countries such as the United States, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. Express packages to Asian countries can generally be delivered in 2-3 days.
In domestic express delivery, EMS's international business is the most comprehensive. By relying on postal channels, EMS can directly reach more than 60 countries around the world, with relatively lower costs compared to the four major express delivery giants. China has strong customs clearance capabilities, reaching Asian countries in 2-3 days and Europe and America in about 5-7 days.
4. Door-door transportation logistics model
Cross border door-to-door or end-to-end transportation logistics is generally transported by air or ocean to foreign countries, and then cleared and delivered to the destination country through local cooperating companies. It mainly concentrates the shipment of large quantities of products to a certain country or region, reduces costs through economies of scale, and has fast delivery time. It is more suitable for small and medium-sized cross-border sellers with weak risk resistance.
Advantages: High efficiency and cost-effectiveness in developing delivery countries and regions, providing logistics information throughout the entire process.
Disadvantage: The delivery country is limited in nature and the delivery scope is limited.
Suitable for shipping products: concentrate on sending products to a certain country or region, FBA/ 3rd-part overseas warehouses.
5. Overseas warehousing model
The 3rd-part overseas warehouse model is for cross-border e-commerce sellers to prepare goods in advance to the logistics warehouse in the destination country, and then directly ship the goods to the customer from the overseas warehouse after the customer places an order on the seller's e-commerce website or third-party store. This can improve logistics efficiency and provide customers with a high-quality logistics experience. However, sellers usually only choose best-selling products for overseas warehouse stocking.
Overall, the products suitable for using "3rd-part overseas warehouses" include:
(1) Products with large size and weight: Due to the limitations of using small packages and dedicated line shipping specifications, as well as the high cost of using international express delivery, using overseas warehouses will break through product specifications and reduce logistics costs.
(2) Products with high pricing and profit: High quality 3rd- part overseas warehouse service providers can control the damage rate and loss rate of items to a very low level, reducing risks for sellers selling high-value items.
(3) High turnover rate of goods: also known as best-selling products. For best-selling products, sellers can process orders more quickly and recover funds through overseas warehouses; For unsold goods, while occupying funds, corresponding storage costs will also be incurred. Therefore, in contrast, products with high turnover rates are more suitable for using overseas warehouses.

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