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Frequently, you write comments on our blog asking us when your order will arrive, if it is normal that it is taking so long… We can't know for sure when your order will arrive but over the years we have gained some experience in this area and we want to share our knowledge with you. We'll explain which orders take longer, how long it takes for an AliExpress package to arrive… Read on to become an expert!
Processing and shipping time in AliExpress
To understand how long your AliExpress order will take, it is important that you know how shipments work on this famous website. Once we click the pay button and our payment has been confirmed, the seller begins to prepare our order. This may take a few hours or several days, depending on the size of the package, if the seller has had a lot of sales lately… We can see how much time the seller asks to prepare the order before buying, as you can see in the image below (can only be seen in the app). However, even if it says 9 days sellers usually prepare the order in much less time, in about 2-3 days your order will already be on its way home.
In case the seller does not send the order you will get your money back automatically through the same payment method you used. But this doesn't usually happen except in very rare occasions, the normal thing is that once you have it ready, a notification we get a notification telling us the package has been sent. That's when the shipping time starts.
How long does it take for an AliExpress package to arrive?
When buying a product, the seller gives us an estimate of the delivery time. It is a rough estimate according to the shipping method selected, but the actual time it takes for an AliExpress package to arrive depends on several factors that we will explain below.
There are many methods of shipment, but the main difference is between those sent by private courier (dhl, seur, fedex, ups …) and the rest. If you bought a product sent by private courier your package will arrive in record time, but you may have to pay customs fees, which happens most of the time.
For all other shipping methods, the time varies by shipping company. Depending of the country you are from, AliExpress may have deals with local couriers, so shipments will be faster. In general, registered mail takes much less time than regular mail. To learn more about this, we recommend that you read our Definite Shipment Guide on AliExpress.
Aliexpress ships products almost anywhere in the world, but they will arrive much faster in countries where there are a lot of abroad orders are made and which have a good state postal service. AliExpress shipments generally take 3 to 4 weeks to arrive, but the protection time is 60 days, and depending on the time of year or country of destination you may have to wait up to 60 days to receive it. However, it is best to look at the weather forecast offered by the seller and think that it is always possible it may take longer.
Time of year
Your orders may take longer in times when a lot of orders are made, such as the famous 11.11 or Christmas. This happens because in the country of origin too many orders accumulate, but also because when the order arrives in your country the local postal service may be collapsed as well.
We also need to take into account China's national holidays, where the whole country is celebrating. For example, the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated at the beginning of February, usually lasts one or two weeks, so if you buy on those dates your orders may take longer than normal.
A way to receive your products in record time
One of the great advantages that AliExpress has over other sites is the possibility of receiving your products from a national warehouse located in your country. This will significantly reduce waiting time and eliminate the possibility of possible customs surcharges. However, we will only be able to buy with domestic shipping from sellers who have their own warehouse. If you want to find products with this type of shipment all you have to do is filter the search like this.
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If you want more tips and tricks to buy safely and know how this famous website works, we recommend you go through our how to section where you will find articles as interesting as this one. If you don't know where to start, we recommend you read our definitive AliExpress Guide, where we explain everything you need to know before you start shopping on this site.
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