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What are the main modes of cross-border logistics platform?

April 20, 2021

To be a cross-border e-commerce, it is very important to choose the right logistics mode. Some platforms have high requirements for logistics, such as Amazon and eBay. These platforms specify the logistics platform to deliver goods, which explains the logistics timeliness. So what kind of logistics mode should we choose while doing cross-border e-commerce?

Postal bag. Sellers mainly choose China Post, hongkong post, universal post and Kahala post. The global coverage rate of postal network is wider than that of other logistics channels. However, the cost is high; only packages less than 2kg can be sent; the weight is limited; the delivery time is long, the packet loss rate is high, and it is impossible to judge whether the buyer has received the goods.

Special line logistics. Among the logistics companies the seller mainly chooses are the US special line, Europe special line, Australia special line, Russia special line, Middle East special line, South America special line, South Africa special line, etc. Can concentrate a large number of goods sent to the destination, the time is faster than the postal packet, the price is lower than the commercial express. However, the scope of domestic goods collection is limited, so we can only choose the lines opened by logistics companies, and need to use foreign mail or local customs broker with express e-commerce clearance qualification for customs clearance.

International Express Service. The seller mainly chooses DHL, TNT, FedEx and UPS. Self built global network, powerful IT system and localized services all over the world make it fast, good service, low packet loss rate, and can be selected according to the goods. However, due to the high price and big price change, category B sellers need to provide customs agents and pay import duties according to the tariff threshold at the port of destination.

Overseas storage. Overseas warehousing includes three modules: first journey transportation, warehousing management and local distribution. The traditional way of foreign trade is to deliver goods to the warehouse to reduce logistics costs; local sales can provide flexible and reliable return and exchange programs to improve the purchase confidence of overseas customers; delivery cycle is shortened, delivery speed is accelerated, and cross-border logistics defect transaction rate is reduced; overseas warehouse can help sellers expand sales categories and break through the “big and heavy” development bottleneck. There are many advantages, but the most suitable goods for overseas warehouse are the hot selling items with fast inventory turnover, otherwise it is easy to press the goods.

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