Want to buy Instagram-worthy furniture from Taobao but afraid of the shipping cost?
Don’t fret — we’re here to share with you how to ship Taobao furniture to Singapore in the easiest and most cost-effective manner!
In this article, we’ll lay out the advantages and disadvantages of shipping directly from Taobao vs engaging an external freight forwarder and elaborate on the process of engaging an external freight forwarder. We’ll also share our answers to some frequently asked questions below!
There are 2 methods of shipping furniture from Taobao — Taobao’s existing forwarders or external freight forwarders.
Shipping directly from Taobao means that you’ll be using the delivery services of their existing forwarders such as 4PX, PRouter and Cainiao.
Cainiao, in particular, is Taobao’s preferred shipping partner. They offer to ship bulky items (30kg – 500kg) via sea freight and smaller items (up to 30kg) via air freight.
Shipping via an external freight forwarder means that you’ll be engaging your own international forwarding service to assist you.
If you’ve chosen to ship via an external freight forwarder, this is the general process of engaging a freight forwarding company for your Taobao shipment.
Choosing The Right Freight Forwarder
Now that you’re aware of how simple it is to engage an external freight forwarder to ship your Taobao loots, here are some factors that you may want to consider before choosing a forwarder.
Frequently Asked Questions
Shipping fees can be calculated by 3 methods, subject to your choice of forwarder:
- Actual weight: Weight of the item
- Volumetric weight: Amount of space that the item occupies, converted into weight; LxWxH (in cm) / 5,000 or LxWxH (in cm) / 6,000 depending on the forwarder
- Cubic metre (CBM): Size of the item; LxWxH (in m)
It depends on your choice of shipping provider and mode of transport. In general, these are the shipping durations:
- Taobao’s forwarders: Up to 2 weeks
- External freight forwarders: Up to 3 weeks
Shipping Taobao Furniture To Singapore
Shipping Taobao furniture from China to Singapore can be costly and stressful. Choosing the right freight forwarder will allow you to enjoy cost savings on your shipments and facilitate the shipment process!
If you need help shopping for furniture on Taobao, check out our step-by-step guide here!