The next step is to key in your shipping details.
This includes your shipping address and shipping (or forwarding) agent which is the company that will be delivering your parcel to you.
In this window, you’re required to key in your shipping address. This address should be the location that you wish to receive your parcel.
Don’t worry if you think you might want to ship to a different address for future parcels; you’ll still be able to add other addresses after this purchase.
For the drop-down menu of the “所在地区” (suo zai di qu; current location) field, the Chinese characters refer to
- China (中国大陆; zhong guo da lu),
- Taiwan (台湾; tai wan),
- Hong Kong (港澳; gang ao),
- Malaysia (马来西亚; ma lai xi ya) and
- others (海外其他; hai wai qi ta).
If you reside in Singapore, select “others” and choose the first option (新加坡; xin jia po) in the next drop-down menu.
Complete the form by filling in the other fields according to the English translations in the screenshot above.
After keying in your local delivery address, select “国际转运服务” (guo ji zhuan yun fu wu) to opt for international forwarding service.
At this point, you must be thinking – why should I opt for international forwarding service?
Appointed forwarders on Taobao (e.g. 4PX, PRouter) have placed a package size and weight limit of 1m x 1m x 1m and 30kg respectively.
This means that you will not be able to purchase huge items such as furniture directly from the Taobao site.
Therefore, the only option to make this delivery possible is to engage your preferred international forwarder to do the job. This will be further elaborated on in a later section.