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What is going on with slow shipments from China?

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What is going on with slow shipments from China?

Since late 2015 airmail for small things seem to consistently take 1.5 to 2 months to arrive. It used to be 2-3 weeks. On packages where tracking was available, it seems that transit from china to Canada is the same as before, but once in Canadapost's hands; the package takes a month to be delivered. Haw anyone noticed this, and can you confirm the issue seems to be Canadapost?
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toalan wrote: Since late 2015 airmail for small things seem to consistently take 1.5 to 2 months to arrive. It used to be 2-3 weeks. On packages where tracking was available, it seems that transit from china to Canada is the same as before, but once in Canadapost's hands; the package takes a month to be delivered. Haw anyone noticed this, and can you confirm the issue seems to be Canadapost?
Pretty sure it's all around not just Canada post. Maybe there's been an increase in package inspections or something. I ordered something FastTech in January and got here at the end of March...
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I ordered a small car audio adapter, under ten dollars, from a China seller on ebay. Didn't show up for two months. Let them know through ebay, money was refunded, no problem. Package arrived two days later.

Yes, I've noticed a difference! Not sure what happened.
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I've noticed the same thing. Ebay purchases from China to Canada that used to take under one month now take 1.5 to 2 months.
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Same deal. Multiple small orders took more than a month to arrive. Two weeks used to be the standard.

What I've noticed though is that all of the parcels seem to get stuck when they "arrive in Canada". Customs perhaps?
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It take 2 weeks for a small order from TO to VAN. :D
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for me, some came sooner than ebay's expected arrival date range, some came late, most are on time but near the end of the date range

i bought mostly cell phone accessories so they are pretty small
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I thought I was the only one affected. Never mind slow, I have had orders just not arriving at all. Orders placed in December still not arrived yet. I have had a couple of items arrive in the usual 30-40 day range. But this is fast becoming the exception. On a different note, the government should raise the $20 duty free limit on items. These kind of laws should not have hard coded numbers but formulas tied to inflation and forced review periods.
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Often it's shipped by Sweden Post and Swiss Post from China and HK, it takes about two months to arrive in Canada
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I noticed the same thing. Ordered something and it didn't come for close to 2 months. Got a refund, and then the item arrived the week later. I already re-ordered the item. I'm going to be a bit more patient before asking for a refund.
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Last month I ordered a USB DVD drive that was shipped by China Post. Took 2 weeks from shipment to delivery in Vancouver.
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I'm glad you brought this up. I used to order things from eBay, and latest things would arrive is 2 weeks, no more than 3. Now I have to wait 2-3 months for items to arrive... It's just ridiculous! Something is definitely different.
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Be careful with waiting too long before asking the seller for a solution. A month beyond the expected shipping date, eBay puts the purchase into the history files and you cannot really work with the seller anymore. The best option is seek resolution before that time and then if the item arrives later, just pay the guy back.
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I just got something today that I ordered on Feb 23.

Does anyone know if buyers in the USA are going through the same thing?
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I opened a ticket (********) for an item not arriving because 3 months had passed. A week later, I got the package.
I still don't understand how some of the stuff from China is so cheap. I took that little stainless steel multitool card that cost $0.10 to work to check for radiation because I suspected that they are trying to get rid of radioactive waste. How can they make any money? Are they playing the long con?
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I order tons of stuff and I see no slow down ...yeah I like to screw western governments and their economies and not pay taxes ! ;)
You have to understand the type of products that are shipped. Anything with a battery or with liquid will take the slow boat and will take over a month.
The majority of the slow down is due to bias customs agencies in western countries holding everything up. The Chinese companies are now setting up warehouses in Europe and shipping from there to avoid these biases !

Everything else with free shipping will take 3-4 weeks, with DHL, Fedex or UPS it takes 1.5 days.
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Sievert wrote: I opened a ticket (********) for an item not arriving because 3 months had passed. A week later, I got the package.
I still don't understand how some of the stuff from China is so cheap. I took that little stainless steel multitool card that cost $0.10 to work to check for radiation because I suspected that they are trying to get rid of radioactive waste. How can they make any money? Are they playing the long con?
Our dollar and economy is artificially inflated by the bankers and government, this is the thing Joe Public does not understand.
Greed in western nations has manifested itself that Joe Public has no idea or understand the difference between profits and greed.
You simply have to walk into a store and see how they can drop prices by 300% and still make a profit on a item, they can because they were charging you Joe Public anywhere from 5000%-8000% to start with !

The Americans fight with bullets at $1.75usd/round and nations and their people deplore and hate them, the Chinese who are the author of the The Art of War fight with material goods that get into their rivals economies and homes from cradle to grave that everyone can afford and is happy, in fact the Chinese brand of International Socialism has already taken hold and most do not even realize it. That $1.75usd round buys a lot, just go check out your local Dollar store, that $1 item has already made profits at three levels; mainly 33% for the manufacturer, 33% for the importer/distributor and finally the last 33% for the retailer.

To understand all this you have to understand history, just look up the Eight Nation's Alliance and the UK's debt to China in the 1840's, part of world history that western history books conveniently left out. Once you do that, compare the Eight Nation's Alliance to today's G8 nations and the US's debt to the PRC and you will see nothing has really changed in the past 175 years, just the same bunch of thieves making the same mistakes with a different name !

...and thank-you for your purchase in supporting International Socialism !
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I suspect it is a problem with the slow boats from China because my shipping from the USA has not been delayed ... only China/Hong Kong.

I got a refund for a China purchase after waiting two months and then ordered the same item from a seller in the USA. The USA item got to Canada in the usual week to ten days. My refunded item from China then arrived soon after, which means I now have two of the same items. Being honest, I repaid the original seller for the refunded item. Anyone want to buy a USB 3.0 card for a PC?
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nutN2Lewz wrote: I suspect it is a problem with the slow boats from China because my shipping from the USA has not been delayed ... only China/Hong Kong.

I got a refund for a China purchase after waiting two months and then ordered the same item from a seller in the USA. The USA item got to Canada in the usual week to ten days. My refunded item from China then arrived soon after, which means I now have two of the same items. Being honest, I repaid the original seller for the refunded item. Anyone want to buy a USB 3.0 card for a PC?
How much more was the card that you bought in Canada ?
I bet the shipping cost more than the card you bought from China ...am I right ?
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Most shipments from China are scanned by customs when they arrive these days due to massive smuggling. Due to the increase in shipments from China, and the lack of an increase in scanning facilities and staff, there is backlog and delays.

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