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How to dropship lithium battery goods from China

Have you ever met electronic goods like digital watches, blue-tooth speakers stuck at the airport when dropship them from China via China Post ePacket or other courier services? Have you ever rejected by the shipping agent when you ship lithium battery goods from China? Why? Because the lithium batteries being listed as contraband goods by IATA (International Air Transport Association) due to batteries are combustible and leaky items threat the flight security. Thus the Civil Aviation Administration of China issued the Notice on Strengthening the Safe Air Transport of Lithium Batteries in Packages shipping from China, which explicitly prohibits the air transport of items with batteries, especially lithium batteries. Because our mobile phones, laptops, and cameras are all equipped with lithium batteries, and mobile power is also a lithium battery for rechargeable batteries. In order to avoid accidents and protect the safety of passengers\’ lives and property,  power bank is also a lithium battery for rechargeable batteries. In order to avoid accidents lithium batteries for electronic devices such as mobile phones or laptops are prohibited in packages shipping from China. How to dropship lithium battery goods from China?

In fact, the battery goods can be dropshipped from China, but it need to meet the airline\’s requirements for dangerous goods shipping. For example, the battery goods need to be packaged respectively under certain quantities. Exceeded parts need to be divided in several packages and need to declare for customs clearance in details. Lithium batteries in portable electronic devices such as cameras, laptops, camcorders, etc., which are installed in equipment and have a lithium content of less than 100 wh (watt hours), can be carried around or handled; lithium content is 100 wh but not more than 160 wh. Lithium batteries must be approved by the airline and carried. Spare batteries must be individually insulated and can only be carried in hand luggage. Lithium batteries exceeding 160wh are strictly prohibited.

How do we ship lithium battery goods via international courier service? It based on each period, each courier service under the air freight rules whether it can be shipped battery goods or not. 86Deal specializes in serving domestic and international foreign sellers engaged in online platforms such as Amazon, eBay, Dunhuang, and Alibaba, and cooperated with Hongkong Post, China Post, Swiss Post, Royal Mail, Singapore Post and International Express DHL, UPS, TNT , FedEx as well as other line deals to provide professional logistics and supporting services for lithium battery goods dropshipping from China.

What do we need to pay attention to when ship battery goods via international courier service? As long as the supplier or shipping agent could provide a MSDS report for the battery goods and them are being perfectly packed separately, the lithium battery goods can be shipped via international courier service like DHL, FedEx etc.

There following are the packing requirements for the lithium battery goods:

  1. Each lithium battery need to be packed respectively, each box maximum pack 2 batteries; the inner box need to be sealed tightly and there\’s no sound when shake the inner and outer box, single box battery weight cannot exceed 10 kg;
  2. The power bank must be packed according to the pure battery packing standard. Maximum 2 power banks in one box;
  3. Outer box packaging requirements: outer packaging must be tough and clean, plastic bags and file packs as well as other soft packaging are not allowed, carton ears cannot be cut;
  4. Document requirements: The waybills, checklists, MSDS and invoices are marked with the type of battery (lithium battery), type (PI965-PI968), power (current * voltage);
  5. All the batteries need to have a battery type, model, voltage and capacity, power can not exceed 100WH. The calculation method of the power: The capacity AH* voltage V is less than 100WH, dry battery is packed alone, one does not exceed 10 kg;
  6. The battery within 2.7WH does not limit the number of batteries but one package cannot exceed 2.5 kg;
  7. 2.7WH-20WH battery need to be packed in the inner box, an inner box of 8 batteries, can not exceed 10 kg;
  8. 20WH-100WH battery also need to be installed inside the box, an inner box can only hold 2 batteries, weight can not exceed 10 kg.

You are welcome to inquiry if you need to dropship lithium battery goods from China.

 


How to search hotsale goods on 1688

Search goods on 1688 is a big challenge for dropshipper who do not know Chinese and 1688 rules well, not to mention how to search hotsale goods on 1688. To respond the one belt one road policy of the China goverment, 1688 as a B2B online platform it encourages more and more factories and suppliers provide high quality goods for the cross border eCommerce industry. Which means those goods with high quality and latest industrial design not only available for Chinese sellers but also for the eCommerce seller overseas. How to find those hot sale goods for dropshipping? We would like to share a few tips to help you source goods on 1688.

Due to 1688 is in Chinese language you need to translate goods name into Chinese then search on 1688, so the first tip is to translate niche goods into Chinese, for example, you are dropshipping lady fashion and focus on dress, you may need to translate dress into Chinese which is 连衣裙, please only translate the goods name instead of goods keywords, it doesn\’t work.

The how you search hot sale dress on 1688? You need add more keywords and translate them into Chinese. The second tips is to add keywords hot sale, which in Chinese is 爆款, then you can search 爆款连衣裙 in 1688 and you will find there are still too many search results which might take long time to filter.

So the 3rd tips is add qualifiers to locate more accurate results for the dress. For example, you can cross border related keywords like 外贸(foreign trade), 跨境电商专供(cross boarder only),速卖通(Aliexpress), 亚马逊(Amazon),Wish, eBay  as well as 欧美(Euro America)keywords.  Then you will have the following keywords 外贸爆款连衣裙,跨境电商爆款连衣裙,速卖通爆款连衣裙,亚马逊爆款连衣裙,Wish爆款连衣裙,欧美爆款连衣裙 which might more accurate for your desired hot sale dress. In addition, you can also add time keyword like 2108, 夏季(summer)dress material keywords etc.

Then you are ready to select the right style and click the dress description, compare price, seller credits to select suppliers one by one. So basically it only takes 4 steps to search hot sale goods on 1688 for your store. No matter what kind of goods you want to dropship you can search the hot sale goods on 1688 via the 4 steps above.

However, search goods is only the first step for cross border dropshipping, the next step is how to pay for the supplier and fulfill the dropshipping order shipping from China to your clients. 86Deal is a professional dropshipping order fulfillment agent to help you ship goods from China to worldwide countries, our dropshipping fulfillment service include:

1688 sourcing service

Purchasing service

Stock service

Quality check service

Packing service

Label service

Shipping service

You are welcome to inquiry 1688 dropshipping fulfillment service via [email protected]


Aliexpress VS 1688 which is better for dropshipping

Aliexpress used to be a very good platform for Ebay, Amazon and shopify sellers dropshipping from China, however, more and more small business dropship from 1688 along with cross boarder policy promoted by Alibaba group. Aliexpress VS 1688, which is better for dropshipping? We will compare the 2 dropshipping platforms based on their goods category, payment method, shipping methods to reveal the advantages and disadvantages of 1688 and Aliexpress to see how small business could take advantages of these 2 dropshipping platforms to grow their business.

Firstly we\’d like to introduce Aliexpress and 1688 as well as their difference for people new to dropshipping business. AliExpress was formally launched in April 2010, which is the only online trading platform created by Alibaba for the global market. It is called “International Taobao” by a large number of sellers. It is the third largest English online shopping site in the world. 1688 also known as alibaba.cn which focuses on the wholesale and purchasing business. Through specialized operations, it improves customer experience and fully optimizes the business model of corporate e-commerce. At present, 1688 has covered 16 major categories, including raw materials, industrial products, apparel, home department stores, and small commodities, and provides a series of supply services from raw material procurement, production and processing, and wholesale.

We will compare the pros and cons of Aliexpress and 1688 in 6 different ways include language, goods category, payment methods,  quality control,shipping delivery time and cost.

Language 

Aliexpress is in english which is very easy for dropshipper to search and communicate with suppliers, while 1688 is in Chinese, for small business who dont know Chinese well may have difficult to search goods, read goods description, filter goods as well as communicate with suppliers for more dropshipping details, which takes longer time

Compared to 1688, Aliexpress is more easier for small business to start dropshipping business as it is in English language.

Goods category

Aliexpress also called English Taobao, it is a B2C website, currently it is around 0.3 million sellers with around 100 million good list, it covers garments, 3C, home, accessories, etc. a total of 30 primary industry categories, while 1688 covers raw materials, industrial products, apparel, home department stores, small commodities and other 16 industry categories which at least 10 times scale as Aliexpress for the goods categories.

Compared to Aliexpress, 1688 has wider choice of goods categories and cheaper price for cross border dropshipping business.

Payment methods

Currently Aliexpress supports credit cards, WebMoney (WM), TT remittance, Western Union, Qiwi wallet and paypal while 1688 supports Alipay (Chinese people only), and Chinese bank online payment, unionpay and bank transfer. Small business could easily pay on Aliexpress if you have a credit card.

However, 1688 doesn\’t allow small business overseas pay online even you have international Alipay account. Which means if you want to dropship from 1688 you need to find a 1688 agent to help you pay for the goods.

Quality Control

The quality is one of the most concern by the small business dropshipping from China. When you dropship from Aliexpress, the quality control mainly conducted by the supplier which might be a little subjective, once your clients received the goods if they are not satisfied which might be fatal to the dropshipping business while you can hardly return them back due to the shipping fee as well as Aliexpress policy.

If you choose a reliable agent to help you dropship from 1688, they may take you photos or videos to help you confirm the quality and texture, you will have briefly idea about the goods quality before dropshipping. If goods quality doesn\’t good enough they can be returned to the supplier for better quality to save time and money and prevent potential dispute caused by the quality.

Shipping delivery

Aliexpress default delivery service is usually China post air mail, epacket, e-ems and dhl etc. which basically has no difference with 1688 dropshipping. But Aliexpress has free shipping option and the shipping service is slightly cheaper.

From the other aspect, 1688 agent could help dropshipper consolidate multiple goods into one order to ship to clients from multiple suppliers, while Aliexpress need to receive multiple times which doesn\’t offer good user experience.

Dropshipping cost

The dropshipping cost is the main concern for small business, from the information above, Aliexpress dropshipping cost is definitely cheaper than 1688 as it has less steps. For beginners Aliexpress is absolutely the first choice to save dropshipping cost as you only need to pay the goods cost and select free shipping service, while you choose 1688 dropshipping you may need to pay the goods price, domestic shipping, agent fee, international shipping fee as well as the currency fee.

What\’s the advantages of dropshipping from 1688? I think it is more suitable for the dropshipper who want to grow their business with better user experiences in a few aspects. Firstly, dropshipper could wholesale from manufacture directly to lower down goods cost with better quality; secondly, 1688 agent could help double check goods quality to lower down the dispute rates for better user experience; thirdly, 1688 agent could help dropshipper consolidate multiple goods from suppliers into one order and label or branding their packaging for marketing purpose and choose shipping courier flexibly.

The total cost of 1688 dropshipping might be slightly higher than Aliexpress but it definitely provides better user experience as well as brand marketing strategy to help dropshipper grow their business in long terms.

In short, Aliexpress dropshipping is more suitable for beginners who wants to save cost while 1688 dropshipping is more suitable for private label dropshipper who want to build their marketing strategy.

Aliexpress VS 1688 which is better for dropshipping? Now you may have an answer in your mind.