The daily number of packages mailed to Zhejiang Province from abroad has increased 2,000 to 3,000 due to fast development of shopping on Taobao marketplace, which is still on the rise, according to statistics from Zhejiang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. Specifically, Hangzhou Postal Express Delivery & Logistics Co. Ltd. ships 90% of the inbound and outbound mails to Zhejiang, but Wenzhou and Lishui are not in the company’s service range. In 2012, the number of inbound mails amounted to 870,300 in 2012, up 69.95%; the number of outbound mails amounted to 10.89 million, up 177.6% YoY. The number of mails ranks the fourth among all provinces in China.
Meanwhile, the number of mailed objects that are banned from being delivered to China is also increasing. Shoppers are suggested that they should learn about the products they are going to buy before they make the purchase. In the first nine months of 2013, the Bureau intercepted 261 batches of products that are not allowed to be brought to China, including trepan, edible bird’s nest, yogurt, ham, dried fish, sheueha and dendrobe as well as some succulent plants and sausages.
Once intercepted, the products will be destroyed or returned. An insider source with the Bureau noted that the consumers can dial 0571-85237325 to inquire for fear of unnecessary losses.
China bans 16 types of products and goods from being transported to China: live animals, including all mammals, birds, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, insects and invertebrates, but dogs and cats are not included; raw/cooked meat and giblets, including meat paste; aqua products, including fish paste; milk and dairy products from animal sources, including raw milk, fresh milk, yogurt, cream, butter and cheese, but milk powder is not included; eggs and egg products, including salty eggs, mayonnaise; edible bird’s nest, not including canned ones; fresh fruits and vegetables, tobacco leaves (not including cut tobacco), seeds (seedlings), nursery stock and other plant materials and organic cultivation medium, including succulent plants, but purees are not included; biological samples, carcass, soil, etc.
Source: Hangzhou Government