For the first time I had a purchaser in China (Shanghai). Customers can select International Priority or International Air Mail, and since this was a small order, the customer chose air. I have never shipped anything to China before. I marked the customs form as "merchandise" and "horticultural seeds," which is what they are, with a value of $3.00, about right. I shipped it at the end of March and it still has not arrived. With international air, there's no tracking beyond the US border. I only see it left Chicago on April 1.
I don't have much of a concern about the items being stolen, because they don't have much value and most people would not know what to do with them. They are being shipped to a botanist.
Anyone ship to Shanghai from US before? I looked on an expat forum and they were talking about shipping to Shanghai taking longer than to other cities there. One person quoted 4-5 weeks as normal, whereas to other cities it would take 2 weeks.
I hope to ship more items to China in the future. What is your experience with shipping there USPS?