Before we get to the good stuff, feel free to fill out this simple poll to let everyone know how your experience has been so far with shipping:
UPDATE FOR 2022: finally things are back to “normal”, or at least the new norm.
Let me simplify it for those waiting in the USA;
- Shipping now normally takes 10-15 days (I include processing time in the math)
- Express is a few days faster and more reliable (but does not work for PO boxes)
The long details can be found here
UPDATE on COVID-19 2: it’s been almost a year since peak COVID and I’ve been getting my packages to Canada consistently now! There is always duties for me since I order a lot for my Try on Hauls. I now simply the base DHL service and it can take anywhere from 8-12 business days to arrive. I order about 30-40 items PER MONTH from SHEIN to Canada for reference.
UPDATE on COVID-19: the COVID situation has seriously hurt SHEIN’s shipping facilities. I’ve managed to contact their mid level employees directly and they are taking COVID very seriously. A break-out means the entire organization will be shut down. Warehouse staff do not want to go to work and those who do show up have to follow strict disinfection procedures. It got so bad that they had to block orders for 1 week.
Not only that, with malls closed, shoppers are stress-buying SHEIN like crazy! Virtually everything I review from SHEIN has been sold out. I know thousands of orders have been delayed as well.
Let’s just remember there is a humanitarian crisis at hand. What’s important is you stay safe and do not expect things to operate the way they were before.
The good news is that things are starting to clear in the pipeline. People are still shopping like crazy. I’ve been told that inventory will continue to fly off the shelves for the foreseeable future.
Be well <3
As someone who has reviewed THOUSANDS worth of dollars of SHEIN items on my YouTube Channel, I need to speak up here. I don’t want you to have a bad experience shopping. When it comes to shipping and duties, I’ll just tell you how it is, whether SHEIN likes it or not.
True Shipping Time
True shipping time includes the usual 1-3 processing time in the fine print. More on this later! For now, see how shipping times stack up for your own country:
|United States||7-11||$3.99||3-7||12.90 USD|
|India||7-14||Free at ₹720||none|
|France||8-13||Free at €12||none|
|Canada||8-16||Free at $12||5-10||26 CAD|
|Mexico||16-23||Free at $300p||4-10||$310p|
|Russia||21-38||270 RU||8-18||Free at 7,835|
All days are BUSINESS DAYS
We got the data by adding 1-3 processing days for each country from SHEIN.com
The Shipping Fine Print
Go to the Shipping section on the SHEIN website and you will find:
“Shipping Time does not include a 1-3 day processing period” – SHEIN.com
Ew, Why Do We Need Processing Time?
Taxes and Duties
“I got automatically upgraded to Express Shipping. My order arrived in 5 days. The big issue was that I got to pay duties: 30$. Before ordering, I checked the FAQ section and noticed that no duties would be charged. Here is a link to the FAQ [sic: FAQ is no longer on SHEIN.com].
I contacted the customer service, and they said that since I choose express shipping, duties could be applied. The refund offered to me was only 15$.
What a disappointment!” – Myriam & The Budget
Pay our lovely country it’s share of taxes
Shipping Time to USA
Shipping Time to CANADA
Time to UK, Germany, France
I find northern Europe’s parcel system to be quite fast and reliable. The only disadvantage is that Euro’s and Pounds are quite expensive.
Expect to wait 15-17 business days MAX for a standard order.
Hello? What About The Rest of the World?
I don’t mean to leave you guys till last! This is a tough question to answer because every country is so different. Instead of trusting what a store’s website says, I will suggest what I suggest for my own customers; make a test order of something cheap.
Pick out something that can easily be gifted if you don’t like it. This is one thing that’s good about fast fashion, it’s the cheapest it should ever get!
Ok ok ok, What Next?
I have so many reliable SHEIN reviews on this blog (search SHEIN on top right) or you can see a popular post here.
Want some Side by Side comparisons? Check this summer tops post here.
I also have a whole Youtube SHEIN review playlist where I talk about the fabric, the stretch, the styling… everything!
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