AliExpress is the biggest Chinese e-commerce store, launched in 2010. It is the most prominent entity in the Alibaba Group, working similarly to eBay and specialising in wholesale, sale and retail of low-cost goods. Due to its' international focus, AliExpress remains one of the most visited Chinese website all over the world.
Within China, all packages are handled by Cainiao, AliExpress's own parcel sorting and delivery service. Outside of China, they're handed out to local post offices for transit.
AliExpress started out in 2010 as a solely business-to-business marketplace. Eventually, its' portfolio was expanded to feature business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer sales, as well as payment services and cloud computing technologies.
AliExpress acts in a way similar to eBay, except for the auctions, which aren't part of the platform. Both businesses and individuals on the site can be sellers, being able to communicate with the customers, and offer them products at a low fee. This low financial barrier of entry allows many stores to sell their goods on AliExpress without much of a hassle.
Despite nearly all sellers being Chinese (with the rest being from Singapore), AliExpress sells items only to international customers - instead, all potential customers from Mainland China use Taobao, the Alibaba subsidiary. As such, AliExpress doesn't have its' own delivery service, however, it does use its' own postal service, Cainiao, to handle all packages before they leave China and get to international couriers.
How to track Aliexpress order with eTracking
eTracking allows you to track all of your parcels in one place, with minimum effort: just paste the tracking number into either our webpage or phone app, we'll do the rest for you. With eTracking, there's no need to use a dedicated Aliexpress tracking app for every different store anymore!
All you need to do to get Aliexpress tracking details for your package is to paste the tracking number into the appropriate field and hit Enter, the webpage or the app will do the rest for you. Aliexpress package tracking history is thoroughly described, with delivery statuses, carriers invovled and locations it's been in. As Aliexpress parcel tracking is done globally and is followed in real-time, getting the most up-to-date status is not a problem at all.
Note that depending on the store and the shipping method, Aliexpress may use different couriers for the transfer, whether they are local, international or store-specific. Most popular carriers used can be DHL, FedEx, UPS, USPS, DB Schenker, China Post or Royal Mail. Our Aliexpress delivery tracking service should be able to show all of the above, and many more.
To further simplify the tracking process, if you have to follow multiple packages at once, all the time, consider getting our phone app, available on both iOS and Android. Simple Aliexpress shipment tracking is only a couple of taps away from you!
Aliexpress delivery service tracking
Every order in Aliexpress is handled by various postal shipping and delivery services. Who's handling it depends on which carrier the seller is using and whether it's an international delivery or a domestic one. Certain originally domestic carriers, such as Deutsche Post DHL and Royal Mail, now operate worldwide. Certain stores, such as Aliexpress, have their own, internal postal service, Cainiao, to sort out all of they packages before they leave China and move onto transit.
No matter how far or close, eTracking is able to determine which courier is delivering the order and where exactly, as our Aliexpress shipping service tracking has that capability. As always, it's included in the detailed Aliexpress shipping status report.
Check Aliexpress order status
If you have the need to track Aliexpress order online, eTracking provides the most relevant, up-to-date info on its' current whereabouts and its' delivery status.
Aliexpress shipping status updates in real time, nearly always without delay - as long as either the store or the services responsible for handling the package update it, too, as soon as possible.
What is Aliexpress tracking number
Aliexpress order tracking number is a unique ID of the package, used both by recepients and postal workers alike for ease of identification. Those depend on the courier handling it and the country it's arriving from, as they come in different formats, with S10 being the most internationally accepted one, starting with the recepient's country code, followed by eight unique numbers, one check digit and the sender's country code.
Domestic postal services and international carriers, as well as their sister companies, each have their own tracking number formats. Some of the more popular carriers use the following:
- USPS: 20 digits; or 10 digits for Global Express Guaranteed(R);
- UPS: United Parcel Service: 18 symbols, starting with 1Z and ending with a check digit;
- DHL Express: 10 digits; otherwise, 000, JJD00, JJD01, JVGL or similar, followed by 8 digits;
- DHL Ecommerce: GM, LX, RX or similar, followed by a unique ID from 10 to 39 digits;
- Fedex: 12 or 15 digits;
- China Post/4PX Express: same as the 9-digit format, but starting with the letters AQ.
How to find Aliexpress tracking number
Aliexpress package tracking number is usually provided by Aliexpress itself after the order is confirmed and the parcel is sent off. Usually, to find it, all you need to do is check either the store's orders page, or the order confirmation email.
Where is the Aliexpress tracking number, if neither of the above have it? Bear in mind that certain items require you to pay extra to provide detailed package tracking, or any kind of tracking at all, which might be why your package isn't present in most postal databases out there. If you're not sure, or if you're certain there is tracking attached to your item, make sure you check out Aliexpress 's help pages or, if you still have no luck finding it, call Aliexpress 's customer support.
AliExpress tracking number format
The format of an international AliExpress tracking number depends on the courier that's responsible for delivering it. AliExpress itself may use the internationally accepted S10 format, which consists of the two-letter country code of the recepient, eight unique numbers, one check digit and a two-letter country code of the sender.
The format may differ depending on the courier. For instance, a tracking ID for an AliExpress Standard Shipping parcel, handled by Cainiao, would start with CNCAI and end with 16 digits.
Some items can be sent with a tracking ID formatted similarly to S10, even though the first two letters aren't there to identify the recepient's country. Those may mean the following:
- EV: standard EMS parcels.
- LM: parcels delivered by ePacket.
- EA or EZ: parcels delivered by United States Postal Service or EMS Global.
- EE: parcels delivered by EMS, with transit through China.
Those two individual letters may also have different meanings, with the first one being:
- A: No insurance provided.
- C: Package weighing at over 2kg.
- E: Express package weighing at over 2kg.
- L: Delivered by air.
- R: Registered package.
- V: Insured registered package.
As well as the second one being:
- A, B: Delivered by air.
- C: Delivered by air, with prolonged clearance.
- P: Delivered through First Class China Post.
- R: Delivered by rail or by sea.
- T: Packet delivered by air.
Note that on AliExpress, the order number and the tracking number are different, and are labelled accordingly - the latter is required for following the parcel. The order number is always 14 digits long.