I found this article: https://romain.goyet.com/articles/free_shipping_from_china/ that raises the same concerns. Wondering if anyone can paint some light on this ?
Main reading: http://fortune.com/2015/03/11/united-nations-subsidy-chinese...
- government run postal service in China which doesn't chase profit as much
- international agreements: when using standard post, only the sending country pays the costs - the receiving country is expected to finish the delivery essentially at their cost that they can reclaim on their own international mail cost
So: send from Hong Kong directly, use bulk sea freight at minimal cost, let the receiving end worry about the last-mile delivery at their cost.
Yes, most of costs lie on the receiving country, which means USA.
Moreover, US post do add a subsidy on top of that for "lesser developed countries," which means China
The shipment is slow, and little or no tracking.