Chinese Package Flood Shows No Signs of Ending

Packages from China are flooding the Estonian Post Office. (Photo: Postimees/Scanpix)
3/20/2014 1:45 PM
Category: Economy

Eesti Post is currently sorting through up to 9,000 parcels from China daily, which is a three-fold growth compared to last year and lingering at Christmas-rush levels.

In the first two months of 2013, 55,000 packages were sent to Estonia from China, but the trend of buying cheap goods from online Chinese retailers has grown to 130,000 during the same period this year, Delfi reported today.

Head of the state-owned Eesti Post's package service, Kaido Padar, said deliveries from China have to be entered into the Estonian system manually, which takes up increasing man hours. He said European postal authorities are in talks with China over automating this process.

During the Christmas holiday season, postal workers in Estonia sorted through around 10,000 parcels per day.


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