I notice that in the checkout for PCB orders, there is now an option for "National Express Line", which is cheaper than registered airmail.
The shipping explanations at https://www.itead.cc/shipping do not describe the
shipping option "National Express Line".
Does anybody know anything about this shipping method, and what the likely shipping times are with this method?
Or if anybody has used this method, what was your experience?
I just ordered using National Express Line.
I waited 1 week and hoped that after 1 week, that I could put in my tracking number.
however, I cannot find any National Express Line website to use.
I would like to be able to put in the tracking number to see where it is.
even better, sign in here, then click the link.
Don't know about You, but me, anyway... I usually try to "together" a couple of them PCB-s in the same order, because the shipping-cost's make a part of the total. butstilllll if a relay in You'r constrction cost's 5 times the cost of the total price of the PCB+shipping?
air shipping does cost more, but arrives very fast. I am nearly half way around the planet from the factory.
I do not mind waiting, and I really like iTead, I only get boards from them.
sooner or later, the freight carrier will have a way to project times and show location.
The old shipping would show it was in customs for however long.
and I always get shipments in less than 3 weeks. which is what I expect.
Yes, north america (New Jersey)
I am always happy with Itead and the total time is often less than expected. I think it was 2 weeks for my delivery.
I've been waiting to respond until I actually receive the package. Iteadstudio did send me a second email with a USPS (US postal service) tracking number, but that tracking number has not worked. I am expecting the boards sometime this week (assuming about 2 weeks shipping), and at that point, I will add all the dates to this email of how long it took.
3/12/2016 - Received package in mail. (US, state = MA. Looking at the postmark, it looks like the package went through NJ for fulfillment services)
In summary, about 4 weeks from order to receipt. The fabrication of the board took an extra week which I attribute to the Chinese New Year. My guess is that the new National Express Line is the same delivery time as Hong Kong post used to be. Without Chinese New Year, I would expect about 3 weeks, which was what it was previously with HK post.
I received email notice on 2/29/16 that my order had shipped via National Express Line, but I have been unable to get any tracking information, other than going to packagetrackr.com and getting status that my order was shipped FedEx SmartPost. Today is 3/16/16, so I expect it to show up any day. It would be nice to be able to determine at least if it's entered the US yet. I emailed iTead, so hopefully they can help. The tracking link in the order status page only directs me to AfterShip, which appears to be a site similar to packagetrackr, but without any results. I'm guessing this shipment method must be by boat. I get shipments from China through Ebay purchases, that usually only take a week at best.