Tighter security on China’s Singles Day

Due to a recent wave of terrorist attacks using the Chinese postal system, the authorities have ordered tighter security for the upcoming Singles Day, a day similar to Black Friday where many billions of dollars worth of business is expected to be done with Chinese companies.

Singles Day, on the 11th November this year, is a day of promotions by Chinese businesses and is often regarded as one of the best days of the year for westerners to do business in China. Marketplaces such as Alibaba are gearing up for a bonanza of deals taking place through their systems.

With an expected surge in parcel volumes, businesses and security authorities are gearing up to prepare for the new rules. In brief, these are:

Package senders must register with their real identities

Delivery companies must inspect parcels before packaging and delivering them

Delivery services must inspect all parcels and envelopes via x-ray.

By observing the rules, customers and businesses alike should see their transactions done smoothly and with minimal delay.