Russian operators CDEK and SPSR fight to break postal monopoly on China-to-Russia e-commerce shipment market

Led by Alibaba’s B2C subsidiary AliExpress, Chinese online retailers have gained a significant share of the Russian e-commerce market over the past two years. Of the 70 million orders that were shipped by foreign online retailers to Russia last year, more than two-thirds came from China, according to estimates cited in EWDN’s lastmarket research.


More than 90% of these shipments are operated by the Chinese and Russian postal services, with most Chinese sites offering postal delivery as the only options to their Russian customers. Express shipment companies like CDEK and SPSR Express, as well as several smaller operators such as Express RMS and Shiptor, are working hard to break this quasi-monopoly.


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