Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with Relatives Overseas? The JustShip Guide to Shipping Mooncakes
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
After National Day, there’s another celebration that most Singaporeans look forward to: The Mid-Autumn Festival (aka the Mooncake Festival).
Usually, the F&B industry goes into overdrive. No longer do brands and bakeries congregate in shopping malls and event halls to display their latest mooncake flavours, Singaporeans have moved the mooncake business online.
With Covid-19 changing the way we eat, speak, and meet, how we handle festivities has changed for good. If you have relatives, friends, or loved ones overseas that don’t have access to mooncakes - shipping mooncakes to them is one viable option.
However, this process can get complicated as shipping food overseas generally has many restrictions. Moreover, mooncakes are not a standard food item list.
We’ve compiled a checklist to shipping mooncakes internationally.
1 Check if you can ship mooncakes to your destination country.
Since 2016, 34 countries have banned mooncakes for domestic import. For our customers who have loved ones in South Korea, India, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, these countries are unfortunately part of the list that do not allow mooncakes import.
2 Check if your mooncakes shipment will flout ingredient regulations.
If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that meat is one prohibited item for shipping to all countries. Similarly, animal products are also highly regulated. As mooncakes made in Singapore and Malaysia regularly use egg yolks as one of their main ingredients, they are also subject to the same scrutiny.
The second criteria countries consider before accepting the import of mooncakes is weight and quantity; the third, your shipment’s purpose. Countries such as the USA, Australia and Canada do not allow commercial shipments of mooncakes for the intention of resale, and only allow them to be shipped to friends and family.
Common countries our customers usually ship over to such as the USA, Malaysia, Australia, and the UK, are part of this nine country list with ingredient restrictions.
Mooncake with meat. (Photo Credit: Woksoflife)
3 Check the mooncakes’ shelf life.
If you’re thinking of choosing the most cost-effective option, shipping internationally can take weeks. This duration might be extended if there are shipping delays.
Always ensure that your mooncakes have a shelf-life of more than a month, and cross check with your shipping provider how long it takes to ship to your recipient’s country.
You wouldn’t want your loved ones to feel pressured by the expiry date, but rather enjoy the treats sent to them.
* Shipping times subject to any delays - i.e weather, travel bans and country lockdowns.
4 Check if your mooncakes are properly packed.
Singaporeans spare no expense when it comes to mooncakes. Not only do our mooncakes taste good, it should also look good.
While the boxes mooncakes come in are beautiful, they fall short in terms of keeping your mooncakes securely protected. Most decorative boxes only hold the mooncakes in place for presentation.
So if you’re considering shipping mooncakes overseas, it’ll be wise to invest in a good box, or have your shipping provider pack it as a fragile item.
At JustShip, we'll bubble wrap your decorative mooncake boxes and ensure your boxes are well padded with foam to ensure the mooncakes survive the journey!
When in doubt, clarify first. Mooncakes that are discovered to have prohibited items will result in them either being returned or destroyed.
JustShip has shipped mooncakes for our customer, Mdm Ang PL.
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This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Thursday, 1 October. If you’re looking to ship mooncakes internationally, the earlier the better.
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