Top Chinese e-commerce platform Shein has shut down partially and is refunding money to consumers following a crackdown by Mumbai Customs and backlash on Chinese online retail in India that has become popular with Indian buyers, Economic Times reported.
“Major items on shein.in is imported in bulk and then dispatched. Due to customs clearance issue for import, there is no certain release date till now. To protect your interest we will cancel the order & arrange refund at the earliest,” read a message to a customer after the order was cancelled.
Shein’s mobile app and website prominently displayed a message requesting customers to “hold back.” “We are upgrading our systems for newer experience, with fresh looks and exciting offers. Request you to hold back for some time while (you) watch this space for more,” the message reads.
Earlier this month, Mumbai Customs seized about 500 parcels of Sino India Etail, the official Indian seller for Chinese apparel and lifestyle e-tailer Shein, and sealed a company warehouse in the city after officials found it undervaluing and wrongly declaring goods.