On November 18th I ordered some paraphernalia to make business cards at eBay and a day after I am told by the seller that SF Express needs my “id number” so that they can ship the package. It sounded very strange to me as they only really needed my name and address so I declined to provide my id number and told the seller so. The seller replied by saying that he would use a different company, but finally he wrote again saying that SF Express had accepted the package without the “id number"). A few days later I receive a call from Taipei, and from SF Express, and on this call I am told that my package is in customs and that SF Express needs my “passport number” so that they can retrieve my package from customs and send it to me. This also sounded strange to me as in all my time in Taiwan I have received about 100 packages from the outside and only twice a package got stuck at customs; one for the package having a battery and needing and import license by the manufacturer and for which I did not have to do anything as it was dealt between customs and the manufacturer; and another time for needing a medical certificate authorizing me to have a knee pad. My suspicions grew larger so I refused to provide any passport number and I called customs directly. There I was referred to the office handling the clearance of items and where I was told that they did not have any package with the tracking number provided by SF Express. It came then very obvious that SF Express (the largest shipping company in mainland China and with headquarters in Shenzhen, China) wanted badly my passport number to most likely being passed on to the CCP and its cronies. I contacted the local police and I provided to them copies of every proof that I had. They could easily verify by looking at the SF Express website that my package was in customs, they could easily verify by calling customs that my package was not in customs and it had never been and they could easily verify that SF Express in Taipei had called me several times. They said that they would investigate this issue and give me a call that it never happened. Two days later the package arrived at my home after according to the SF Express website it being cleared at customs.
I have no doubt that big companies in China grew strong due to their corrupted government´s help and in exchange for acting as their puppies in command. This includes all of them (Tencent, Alibaba, Xiao Mei, etc…). They have databases on everything that they may need good to have and their dream would be to have 5G technology implemented by their cronies (Huawei) so that they can spy and do worse to people from all over the globe.
Has anyone been asked for extra personal information (aside from name and address) when ordering items from Mainland China?