About purchases from AE I am facing problem too. Not getting product delivered even after 3 months
I'm waiting for 6 items past 45+ days and all are held at "item sent abroad". Lucky one of the item (AC knobs) has entered into customs on 26th of this month and hope I will receive it next week. Another one is sent again from Beijing on 23rd of this month, don't know what happened to the previous item, seller has not sent again either. I guess it has held at Beijing so long.
I had ordered an IC's for my friend on 12th December and I got it yesterday, just because it was sent via Hong Kong post.
So now after, you guys order anything from Aliexpress or even ebay, ask the seller whether he can ship via Hong Kong post. If he can, its good otherwise check with different sellers.
What I have understood is, goods coming from china post are dispatched from Beijing and then the item is delayed for 1-2 months to reach Kolkata Airport Sorting Office.
Other postal services are not sent from Beijing and will enter into Delhi or Mumbai Sorting Office but not to Kolkata.