Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shipping method part 2

                                                  Shipping method 

                                                             part 2

Sea freight: This is the most popular shipping method used by big companies to import goods from china. the cost per kilo is very low but the downside is the lengthy delivery time.

Depending on where you are located it will be the vicinity of 30 to 40 days in most cases.

Just like with Air freight, you will have to take care of the documentation, customs clearance and delivery of goods from the port to your home or office. It's not that complicated to be honest - I do this on my own on a regular basis , but I understand that for newbies it could seem too complicated and that's why I recommend using a freight forwarding, company that will take care of all the procedures and delivery goods right to your door.

Also, with sea freight it's very important to calculate all the extra costs involved once the goods arrive in your country. your supplier will usually give you the FOB price, which means that the goods are loaded onto the ship.

But that's not the end of the story! Once your shipment arrives at the port there are all kinds of extra charged, such as:

-Unloading charge; - Port fees; - Docking fees; - Storage fees; - Clearance fees; -etc.

That's why it is crucial to take these numbers into account before you order any goods so that you know precisely what your final product cost will be.

Again, the easiest way to keep these costs under control is by using a freight forwarding company. You can ask them to quote for door-to-door delivery which includes all the fees associated with sea freight shipping.

Even with the additional fees freight is still the cheapest shipping method for imports from China. Remember that it is cost effective only if your order is big enough! Usually, a half pallet or one full pallet will be enough!

If your margin are right. Again, this value and weight. Sometimes Air freight offers the same savings as sea freight with the added bonus of much speedier delivery. In general, Sea freight is better for bulky items or in cases where the shipping time is not that important.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, but in general you should be able to make your decision based on these 3 major factors:

1.Size and weight of the shipment

2.How long you can wait before the shipment arrives

3.Values of goods

In other words, the best shipping method will depend  on your order!

Please express your opinion,write a review post at the end, I wonder and pleasure I get comments from readers make sense!

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