Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shipping method part 1

                                                       Shipping method


                                                               Part 1

Shipping cost will make up a substantial percentage of your total product cost, so it's important to keep them as low as possible all times.

As a general rule of thumb, the bigger your order, the lower ''per item'' shipping costs you will face. There's no point in importing one pair of unbranded shoes from china as shipping cost will be far more than the cost of the product itself. Volume is the key to success.

Here are the 4 most popular shipping methods you can use to import goods from China:

1) Regular Post. This means normal, regular china post which can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. No online tracking is provided. It can be used for samples and again only if time is not that important and you can afford to wait a few weeks for a package to arrive.

China post is not the most reliable system so be prepared for lost/stolen packages.

2.Courier. Shipping with a courier company will be the most suitable method for most people starting out if it involves small, lightweight items. any type of importer or buyer you are, courier logistics is a must for the following two kinds of specific cases.

- A sample or small quantity goods transportation needs a courier

- Original shipping documents transportation need a courier

As you may know, DHL/FEDEX/UPS/TNT are the top 4 couriers of the world. All of them have a sizeable share of the express market. With courier companies such as TNT, DHL, UPS or FEDEX you pay a premium price for each kilo but you get fast delivery times and an online tracking facility.

These days most courier shipment take just 3-5 business days to arrive in any western country from anywhere around the globe. DHL/FEDEX/UPS/TNT are famous brands known by people in every country.

They have a worldwide shipping network. Time cost and money cost are the two main concerns when you make a decision in international trade business.

So, let's just focus on the rate.If one is cheaper, we can take it as our primary choice. we will pickup the rate from the 4 official websites for a comparison.

-DHL - Get Rate and Time Quote

-FEDEX - Rates and Transit Times

-UPS - Calculate time and cost

-TNT - Check a Price

3.Air Freight. This is somewhere between courier shipping and sea freight. Shipping times vary from company to company, but in general range between 5 to 10 days which is not bad at all! 

With Air freight costs will be significantly lower than with courier companies, but extra work is involved when the goods arrive in your destination country. with air freight you will usually have to handle documentation and customs clearance on your own ( unlike with courier companies), which for many newbies may seem impractical.

Of course, you can always outsource these tasks to a freight forwarding comapany at an additional cost.

Air freight is usually cost effective once shipments are in the range of 100 kg or more unless very bulky items are involved; if that's the case your only viable option is to use sea freight.

I will continue more about sea freight next post, please see next post.

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