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      How to source goods from China

      Ive just been offered some free samples from China of a product I am interested in selling, but I have never sourced from China and dont know how to go about arranging everything; how to ship, the paperwork, etc. Im VAT registered, but where do I go from here? How much is this going to cost me?
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      You need to download and complete an EORI C220 form from the customs website first and email it to the address they give you. They will review it and get back to you within one working day, in most cases.

      Since this is your first time, I recommend you hire a freight forwarder. This is a person or company that has expertise in arranging the movement of international goods in a cost-efficient way. They take care of the burden.

      How it works with a freight forwarder:

      Get quotes from several UK freight forwarders to get the best price.

      Once you’ve accepted one, ask for details of their agent in China.

      Give your supplier info of the agent in China and the UK freight forwarder so the goods are sent through the proper channel.

      Give the UK freight forwarder the info of your supplier, who will then ask their local agents in China to follow up and contact your shipper.

      Your goods will be shipped and the UK freight forwarder should keep you posted from then on.

      Of course, you’ll have to pay for the shipment of any goods you get, but there should be no cost at all for the samples (unless the product is expensive).

      If the goods are not intended for resale, you shouldn’t have to pay Duty or VAT, either. Just make sure you tell the supplier to state this on his invoice to you and tell this to the freight forwarder as well so he can enter this to customs correctly.
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      Great info. Cheers!

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      I recently found a company in China that is willing to send me a free sample as well. What courier company is best?

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      In the UK (and EU in general), I’d go with DHL or TNT. They’re a lot faster than UPS or FedEx.

      Also, ask about a discount contract price for a one-year term, as this can save you a lot.

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      Yes, choose DHL is better, except the fast delivery, they do well in custom clearance.

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      absolutely right, it seems that if your supplier in China can give you a good price in shipping ,it is better to let him handle the shipment,since in China,many companies have contract with forewarders and can get a really good price in shipping

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      In the UK (and EU in general), I’d go with DHL or TNT. They’re a lot faster than UPS or FedEx.

      Also, ask about a discount contract price for a one-year term, as this can save you a lot.

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      If you have never sourced from China, i kindly suggest you using a Chinese sourcing agent instead of going by yourself, that's not safe, and it will probably give you a bad experience for your first time trading with China. Using a sourcing agent cost you not much, if you do quantity sourcing, the agent cost will be nothing for the order, but all the potential problems can be avoid as much as possible. Then you will have a safe and easy trading start with China.

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      DHL is better

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      If the destination is a Western European country then use DHL. Fedex is better for America.

      For urgent and high value Products, Express company is first choice. Disadvantage is high express freight but quickly to receive.

      Normal products, Air Flight, Save some freight with 5 to 10 working days

      Big volume and low price products, Sea transportion should be considered. Takes around 30-40 days.

      For paper work and other relatived work, I suggest find an agent to help.

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