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      Importing from China into the USA - Freight forwarding and sourcing agents

      Hello,

      First off I'm very new to this and just trying to get a grasp of it all. I found a supplier in China and have already ordered samples. I'm now looking to order a little larger quantity of items. I'm looking to order maybe 100 items, but they are probably about 5 pounds each so I'm thinking air transportation is out of the question cost wise.

      So by going freight/ocean what do I need to do. I don't want to annoy the supplier and want to know how to handle the situation. If I place the order do they arrange shipping to my business? Or do I have to call up a shipping agent and have them do the work. Once the item gets to the port in the US how do I go about getting it shipped from there to me?

      I could go on, but just need direction to learn how to do this. Can anyone give me some advice or point me in the right direction. In the meantime I'm doing my own research to hopefully learn as much as I can. Just overwhelmed.

      Thanks a lot!
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      Hi Yobie,

      Welcome to Wholesale Forum

      Most Chinese suppliers can arrange for shipping, and because they ship high volumes regularly, their shipping courier can offer them discounts when their shipments exceed a certain volume. They will be likely to get much better prices than any individual or new company. One downside of this is that you will have to arrange for your order to be picked up from the port by a shipping courier of your choice, or you can choose to pick up your order yourself. Some Chinese suppliers have been known to drastically increase the total cost of orders to cover for shipping, however they will just be adding to the total cost to make some extra profit at the buyer's expense.

      If you want your orders to be picked up and delivered to your business address, it's best to hire a shipping agent or freight forwarder to take care of your first importation from China. This is especially true if you have specific needs for the cheapest price, faster shipping times, and means of transport, in which case your best choice is to use a professional freight forwarder.

      By following the whole process and paying close attention to every step of the importation, you will learn how to ship your orders into the US until you can handle the importation process yourself.

      If you choose to ask your supplier to arrange for shipping, try contacting a number of shipping couriers to get a quote for your shipments to verify if your supplier is offering you a reasonable price.

      Have a look at the following threads to find more information about sourcing from China:Also see the following link to find Chinese freight forwarders:Hope this helps
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      Hi Yobie,

      I would contact a Freight forwarding agent in the U.S.

      You will need to let them know the dimensions of the cargo since it will not be calculated by weight.

      They should be able to set everything up including custom clearance and door delivery to your U.S. Address.

      You can also ask them to educate you during the process.

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      Thank you both for the info. It gave me a little more info on how the process works!

      Thks a bunch

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      Hello Yobie

      You have indicated that each piece is 5 pound (about 2.25 Kgs) which means total shipment weight is about 250 Kgs. For such small shipment difference in air and sea freight will not be much so do not write off air shipment option with out investigation price difference.

      Step 1.

      Ask supplier to give you packing list which will have weight and dimension of outer box. Next step will be to find chargeable weight as airlines normally charge on volumetric weight. For example if total volume (expressed as CBM, cubic meter) is 2 CBM then airline will charge 2 x 166 Kgs = 332 Kgs even though total weight is only 250 Kgs.


      Step 2.

      Contact a freight forwarder. Your supplier or you can find yourself by using resources posted in this forum. Prices from one freight forwarder to another will vary so shop around.

      If you decide to send by air shipment on direct flight (Faster) it will be higher then indirect flight (slower service)

      If you send by sea freight it will be treated as LCL shipment. You should ask forwarder about total transit time it will take from the date shipment is handed over to them. Also get estimate of all charges to be paid at destination (USA)

      Step 3.

      Ask selected forwarder to email you on list of all charges to be paid. Notify forwarder to pick up goods from supplier.


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      You can ask a forwarder in China and the States to quote you their charges, the most important thing you should know, is if specificial certificates required by the United States customs, if not, just compare the freight quotation and choose the best option.

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      Some valuable information. Thank you all for the help. I'm going to call a few forwarders today and get a price quote on shipping etc.

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      Some valuable information. Thank you all for the help. I'm going to call a few forwarders today and get a price quote on shipping etc.
      Remember to get complete quote on charges to be paid at origin (China), freight that shipping line/airline will charge and destination charges. Forwarders have a nasty habit to surprise you with heavy destination charges if not negotiated beforehand.

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      I got this from the supplier. The measurements dont really make sense to me what information do I go to the Freight forwarder with.


      I guess how do I go about calculating the volume so I can get a accurate quote?

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      Hi, I don't know how you signed the contract with your Chinese supplier, as for the shipping cost, normally pre-confirmed in the contract, I think you can call up your shipping line agent in China to help you, and most of the shipping lines have a branch in USA, so you can also let them help you when the sample arrives in your country. Hope this is helpful to you.

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