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      Which Company to Use for Shipping from China?

      I’m an eBay seller planning to buy some products from China. I have two options - either I can ask the supplier to ship the items to my doorsteps or I can hire an international shipping company for the shipment and custom clearance. Which option is better? What is the approximate cost of shipping items from China? If I decide to use a shipping company, which company should I hire? Thanks.
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      Shipping and custom clearance are two important issues when importing goods from China. You have two options – you can either get an FOB (Freight on Board) quote or a CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) quote from your supplier. The former does not include the cost of shipping while in the latter all shipping charges are included in the purchase price of the item.

      Both these methods have their pros and cons. Though in my opinion, the CIF method is basically hassle free and good for novice importers, if you want to save some dollars on shipping costs you could go for FOB. Apart from lower shipping costs, the other main benefit of FOB is that you can exercise greater control over your logistics and shipment. Third party shipping companies give you all the information about your shipment on the Internet (for example, where your parcel is and how long you’ll have to wait to get it), whereas with CIF your supplier is in control and he may not keep you updated on the progress of your shipment.

      Here are some things you should consider while hiring an international shipping company:

      1. Cost: You are thinking of hiring an international shipping company because you want to save money. Therefore, get complete details of the shipping cost. Make sure that there are no hidden charges like taxes and surcharges.

      2. Delivery time: The Company should offer you quick delivery. There is no point in saving a few dollars if you have to follow the shipping company for several weeks to get your shipment.

      I have never used the services of any international shipping company, but I have heard about international shipping companies like Freightquote, DHL, FedEx, and Limcologistics. Better read the reviews about them before hiring any one.

      I’d also advise that before you hire a shipping company, you should decide which shipment method would work best for you. You could choose from air freight, sea freight and courier services. The choice could depend on what you are importing and in what quantity.

      With air freight and sea freight, you usually receive your stuff at your chosen airport and port respectively. However, in the case of courier delivery, you get the items right at your doorstep. If the volume of items is large, it’s better to think of sea freight or airfreight, as the cost of a courier would be too high. But remember that air freight and sea freight are slower than courier services.
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      I have used the services of Freightquote. I’d say it is an average service provider. Since they are freight brokers, don’t expect a very high level of service from them. They only connect you with shipping companies. Often the quotes provided by them are incorrect.

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      Last year, I was also in a similar situation. I was not able to decide the best shipping company for importing my items. I read various reviews on freightquote.com and as most of them were negative I decided not to hire them. I have read on several places that while they insure your items, they make sure that you never get a damage claim in any case, should it come to that.

      I’d recommend DHL, FedEx and UPS.

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      I have used DHL. My experience was great and I recommend that you should use DHL for shipping your items from China. However, DHL is good only if your package is small; in case you want to import containers, you should hire some other company.

      I hope you know that apart from the handling and shipping expenses, you also have to pay customs broker’s fee, customs duty, insurance, and processing fee for importing items from China. I’m saying this because when I imported the items, I wasn’t aware of all these things, so at first I ended up making losses rather than making some money from the supplies imported from China.

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      If you don’t mind a little delay in getting your package, then there is no harm in using DHL. Though they ensure quick custom clearance; but they never deliver the items on time. It is no surprise if they say that they went to your home and it was locked due to which the package went back.

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      I have used DHL. My experience was great and I recommend that you should use DHL for shipping your items from China. However, DHL is good only if your package is small; in case you want to import containers, you should hire some other company.

      I hope you know that apart from the handling and shipping expenses, you also have to pay customs broker’s fee, customs duty, insurance, and processing fee for importing items from China. I’m saying this because when I imported the items, I wasn’t aware of all these things, so at first I ended up making losses rather than making some money from the supplies imported from China.
      My friend has been guiding me regarding all these things. However, I still have to figure out after getting the shipping quotes and broker’s fee whether I should import items from China or not. I believe if the margins are too thin, there’s no point in taking so much pain.

      Anyway thanks for your reply!

      Also, can somebody tell me about the cost of shipping from China??

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      The cost of shipping depends on a host of factors like the size of your package, the weight of your package, and whether you are using air freight or sea freight. You’ll also have to bear customs duty, insurance, value-added tax if applicable, and maybe processing fees.

      You should talk to a freight forwarder to get an estimate of the total cost of importing. They’d not only give you an idea about the shipping costs but also about the customs duty. Also, not every shipping company includes the customs duty in the cost of the shipment (usually customs duty is charged separately.) Therefore you better get the breakup of the quote from the company. This will prevent you from being duped.

      And since this is the first time you are importing goods from China, work with only a reputable shipping company to avoid any kind of disappointment.

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      Thanks a lot.

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      i think you the better hire an international shipping company for the shipment and custom clearance.

      because the shipping company is more professional for transport and customs. they can help you save the money and time. to clear customs, they are more familiar than you or other person.

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