Step 13: Shipping - other methods

Express transport is obviously pretty pricey on a per-kilo basis. But fedex sure makes it quick and easy! you'll get your stuff in 2 days right at your door, just like if you ordered from Amazon.

The other normal methods are Air Freight and Sea Freight. i think the best way to describe the process of freight shipping might be - it's a lot like paying your taxes. there are endless rounds of forms, phone calls, fees, faxes, surcharges, more forms, driving around, waiting in line, waiting not in line. it is a truly classic beaurocratic experience.

I tried shipping by sea once - the result was that it only cost $120 to send about 100kg of crap across the entire ocean, but then it cost another $450 and half a day of my time by the time those boxes got to my door - and that's in a case where my door is only half an hour drive from the nearest sea port! i do not recommend this unless you are looking to transport at least a full palette. on the plus side - it is really cost effective in bulk. a full container from china is only about $2500.

A friend of mine told me he had the identical experience trying to send sometihng by sea.

Air freight is not quite so bad as ocean.  The difference between using a courier like Fedex and using Air Freight is that with Air Freight you will need to pick up your shipment at the nearest international airport, and you will have to do customs paperwork yourself.  The costs for air freight may be 30% to 50% less than the courier service.  You can hire customs brokers to take care of your paperwork for you, they might charge $50 to $100 for this.

Because the shipping process is so tedious, there are companies called Freight Forwarders that can act as agents on your behalf to take care of the shipping for you.

So besides Express service and freight, is there any other way? In fact there is - The China Postal System. China Post has an express service (called EMS), but that's just like Fedex and the rest. Here i'm talking about regular Airmail. Airmail via china's postal system is quite inexpensive - perhaps $5 to send a 500g package to the US - however because it is not insured or tracked nobody would send significant merchandise using it. So you will lose some credibility points if you ask for Airmail. In principle it would be by far the most cost effective way to get samples, but since only the sender can pay for it the factory is reluctant. But don't give up yet! I once successfully convinced a very persistent sales rep to send me some samples by China Airmail - the reason being that I didn't care enough about his samples to pay the Express charge, so I told him that if he wanted me to try his samples that badly, he should just send it by China Post and pay the charge himself - which he ultimately did.
<p>i Use aliexpress to source stuff, made some good money off the most random stuff. </p><p><a href="http://s.click.aliexpress.com/app/go_aff?sk=Yj6mU76&channel=go_aff" rel="nofollow">http://s.click.aliexpress.com/app/go_aff?sk=Yj6mU7...</a></p><p><a href="https://ae01.alicdn.com/tps/i4/TB12EsqIpXXXXbAXVXX6n6AZVXX-320-240.jpg" rel="nofollow">https://ae01.alicdn.com/tps/i4/TB12EsqIpXXXXbAXVXX...</a></p>
<p>Good Afternoon,</p><p>I would like to find a vendor to get baby clothes and toys for kids( disney characters ) , can someone help me with some recommendations? </p>
<p>I live in China and I help you find products for any industry. send me an email @ mdmempresas@icloud.com</p>
<p>drop me a mail at kwfei28@yahoo.com.my</p>
<p>Shopping in China market it is great until you meet the<br>Artist or run out of Luck.<br><br>You can get a product not as described, damaged in mail, fake product, and to<br>get the money back, you have to return it on your expense before getting a<br>refund or another one.<br><br>But shipping back from USA to China it is very expensive for a private party,<br>and at the end you will pay much more than if you buy it from ebay or amazon.<br><br>While ebay and amazon provide a return label that means seller covers the<br>return fees, the Aliexpress, gearbest, lightinthbox, dhgate say, &ldquo;We do not<br>provide a Return Label for returns&rdquo;. Finally if you do not pay with a strong<br>Credit Card, if something goes wrong, chances to get your item or a refund are<br>&ldquo;NONE&rdquo;.<br><br>Even if you are Using a Strong Credit card chances to get your item or a refund<br>are slim or none because:<br><br>Chinese sellers try to buy time, with empty promises, eluding you to pass 60<br>days for a credit card dispute.<br><br>Even you open a credit card dispute in time, you the buyer have to stay in the<br>driver&rsquo;s seat. In one case a Chinese seller company charged my credit card<br>pretending of selling me a product that they didn&rsquo;t have and do not have today<br>because they ran Out of Sock.<br><br>8 days after I put my order I was getting the ORDER STATUS: &ldquo;Processing (Your<br>order ships soon. Thank you so much for your patience.).<br><br>After I confronted them, and asked them for a specific and honest answer their<br>reply was:<br><br>&ldquo;As there maybe delay between the real stock and website updates. I have<br>checked with our warehouse it is back-ordered now.&rdquo;<br><br>They gave me two options: Wait indefinitely till the new supply arrives, or you<br>get your amount as a credit.<br><br>IN the fact &ldquo;This was a &ldquo;Timely Delivery Order&rdquo; as a birthday Gift because I<br>had chosen the Shipping method, with estimated shipping time 7 &ndash; 12 business<br>days.<br><br>I opened a dispute with my Visa Credit Card and requested a Full Refund in my<br>Credit Card. They were so good to Fool and Trap my credit card bank, convincing<br>them that the only option was to CANCEL MY ORDER. Now I had to fight my Credit<br>Card to convince them that:<br><br>First the seller took my money from my credit card pretending selling me an<br>Item that they didn&rsquo;t have then and do not have now.<br><br>Second the order never was processed; there is no order and what they pretend<br>it is a GHOST ORDER.<br><br>Third for any cancellation, 24 hours after the order is processed, they refund<br>only 50 % of the value.<br><br>It took me a lot of efforts to convince my Credit Card Bank and force the<br>seller for a refund. Creating a Folder, and preparing all the evidences by<br>coping the sellers web site pages with Print Screen and pasting in Photoshop,<br>and writing a total 10 pages document it took me some time. My time is money,<br>and getting the refund it cost me 5 times more than the value of the<br>merchandise that I never RECEIVED.</p>
<p>Hello Im from India. I have been running an online shopping store, and i really wanted to buy these heels from 1688.com. But the international shipping charges in the agents ive found like bhiner.com and yoybuy.com are too high. Anyone can help me with cheaper shipping agents???? I wanted to order like 20-30 shoes at a time</p>
<p>Anybody know where i can get these pizza dough + lids from some suppliers in China? I'm in New Zealand. Thanks</p>
<p>Drop me an email at kwfei28@yahoo.com.my</p>
<p>Dear chaina vendors : I am opening a whole sell business units for <br>Agricultural products and Medical/surgical equipments products in india.<br> Can any one from chaina will supply a quality &amp; cost effective <br>products. Kindly share your email id.</p>
<p>You can drop me a mail at kwfei28@yahoo.com.my</p>
<p>Hello, I have started a new online business and have found what I enjoy selling. I just need a have direct contact with the supplier or manufacturer to be successful. If there is anyone there that could help me sell speciality collectibles (funko, marvel, dc comics,hasbro,etc)</p>
<p>Hello there,</p><p>I work with a small business in the U.S who specializes in Christmas greens. I am looking to contact someone who can supply me with decorative things such as small gifts, santa clause boots to put on Christmas wreaths. </p>
<p>Drop me a email at kwfei28@yahoo.com.my</p>
Hi<br><br>I m from India. I need to buy purses from CHINA but not aware about the procedure. I m checking ali express but rates r too high as conpared to the rates what we get here, so is dere any bulk discount through the website or we need to bargain with the seller ??
<p>Hello, I'm from China. I have a lot of business connections there including some purses manufacutrers . I believe I can help you build the business relationship with China. Please contact me at lonawyq888@outlook.com</p>
<p>hey i need bulk kitchen items ,girls accessories and many more things from china </p>
<p>You can find cheaper ones, Just gotta search more..try alibaba.. Be aware of the product quality.. And also as you are india, the indian government takes lotta money in the name of import taxes, whatever the product is.. Most of the time, you end up with an unhappy product if you dont have anyone who ordered before...</p>
<p>I want to buy electronics (tv-empty central Processing unit -ram-computer Screens...)at a cheap price also i need somone to ship them for me in morocco</p><p>E-mail: hachsankb@gmail.com</p>
<p>Dear Sirs, This is Jesse from Shanghai,China.our company is a professional paper bags supplier, we can help you to custom the paper bags and boxes with your own logo. very good quality and cheap price.any interests please feel free to contact jesse@ecopacks.cn</p>
My company can help you made the international express transportation from China to your country more cheaper more easlier。。。we can combine your packages what buy in Taobao or anywhere in China and consolidate together send to you. If you want, just write mail and your inquire to steveqiu@hotmail.com,stevenqiu@cn-dpd.com.
<p>I am looking for someone in China who can get women shoes and jewellery for my shop in Kenya very cheaply, confirm quality and consolidate. I will also be looking to buy electronics such as TVs and mobile phones. My email is reedannabel@yahoo.com</p>
Does anyone know if i can buy &quot;cannabis wax&quot; from china?
<p>The best and cheapest quality products.</p><p>http://immediatemarket.com</p>
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<p>Hi, if anyone want to contact with suppliers in China, please contact me via goodbsw1@gmail.com. I can offer a lot cheaper than anyone else. I am running trading company in China and my main customers are Korean. I am trying to enlarge customer pools recently, so please feel free to contact through the email address above. Thank you!</p>
<p>Can anyone please help me, I am looking for cheap but good quality smartphone counterfeits. Must look exactly like the originals. If you can help me you will be doing me a big favour.</p>
<p>Does anyone here like to share a container or does anyone here has very small space left on hired container from China to Sydney??</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>I am coming to Beijing on 2nd December 2016.</p><p>I would like to buy http://www.htmarket.com/ht-23.html carpet 22 feet(Height) x 12 feet(Width). Please suggest if any supplier can provide such designs. Please email designs on my email dharmin85@yahoo.com Carpet should be made of polypropylene. </p><p>Also I am after projector screen from http://www.seymourav.com/screens.asp.</p><p>Please suggest me if anyone can give them to me at Beijing airport. </p>
I'm looking for currently popular toys in the U.S. for the Christmas shopping rush. One particular toy is Hatchimals. Does anyone know where I can buy discounted &quot;Real Toys&quot; from other countries to resell?
<p>hi try yoybuy.com. currently, we has successfully sourced Disney Snow white princess limited edition which only 1200 units. or you can write your demand to VVIP@YOYBUY.COM; the droll pic at https://www.facebook.com/disneylimitededitiondolls/photos/a.224503160973498.52501.224502607640220/1191723694251435/?type=3&amp;theater</p>
Hello<br>I want to arrive to china to buy many outfits for music show for singers and dancers.<br>Where is the best area to buy performance costumes? In whice city?<br>Thanks<br>Eliya<br>
<p>hi Eliya, try yoybuy.com which you can buy costumes from all Chinese cities in one online platform.</p>
<p>Hello, </p><p>I am trying to start business individually and buying <br>from alibaba.com to sell on Amazon, actually I am out of USA so that I <br>need more details to start on this, appreciate your help, thanks</p>
<p>I have some source of bicycle(part) business, if anyone is interest with doing this business, send me an email for more details, thanks! my email: globalb2b.irene@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hello. I live in UK and i wanna buy fake Rolex watches AA automatic. Let me know if u can help me out. Thank you.</p>
<p>vasilas88@yahoo.com my email address</p>
I need a people who can buy electronic part from China and other country and send them to Iran.<br>if you can please help me.<br>thanks in advance.
<p>What parts you need?<br>You can contact me on malxaz@gmail.com. Don't forget to feel SUBJECT field, otherwise email client can drop letter in spam </p>
<p>Akam trading company has started its activities since 2009 with the aim of exporting chemical, petro chemical, and mineral substances of Iran in the range of Middle East and middle Asia and also importing and preparing of raw material which is demanded by internal industries.</p><p>http://www.petroakam.com/default.asp?action=edefault</p><p>email:akam43029@gmail.com</p>How to Buy from China؟؟؟
<p>Nice read guys</p>
<p>A tip for finding great suppliers in China: Use 1688.com, also by Alibaba. Unlike Alibaba.com, on 1688.com you get local prices. Even many Taobao stores and chinese sellers get their goods on 1688.com</p><p>Regardless of which supplier your website is on or even if your supplier doesn't have a website, Chinaebuys (www.chinaebuys.com) can help you buy and/or ship internationally from China to your doorstep anywhere around the world. All products will be sent to our China warehouse first to be consolidated for international shipping. We offer both air shipping and ocean shipping. </p>
I want to start a business ot importing
I want ato start a business of importing sneakers. Can i also go on alibaba
Hi im trying to buy from taobao but is very difficult to buy if youre in south africa cause most dont ship out they only ship out to china any suggestion <br>
<p>you will need a third party to ship out to SA... I can help you purchase the items, and send them to your address in SA.. contact me at walterhmartinez@icloud.com</p>
<p>Hello I can help you to buy something from china, even you are in south africa, </p><p>My email : Originalpowerco.ltd@gmail.com .</p><p>Contact me </p>
Hello my name is Edgar im moving too durango durango mexico i want too open a buisness there of clothing and electronic any suggestion where i could buy product or merchadise for my buisness there china or somewhere wholesale place give me some feedback please
<p>Hola Edgar, Que tipo de ropa buscas? y si puedo ser de ayuda te ayudaremos de aqui vivo en China, porfavro contactame a mi email walterhmartinez@icloud.com</p>
<p>Hello</p><p>We do help people purchase anything from china. we can send free sample what you want. and we are glad to help small business.</p><p>If you are interest , contact us.</p><p>Email : Originalpowerco.ltd@gmail.com</p><p>Thanks</p>

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