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.
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<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?
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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>
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<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>
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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.
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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 ??
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<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>
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<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>
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<p>hello , my name is irfan from India and i want to do business in india so i want buy some electronic products from chaina please help me for that email-sssnasi@gmail.com and whatsapp-+79040218546</p>
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<p>Just register TaoBao and buy on TaoBao directly. </p><p><a href="http://www.howtobuyfromtaobao.com/how-to-register-taobao" rel="nofollow">http://www.howtobuyfromtaobao.com/how-to-register-...</a></p>
<p>If you just want a few or just one single item, I could recommend aliexpress.com. It's just like amazon or ebay-shops. Many items are sold with &quot;free shipping&quot;, even if the cost less than 1$. Free shipping takes some time (from less than two weeks up to two months to Germany in some cases). Plus they have a good customer protection system, meaning that they only release your payment to the shop once you have confirmed receipt of the goods. I buy there for more than two years now and had no really bad experience, because I almost always got my money back if a package was not sent out by the shop or got lost in transit.</p>
<p>I have an experience of over two years with this site and some Chinese websites</p><p>I may answer some liquefaction .. I deal with a broker to Taobao claim and payment</p><p>Email / algamee7@gmail.com</p>
Hi<br>I am meem from Malaysia. I'm interested in making bussiness . I need help ordering wholesale directly from china or any factory from uk , thailand , vietnam , singapore with cheap price . <br>Thank You<br>Email : massyamim@gmail.com

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