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>This is Bill Li, from China.I live in Dong Guan, a city of south China and very manufacturing developed city. I am a mechinical engineer, work in a foreign invest company for 10 years. I can speak English and Chinese well, and have a sufficient experience for engineering and trading.I think we may work together to look forward some business opportunities. </p><p>Skype:bill004@live.cn</p>
<p>Hello Bill,</p><p>I am trying to source an electrical part from a company in your city. The company is Jing Neng Electrical Manufacture and the part is JN2360 dimmer. Can you help?</p><p>Regards</p><p>Malcolm Moore.</p><p>Please reply to my email address malcolmmoore@iinet.net.au</p>
<p>I am looking for a specific plastic toy that we bought from liquidation but it has been breaking from everyday play and the kids ( at least 5 of them) still want to play with it...how will i buy from china?</p>
<p>Hi, Solynp. Send me a photo about it to the address bill004@live.cn. I probably may find one for you.</p>
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I have a part i need made.. i want to find a power steering manufacturer on china to make a part for me
Hi plzz I want to buy led parking lights and all China two wheeler and four wheller accessories item in wholesale from China to India plz plz. Help me
<p>You can check on 1688.com which may list with cheapest price. and you can purchase with help of agent <a href="http://www.freeshoppingchina.com" rel="nofollow"> http://www.freeshoppingchina.com </a> to make it. </p><p>But lights are fragile item and you need to consider the risk of damage.</p>
friend i can help you to do that .i am chianese. my email 546092688@qq.com
<p>my email is kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>I do international business in China, help people from other countries import Chinese goods.</p>
<p>HI I would like to buy men suits and shoes both ladies and mens shoes from china so i am a bit clueless on what to do </p>
<p>my sister have a workshop produce clothes, welcome custom order, Kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>i am supplier from guangzhou china. you can contact me on fivestarfsi@gmail.com</p>
<p>If you want to buy from Taobao.com, you need to engage Taobao Agent's help, like <br><a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com," rel="nofollow"> </a></p><p><a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com," rel="nofollow">http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com, </a></p><p>which is offering this purchase service and help you solve problems in communication, purchase, inspection, payment and shipping. If you do it on your own, it will take you much time and may be stuck in some steps. </p><p>As for the How to Buy from Taobao, you can also visit this detailed steps: </p><p><a href="http://www.freeshoppingchina.com/help.php?action=view&id=13" rel="nofollow">www.freeshoppingchina.com/help.php?action=view&amp;id=...</a></p>
<p>For a Chinese,you are their purchaser,haha,I am from Shanghai city,China</p>
<p>For me the best china online shop is always aliexpress the cheapest and fastest</p><p>http://www.shoppingaliexpress.com</p>
<p>Aliexpress is not cheapest... the cheapest is 1688.com wholesale site, which is actually the product source for aliexpress. So what you think? </p><p>We are helping a lot of resellers in different countries to purchase from 1688.com. If you are interested in purchase from China, you can also consider our service: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com" rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com</a></p>
Hi, I am Janice Shen from Changshu, China. I speak English and I am an experienced buyer doing the foreign trade from China. I provide the service on purchasing clothes, wallets, and some other purchasing service from China. Also can work as the online shopping agent. <br>Contact me any time if you need any help: janice.sijie@gmail.com, or mobile +86 139 1367 2090. <br>
hello I am looking or someone to help me purchase hair for hair extensions from China somebody that can go back and forth look for companies with good quality hair if that is something you're interested in doing or have any knowledge and experience in please let me know my number is area code 323 816 8071 I live in West Hollywood California thank you
<p>I do international business in China, help people from other countries import Chinese goods.</p><p>Thx &amp; rgds,</p><p>Kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>It's very hard jobs to compare quality of items from different suppliers...Even, you will have difficulties to define what is good or poor quality as different people have different thoughts. Usually, you can purchase some samples first and compare before place big orders and this is the best way we can see in our years of purchase service practice. If you Still want to purchase from China, you can also try our purchase agent service. Pls visit our site: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com." rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com.</a></p>
<p>You can try this site <a href="http://www.intlbuy.com" rel="nofollow"> www.intlbuy.com</a></p>
I am bob at bobbill54@aol.com. I am a play expert and am looking to purchase water balls etc. (see www.zorb.com for an example of such companies) at cheapest prices to sell on to play industry in united kingdom. <br> <br>Also....I am looking for chinese printing company to print my 300 page novel and to possibly print for other novelists in U.K. <br> <br>Maybe we can work together.....Bob.
Hello, I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I am Steven and I am from the UK (Leicestershire). This would be a new venture for me but I want to start supplying to the Uk. I have good contacts here for sourcing and I want to work with like minded Brits under the understanding that being British myself I will deal with honesty and integrity (I am not saying that non Brits won't do that).
Hi Steve, <br> <br>I am quite sorry that to reply you sooo late! I was busy for my new apartment decoration and was not able to check my emails without internet access. <br>Now, may I ask if you are still interested in cooperation with me? <br> <br>Please let me know. <br>Thank you! <br>Janice
Hi Janice, I would like to order a product from Alibaba.com. It is a quantity of 96 total. Can you help me with that. Monicabowman218@yahoo.com
<p>I do international business in China, help people from other countries import Chinese goods.</p><p>Thx &amp; rgds,</p><p>Kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
<p>Alibaba.com is not supporting purchase within China. It faces to buyers out of China directly. However, Alibaba.cn(also called 1688.com) is for purchasers within China. You can source from 1688.com with lower price with the help of a purchase agent like us( http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com). Usually the wholesale price on 1688.com(also called alibaba.cn) is much lower, and small MOQ is defined so you can purchase small qty and consolidate orders and ship to you together. </p><p>For more details about our purchase agent service, please</p><p>visit our site: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com." rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. </a> </p><p>Or contact us: service@FreeShoppingChina.com; </p><p> Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; </p><p>QQ: 905768587</p>
Hi Janice, maybe I followed the wrong link here. I am too looking to export goods out of China and looking for customers in the UK. Sorry if this is not the right site to do this on.
<p>To export goods from China, you can go Alibaba.com and contact suppliers directly. However, the price is higher there, of course, you can contact different suppliers and get the best one. Another option I want to suggest is that you source from 1688.com with lower price with the help of a purchase agent like us( http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com). Usually the wholesale price on 1688.com(also called alibaba.cn) is much lower, and small MOQ is defined so you can purchase small qty and consolidate orders and ship to you together. For more details about our purchase agent service, please </p><p>visit our site: <a href="http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com." rel="nofollow"> http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. </a> </p><p>Or contact us: service@FreeShoppingChina.com; </p><p> Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; </p><p>QQ: 905768587</p>
Hello I want to shop
Which items u want to buy?
please make contact with me again steve.... Bob bill instructables
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<p>LOL. We are also purchase agent team from Beijing China to help users purchase from Taobao.com, Tmall and wholesale from 1688.com with extremely low prices. We have streamline workflows for small order, wholesale order and dropshipping. Users can place orders any time 24 hours a day, and Visa, Mastercard payment are supported for instant online payment. Orders are being handled within 24 hours. For more details, please visit: http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. Or contact us : service@FreeShoppingChina.com; Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; QQ: </p><p>905768587</p>
<p>Hi Janice I was wondering do you have any advice on buying Nike shoes from China?</p>
<p>I do international business in China, help people from other countries import Chinese goods.</p><p>Thx &amp; rgds,</p><p>Kevinyan502@gmail.com</p>
Apparently, it's not suggested to buy Nike shoes from China as there are too many fake nike shoes. I'm working in www.FreeShoppingChina.com which is a professional purchase agent site with streamlined purchase workflows for both wholesalers and personal buyers. And we rejected and persuaded many users to buy Nike shoes from China because of high risk of fakes! Why not buy something else, there are plenty of items you can buy. To wholesale from 1688.com with extremely low price, which is actually the product source of dhgate, aliexpress...
Hi,<br>Thanks for sharing in this site.<br><br>I got cheat just few days ago from some Chinese that selling Apple products. Once they put their hands on my sent money $450, they're other faces revealed to me. They starting to tell me I have to buy more quantities than they asked before which is 3 items as minimum. They are just a fraud company.<br><br>The fraud company is: www.z-mall.com<br><br>Also I have about 18 companies that came with above address, but I don't know if they are fraud or not because I was curious to deal with them after what happened to me. Also Still one company waiting from them to send a Laptop, but no answer from them! I hope they are not fraud too : /<br><br>Furthermore, I have ordered many USB that have large capacities, but either they fake or don't keep the data for long time. The good news that they sent me something and they did not keep the money for them selves :)<br><br>* How much do you charge for shopping agent?<br>* How can I get my money or my goods if I have someone in China?<br><br><br>Thanks<br>Vegtor
Hi Vegtor, <br> <br>I am sorry that you got cheat online on some Chinese websites. It also happen to our local people. You just need sharp eyes. <br>And pls remember you will never get cheaper Apple products in China. The real apple products are more expensive due to the import tax. But for some USB sticks, I could help to find cheaper but good quality ones if you wish. <br>The way I do the online shop agency is that you let me know what do you want to buy and we confirm via email, I then purchase them for you then ship to you ( not big qty only), you pay via paypal. <br>More details, you may contact me via my email: janice.sijie@gmail.com. <br> <br>Janice
<p>Hallo Janice,</p><p>im new here but i see today yr text from three years ago don't no</p><p>if i can contact you</p><p>Bunsion</p>
<p>hi Bunsion,</p><p>Sorry to reply you so late. Yes, I still do the business currently. You can send me your request via email: Janice.sijie@gmail.com</p><p>Janice</p>
Again, at risk of spamming people. I want to start out in this field of supplying goods from China. I don't want to break forum rules or anything so will leave it as above. I am new to this but have been here for 11 years and have good contacts with people I believe to be honest. Anyway, will leave you alone for now, contact me if you wish.
<p>Hi, i have been getting business in the past years which got my contact throug this website. Thanks to this platform. </p><p>Again, you may still contact me via email or phone for your questions. I may not be able to help you immediately but will do best to find you the best solutions for buying from China.</p><p>Janice</p>
<p>So many people want to buy something in China. Do they need to go there just for a twosome hello kitty bags? The bags come to be brilliant in this case.</p><p>Though if you visit Taobao.com, you'll see awesome cheap prices and millions of goods. But how to buy on this chinese-only marketplace? There should be trade intermediary who will complete the order.</p><p>Guys, we make software for such intermediaries. You can run ready-use e shop with 800 millions of chinese goods, and have profit from orders. Just clarify logistic to your country questions and welcome to otcommerce.com </p>
<p>hi i am living in china and i am supplying goods from china to many countries all around the globe. if anybody is interested in making any sort of purchases from china feel free to contact anytime at fivestarfsi@gmail.com or mariammtg@gmail.com</p>
<p>How can I buy Shoes from the Nike Factory in China or is it even worth doing</p>
<p>Hi im trying to see if i can buy real Jordan shoes from the nike store in china or if will be the same price as in the U.S.</p>

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