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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>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 I need to make minor modifications to an existing product, like a voice recorder in this link, http://www.banggood.com/Steal-Rechargeable-8GB-650HR-Digital-Audio-Voice-Recorder-MP3-Player-p-921907.html. Does anyone have any advise as to who to contact? Once completed would need to order 5-10,000 units.</p>
<p>I think it is too complicated for normal people to start a small business .the economic way will be once you find out what are the right products you want to purchase ,find a local reliable agent to handle from there .let them to handle everything .search supplier ,get a good price or arrange shipping ,certificate etc .with the money flying to China ,you can make so many orders with local buying agent already .we specially sourcing and purchasing for start ups .visit our website .www.icscgroup.com .or email us for your requires admin@icscgroup.com</p>
<p>Hey everyone my Name is Naz I am from Europe, I used to have the exact same problem before as I had a very large business in electronics but now I have taken the next step for people like your selves. I have moved to China and live in China, I supply most Europe and the US with anything and everything they need, I even take payments in European Countries. I have a business account in the UK where I am raised and also the Netherlands. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING FROM CHINA YOU CAN ALWAYS EMAIL ME AT: pirzada@coolmix.nl OR WHATSAPP ME ON: +447428108369. I hope I can help you guys because when I was new to buying from China there were a lot of chinese companies that Scammed me too and hopefully I have solved a problem for many. </p><p>Thanks Guys and hope I can help</p>
<p>could you please email me at henrynewman83@icloud.com</p>
<p>Hello! I am looking for an advice how to buy some veterinary products from China. I am veterinarian from Eastern Europe. In my country we have someone, who imports Mindray and Sonoscape ultrasound and in-vitro diagnostic machines, but the prices are too high. All I need is one ultrasound and one in-vitro diagnostic machine. My question is can I buy them directly from the manifacturer, and do I need to pay some additional taxes on the airport whe I leave? Do Mindray and Sonoscape have a policy to sell like this? I don't want the current importer to know about my plans also... my e-mail is otto_flick@abv.bg </p>
Hello, I'm looking for help in buying some 400Hz Mechanical Buzzers which are small electronic parts that produce a buzzing sound similar to piezo buzzers. Looking for a wholesale price from an honest reliable supplier which can be trusted and look to place future orders with. Can someone please help with locating a supplier/manufacturer ? My email is Charles@psbengineering .com.au
<p>Hi Charles,</p><p>here are 2 websites share with you, can try to write the email to them, ask this manufacturer, some accept smalll order, and ask them for free samples first, after start with a small order for building the trust first. according to your q'ty if it is big order it normally takes 1~1.5months. if you have further question can email me, Hope it will help you! (my email: globalb2b.irene@gmail.com) </p><div>http://cre-sound.manufacturer.globalsources.com/si/6008848655034/pdtl/Piezoelectric-ceramic/1127693080/Mechanical-buzzer.htm<p>http://fbelec.en.made-in-china.com/product/zXVQgOMjSvke/China-400Hz-Mechanical-Buzzer-Piezo-Buzzer-Mechanical-Buzzer.html</p></div>
Im sorry forgot to put my email addess it is nicoleottman@hotmail.com if you qould like to let me know
I have a question im trying to order some stuff from this site dhgate.com but i sont understand the quanity im trying to get some shoes and its telling me $67 and its telling me the quanity is one a piece what does that mean i would only get one shoe or is that just how they say it some one pkease help me
<p>Hello ... I am in the process of purchasing a large order of brand name ATV' s from a company in Beijing , I sent the money via bank wire tranfer, they received the money for the order, then they said I had to pay duty fees, I sent the money via bank wire tranfer, they said there would be no more fees or charges, my order will be sent,... But now they say they need another $4258. USD. For insurance and environmental fees, and I have to pay this in 72 hrs, or the order will be confinskated and lost for ever... I'm wondering if this company is a real company. What should I do from here??? My email; lmdvornek@gmail.com </p>
<p>Hello, </p><p>I am glad to have located this forum. Here's my question. </p><p>Fortunately doing my homework has resulted in no financial losses and 90% of items were ok to excellent in quality. Some I ordered to test the quality as I considered reselling. I have stayed largely with AlibabaExpress.com and a couple of others. </p><p>My question:</p><p>I am considering purchasing electronics from a smaller Chinese company located in Zhannan Road, Shaoguan City, 512000, Guangdong. <a href="http://www.cto59.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.cto59.com/</a></p><p>I need assistance about how to determine whether this company is legitimate. AlibabaExpress and others have policies and payment channels protecting the purchaser, and I have benefited from this on a number of occasions. </p><p>Thank you in advance for the feedback provided. </p><p>Scott</p><p>Ottawa, Canada</p>
<p>Can someone please tell me where could buy the following brands. Attached is some pictures. Please contact me on: sales.smootch@gmail.com</p>
<p>I have bought loads of things from Aliexpress and mostly came up with nothing delivered or fake items and money gone. If I ordered small price then yes they deliver, hoping that I will buy bigger amounts next time. If I bought something expensive I was almost guaranteed to get scammed and indeed aliexpress finds in favour of the seller even when you have 100% proved them to have scammed. Note that aliexpress is based in Asia! I bought herbal powder and got some watery chalk send up. Goodbye 100 dollars. I bought security cameras 5 times and all fake just nothing inside the plastic or some components but clearly not any design that would or could work. Goodbye 350 dollars in total. I bought big lot of window alarms that was missing key components. Fit in a battery and alarm went off immediately. No triggers inside that could ever turn the alarm on if window was opened. Goodbye 100 dollars. I bought one lot of 8GB micro sd cards and they were fake. Goodbye 120 dollars. I bought special price 2 pieces of 64 gb for 40 dollars total. Fake this means they are 128MB only. Lot of 100 rechargable batteries 3000MAh all fake. Hold around 200Mah at most. Contain flour. Solar charger controller dangerously overrated and catches fire. In all these cases I did not get a refund from aliexpress. I did get a refund for non delivery of one item. The small cheap things arrived but are clearly badly made. I asked the seller of a tap what to do because the thing was so crooked it leaked. He kept me hanging. What can you do. It is leaking but it is a tap. From China. It is actually this badly made stuff that turned me to making all electrics myself and hence I ended up on this site. Instructables because you are better off making it yourself! ;) </p>
<p>I'm looking for Hanvon e920h, e-ink, color e-reader with touch screen. It's not available in Taobao, i found it in a site but it sends only in local market: <a href="http://www.hanwangshop.com/Product_info.aspx?id=258" rel="nofollow">http://www.hanwangshop.com/Product_info.aspx?id=25...</a> .</p><p>Can someone help me to get one?</p>
<p>Hello. This is Gao, a native from WuXi, Jiangsu, China. I can help you do that. While I think it's too expensive. Kindle has a more performance- cost rate and you can get that in local store. If you are still interested, e-mail me, 921299476@qq.com</p>
<p>I just recently placed an order thru Alibaba. It only took me about a year to figure out all the steps and how to do it. Thankfully, I was able to pay via Pay Pal. If I had been unable to do this I would not have been able to order. I am waiting for my 5 sample items and am hopeful it will work out for future orders. The language barrier is significant! It's hard to trust the ability to work through problems and issues with a language barrier.</p>
<p>Hi <a href="/member/Valerie213" rel="nofollow">Valerie213</a> I'm an experienced purchasing adviser for doing globale trading from China to other country, I speak english and Chinese well, pleae feel free to let me know if you need any help and contact me via globalb2b.irene@gmail.com, it would be my pleasure to help you, thank you.</p><p>Irene</p>
Hy,<br> I would like to import mobile phones from china. Original brand. Can i find original HTC and Samsung brannds? My email is martinkiarie40@gmail.com.i am in Kenya
<p>I'm interested in buying outboard marine engines from China of specific brands form reliable and trusted sources.</p><p>Please contact me if you can help</p>
<p>If you purchase stuffs from China, you may want to visit our website http://chinacoolgadgets.com, here you can find China top merchants and a large number of ongoing deals that you can trust.</p>
<p>I would like to purchase 10,000 casino bungee cords.Its my first order and i dont understand how to order and all the shipping.</p><p>I would love to talk with someone.</p><p>Jacquie.</p>
<p>Hello Jacquie</p><p>I think i can help you, let's discuss by email for the information of the logo, color ect, my email is: yuefeng.fan@aliyun.com</p><p>Henry</p><p>Whatsapp: +8613924621878</p>
Good Morning,<br>Thank you for your quick response.<br>I need help ordering product from China.<br><br>Thank you,<br>Jacquie
<p>Hello Jacquie</p><p>To make sure you will receive the products you want, i need finger out the exact details of the products you want to order, would you mind send me an email about that? :) my email is: yuefeng.fan@aliyun.com</p><p>Henry</p>
<p>Hi</p><p>This is Jayanta,would like to buy ladies garments in wholesale from China to India.</p>
<p>I am pleased to help you purchase garments from china, please e-mail me at ksbuy20160128@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hi kolkata</p><p>12 years experience sourcing in China, shoot me<br>an email, I will give you free advice.</p><p>contact:</p><p><a href="mailto:ansonpm@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">ansonpm@gmail.com</a></p><p>skype: Ansonpm</p><p>+86-13922481982</p><p>Anson Wu</p>
Hello.. i can help you purchase products from china.. you can email at fivestarfsi@ gmail.com
I wanna buy some cheaper pretty cloths and some toys to make my online shopping.I am from Myanmar.What should I do?
<p>I may probably help you to do. I am a native Chinese, live in Dongguan, a very industry developed city in the south of China. The goods you mentioned I may find in the city I live. We may probably work together to fix it.</p><p>My skype account: bill004@live.cn</p>
<p>Hello , please email me. i am interested in making business.</p>
<p>I have a quote on some electronic items from a company called bammexporters in jinan china. They only take bank transfer for payment. How do I find out if they are a real company not going to ripe me off. The owners name is Moye Cao</p>
<p>Thomas, I would suggest you to visit the company if you are going to put a big order, by the way you may travel around. If it is a small business, you can discuss with Moye to pay half for delivering the items and pay another half once received. If it is still hard to operate, you may find other vendors who take Paypal payment which would be more flexibale.</p>
<p>I sent a small order to him 5 items cost 70.00. Sent money by zoom. Money was in there bank next day as the conformation from zoom stated. Been almost two weeks, He keep telling me the money isn't there. Then it was Chinese new year he said that bank was closed. Still no shipment wei li has stopped emailing me. Guess I got scammed,a lesson learned. </p>
<p>It is true that Feb 7th is Chinese New Year. Just send him email and wait, it may not as bad as you imaged.</p>
<p>You may could go to the Alibaba.com. in the search area,type what you need ,and will come out lots of companies.then have a review,find any interested,feel free to contact them.</p>

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