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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.
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I wanna buy some cheaper pretty cloths and some toys to make my online shopping.I am from Myanmar.What should I do?
<p>There are many purchase agent in YiWu city and Ningbo, or Shanghai. </p>
<p>There are many purchase agent in YiWu city and Ningbo, or Shanghai. </p>
<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>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>
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<p>You may need a transport company. The freight cost will not be cheap . Aliexpress is a professional export C2Cwebsite now.</p>
<p>Usually,the seller's sites do not support oversea shipping.If you want your stuff to be shipped abroad ,you need get a shopping agent!Just google &quot;taobao agent&quot; and pick one.The <a href="http://www.yoybuy.com/en/" rel="nofollow">yoybuy</a> ,which was mentioned before,will do!Good luck!</p>
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<p>Which kinds of items do you need?</p>
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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>
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<p>Hi veredvalensi</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>
<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>
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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
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Which items u want to buy?
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>
<p>Alibaba.com is not open for Chinese but for direct purchase out of China. However, Alibaba.cn, which is having another name as 1688.com, is supporting purchase within China, and the price is even much lower than that on Alibaba.com. We are helping many wholesalers to purchase from 1688.com and ship abroad. If you needed, you can visit our site: http://www.FreeShoppingChina.com. Or contact us: </p><p>service@FreeShoppingChina.com; Skype: freeshoppingchina.com; QQ: <br></p><p>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>
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<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>

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