What first-time importers need to know about shipping from China

There are a lot of things to think about when importing goods from china for the first time, and it can be hard to figure out just how it all works. Thankfully, there’s an industry right in front of you that you can use to learn more and understand what you need to know. Call me today and I can show you the ropes!. Here at SIS, we can help you import from China; to help first-timers in the importing process, we’ve decided to put together this guide to get you started!

Research Your Suppliers

Before you go ahead and book your shipments, it helps to research the available suppliers. Compare them and find out who would be a good fit for your business beforehand to avoid ending up with a supplier you don’t know well. It can be hard to know the difference between a manufacturer and a trading company, so make sure you ask questions or look into the company thoroughly. It’s worth taking a trip to visit your supplier’s factory or headquarters if you are able to do so. You should confirm who you’re dealing with by checking out their production and seeing how the factory is run.

Understand The Freight Cost And Shipping Process

Poor logistics management is the thing that often causes deadlines to be missed, so you should know your freight and logistics provider inside and out. Here at Super International Shipping we’re happy to provide any information you may need to learn about our shipping process. Whether you check our FAQ, get in touch with us on the phone or email, or speak to a member of our team in person, we’ll make sure you know how our process works and what we can do for your import..

Local Relationships Are Key

Having good relationships in China is essential for a smooth export process. This is where links at each stage of your journey come in. As long as you have contacts and relationships around the world, there’s always someone on hand to help with issues that may arise. We have many valuable relationships across the globe, so you needn’t worry about finding quality suppliers on your own.

The Shipping Costs

We try to provide the most accurate quotes possible, considering that the expenses may change along the way. That being said, you should expect additional expenses which will be explained at that time. We will be happy to advise you on any potential customs duties you might have to pay, but knowing some basic information beforehand can save you money and make the process a lot smoother. Thinking of insuring your shipment? It goes without saying that it is an added cost, but it may be one that you need to consider for extra peace of mind.

Be Prepared For Customs!

Customs can be one of the biggest holdups when it comes to international shipping. If you want to avoid delays, you need to make sure that everything is in order before your cargo even leaves the origin country. The following are some things you will need to prepare before your shipment sets off:

A commercial invoice from your supplier that declares the goods to customs.

A Bill of Lading to prove you are the rightful owner of said goods

When Cargo Arrives at destination

So your product has been cleared by customs and is about to be delivery. When considering the delivery of your goods, there are a number of things to take into account. For example, is the delivery address actually able to accommodate the cargo? Do you need a crane or forklift to help with heavy cargo? When is your delivery arriving and do you have the manpower ready? If you plan on dropping off your items to the destination of your future customer, it’s important to take their needs into account..

This post should have given you some important information about what to expect as a new importer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time for further queries, or request for our importing services.

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