How Do you Buy Large Retail Stock From China Using a Shipping Agent?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Small Biz MoneySaving
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dertin03dertin03 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Small Biz MoneySaving
Okay so I'm a new seller on ebay and was wondering how to get the stock from China to the UK using a Shipping Ferry and a Shipping Agent as the cost of sending buy post is way too dear. Someone with experience in the matter would be useful. Thanks

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  • gggarethgggareth Forumite
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    How long is a piece of string..

    From Where to Where.?

    Mode
    Small parcel up to 30kg UPS Fed ex is about $9-15 per kg.
    Air
    Sea-Air
    Rail-Air
    LCL
    FCL

    All the above have different ship lead times and it depends how quickly you want the products.


    Roughly speaking :

    Air will cost $4.60 per kg minimum 250kg door to door
    FCL works out at about $2800 per 20 foot container door to door.
    LCL can vary but for 4 pallets it is about $1.30 per kg.

    On export there are generally some fees to pay also on Import.

    ON Import you will be required to pay duty and VAT on entry unless you have a Deferment account. Forwarders will not generally pay this upfront for you.

    China is weird because you have to have export documentation which is a pain.
  • paddyrgpaddyrg Forumite
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    Don't forget that landed goods still need you to get them collected pronto from the bonded warehouse once you've cleared them and paid duty etc. Also, as importer it is up to you to get the goods certified CE worthy. Typically, unless you're doing a big run and supplying in bulk, it's often not worth it.

    Oh, also factor in the fact that people are scammed every week trying to buy cheap from China. The place is impenetrable and seeing as people will even fake milk, eggs and even intestines (no, really truly) then you can see what a QC problem you have if you're the guy trying to make sure you don't injure Europeans.
  • As the above says, how long is a piece of string. We employ a shipping agent, but have £100K of units made at once, containerised and sent to us.

    The really big and important thing I have found from experience to get a British, Irish, American agent. Preferably get a British one. They check what's on your invoice is in the crate/container and is clipped (sealed) and put on the carrier.

    Otherwise, you pay your cash and you take your chance.
  • WywthWywth Forumite
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    dertin03 wrote: »
    Okay so I'm a new seller on ebay and was wondering how to get the stock from China to the UK using a Shipping Ferry and a Shipping Agent as the cost of sending buy post is way too dear. Someone with experience in the matter would be useful. Thanks

    Appoint agent
    Place order
    Appoint clearing agent for when goods arive in UK (unless agent has arranged this, or you plan to do this yourself)
    Await delivery of goods
    :)

    The Shipping Agent should arrange the shipping for you - the clue is in their title ;)
  • martindowmartindow Forumite
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    Just to reiterate that charges for goods sent by sea can be considerable in addition to VAT and duty. You also need to factor in the onward delivery cost from the port to you.
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