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Things to know about Shipping from China

Air shipment for offshore promo orders

By Li Zhang

Air shipment is a secret weapon to being fluid in fulfilling your promotional product orders.

Large portions of orders in the promotional product biz are sent from China via air shipment. Did you know that for a certain type and large portion of promotional orders, air shipment is more economic and efficient than sea freight?

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More on FOB China port

By Li Zhang

In continuation from the previous post, most considerations on FOB China port
A deftly executed and skillfully manufactured order can delay at the China port if your logistics and booking are not in order. In the promotional product industry, this can mean what was a great order is now a delayed order. A delayed order, many times equals a failed order.

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How-to-steps when prepping and labeling in China

By Manuel Becvar

Today I wanted to walk you through the process of placing the order with your factory and which steps you need to take to guarantee safe delivery.

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How 3PL automation can bolster your business’s growth

By Tristan Clausell

Here you are, a seller who wants to expand their product line and bolster your business internationally.

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What’s the cost to ship a product sample?

By Crystal Ge

cost to ship a product sample

Whether you’re working on a tight deadline and budget or have all the time in the world and are flush with cash, as an importer of goods made in Asia, you’re probably going to want to see a product sample before mass production begins.

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The logistics of exporting from China — air and sea

By Renaud Anjoran

This is a follow up on our previous article entitled How to Send Small Quantities & Samples In and Out of China, based on my colleague Fabien’s experience. 

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How to send small quantities & samples in and out of China

By Renaud Anjoran

Do you need to send samples to China, or to get small orders out of China? Do you want to avoid headaches and high costs? My colleague Fabien wrote some advice that will probably be helpful.

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How to pack goods for transit

by Adam Gilbourne

How to Pack Goods for Transit

No one likes getting a package in the mail to find the goods inside damaged or, worse, broken. When this happens the temptation is always to blame the postage services (everyone likes blaming their postie) but, no matter how bad the postal service is, just as often the damage will be caused by a poor packaging.

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Packaging: How to protect your shipment effectively?

by Renaud Anjoran

Many importers forget to specify how their products should be packed. And, every year, tons of products arriving from China are thrown away because they were not adequately protected.

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Can I get compensation for a missed delivery?

by Mike Bellamy

We were told the delivery of the shipment on our order was 30 days and it made 60 days. Are we allowed any compensation? How can we claim it? Of course the supplier is unwilling saying he is not the shipping company. our contract was clear buy and deliver from the supplier side. 

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4 options for managing shipping and customs issues with China

by Renaud Anjoran

When new buyers ask me how to manage shipping and customs issues, I usually tell them to find a freight forwarder in their country. But there are actually 4 options:

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Arranging shipping to my inland warehouse

by Mike Bellamy

Our company is considering importing a container of goods via sea through a freight forwarder. When the goods arrive at the port what is the best practice to transfer the goods from the port to our warehouse? Please note we are located in the middle of the country. Thank you!

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When to ship LCL rather than FCL? Advice for importers

by Renaud Anjoran

Some importers try to optimize their freight costs. They always make sure they will fill a container up.

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VAT smoke and mirrors.

Some exporter in China may use a higher than actual selling price, with the attempt to have more tax drawback. Some of my vendors are also found out by local customs office during export clearance. They are processing trade factory in nature and buy and sell is governed by contract filed with customs office. My question is what is thier intention to make higher selling price?

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My goods are stuck in China customs.

I have been exporting toys from China for 3 years. I currently have a 20′ and a 40′ allegedly being held by customs in China and our agent says they want a 13,000$ so called “fine” for them to come off the wharfs and on to a ship. I just refuse to pay. We have not really had many problems before. Any suggestions as what to do?  They say if I go over to China, the fine will increase. This is my Christmas stock but I am not paying any more fines. Thanks

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Shipping cost responsibility and sampling fees.

What is the cheapest and most reliable method of shipping products I import from china to the US? Is the buyer responsible for shipping costs or can they be shared by buyer and seller? Do you normally pay for shipment of samples?

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