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Important tips for saving cost when freight from China to us
Freight from China to the US is a multi-billion dollar industry. Every year, people purchase a large number of products from China. Whether you are cooperating with China manufacturers now or ready to import from China, both important to know all possible methods to help save cost when air freight from China.
This is the article to let you know 11 important tips that will influence the cost for air shipments from China, Especially the 11th tips is the most important one.
1. Choose the best Shipping route
Air shipping from China is a basic shipping method for Air Freight.It including
1.1 From your suppliers factory to your door at USA
1.2 From your suppliers factory to any airport of USA.
1.3 From China airport to any port of USA.
1.4 From China Suppliers factory to Airport of USA first and then UPS/FEDEX at USA will dispatch the shipments to your door At USA.
So Choose the best suitable shipping route for your shipments is a very important thing. But What is a best shipping method when we use air freight method from China to us? As it be said Best, so it should meet all the requirements for you, For example, first the unit price is within your budget; second shipping time is accepted, it should Can help to protect your products well during shipping, even with some damage at the processing, you can get some pay back. Then it is t he best for you.
2. Choose the best Shipping time
As a more than 10years experienced freight forwarder from China, I can honest to tell you the truth,there are some season for importers to get big discount price for shipping.
2.1 Non-Busy shipping time
For example, the July and August is not so busy, Almost all the shipping market give big discount too all shipping routes, no matter from China to which country, all can easily to get good shipping price at this time. You can also get good price after China Lunar holidays.
2.2 Busy Shipping time
While if you choose to arrange shipment before Christmas, China Lunar year holidays, or some other holidays of China like the China National Day holidays, then the shipping price will be very high, because that time are busy for shipping, the more busy then higher price for shipping. So it is better for you to know the basic information of shipping time then can avoid the to double pay the shipping cost for some of your urgently needed products.
3. Shipping documents
Preparing documents is an essential part of shipping freight from China to the USA. You need to be aware of what kinds of documents needed for cargo flights. Example some basic needed documents for Air shipping from China to us including :
- Air bill
- Packaging list
- Bill of landing
Note all these documents are generally used for air freight ,It can be changed by current trade customs regulation. Expect the above documents, you have some other certificate need to prepare before shipping depends on what kinds of products, for example goods with battery, need the MSDS certificate, Goods with Magnets or goods ship to some products need the CO(China Original certificate) and so on. It is impossible to list all the needed documents for all products here. But if you don’t know what documents needed ,then ask your reliable freight forwarder each time before shipping. As it is their basic ability to prepare documents for shipments.
Prepare needed documents for shipments can let your shipments go smoothly out of China, it can also help you to avoid shipment delay by needed documents.
3. Corporate with a reliable freight forwarder
What things a freight forwarder can do for you?
For new importers, the international shipping schedule may be a complicated thing. Every step can make your feel headache. The steps like get the best shipping price, choose a suitable shipping route, prepare the shipping documents, the export/import customs clearance and pay the import taxes. All steps are important for whole the shipping schedule. If mistake at any of the steps, can make you lost.
What’s more, if you don’t have a freight forwarder but cooperate with your suppliers directly for arrange the shipments for you, then you will have to pay higher for shipping, as suppliers usually add some profit at shipping charge, because they don’t know that price is enough or not when they are making the proforma invoice, they usually thought price will be higher after goods finished, so usually they add some profit to make sure they will not get lost in shipping, So it is very important to cooperate with a reliable and experienced freight forwarder.
How to find a reliable freight forwarder
Also a reliable freight forwarder will not cheat you in charge weight. You know the charge weight decide the total cost for a shipment, so get a reliable forwarder who are honest is very necessary for all importers.
There are so many things a reliable freight forwarder can help you to do, Please see my video of How to find a reliable freight forwarder. I hope to help you as much as possible.
5. Define your shipping incoterms
If you are importing something first time internationally, it is essential to clarify the words incoterms. Incoterms are one of the most important part of international trade. It is a regulation that identifies the buyer and seller responsibility. They notify who is responsible for making payments, monitoring the whole shipments process, purchasing insurance and other documentation, and shipping related task. So, if you go through the process, there has no chance of misrepresentation. Make sure that you have made everything clear to move forward. Know Incoterms clear at the contract with you and your suppliers can let you don’t get lost international trade.
6. Meet the standard packaging requirements
For international shipping, there are some special rule for the package.
6.1 pack the products in a strong box that helps your products from damages.
6.2 basic information for the out cartons needed, including measurements of carton, Gross weight ,net weight. And label in correctly information.
6.3 Packing method by wooden case or wooden carton or flight case or common paper package should inform your freight forwarder before shipping. As some shipping routes can not accept wooden carton but some shipping routes don’t accept pallets package and so one.
Check the package requirements of the method that you decide to use.
It is necessary to ask your freight forwarder the detail requirements of package when they make the shipping quote to you. If not, remake the package not only waste your time but also with some extra cost.
7. Chose the most suitable cargo flights from China to the USA
Make sure that you complete all of these documents and conditions. It is time to fly your freight from China. There have so many reputed air flights in China. If you choose specific airlines already, we will ship your products through these airways. Other hands if you don’t choose anyone we can ship your products through our reputed airlines. Here are top international freight airlines from China to the USA,
- UPS express
- DHL express
- Federal Express
- China Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- All Nippon Airways
If you don’t know how to choose, then just provide the shipping requirements to your freight forwarder. Then they will help you to recommend the most suitable one depends on your need.
8. Find a supplier near your freight forwarder
China is a large country, there are so many suppliers are available to manufacture your desired products. Find a supplier which with good quality and service then nearby your freight forwarder can reduce your shipping costs.
For example your suppliers located at North of China ,but your freight forwarder located at South of China, It is not convenient for your Shipping agent to check goods quality for you. Also some times if you buy from Several suppliers at the same time, then need your shipper to collect the goods first, it will need to use the China domestic express company. From North of China to South Of china it will need about 3-6days depends on which domestic express you choose.
So You should better have a freight forwarder around at your suppliers. Then all things will be easy for you to control and convenient for your China shipping partners to arrange shipments.
9. Cooperating with exporting experienced supplier within your industry
China is a big country of production. There are many manufacturers in any industry. Some inexperienced people will join this industry as a manufacturer as long as they see the products are selling well. But if you cooperate with such kinds of manufactures which without experience for the products manufacture and export.then it is a waste of money and lives. So, it is important for you to choose a good reputation and export experienced supplier to be your partners.
Hear below some recommended places for you to choose the suitable China suppliers.
- Alibaba is one of the world’s largest places to find suppliers.
- Made-in-China is another leading source for finding business-to-business connections.
- China Sources helps connect businesses to Chinese manufacturers and suppliers.
- HKDC has a long directory of Chinese suppliers. They also offer services like business matching.
If you still need help for how to choose reliable supplier.This article will tell you everything you you need to know.
Experienced suppliers can help you much things not only the products quality control but also the international long distance shipping.
10. Corporate only with export business license permitted the company
At this section i want to say two partners of you from China.
1.Your cooperated suppliers should have business licence and production licence.
2.Your cooperated freight forwarder must get business licence and international transportation licence.
All the licence for all the above mentioned be provided from the related China government.China is a country under the rule of law, she gives corresponding protection to all legally operating companies on the contrary,She will also strictly punish some illegal operations.
So it is very important to check the business licence of the suppliers or freight forwarders which your decide to cooperate with.Otherwise your suppliers or freight forwarder be punished that will also be a disaster of you.
11. Buy insurance for each of your shipments
Within our more than 10 years international shipping experience ,most time things going smoothly for international long-term and long time shipping.While there are some accidents happened Occasionally.
A good and reliable freight forwarder is on duty to help your move the goods from your supplier original address to the destination place. They can try their best to protect your cartons during shipping,While they don’t have ability to control natural disaster and some other non-human caused factors accidents happen.So the insurance is necessary configuration for some high value shipments.
Freight forwarder can help to buy insurance for you.
Buying Insurance will not cost you too much money.It is also a piece of cake for a experienced freight forwarder help you to buy insurance for you.If you still have some question about buy insurance and the insurance cost for your shipment, Contact us any time, we will answer all the questions about your air shipping from China to us.
In a word, pay high attention to any of the above tips,all of them can help you get much profit for you business can also make you lost much money.I hope after read and check carefully of this article can help you to gain much more and growth your company.
If still any question about shipping from china to the us or want to know more about saving cost for freight from China to us,Please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. we can be reach any time. Thanks for ready and wish you a happy and funny day.
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