3 Things to Consider When Shipping Freight From China
Shipping your products overseas can be daunting. You’ve invested a lot in the manufacturing process already, and now that your shipment is ready to be sent to your target market, you have to find an affordable, but reliable, way to get your shipment overseas and into the hands of your customers.
Even if this isn’t your first time shipping freight from China, every shipping process is likely to look a bit differently. To help you continue to navigate successfully through the often complicated shipping process, here are a few of the major things to keep in mind
Who is Managing the Shipment?
Even for sourcing experts, it’s always a crucial step to decide who will be managing the shipping process from China to your company’s home base. While doing it internally can save money, it’s also considerably more work-intensive and can lead to catastrophe if your point-person isn’t fully educated on the intricate ins-and-outs of the industry.
Managing your shipments internally is usually only done by larger companies, as they have the bandwidth to personally oversee each step of the shipping, customs, and documentation processes. However, this is a less-than-ideal approach for small-to-medium-sized businesses, where time is their most valuable commodity.
For these companies, working with a freight forwarder or sourcing agent is going to be your best bet. This is where Guided Imports can help.
With our team of professionals, you can be confident that your shipment will get to where it’s going on-time, intact, and ready for whatever comes next. We know how complex shipping can be—and how outdated some of its practices can feel—which is why your assigned logistics project manager will be able to walk you through the process however and whenever you need guidance.
What Shipping Method Are You Using?
Once you’ve settled on a freight forwarder or sourcing company to help manage your shipment’s progress, it’s time to decide on a shipping method. Both air freight and sea freight shipping have their pros and cons, so be sure to talk with your shipping manager—or do the research yourself—before jumping into one option over the other.
When it comes down to it, choosing between air and sea freight comes down to your company’s priorities. If you’re looking for speed and safety, and aren’t concerned with cost, then air freight is likely to be your best option.
If the opposite is true, and you’d rather prioritize affordability, then look into ship freight. Ship freight also allows you to ship more product than air freight does, so if you’re not concerned about a speedy shipping process, and have a larger order in need of transportation, ship freight is the method you’re looking for.
Watch Out for Scams!
Far too often, DIY importers—and even some industry veterans—can get tricked by a scammer posing as a legitimate freight forwarder. By advertising rates that are significantly lower than the “competitors”, these scammers can lure unsuspecting buyers into a trap that can cost them tremendously.
To combat this threat, try and avoid working with smaller freight forwarders with too-good-to-be-true prices. You should also look into the forwarder or sourcing company’s documentation as well, as verifying a business license can often reveal the honest from the not-so-honest.