Here are the 4 most popular shipping methods you can use to import goods from China:1) Regular Post. Usually, you will only use regular post for samples and again ONLY if time is not that important and you can afford to wait a few weeks for a package to arrive.This means normal, regular China Post which can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. China Post is not the most reliable system so be prepared for lost/stolen packages.Depending on where you’re located it will be in the vicinity of 30 to 40 days in most cases.Just like with Air Freight, you’ll have to take care of the documentation, customs clearance and delivery of goods from the port to your home or office.Remember that it’s cost effective ONLY if your order is big enough.Usually, a half pallet or one full pallet will be enough if your margins are right.Shipping with a courier company will be the most suitable method for most people starting out IF it involves small, lightweight items.
But in fact, it’s not that complicated at all IF you know the basics behind the importing process – payment, shipping, taxes and customs.
For most of you, China and the United States will be the top two countries to import from, so let’s cover them in detail.
Shipping costs will make up a substantial percentage of your total product cost, so it’s important to keep them as low as possible at all times.
With Air Freight, expect to pay £2-£3 per kilo for a 100kg shipment.
Air Freight is usually cost effective once shipments are in the range of 100kg or more UNLESS very bulky items are involved; if that’s the case your only viable option is to use Sea Freight.4) Sea Freight.