Hey Mark, how are you -
So I see that you posted back in 2006 - maybe now You can help me. I am new to this importing business and I paid for all goods. They will be coming to the USA from China - San Francsico/Oakland port to be exact.
I only ordered 100 pieces - but they are a bit bulky. Can you tell me how the whole customs thing works? What exactly do i have to do and who do I talk to?
Thank you so much,
Quoting from [MarcP]:
My name is Marc Possoff and I have questions about shipping costs from China to the USA as I am new to importing.
Currently I am wanting to start importing custom embroidered baseball caps from China.
I have gotten info about duty on this product at 7.5%.
Also from the factories I have been in contact with I have gotten pricing on shipping costs. They have given me shipping costs per cap for both air and sea.
I'm asking here because I want to make sure that I got all my i's dotted and my t's crossed.
First for some reason shipping costs from each factory are all over.
Approximate weight and size of each carton is...
I will be ordering 1000-1200 pieces at a time on each order. Each factory informed me that they get good shipping rates.
approx. 55x37x57cm / carton
approx 16kgs / carton
Shipping rates I have been told average....
By ocean - $.05 to $.10/piece USD
By air- $.50 to $.77/piece USD(Fed-Ex and DHL)
I prefer to get goods shipped by air as it is much faster.
Ocean might be good for some orders as it seems like ocean is ALOT cheaper.
Tallked with a friend of mind in Canada and he expressed to me to really make sure that shipping rates are correct because when packages arrive you don't want any suprises. He said those ocean rates don't look right.
Let's say $.10/piece for ocean. For 1200 caps that's $120 for ocean shipping, doesn't sound right.
As far as air he's not sure.
So for 1200 caps by air with above approximate specs, air shipping for 1200 caps is $924USD( at the highest quote of $.77), plus duty, etc.
This is why I'm here asking, I don't want any suprises.
What more do I need to know so I don't have any suprises?
Also besides shipping costs what other "expenses" and charges do I need to know? I already know duty is 7.5%. Any other charges?
do any know the cost of send just one t-shirt from china.i had ask my friend at china they say is180rmb 6-7 day. but what about
14-21 day will it cost lower . coz i was thinking of moving to china and sell things on ebay. i see alot poeple in china selling 1$-5$ items
on ebay with free shipping. with shipping so high how they make money. there is one selling CD for 6.99usd with free shipping delivery time 2-3 week but the cost is more than 6.99usd.
Try calling shipnex. they gave me the best deal. i shipp to and from china. i got 60% off of price from DHL and then i saw that DHL is the actual shipper. don't know how they do it, but the price was great. try calling them
Fishy tackle co.
I am the same boat as you...I would like to find out how much is it to ship one shirt from China with the cheapest rates that you could find. I saw people selling items ship from China in less than US$ 5.00 and with free shipping. Have you find out how they do that? Please kindly share..thank you :)