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I am looking to import stuff from China to the USA. I have a few questions, though. First, how do I find out what the my nearest port is? When someone was going to ship items FOB by sea, they asked me that. Second, how do I get my items from that port to me? Is that what a freight forwarder does? Would they break down the 20 foot shipping containing, or would they actually bring me that container? Because I don't really want it. Also, would I have to fill out customs forms and such, or since the freight forwarder is picking up the items, does he do it?

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Re: FOB, Freight Forwarders, Nearest Port...I'm Confused
Replying to [SJaguar13]:i m sorry i know too little and can't help u [em4]
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Replying to [SJaguar13]:[em19]
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Replying to [SJaguar13]:
Hi, i have just started importing items and use a frieght forwarder, he only charges me about £60 for doing all the paperwork etc, well worth it
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Replying to [Trollslayer]:agree
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Replying to [SJaguar13]:
1 Hire a freight forwarder or have your seller send merchandise through their freight forwarder. Three documents you will need for this process to start is Bill of lading, Packing List and Commercial Invoice. Have your seller ship goods door to door, meaning your address. The freight forwarder will make all arrangements for a seamless shipping solution ocean, rail and truck to your choice of location.
2. Hire a Freight forwarder in your area to clear customs for you.
3. Depending on merchandise ask the customs clerance specialist you have hired to make sure you comply with all governmental regulatory paperwork and that your supplier has forwarded you any required certificates. We import engines and secure EPA Complience Certificates from the engine manufacturer.
4. Ask for TELEX RELEASE on your Bill of Lading,
5.They will ship you the container and you must unload or you can arrange a public bonded warehouse in your city/area to recieve and unload for a resonable fee.

Utilize government websites: US Customs Service to determine your regulatory responsibilities. Pay attention to CFR's that affect your particular mechandise. It seems like alot, but with a little research and organization it can be accomplished.[em1]
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Re: FOB, Freight Forwarders, Nearest Port...I'm Confused
Replying to [SJaguar13]:Hello Jaguar,
the nearest port would be whatever air/ocean port you're nearest to. For example, if you live in Las Vegas, the nearest port for you would be Port of Long Beach in LA. If you're in Dallas TX, the nearest port for you would be Port of Houston.
Regarding paperwork, a freight forwarder can handle this for you. They will take care of the customs clearance, dryage fees, etc. As a customer, all you need to do is give detailed info regarding your shipment and freight forwarder will do the work. You then will get the billing for the said charges afterwards.To simply put it, it's like buying something and waiting for it to be shipped to you.
Regarding containers, a freight forwarder can take care of this for you as well. If you dont want it near u or your business, they can unload your shipment and store it in a warehouse or deliver it using another trucking company, whichever you prefer. This is an additional charge of course.
I hope this helps a little bit. I am a freight forwarder by the way. In case you need some help with your shipment, I can be of service to you.

Christine Legaspi
www.cargoexpressi.com
christine@cargoexpressi.com
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Replying to [SJaguar13]:
We reply your qury as follows :
1. Your supplier will inform u the nearestport to him. If you want to recheck it, you can check out the same with Google Earth - You can put your question as nearest port to .. the city of your customer.

2. Pls note that FOB Price means it is including .. (A) 20' / 40' ctr transportation charges from Port to the suppliers factory and back to the port, BL Expenses, CHA Expenses, THC (Terminal Handling charges:, Loading and unloading of crane facility). But, the Chinese people, are confusing the importers by saying FOB Prices, (actually they are mentioning it is fob but it is only Ex-works), as they are adding FOB Expenses again to the FOB Price (since it cant be FOB as FOB means including the expneses cited above). Pls be careful while dealing with China. Ask them the ex-works price. and FOB expenses also.

2. FOB : Price : Means, the supplier will arrange the supply in a Ctr Nominated by you, (by your nominated shipping liner will provide the Ctr. since ocean frt is arranged by you in FOB case.

3. Your nominated Shipping agent will deal the import formalities upon receipt of ctr to your destination port.

4. The shipping agent nominated by you shall inform you the arrival of the ctr and you should submit the shipping documents (received to your bankers) so that he will pay the applicable duty (imports) for which the supplier will provide the Cerificate of Origin (COO) and Form -A' and also pay THC+ (port expenses) and deliver the container to your place (for which you have to pay the transportation costs from port to your faciity).

Hope, this is the info. you need. for any further help, please feel to contact me at david.vanka@yahoo.com
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Replying to [SJaguar13]: Dear Sir/ Madam, you will have to make use of the services of a reliable freight forwarder, maybe this webpage can also be of big help to you, here is the link >>> http://www.export.gov/logistics/exp_whatis_freight_forwarder.asp
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Replying to [SJaguar13]:

Personnaly, I do business with Fedex. They do everything: key in hand.

Good luck
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Replying to [SJaguar13]: FOB means the factory takes care of the stuffing and trucking to the port including documentation charges to be borned by facotry. the other way to do is to get them to quote u CIF USA PORT (name your port) and u tell them to ammortise the frt charges into unit price. This wll be simpler. Get them to have the BL surendered so that u can get your frt fwder to clear the container from the customs and sent them to ur location. u have to get your people to un-stuff the container within x days ( 3 days maybe). your nominated frt fwder is responsible to do all the paper work and clear it out from the customs. regards
S.T. Ang (Singapore)

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