Quoting from [owlboy]:
In the past I have used a shipping agent in the USA to arrange shipments from Ningbo China to New York/New Jersey, and finally transported to Albany NY. My previous agent is now gone, and the price has skyrocketed to $4,000 for a 20' container.
Several years ago I asked DHL to quote me on a 20' container. Instead they seized my shipments and shipped them by air. That was a huge bill, and lawyers had to get involved. So, I would like to avoid any of these types of shippers.
The biggest problem is transportation from NYC/NJ to Albany NY port (150 mile / 100 km). My customs location is Albany NY. I don't want to drive 150 miles to NYC/NJ to process customs.
Right now I have multiple shipments waiting in China for a shipper. Any suggestions or web site that can show me a better way, or a list of shipping companies I can contact? I am having a real problem finding shippers. I would prefer to make arrangements in China instead. I think that I would get a better price this way. Comments or suggestions are welcome.
4K for a 20 footer to the east coast is absurd! I am paying $1,500 for a 20 footer to Oakland (SF)... Which means tha trucking/railing it to the east coast from here would be as cheap or cheaper.
In that cost are you including duty/fees/road transport to a warehouse? Or is that JUST the cost for the container to the port?
If it is just to the port you sure as heck need a new shipping agent. DHL would NOT be my choice EVER for shipping. Go to the BUY leads and look for Shipping Agent and Freight Forwarder. You will see a ton of them in there. Start contacting people and get some quotes.
If you have no luck contact me on TM and I will put you in touch with a girl I know near Ningbo who might be able to help you out with shipping. She is fairly new to being an agent but she is 100% trsutworthy and works dang hard to source products for me and get me good shipping rates.
Quoting from [owlboy]:
Owlboy. From your comments I would be looking for a Freight Fowarder who also has a customs clearing arm.......They are usually the same guys but with 2 different company names for tax purposes.
If you are upstate from NYC is there acyually a port that is closer than NYC? Certainly worth looking into. don't ship thru the east coast so my knowledge of those sometimes weird procedures in specific ports is something I have no experience with..... But I can guess whatever trucking company is generally used is related to Tony Soprano in some way. (Isn't everything in the NY Docks?)
I would also check with local trucking companies physically near you who could do a container grab from the port.. You might actually get better rates that way.... Same ole same ole....... Lots of research to see if you can make back a few % points on your margins.
Quoting from [jerseygirl]:
Replying to [Foow]:
Hi - Your info was very helpful. What's an approximate cost to ship a 40' container from China/Shenzhen to Los Angeles? What about a 20' container from China to LA? I've heard that it's more expensive t ship to NY. Is that correct? THANK YOU!!
20' container to LA/ Long Beach is around the $1,500 +- $200. You need to get quotes from a BUNCH or Freight Forwarders... Remember that is ONLY the shipping cost, does NOT include insurance for the goods in the container, does not include customs duty or any inspection fees. Does not include the Clearing Agents fee or transport from dock to you.
Shipping to the East coast is more, simply because the only way to get there is thru the panama canal..... and the panama canel costs lots of fees to go thru..... don't have exact costs for east coast shipping as I never ship there. Any freight Forwarder can give you approximate rates for east coast. Just tell them depature port and entry port ..... like anything get at least 3 quotes.