What should you look out for when importing from China?
Suppose you have come up with a fantastic product that you want to have made in China, or you have seen a promising product on the Chinese market that you want to bring to the Netherlands for sale in your webshop or store. Of course you want to get it to the Netherlands as quickly and cheaply as possible. Searching for a solution on Google will only leave you more confused due to the large number of possibilities. Are you going to ship it by parcel post? Sea freight? Will you need a shipping container?
What is the best way to import your goods from China?
There are a number of options and each comes with its advantages and disadvantages. Figuring out the best option for your situation depends entirely on your specific requirements. In order to make a well-informed choice, read the list of options below and a summary of their unique advantages and disadvantages.
Shipping by courier service/parcel post
If you choose to import small quantities, often the first option that comes to mind is to send it via DHL, UPS or FedEx. Prices for these services are based on, among other things, weight and dimensions. Costs can rapidly increase and you can end up paying 70 euros for a 40kg package. Additionally, delivery times can vary greatly. Best case scenario, delivery time can be 6 days but it can also take up to 5 weeks when the package is stuck at a distribution center. Delivery times can also vary across different service providers. Please note that the goods must also be cleared upon arrival in the Netherlands and that import duties may have to be settled.
Import by Air Freight via Schiphol
Do you have slightly larger shipments? Then Air Freight can be a solution for you. The costs are lower than shipping via a courier service. The disadvantage is that the shipment takes a few days longer than shipping by parcel post. Here too you must ensure the correct customs formalities and costs related to importation.
Import by sea freight
Shipping by sea freight is an extremely cost-efficient and flexible way of shipping. You can send pallets, sea containers, and bulk goods by sea freight. In order to reduce costs, you can rent a portion of a shipping container which you share with other shipments. Need something smaller? Half pallets are also available. Shipping time can vary enormously. It’s possible that a ship getting ready to leave has a spot available for your shipment in which case the delivery time will be shorter. Prices can vary because they are dependent on the USD price as well as supply and demand.
Upon arrival of your container, pallet or bulk in the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam or Vlissingen, the necessary formalities must still be settled with customs.
Use a freight forwarder for your import from China
As you can see, there is quite a lot involved in importing from China.
You can see that there is quite a lot involved in importing from China. Your wishes and requirements also play a role in considering which import method is best for you. In addition, you must provide the necessary documents for, among other things, customs. Most companies choose to use a freight forwarder, such as Ademar from Rotterdam. A good forwarder relieves you in all areas and can advise you on the cheapest or perhaps the most efficient method for you. In addition, a forwarder takes care of all the actions involved in importing your goods, such as clearing goods. Customs clearance means that the forwarder is responsible for paying the import duties, etc., as a result of which your goods may be marketed.
Checking you load
All kinds of damage can occur during transport. A forwarder checks the cargo on your behalf and reports its condition which is mandatory for most insurers. Ademar B.V. has good contacts in the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp which means we can perform this check extremely efficiently for you.
Storage and transfer
Do your goods need to be temporarily stored? Contact your freight forwarder for help. They have the right storage location to meet all your needs. Periodically, your freight forwarder can take inventory of your goods, the so-called stock administration.
Do you want to start importing from China or do you have a question about importing goods?
Ademar BV has more than 34 years of experience importing goods and products in bulk. From SMEs to multinational firms and special products such as wood, we have the right solution for everything. We are happy to share our knowledge with you. Do you have a question about import or export? Or would you like to know if we can import your product cheaper and more efficient? Don’t hesitate to call us at +31(0)10 429 96 00 or reach out to us by email.