Importing from China? Things you need to pay attention to!
Imagine you have thought of an amazing product which you would like to have manufactured in China, or you have seen a promising product on the Chinese market which you would like to export to The Netherlands, you would want to get this to Holland as fast and as cheap as possible. When searching through Google, soon you will have your head spinning with all the possibilities. Are you for example going to use parcel posting, sea freighting or maybe you are going to need a (partial) sea container.
What is the best way to import your goods?
There are different possibilities, each which its own set of pros and cons. It depends on your own demands which one is the most convenient for your specific situation. To help you make a properly balanced decision, undermentioned you will find an enumeration of the possibilities, each with their own set of pros and cons.
Shipment through courier delivery / parcel post
When you choose to import small amounts the first thought is send through, for example, DHL, UPS, or FedEx. The prices of these services are based on weight and size. The costs for these services can amount quite easily. A package of 40 KG will cost you 70 EURO. The ETA of your package may vary a lot. It can take six days, but it may also be possible that your package will take five weeks because it has been at the distribution center all this time. The days of delivery also depends on the supplier. Make note of the fact that when the goods arrive in Holland, they have to cleared and possible import fees have to be paid.
Importing through Air Freight through Schiphol
Do you have bigger shipments? Air Freight might be a possibility. Costs are lower than shipment through, for example, DHL or UPS. A con for these shipments is that they take a few days longer than a parcel post. Also, you will have to take care of custom formalities and costs concerning import.
Importing from China by sea freight
A very cost-efficient and flexible way of sending is shipment through sea freight. By sea freight you can send pallets, sea containers and bulk goods. To lower costs you can rent a partial sea container which you share with other shipments. Even half a pallet belong to the possibilities. The time a shipment will take may vary quite a lot. It occurs that a ship which is about to leave still has room for your shipment and your shipment will soon arrive. The prices of a shipment may vary and they mainly depend on dollar rate and demand and supply.
Bij aankomst van uw container, pallet of bulk in de havens van Antwerpen, Rotterdam, Amsterdam of Vlissingen moeten nog de nodige formaliteiten worden afgehandeld met de douane.
Use a freight forwarder for your import from China
As you can see there is a lot that happens when importing from China. Your wishes and demands are very important when it comes to choosing the right method of importing. You also have you hand over the right documents for, among other things, customs. Most companies choose to use a freight forwarder, like Ademar from Rotterdam. A good freight forwarder helps relieve sorrow in different disciplines and will advice you on what is the cheapest and most efficient method. A freight forwarder can also take care of all activities that are needed for importing your goods, like clearing them. Clearing means the freight forwarder takes care of paying import duties etc. after which your goods can be released into trade.
Inspection of your cargo
During shipment damages can occur to your goods. A freight forwarder inspects the cargo and will report it. By most insurers, this is mandatory. Ademar B.V. has good contacts in the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp through which this inspection will be done most efficiently.
Storage and trans-shipment
Do you need to (temporarily) store your goods? You can also use your freight forwarder. For each type of goods, they have the right storage location. Periodically an inspection will be done for you to check if all the goods are still in place, the so-called inventory administration.
Would you like importing goods from China or do you have a question concerning the import of goods?
Ademar BV has over 34 years of experience importing goods, products and bulk. SMEs, multinationals or a expert knowledge when it comes to wood, we have a solution for everything. We would like to share our knowledge with you. Do you have a question on import or export? Or would you like to see if we are able to import your products low costs and more efficient? Do not hesitate to contact us per phone, +31(0)10 429 96 00 or per email.