2018 The Hottest Questions on Logistics of Products Purchased in China

Logistics is always a troublesome problem for people purchased products in China. Therefore, Leelinesourcing offer you this article. This article is a summary of the hottest questions on logistics of products purchased in China. The questions include shipment terms, expenses, customs clearance and package etc.. After reading it, you will find the answers for your questions and have a better understanding of shipping products from China to your place.

  1. Q:Do I clear the goods via customs in my country?

A:We will ensure that all our quotations include the import duty and customs clearance procedures. We can however offer FOB China prices and allow you to arrange your own shipping but most customers prefer a complete door to door delivery solution when sourcing Chinese products.

  1. Q: Do I have to order a container load?

A:No you don’t have to order a full container. The size and type of product will dictate the best logistics. We can arrange it to your door using full or part-full containers or air freight.

  1. Q:I often need to send samples and key components to my supplier in Shenzhen. I find that I have lots of problems when I send via air direct to Shenzhen, but not so many problems if I send via air to Hong Kong then overland into Shenzhen. Can you help explain this?

A:1. Local customs officers in China have a lot of room to interpret the rules and regulations as they see fit. So if your shipment gets stuck, it is up to you to explain to the officer’s satisfaction the details of the shipment.2. Items shipped Air direct to SZ Airport have a much higher rate of problems because

  • the customs officials there are very strict compared to sea and land ports.
  • the volume is low compared to truck via HK, so they check a higher percentage of items.
  • if problems are found, it is harder for your agent to fix things at the airport rather than SZ land/sea port because, unlike a truck, they can’t easily turn a plane around and send it back to HK to try again.
  1. Q: If we buy from a China supplier and deliver to our manufacturer in China with CIF or DDP terms, are we the buyer obligated to pay VAT tax on the product we purchased?

A: The short answer is that in the typical buy-sell transaction, the seller is responsible for paying the VAT. The VAT rebate on the other hand is applied for by the party that exports the goods out of China. In order to pay VAT in the first place and/or process VAT rebate on the outbound you would need to be a fully licensed legal entity in China.

  1. Q: Does anyone have a checklist for everything your shipment needs to have? Ex: UPC, Box Barcodes, etc. I just want to make sure I don’t have any huge problems so If you have a checklist let me know. Thanks.

A: Box label, product label, packing list if u have more than 1 box.

  1. Q: How much is AVERAGE cost difference between air shipping and sea shipping? My profit margin is very low with the air shipping. Thanks a bunch in advance.

A: It depends on how big and heavy your shipment is. Air is about $6/kg and sea is normally cheaper if your shipment is over 1 CBM. How much cheaper depends on weight and dimensions.

  1. Q: Which packaging is better my supplier offers PE bags and OPP bags?

A: Have them send you a picture or sample with it wrapped in one and a spare of the other type in the box.

  1. Q: My product finally arrived at amazon earlier today! How long should I expect before they become available for purchase?

A: In my experience it could take two or three days to a week after your shipment is delivered. Once I couldn’t wait so called FBA and I was told it could take up to 14 calendar days for stock to become available.

  1. Q: Do you know if “made in china” label has to be on each of the unit? Or just outside the box is fine?

A: Just on the main box will be good,If Customs catches you your products could be sent back to China, they could be destroyed, and you could be fined. Because of all the political stuff going on, over the last few months Customs is become a lot more stringent and strict and checking.A lot of people have been posting about problems recently with not having the country of origin properly identified on their products.

  1. Q: What is the ASN number that my carrier is asking me for to send a pallet delivery into AMAZON?

A: For a freight shipment, you are meant to tell the carrier the number of pallets/cartons/units in the shipment. They should put that on their “delivery note” paperwork which Amazon stamps on delivery. You then ask the carrier to send you a PDF scan/copy of the stamped delivery note after delivery and you keep this on file in case there are any problems with Amazon processing the pallets.

  1. Q: Is it common to lose boxes during air freight? Happened to me. Lost 1/13 boxes just wondering if this is something I should expect going forward.

A:Nope, not normal… How do you know they are lost? Were they sent to FBA directly? A lot of times your shipment will get to FBA, but Amazon only says they received partial. It COULD be that they just haven’t checked in everything and it will show in the inventory shortly. We see this a lot: people panic that we didn’t get the goods their, but they are going off of Amazon’s inbound checkin status, which of course may not be the most up to date info.

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  1. Q: Is anyone located in the USA and sell in multiple marketplaces (different countries)? What is the best practice to handle imports, duties, customs clearance, etc when shipping your goods to FBA in other countries?

A: If you are importing in from China and selling to FBA in other countries like USA (best market), UK (2nd) and Canada, you want to ship from China directly to those countries so you don’t have to deal with double import tax. For example, import to USA, pay for its duty and send to Canada to get hit with import tax again. However, there are some cases that it doesn’t make sure to send to the USA and after that to Canada but very rare.

  1. Q: When sending directly from China to FBA, do you change the “ship from” address to your supplier’s address for FBA label?

A:1. Either do you write your supplier, or address on the ‘ship from’, would be OK; 2. For fnsku sticker, you can label on any place of your sale unit, but advise to cover other barcode if any printing there.

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  1. Q: I checked Amazon’s guidelines and all their samples have boxes. Can my packaging be purely an OPP bag without a box? So let’s say one carton contains 15 units inside. When you open the carton you will see the 15 items packaged in an OPP bag. Will that be okay or does each unit need an individual packaging box? What does Amazon require and what do you guys think? Thanks!

A: Most of sellers are selling in a opp bag! But NOT working for some products. Amazon does already charge for “pick and pack” since they ship it packaged.Only carton required if your product is a successful one, then you may want to do customized package for It!

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  1. Q: Hi, everyone! What do you think is the best and cheapest way to send 8 – 50lb boxes with oversized items to a fulfillment center?

A: Pallet is the cheapest way to move oversized, heavy items. You will need to get a pallet that fits amazons standards as well as be able to shrink wrap. You can get shrink wrap rollers on U-line if you think it’s worth the investment or even use Saran Wrap.

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  1. Q: If I already buy from China, can you help me to export?

A: Yes! After your purchasing by yourself, if you worry about the supplier can’t do as you require, we can be your assistant to push production, check quality, arrange loading, exportation, customs declaration and after-sales service. The service fee is negotiable.

  1. Q: What kind of shipment you offer?

A: We offer sea shipping which could be suitable for full container or less than one container load. Air cargo is also available (good choice for valuable but small volume products).

For the sea shipping we have below 3 terms:

EXW (Ex Works). Your forwarder need to pick up cargoes in our warehouse and arrange delivery to your assigned place.

FOB (Free on Board). You need to pay FOB shipping fee, which covers all cost to forward and load cargoes on board.

CIF (Cost Insurance and Freight). You pay for CIF shipping fee, which covers all cost to forward the port of your destination.

For your reference, here are some resources relating to your situation:

Amazon FBA logistics service

  1. Q: Just learnt that we have to mention “made in china” on every product unit + master carton so as to get I cleared by usa customs (even in by air ddp case). It was required for ocean but now also needed for b air ddp shipments. Any comments to affirm or negate it.

A: Only need to put “made in China” and Amazon label on the master carton.

For your reference, here are some resources relating to your situation:

How to Labeling your amazon products with fba fnsku or upc stickers

  1. Q: I have a question. I have a very light-weight product that I would like to source, however the supplier is telling me that shipping is $600 for 1,000 units (via Air) is this around the normal range for a very light weight product or am I just being overcharged?

A: That depends on how light they are. Actually there are several ways to ship by air, some are very cheap. So I bet your suppliers didn’t find the right way or they are making profit on the shipping cost.

For your reference, here are some resources relating to your situation:

how to keep low shipping costs to ship the products to your customers for Amazon Sellers

  1. Q: Hello guys! Have a question. There is only one supplier who is willing to manufacture my product because it is customized and most have a MOQ. How do you suggest I check if their declared shipping cost is reasonable since I dont have other suppliers to compare to? Shipping will be done by UPS.

A: Ask more couriers for quotes to compare, sometimes suppliers drive the shipping cost higher to make some profit, especially when they know they are the only supplier of yours. Actually there are many options to ship parcels from China.

  1. Q: Should I pay an inspection company?
    – I found many on Alibaba that do the inspections.
    – consider product is boxed and ready to ship to Amz FBA Warehouse.

A: Hire inspection company to check the quality, you can not rely on pictures and one sample, and you want to make sure your product is a good quality and works properly, before ship to you so if damage can be replaced or fix before coming to you.

For your reference, here are some resources relating to your situation:

How to find Reliable suppliers to grow your business

  1. Q: What is the way to pay border duty Tax when creating a shipment plan on FBA Seller central?

A: Ask your supplier to give you a quote including all customs expenses.

  1. Q: My package is leaving China today. UPS Tracking says it arrives on 06/15/18. I paid for DDP service. Is that to the US Customs or to the actual Amazon FBA Warehouse? (I’m assuming it’s to Customs, not Amz)

A: The estimated arrival date is for the final destination provided to UPS. If you check the status it will tell you when it cleared customs. Sometimes I had products get stuck in customs for more than a few days. In this case, you will get a new updated delivery day.

For your reference, here are some resources relating to your situation:

how to keep low shipping costs to ship the products to your customers for Amazon Sellers

  1. Q: My order is late. Who is to blame?

A: A well written PO keeps the supplier honest.

If you are shipping out of China and the B/L is being provided as the goods are about to ship out, then 6 weeks does sound like a very long time to wait, even if the 6 weeks includes clearing inbound customs in Australia.

In the effort to fight corruption and enforce safety/quality standards, in 2013/2014 I have noticed that shipments with values over 100K USD are being inspected by the port authority in much more detail in the past. This inspection can hold up the shipment for weeks. While the inspections are random, if you are on a blacklist or if you have a value of over 100K USD, you may find “random” inspections are the norm, not the exception.

You ask who is responsible for that delay. The answer depends on the terms of your contract. For example, once I started putting in penalty terms for late delivery, my suppliers “magically” starting hitting the delivery dates. Unless you have clear terms in your contract the freight forwarder will blame the supplier and the supplier will blame the freight forwarder, when shipments are late.

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  1. Q: Hello! Can someone please explain shipping DDP to me? What costs will I have to incur? Vat?

A: Delivered Duty Paid – DDP is directly from the manufacture to Amazon warehouse = headache free. The cost will of course be higher as they are doing all the logistics for you. The cost is really based on your order quantity, size, and your negotiation skills.

For your reference, here are some resources relating to your situation:

A Step-By-Step Guide to Shipping to Amazon (FBA)

  1. Q: Can anybody explain EXW to me? What does that mean? How its different from FOB?

A: FOB is better than EXW as normally your nominated forwarder will charge very high in terms of EXW local costs and customs. So it is better to have both quotes from shipper i.e. FOB and EXW than also get the shipping costs from your forwarder for both i.e. FOB and EXW. Now if you compare both you will see that which one is better for you. However according my experience FOB is better.

  1. Q: What is the difference between Multi country inventory and PAN EU? 

A: Multi country inventory is where you decide to ship stock to the different amazon warehouses, pan EU fba it is amazon who takes care of shipping it across countries. There is not really much of a difference sales wise, but if you have multi country inventory in all or most of the EU countries, you might as well go pan EU fba as you will save on shipping the goods yourself to each country and you are already VAT liable anyway.

  1. Q: I started reaching out to manufacturers via Alibaba and one thing they are asking me to get a quote for shipping is the destination. How can I find out which Amazon fulfillment warehouse I would be sending it to if I didn’t create any product listings on seller central yet? 

A: You need to create a shipping plan and Amazon will tell you where to ship. You can not choose they will determine your fulfillment center(s) when you enter the shipping plan – also they will probably split your shipment to multiple locations unless you pay extra to specify not to .

For your reference, here are some resources relating to your situation:

About shippment

Amazon fba logistics service

how to keep low shipping costs to ship the products to your customers for Amazon Sellers

A Step-By-Step Guide to Shipping to Amazon (FBA)

How to Find A Suitable FBA Logistics Company in china For Amazon Selling

Hopefully this summary will help you out. And if you still can not solve your logistics problem, you can ask help from Leelinesourcing. As a perfect fit in sourcing products in China, Leelinesourcing has decades of experience and professional team can help you solve all kinds of problems in sourcing or shipping products. We also can provide you with the services including: finding suppliers, conducting credit verification, cross-price inspection, negotiating prices, product photography, labeling, FBA shipping and product branding.

If you have any more questions about FBA, please do get in touch so we can assist you in getting the right information. Leeline sourcing company is involved in different sourcing business that will help your company’s grow, and make your international business better. No matter how big or small your orders are, we will help you source quality and affordable products, and we will ship them directly to you.

• Product Sourcing: With over 10 years experience in this field, our team will keep your mind at peace, and you will be sure that the products are supplied through a responsible supply chain.

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Sharline is the founder of LeelineSourcing.com. With 10 years of experience sourcing in China, She loves to share knowledge and ideas in sourcing bussiness.She writes only the truths which others are normally not willing to tell. This makes her posts distinguishable from other import & export articles.

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