Alibaba DDP Shipping

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Sea Freight

Sea Freight

We have a large network of sea transportation partners who provide our customers with unbeatable shipping rates. You’ll access reliable sea freight partners with a systematic goods tracking solution.

Air Freight

Air Freight

Leelinesourcing air freight and air express cover all sizes and types of goods. They will be carefully prepped with lightweight materials to prevent any damage. Our AIR freight forwarding services are highly flexible, as you can choose the best delivery speed that suits your budget.

Railway Freight

Railway Freight

Leelinesourcing works with National Railways in China to deliver dry, liquid or oversized goods at affordable rates. In addition, your goods will get the best tracking and tracing system until they reach your location. Through our partners, all transit formalities are covered. 

Door-to-Door Shipping

Door-to-Door Shipping

DDP door-to-door can be risky if you don’t have a trusted freight  forwarder company. We will pick your product from your supplier’s factory, package it perfectly and deliver it to your warehouse or location. You’ll get shipping rates tailored to your budget.  

Alibaba Shipping

Alibaba Shipping

We will help you pick your goods from multiple Alibaba suppliers, store them in our warehouse and ship them to your location. As a result, you’ll drastically reduce your shipping cost using our services.

Shipping To FBA

Shipping To FBA

We will book, track, and coordinate your goods and documents following FBA shipping processes. We develop the best transportation method that saves you costs and meets Amazon FBA requirements. Your goods get to the FBA fulfillment warehouse before the due date.

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Leelinesourcing specializes in finding factories, getting the lowest prices, following up on the production, and shipping your products to your location. You get the best product quality, price, material, and design.

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Your goods will be subjected to professional quality inspections before shipping. We audit each factory and send you real-time photography and video of the entire inspection process.  

In addition, you will get the highest quality of products from our strict standardization process.

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Private Label & White Label Products

You can easily design, develop and print your private and white label products through our services. Our professional printing services are affordable, so just send your ideal design to our graphic designers, and we’ll make the rest happen.

Dropshipping and Fulfillment

Leelinesourcing delivers and fulfills orders globally. Depending on your budget, you can choose different shipping options to your customers’ addresses, such as ePacket, China Post, and EMS, etc.

You’ll retain your customers’ loyalty and increase sales using our swift shipping options. 

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Alibaba DDP Shipping

Choosing an ALIBABA shipping agreement carries the pressure of a final exam. It marks the END of the sourcing period. But it can be ABSOLUTELY hard. 

Hence, I crafted an ARTICLE solely for Alibaba DDP shipping. 

As an Alibaba shipping agent, I’ve tried all shipping agreements. In this post, you’ll learn EVERY know-how of DDP shipping of Alibaba. By this end, you’d know whether it’s the RIGHT freight method for your goods. 


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What is DDP?

Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipping is a delivery agreement for international trade. It establishes the seller’s maximum responsibility and the buyer’s minimum import responsibilities.

In a DDP shipping agreement, the Alibaba suppliers must ship goods to the buyer’s destination country. The services include inland transportation from the destination port to the buyer’s premises. 

The seller delivers to the importing country and pays all the DDP shipment costs. For instance, import duties, fees for clearance customs, and other shipping expenses. 

“DDP identified place of destination” will appear in a DDP transaction. For example, if the DDP shipment is from Los Angeles to Shanghai, the DDP incoterms would be “DDP, Shanghai.”

Why and why not choose DDP as the Alibaba shipping method 

DDP shipping allows little responsibility on buyers until the products are entirely delivered. This shipment option is ideal for buyers and Alibaba suppliers due to several reasons:

  • It helps inexperienced buyers in the shipping process
  • It allows hassle-free shipping options for buyers
  • It assists buyers who have not yet built partnerships or do not import frequently
  • It provides complete control over shipping cost for seasoned sellers
  • It gives Alibaba suppliers shipping options with the highest price to increase their profits

But, more experienced buyers don’t prefer DDP shipping. Like our long-term clients, for example. Why? After 10 years of shipping, here are my observations: 

  • DDP shipping is less cost-effective to import goods for both sellers and buyers
  • These sellers have many responsible agents to handle the buyer’s expectations
  • DDP is less ideal for sea shipping. It is usually used for air express or parcel transportation.
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How much does DDP cost buyers and Who pays freight on DDP?

In Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipping, the supplier takes responsibility for all transportation costs. 

These landed costs include customs clearance fees, import duties, inspection costs, and VAT. In essence, the seller incurs all the costs related to the delivery process.

Delivered Duty Paid shipments only require buyers to pay for fees related to offloading the products.

Want a tip from our team of experts? 

The Delivered Duty Paid shipping cost should not be 40% higher than the FOB price. Otherwise, a buyer should consider using his own freight forwarder with the FOB term.

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How to find a reliable DDP service?

How to find a reliable DDP service?

Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipments vary by the shipping company. Yet, Delivered Duty Paid shipping is fairly simple.

Note that some freight forwarders may not allow shipping DDP. Besides, the freight forwarder that does may refer to it by another term. 

Below are some of my strategies for finding reliable Delivered Duty Paid service providers: 

1. Use the Search Engine 

You can use search engines like Google or Baidu to look for a transportation company. You can search the terms like “DDP service provider” to visit their websites or social media.

Here are the most well-known shipping companies that can fulfill your DDP shipping needs:

  • DHL Express

It bills the sender for the DDP shipping costs paid upon shipment arrival. For instance, the administration fees, import duties, and customs duties paid.

  • UPS Courier Company

It permits the shipper, receiver, or a third party to be billed for import and customs duties. The freight cost and taxes paid are usually billed to the receiver.

  • FedEx Courier Company

You can charge transportation costs to the recipient or sender via FedEx. There is no DDP shipping fee from FedEx in the US, if you’re going to ship from China to the USA, You have to alter your option.

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2. Get Recommendation by Acquaintances

Asking for recommendations from your contacts is another way to reach DDP service providers. These business contacts include your suppliers, business partners, or others. 

3. Hire a Sourcing Agent

Sourcing agents could help find good shipping companies too. They are often experienced in the sourcing, inspection, clearing customs, and shipping process. 

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4. Search on Alibaba

There’re various DDP suppliers on Alibaba, all of them are verified so it’s more reliable to find Chinese suppliers online directly.

Notably, Alibaba sets up a strong security system and dispute procedure, it protects you against more scams during deals with the DDP suppliers.

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DDP Agreement: Buyers and Sellers Responsibilities

I’ve had my fair share of shipping through a DDP agreement. Let me list how the responsibilities are usually divided between the seller and buyer. 

Buyer’s Responsibilities

  • Except for receiving the products, the buyer is not liable for any process in shipping DDP.
  • The unloading procedure is a part of receiving the items. These unloading fees are the buyer’s responsibility. So, buyers should note these expenses, especially when shipping products to fulfillment warehouses. 
  • The buyer must know that DDP shipping cost only covers several. For instance, shipping expenses, import and export duties, and taxes. The buyer bears any additional costs.

Seller’s Responsibilities

Meanwhile, beyond the delivery of finished items, the seller’s responsibilities include:

  • Establishing sales contract and all the documentation related to shipping
  • Complying with regulations related to the export and import process
  • Correct taxes payment for export and import clearance
  • Actual shipping costs, including final delivery to an agreed location.
  • All government inspection expenses.
  • Proof of delivery.
  • Bearing the risk of damage or loss during shipping

Overall, choose DDP shipping means that the seller bears the expense and risk of the transaction. The seller provides essential door-to-door shipping under Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipping. 

The supplier is responsible for all fees for shipping goods to the final destination country. He should clear customs in both the export port and the final destination port.

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Apart from DDP, one of my go-to shipping agreements is DAP. Let me briefly run through how each compares to the other. 

DAP shipping stands for Delivered At Point. The seller is liable for all costs and hazards from shipping goods to the final location. 

DAP is different from DDP in that the buyer has to handle customs clearance, tariffs, and taxes under DAP. But, under DPP, the supplier needs to clear the products and pay the import duties and taxes.

DAP is more beneficial for goods transit when there is no need to clear goods at borders or customs.

One of the advantages of DDP for buyers is that the sellers handle all the paperwork. With DAP, buyers are responsible for a lot more paperwork.

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FAQs about Alibaba DDP

What are the differences between DDU and DDP incoterms?

The DDU shipping means Delivery Duty Unpaid. Delivered Duty Unpaid term should be used instead of DDP. Buyers must pay customs fees and carriage paid to release the shipment. They can also hire customs brokers.

The DDP incoterms stand for Delivery Duty Paid. The seller incurs duties and other additional costs to bring goods to the destination country. 

What are the supplier’s disadvantages under DDP shipping of Alibaba terms?

The sellers face the most risk under the Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipping agreement. 

The US suppliers might incur up to 20% of value-added tax (VAT). In addition, buyers are eligible for a VAT refund. 
It means that sellers have to absorb the VAT, possibly while their buyers enjoy the VAT refund.
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 Are there other possible risks of Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipping terms?

Yes. Suppliers might face some other risks under the DDP shipping agreement.

For instance, unexpected costs related to storage and demurrage. Sometimes, these issues are due to delays during customs clearance or agencies.

Bribery and tax evasion could also bring severe consequences to sellers and buyers.

Who is responsible for the customs clearance under Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) shipping?

The Alibaba suppliers must obtain import licenses to handle the customs clearance under DDP. If he cannot get an import license, he can switch to DDU (Delivered Duty Unpaid) delivery agreement.

The customs will examine the inbound shipments if DDP is not handled nicely. 

What transportation mode is best used with DDP shipping?

You can use DDP shipping service for air shipping, sea shipping, or rail freight. It is also to use DDP for multimodal transportation.

Regardless of the mode of transportation, the seller has to clear the export and import customs.
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What to do Next

DDP (Delivery Duty Paid) shipping is one of the most common trade terms to ship globally. It assumes maximum responsibility, costs, and risks on the suppliers. Most sellers only ship DDP when using air or sea freight. 

Buyers will benefit highly in DDP with less liability, risks, and costs. But, keep in mind that some freight forwarders offer unreasonably low delivery charges. These cases will mostly turn out to be scams.

I hope this article shares valuable information you need about DDP shipping. You can also contact us at Leeline Sourcing for more shipping service information.

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Sharline Shaw

Hey I'm Sharline, the founder of Leeline Sourcing. With 10 years of experience in the field of sourcing in China, we help 2000+ clients import from China,Alibaba,1688 to Amazon FBA or shopify. If you have any questions about sourcing , pls feel free to contact us.