Delivery from China

Discussion in 'International Business' started by Ivel, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Ivel

    Ivel UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I am just about to place an order from China. Should I trust the supplier to arrange the delivery to UK or should I arrange something myself? I know what is the difference between DDU and DDP, but is there any benefit of choosing one over the other?

    As this is the first time I am doing this, any advise or suggestion will be much appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: Ivel Member since: Jul 3, 2014
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  2. GraemeL

    GraemeL Pain in the neck? Full Member - Verified Business

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    Order value?
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: GraemeL Member since: Sep 7, 2011
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  3. Ivel

    Ivel UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    About $5,500
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: Ivel Member since: Jul 3, 2014
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  4. GraemeL

    GraemeL Pain in the neck? Full Member - Verified Business

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    I would want to be in control of an amount of cash like that and arrange my own freight, even if it cost more.
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    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: GraemeL Member since: Sep 7, 2011
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  5. Mike Godwin

    Mike Godwin UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    IMO a simple choice - 'Control the shipping Control the cost' - arrange your own shipping.
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: Mike Godwin Member since: Mar 27, 2018
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  6. Mike Foulds

    Mike Foulds UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi, would definitely recommend you shipping freight collect, agreeing terms of FOB with your shipper. This will give you more control on the cargo, the routes and transit times of the vessels you use, and also more flexibility on arrival to use different modes of transport (Such as the shipping lines haulage, Merchant Haulage, or even rail if you require). Mike Foulds
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: Mike Foulds Member since: Mar 21, 2018
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  7. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    It depends f it’s by sea or air.

    If it’s by air, a China shipper will be able to offer a better rate (Get quotes and compare).

    If it’s by sea, get an FOB price from your supplier (if it’s less than a full container, which seems likely given the shipment value, they may charge extra), then get quotes in writing from 3 UK forwarders and compare their prices and service offered.

    Depending on your goods and supplier location in China, there is now a cheaper way to send goods, other than by sea.

    For any assistance, feel free to ask.
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  8. dan19900

    dan19900 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Just started delivering by train have they? I wondered why my skype kept popping up with:

    'Hi dear, we deliver very cheaply to UK by train now, declare low value no problem' lol.
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: dan19900 Member since: Mar 2, 2018
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  9. MY OFFICE IN CHINA

    MY OFFICE IN CHINA UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    LOL

    Don’t let a Chinese person handle the train shipment for you!
     
    Posted: Nov 8, 2018 By: MY OFFICE IN CHINA Member since: Nov 16, 2011
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  10. Maple Sourcing

    Maple Sourcing UKBF Regular Full Member

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    $5500 is a relative small amount, in this case, I'd suggest you save hassle and choose the easiest way, better the supplier can quote at a all-inclusive cost to get the products delivered to your premises.

    I often send products to a British client's warehouse directly by cheap air couriers, such as UPS-economic.
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2018 By: Maple Sourcing Member since: Oct 8, 2012
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  11. Import Expert

    Import Expert UKBF Regular Free Member

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    As above - If going via ocean then ask for an FOB price and get a quote from a UK forwarder to door.
     
    Posted: Nov 13, 2018 By: Import Expert Member since: Feb 1, 2012
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