DHL, FedEx et al variability of prices...

Discussion in 'International Business' started by columbo, Aug 16, 2016.

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  1. columbo

    columbo UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Explain this one...

    If I buy something small on Ebay like an electronic part for €30 from continental Europe. They charge me €11.00 shipping. It would arrive by via DHL. Happy days.

    But when I go to DHL to just post a parcel of similar size. The quote would be like £30 for shipping to the Netherlands or some other continental country.

    Do couriers like DHL, FedEx et al charge significantly less when you have an account with them or do some companies which shop a lot of stock get volume discounts?
     
    Posted: Aug 16, 2016 By: columbo Member since: Jan 27, 2013
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  2. BeMarketed

    BeMarketed UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    It's cheaper if you have an account and cheaper still if you send out large volumes. The more you send the lower you can get your costs (to a point).
     
    Posted: Aug 17, 2016 By: BeMarketed Member since: May 7, 2010
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  3. BeMarketed

    BeMarketed UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Also just to add if you have very low volumes it might be worth approaching a local company as they will have trade/ wholesale rates with the big boys and can be cheaper!
     
    Posted: Aug 17, 2016 By: BeMarketed Member since: May 7, 2010
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  4. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    As above. Account customers of most courier companies have negotiated, or been offered, very significant discounts.

    They are chasing the volume accounts. If you are sending just one item, it is cheaper to use the Royal Mail.
     
    Posted: Aug 17, 2016 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
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  5. japancool

    japancool UKBF Big Shot Full Member

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    Or use an aggregator like parcel2go.
     
    Posted: Aug 17, 2016 By: japancool Member since: Jul 11, 2013
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  6. cracklepop

    cracklepop UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Honestly, i found XDP has the best rates in the business.
     
    Posted: Aug 17, 2016 By: cracklepop Member since: Aug 17, 2016
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  7. TaobaoGuides

    TaobaoGuides UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    The international courier service shipping fee isn't the same for individuals and agents, your case has explained. Usually the net weight and volume weight decise the shipping fee, but if you ship via DHL agent, the shipping fee would be much more cheaper, usually 50% to 70% discount.
     
    Posted: Aug 18, 2016 By: TaobaoGuides Member since: Jul 12, 2016
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  8. columbo

    columbo UKBF Regular Free Member

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    ok thats for the great replies!

    A DHL agent is another courier company which uses DHL as an outsourcing partner?
     
    Posted: Aug 18, 2016 By: columbo Member since: Jan 27, 2013
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  9. TaobaoGuides

    TaobaoGuides UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Yes it is but a powerful forwarder shipping agent may also be the agent of UPS, FedEx and other international courier service.
     
    Posted: Aug 21, 2016 By: TaobaoGuides Member since: Jul 12, 2016
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