Importing from China

Discussion in 'International Business' started by RichardF, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. RichardF

    RichardF UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi knowledgeable people, I have placed an order for some consumer good from China, I have paid for shipping to the UK, but now I am worried that I have not thought about all the factors in getting the goods to my location. I was planning on arranging to ship from the port (Felixstow) to my location using a courier, but having read a few posts on this site, I wonder if I have not understood the process and making this little venture more complicated and expensive.

    Can someone tell me what I need to sort out before the shipment arrives in the UK and the best way to get the consignment to me?

    Thanks in advance Richard.
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: RichardF Member since: Sep 4, 2019
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  2. Import Expert

    Import Expert UKBF Regular Free Member

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    hi Richard, what sort of size shipment are we talking about and what are the shipping terms (incoterms)? Also, what is the product type?
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: Import Expert Member since: Feb 1, 2012
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  3. RichardF

    RichardF UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi, I have been told that it is a 200Kg 1Cubic Meter consignment. The products are specialist Glass Jars. Not sure I have agreed on any shipping terms but been told that it will take 30 days to arrive.
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: RichardF Member since: Sep 4, 2019
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  4. Import Expert

    Import Expert UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Ok, well much will depend on the shipping terms. If they are C&F / CIF which from your post seem likely, then you will get hit with additional costs on arrival as you have essentially only paid to get the goods as far as the Port. There will be handling fees, documentation fees, customs clearance, delivery, etc. Whoever is the freight forwarder shown on the Bill of Lading document will provide these costs to you.

    Do not ship on these terms in future! I bet the shipping cost quoted by the supplier sounded really cheap? Hence all the extra costs this end..

    To clear goods through customs you should also have applied for an EORI number with HMRC.
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: Import Expert Member since: Feb 1, 2012
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  5. RichardF

    RichardF UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    So I have made a rookie mistake as I was given a price to deliver to my door but it was 3 times more than the deliver to port price. As the items have not yet been shipped, would you advise that I ask for the order to be delivered to my door and just pay the extra costs?
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: RichardF Member since: Sep 4, 2019
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  6. Import Expert

    Import Expert UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Best (cheapest) way would normally be to buy from your supplier on FOB terms and get a couple of quotes from UK freight forwarders to door UK
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: Import Expert Member since: Feb 1, 2012
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  7. RichardF

    RichardF UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    do you think it is too late for this shipment or should I go back to the supplier and ask to change the terms from ship to UK to FOB? Where would I go to get quotes from?
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: RichardF Member since: Sep 4, 2019
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  8. Rionella

    Rionella UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I am living and working in Guangzhou ,China.If you need any help do not hesitate contact me.
     
    Posted: Sep 6, 2019 By: Rionella Member since: Sep 6, 2019
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  9. CHUKTC

    CHUKTC UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Hi Richard
    I agree with what Import expert has said. You ned to be very careful with part container loads. The supplier often offers 'free shipping' or very low cost. Unfortunately their shipping agent will dictate the costs you will pay for port clearance in UK which is how they make their money back. It usually ends up with you paying a lot of money and the worst bit is you don't know how much until it arrives. If it's not too late definitely stop the shipment and re negotiate. Either pay delivered to you door or if you want to save some money purchase FOB from China and then arrange shipping port and customs clearance and UK delivery from people here in UK. We can certainly help you with that if you wish. We can also contact your supplier and re negotiate the terms for you (we speak Mandarin) if you want help with that.
     
    Posted: Sep 6, 2019 By: CHUKTC Member since: Jan 2, 2019
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