China is the world's factory. A high proportion of the world's products are produced in China. Therefore, if you're an entrepreneur, and online store owner, a retailer, a Shopify Ecommerce seller or even an Amazon FBA seller, there's a high chance you will be sourcing and buying your goods from China.
However, one issue many entrepreneurs face when buying from China is that many Chinese factories sell on an EXW (Ex works) basis - meaning the seller makes a product available at a designated location, and the buyer of the product must cover the international shipping costs. Therefore the factories typically will not handle the international shipping for you.
Furthermore, if you're buying from multiple suppliers or factories in China, it makes little sense to have them all shipped individually as separate shipments - this way, the shipping costs will add up. Therefore it makes sense to find an China-based International Freight Forwarder which can store, pack, consolidate and handle the international shipping from China for you, enabling you to ship from China in a cost effective, efficient and hassle-free manner.
What should you look out for when searching for a freight forwarder to help you ship internationally from China? Here are some of the points to look out for:
Firstly, find a freight forwarder in China that is able to communicate with you proficiently in English and is used to dealing with international customers. Communication is key to avoid any misunderstandings regarding issues like packing instructions, shipping modes and the shipping documentation that will be required for your international shipment. Furthermore, a freight forwarder in China which is used to dealing with international customers is more likely to be able to accept payments from international customers. Some Chinese forwarders can only take payment in RMB, which international customers do not typically get access to, unless they have Chinese bank accounts. You therefore need to ensure that your China-based Freight Forwarder is able to accept international payments in USD or even other major currencies like Euros, GBP and AUD depending on which is most convenient for you.
Secondly, look for a freight forwarder in China that is able to offer you free storage as you make your multiple orders from various suppliers and factories in China. Free storage is key as if storage is not free and suppliers face certain delays in delivering your orders to the forwarder, the forwarder may charge you high storage fees for the goods that are already at their warehouse, increasingly your costs when buying and shipping internationally from China. Supplier delays in productions are not uncommon, so you want to ensure that you have a freight forwarder that will not charge you as you wait for goods from a certain supplier to be finished.
Thirdly, to enjoy a hassle free experience when buying and shipping internationally from China, you would ideally choose a freight forwarder in China which can handle all the customs clearance in your destination country for you. Customs clearance can often be tricky and troublesome depending on the country you are shipping to and the type of goods being shipped. Therefore, to enjoy a peace of mind, it would be ideal if your China freight forwarder can help with the customs clearance process once the goods have arrived in your destination country. You would therefore ideally be able to get your China freight forwarder to ship internationally from China for you on a door-to-door basis.
These are some of the most important criteria to look for when searching for a freight forwarder in China to help ship your goods internationally from China.
Once such China-based freight forwarder which meets all the criteria above is CNXtrans. CNXtrans has an international customer department that caters specifically to international customers shipping internationally from China. CNXtrans account managers are able to speak fluent English to international customers for efficient and effective communication. CNXtrans is also able to accept international payments in US Dollars, Euros, Australian Dollars, Singapore Dollars and more, depending on which is most convenient for customers.
Furthermore, storage at the CNXtrans warehouse is free of charge so that you can take your time to make all the orders from suppliers that you need until everything has arrived and you're ready to ship internationally. Best of all, for many major countries in North America, Europe, UAE, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, CNXtrans offers full door to door shipping by air, sea and rail that come inclusive of customs clearance, saving you the hassle of having to find a customs broker in your destination country and dealing with the documentation and other complexities of customs clearance.
This makes CNXtrans the ideal China-based freight forwarder for international customers buying and shipping internationally from China. Visit CNXtrans at www.cnxtrans.com or proceed to get the CNXtrans warehouse address for your suppliers in China to have your goods sent to for international shipping by clickin on the button below: