Your supplier will usually give you the FOB price, which means that the goods are loaded onto the ship. Once your shipment arrives at the port there are all kinds of extra charges, such as: And I’m not talking small figures here! That’s why it’s crucial to take these numbers into account BEFORE you order any goods so that you know precisely what your final product cost will be.
Again, the easiest way to keep these costs under control is by using a freight forwarding company.
For a 50kg package, expect to pay around £4 or £5 per kilo.3) Air Freight.
As a general rule of thumb, the bigger your order, the lower ‘per item’ shipping costs you’ll face.
There’s no point in importing one pair of unbranded shoes from China as the shipping costs will be far more than the cost of the product itself.
These days most courier shipments take just 3-5 business days to arrive in any Western country from anywhere around the globe.
I personally use TNT and DHL most of the time as their prices have worked out lowest for me.
Many of you will choose to import goods from abroad (outside the European Union).