You would like to start a business that imports from China and sells on Amazon. You think you’ve found a supplier on Alibaba and start negotiating prices. Generally the supplier will quickly give you a price/unit depending on your purchase volume.
You negotiate the price down from $10 to $8 dollars/unit, a $2 saving !! You’re so happy with yourself, and then… you need to add shipping costs!! 😉
Suppliers will probably give you the faster transit option which is airfreight like DHL or Fedex. And depending on what you’re importing this can sometimes double (x2) your cost/unit. Remember how you felt when you got that unit price down to 8 dollars? …;-)
Also the supplier will obviously be using their own agent and receiving commission that will bring your unit price at lot closer to initial price.
But you stand strong!!! You are not in a hurry and enquire:
You: “How about seafreight?”
Supplier: OK, Which port ? (you can feel the supplier has been in this situation before..)
You: Euu.. which port is cheapest?
You: But wait, how do I get the products from the port to my office?
You: How do I deal with customs?
Supplier: You can contact your freight fowarder
You: Euuh… I don’t have one..
Supplier (condescending): Are you familiar with working with China?
The most courageous of importers will then contact their local shipping company and just accept any given price simply because they need to get back to working on their business.
We get it, you are not shipping experts, you do not want to be, and now with MadShipping, you don’t need to be!
Shipping is a cost and before you can commit to importing a product you obviously need to know how much the total cost will be.
With endless intermediaries, this can all seem very daunting and the most common question we get at MadShipping is : “Where/How do I start?
Sit back and relax while we look after your cargo.
With so many intermediaries, finding the best shipping companies has become a real minefield. We will help you structure your needs.
Whether it’s price or speed you’re looking for, we will present to you the most “value for money” shipping services.
From collection address to final delivery, we will be your dedicated point of contact during the whole overseas process.