Importing and dropship imports from China presents tremendous opportunities for eCommerce. Importing goods from China has cost advantages due to the manufacturing power stretching from Hong Kong to Beijing. Harnessing that power for your sales activities while using a reliable, experienced freight forwarder like Barrington Freight can smooth your way to profitable import of merchandise from China. Contact us to get a competitive quote for your China to UK import shipping.
Why import from China? Post-Brexit trade deals and Amazon dropshipping make it more accessible to source products to sell online via Amazon or eBay. Changing perceptions about China-sourced products have reshaped eCommerce, and we only have to look around our homes to appreciate the diversity and quality of modern goods from China.
Depending on the size and value of your shipments, you’ve got several options:
For small, high value, or very urgent deliveries, using a courier service for express shipping may be your best choice as door-to-door delivery times are considerably less.
Pros: speed, security and cost-effectiveness for small, high value, low volume consignments, usually without delays.
Cons: expensive with poor environmental impact.
Typically taking between six and 18 days from China to your delivery address. As a guide, air freight will be cheaper than courier for shipments over 100 kg (FOB) or 200 kg (EXW China).
Pros: speed but not as fast as courier services, convenience and security, trace and track consignments, and usually limited delays.
Cons: expensive and a poor carbon footprint.
For over 100kg of goods, sea freight is usually cheaper than air freight and is the primary shipping method or relatively low value but high volume goods and has a favourable environmental footprint. It’s essential to factor in enough lead time for the door-to-door journey. Sea shipping can be done by full container load or by sharing a container
Pros: low cost, excellent carbon footprint compared to airfreight.
Cons: door-to-door, China to UK shipping time is typically six weeks, cost of port duties and taxes, harder to track consignments, basic freight rates are subject to fuel and currency surcharges.
You can read more on Costs to Import from China here. Costs of shipping calculations consist of the following:
Read the complete list of our top tips here for import, calculating the landed cost of your goods, shipping terms and arranging to ship.
The quickest way to get help if you’re considering importing from China is to get in touch so we can talk you through the process and advise on the best approach for your business. We’re your experienced China import to ensure your goods reach the UK on time, in perfect condition and ready to boost your bottom line.