Different shipping methods can make a vast difference both in transit time and freight charges. Therefore we always need to determine which method will be the most cost effective one.
- Express Courier
Transportation with a courier company will be the most suitable method for most people starting out. Courier company, widely used in China is DHL, UPS, and FedEx. Most courier shipments take just 2~5 business days to arrive in anywhere around the globe.
- Courier to America, South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, suggest FedEx
- Courier to Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, suggest DHL
- Courier to America, suggest UPS
Pluses: Get seamless delivery. All you have to do is sign for the package when it arrives. In most cases delivery is quick and reliable. When there’s a problem, there is a tracking number that can help resolve the matter.
- By Air
If the weight of sourced products is too large for couriers, example over 250kg, air shipment might be the best bet. With air freight, costs will be significantly lower than with courier companies.
This way is for not so heavy cargo, and there are tight deadlines or a tighter control on the security. Transit time varies based on the schedule of airlines, but in general range between 2~10 days which is not bad.
While extra work is involved when the goods arrive at the destination airport. You have to handle documentation and customs clearance on your own (unlike with courier companies), which for many newbies may seem impractical. Of course, you can always outsource these tasks to a customs broker or a trucking company at an additional cost.
We suggest if the chargeable weight is over 250kg, you can try to choose air freight. If under 250kg, stick to international couriers.
- By Sea
Transport by ocean can take a very long time but can carry a massive amount of goods, which drives down the costs. The diversity of cargo that can be shipped is also a major benefit to this mode. That’s why it’s popular and widely used mode in logistics.
Despite the lengthy delivery time, if you plan ahead, and have enough time to wait, sea freight will be your top choice. Depending on where you’re located, it will be in the vicinity of 3~60 days.
Just like with air freight, you’ll have to take care of the documentation, customs clearance and delivery of goods from the port to your warehouse or facility. But if you choose to-Door services, which is popular to USA/Canada/Europe/Australia, all you have to do is pay the freight charges and wait for your cargo sent to your specified address.
Shipping by sea can be economical, particularly, if you’re prepared to handle the logistics of clearing the goods through customs yourself. Also, the best way to handle large bulky purchases.