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5 Mistakes New Importers Make When Importing Products from China

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Discover the 5 mistakes new importers make when they are importing products from China. Don’t make the same mistakes! Get our free ebook: http://wholesaleted.com/4-step Freightos: http://wholesaleted.com/go/freightos First mistake importers make when importing products from China: Assuming that shipping by sea will be the cheapest option A lot of new importers think they will save money if they ship by sea rather than air. On the surface it seems cheaper as importers usually pay around 60 cents/KG when shipping via sea, compared to the $7/KG when shipping by air courier. Unfortunately what they don’t realize is that the reason it’s that cheap is because when shipping via sea, you ship via container, and you need to rent an entire container. They are very large and require you to be shipping hundreds of KGs to be making it worth your time. If you are an Amazon private label seller, you are unlikely to have enough stock being shipped to fill a container by at least 60-70% so it will be cheaper to ship by air. When shipping by air, you have two options: 1) Air freight 2) Air courier Air courier is when you have your items shipped door-to-door. It is the easiest but the most expensive per KG (although in smaller quantities it is cheaper). Air freight is when you have your items flown from one airport to the other. You will need to organize other additional services: * Having the items delivered to the airport * A customs broker * Having the items delivered from the airport to the final location. There are a lot of fixed fees with this which means it becomes cheaper to use air freight with larger quantities. To figure out which option will be cheaper for you, I recommend using Freightos. Second mistake importers make when importing products from China: Not using the Metric system In China, they use the Metric system and not the Imperial system. So be sure to use KGs instead of lbs and CM instead of inches. It’s important to remember that when working with Chinese suppliers that they expect you to work on their terms and their timeframes. It can be frustrating, but it’s worth it for the cheap Chinese products you import! Third mistake importers make when importing products from China: Using Less than Container Load for shipping When shipping by sea, you have two options: 1) FCL which stands for Full Container Load 2) LCL which stands for Less than Container Load Inexperienced importers fall for the trap of shipping with LCL because they see that the price are extremely cheap. What they don’t realize is that these LCL companies have special deals with the ports to charge you extremely high Destination Service Charges. The LCL companies then make their money in the form of a “rebate” which is essentially commissions/kickbacks. Destination Service Charges are usually priced per-container and cost between $500-$1000 per container for ports in the USA. But when shipping by LCL you end up paying a high fee per cubic meters. It means that you often end up paying a fee comparable to shipping an entire container. Don’t fall for this trap: If you can’t break even with FCL, then ship by air. Fourth mistake importers make when importing products from China: not calculating the correct duties you will need to pay When you import products from China, you will need to pay duties at the border. If you don’t calculate the correct rate you can get a shock if it comes back as more than you expected. Duties can be a bit complicated to work out because there are a lot of variables. For example, if you imported woolen jackets, you need to consider which country the wool came from, as some countries (like Israel) have duty-free agreements over wool, which would reduce the duties you had to pay. On the other hand if synthetic fibres were used instead of pure wool, then your duty rates would be higher since there are higher duties applied to synthetic fibres within the USA. To figure out what your duty rate is, find out what the HTS (Harmonized Tax System) code is for your item. To find this, ask your Chinese supplier as they will most likely know. You can then go through the HTS manual and find what the duty rate is for the HTS code of your products. Fifth mistake importers make when importing products from China: being afraid to make mistakes And finally - don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Through making mistakes you learn how to overcome them the next time and make even more money. Mistakes are apart of entrepreneurship. Learn from others - and learn from your own as well!
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Jack (7 hours ago)
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Jack (7 hours ago)
Amazing! I love this girl, OMG! Thanks Sarah
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Talking business advice from a woman. 1st mistake.
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Matt Sterling (10 days ago)
Not watching your america- centric bollocks. Bye felicia
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Leonardo Rivera (18 days ago)
Don't send packages through DHL to India. They are curropt and will extort you. I had a $1350.00 extortion experience.
L.R. Laggy (21 days ago)
So helpful. Thank you. Love #5 :)
Rb2268 (22 days ago)
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nothingtodo (22 days ago)
Everybody out here acting like they’re worth more than anyone else because they start making money trough Import lmao
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jen s (24 days ago)
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Gregory Stapleton (25 days ago)
Love that accent!!
Lyba Afzal (25 days ago)
if I get a knife from China will it come
Earl dela cruz (26 days ago)
Please help me I can not count on anyone anymore. Will work for job experience . Please help I am getting depressed more and my anxiety gets worse if no one is helping
Shopgirl2000 (29 days ago)
Do you advise ddp shipping? My chinese supplier is suggesting it, but I wonder if it may cause me problems. (I.e. if he declares a lower price/value for the goods than I actually paid for it, to lower the duty cost.)
Sarah can you help me with my ordering from China please I need help please respond if you get this message
V Reacts (1 month ago)
You are amazing. Thank you for the video and for the literature in your description box as well.
Martha Burgos (1 month ago)
So thankful to find this video. before finalizing the product and shipping with Alibaba.. about to ship by sea from China 2,000. lbs in cosmetics brushes. Was told it was the best way to ship. price of the product and shipping cost was $29,000. going to change the way its ship. to air.
Alex Armani (1 month ago)
How to really make money online? Is amazon dropshipping good or what is good
xiaoqian Zhang (1 month ago)
Thanks for sharing this!
Arti Nyt (1 month ago)
I don’t understand why people are moaning about camera being close or accents etc when you are giving valuable information. I agree sometimes info isn’t 100% correct but with everything do your own research if you are that worried! Thanks for this video. It’s been quite helpful.
Eric Ahn (1 month ago)
the video ACTUALLY starts at 1:00, you are welcome
Innocent Ntakiyiruta (1 month ago)
it is good to hear . the only problem is if you are new to drop-shipping must you pay all this money?
Ghostbitcoinminer 57 (1 month ago)
I am new to drop shipping. I can't wait to ship by EAR!
AKASH MEHTA (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for such an important information you shared .i really appreciate it . Very useful and to the point information. Good luck
FoundationFarmhouse (1 month ago)
Great info!
daljit singh (1 month ago)
Hi can you pls help me to purchase furniture from China for my home .what is the process
Maggie Huang (1 month ago)
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Doxie Mom (1 month ago)
You're great, honey! So helpful!
Jack Hinson (1 month ago)
5 mistakes that you make when making a tutorial video. #1 Don't make the video so close up to where we can't really concentrate on what your saying because the camera is uncomfortably close. I could'nt watch it because of this. Good stuff but I dont need to see inside of your face. #2 get to the darn point! To much pre explanations . Ill list the other 3 later.
Kieran Sam (1 month ago)
awesome quality stuff in all ur videos, it's gem of a video too.
53nat0r (1 month ago)
I ship by ear using fed ex
Evil Evan (1 month ago)
Hello I wanna to shipping from A to B. And getting rich fast okay. How can I do.
Mahla morteza (1 month ago)
Hi, When I ship my product based on DDP method by sea: What is my responsibilities? What should I do before arriving the shipment? If I want supplier to ship to Amazon warehouse directly ( not to FBA Inspection): how should I handle it in DDP method situation?
Jeff Okriya (1 month ago)
is that British accent . . I though you live in the USA . . can you share where you're from?
Isira Aarewatte (2 months ago)
Her accent makes me want to keep watching
Beautiful Life (2 months ago)
Thank you for this awesome video. It sorted out for me some importing questions in 13 minutes. Subscribed!
N Strat (2 months ago)
She is saying "courier" just in case anyone was confused
falcon 82 (2 months ago)
Feedix sounds good to me
Dzung Doan (2 months ago)
Very useful. Thank you so much.
Roo Roo (2 months ago)
Don't forget VAT is the biggest charge if you import goods. Normally it's about 20% of the TOTAL cost of goods and shipment.
The Legend (2 months ago)
That accent is beautiful lmao.
Marcel Watson (2 months ago)
Great video Sarah. Very insightful. Still finding it a little hard to believe in air freight being a better deal than ocean though. I've been in contact with a few companies, and the general consensus and difference quoted between the two is pretty dramatic - $1600 air and $600 ocean! Is it really possible for additional surprise fees of over $1k to incur with ocean??
Kisa Herbert (2 months ago)
Just answered all my questions
Bruno Ward (2 months ago)
great video and great presenter
D. T. (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for the very helpful video :)
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Ignacio Benitez (2 months ago)
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Javier Perez De Los Rios (2 months ago)
I think your friend had a bad experience with LCL shipment for not being informed previously. You must know correctly the incoterm you will choose and you must know all the destination fees before acceptance. So your friends mistake wasn't that he shipped by ocean. His mistake was not having in detail all the costs and fees before shipment, so he maybe could have gotten better prices if compared and negotiated with other shippping companies (freight forwarders, NVOCCs).
Reelworthy (2 months ago)
She really is enjoying this... my stomach is turning (cause I'm a noob)
Annette Tom (2 months ago)
Thanks Sarah you give amazing invaluable advice
Tom A Hawk (2 months ago)
Smart and cute
Jason Green (2 months ago)
You know everything don't you?
Juff (2 months ago)
Is she trans
John David (2 months ago)
Great video. Air or sea?
sebastiano lo sapio (3 months ago)
LCL usually has to be quoted door to door without any extra charge maybe only in case of Custom Inspection there are extra charges. Depends of which forwarder you chose to make your LCL transport..
Gilang Mahesa (3 months ago)
I like your accent
CCRider100 (3 months ago)
This video is wrong, you do not need to ship a container to get low ocean freight costs, and for it to be much cheaper than air. Like anything in life, shop around, as there are big differences in shipping companies. I routinely ocean ship LCL from China to Vancouver Canada for $180-$220 USD and this is for 300-400 Kg weight. That is the total cost for all charges door to door, including warehouse and dock fees. Brokerage, duties, taxes are extra of course. Try shipping 400 Kg by air for that kind of money. It is not just weight that impacts shipping costs, volume also plays a major role. If what you are importing is dense, ie fairly heavy when packed into boxes, but relatively small in cubic volume, it is typically VERY cheap to ship by ocean. 1CBM is the minimum volume for most shipping companies for ocean freight, but if your goods are dense, you can pack hundreds of KG into 1CBM and it is dirt cheap compared to the same volume and weight by air. As the CBM increases so does the shipping cost, but that is even more true for air freight which can get incredibly expensive very very fast. Unless you are shipping REALLY small volume (much less than 1CBM) and weight (well under 100 Kg), ocean freight is usually a lot cheaper than air, at least it is if you live near a major west coast port. I understand that this video is mostly talking about bringing goods from China to USA, but it cannot be that much different from China to Canada, especially if you are located on the west coast.
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W E Media (3 months ago)
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Ladytime (3 months ago)
Thank you for this very helpful video. I HAD NO IDEA and I live in a port city. lol
Don Mega (3 months ago)
there's also shipping by train. I got a 35kg box for just $99, fulfilled by UPS at least at my end. taxes paid too from china to Finland. didn't need to order anything more. the item itself was very cheap $300, selling for a $800. doubling the money with that alone. so yeah ask about that option too. 5:30 yeah metric system is logical and simple and works with math formulas. inches confuse me with the 3/8", 1/32" etc.
Usmkhalid (3 months ago)
Hey there. Hope you're doing well. I wanted to know if I can write to you personally? I need help with my first order for Amazon. Thanks.
Sarah Brooke (3 months ago)
I suggest that you stand a bit closer to the camera hhhhh please go back you gave me a headache
kbp1231 ATgmailcom (3 months ago)
I have a new mentor. Great job!!!!!
Chris Myhre (3 months ago)
Two thumbs up! (Three or four if I had them) Great video. Thanks!
ahmed khalaf (3 months ago)
American with a british togue
Perry Froze (3 months ago)
Hey Wholesale Ted, Where do I get UPC codes for my Amazon FBA products and how long does it take to get, thanks bro.
Jacinta (3 months ago)
Hi Sarah, what do you think about my product it is 6 Kg per item and I am planning on ordering 1,000? I was going to do LCL but now I'm not sure. I'm buying from China and selling on Amazon.
Fernando nnn (3 months ago)
Shipping by ear..???
Tirath Mudher (3 months ago)
I want to start online business but always afraid of making mistakes, I think I can go to you for advice
Mahla morteza (3 months ago)
Hi dear, I love your videos and find very useful. My order value is $2654 plus $1300 shipping (for 10 boxes, total Gross weight: 125kg) total invoice: $3954. I requested supplier DDP service and supplier said the shipping method is Air freight, and I have EIN number as well. I already gave supplier the FBA Inspection address to ship. - Am I in the right way? - Do I need customs broker? - Is the shipping cost reasonable? - Did I have better and cheaper option for shipping? - What is my next step? Thank you for your kindness. Regard, Alex
1LIFE WE LIVE (3 months ago)
By ear??????????????😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Smart Keeks (3 months ago)
i have a wholesale in China for Sneakers ,clothes and hair. you can connect me on wechat : smartcheeteendee
Knowledge Is Power (3 months ago)
Hi I am starting a small clothing essential online store (Socks, Boxers and t-shirts ) There are so many manufactorers and suppliers that i don`t even know where to start. Could someone help me to find a great manufacturer for my business, doesn`t matter if it`s from China, Usa or other places. I have some criterias: 1. Cost 2. Great Quality 3. A manufactorer that is straightforwardly and easy to work with 4. Good communcation If you have any others tips i would love to hear them. Thanks :)
PETER LITCHFIELD (3 months ago)
awesome opportunity, thank you
Mohamed BENADJI (3 months ago)
Thank you for this post!!
BEERCOASTERSpl (3 months ago)
I've never thought New Zealanders have such funny accent. :-)
ZingiForTheWin (3 months ago)
Abd Abdf (3 months ago)
Hello can you give me your address wherehouse? Or contact in China I have some goods.
Augustas Gesevicius (3 months ago)
soo cute :D thanks for the knowledge!
mohammed a (3 months ago)
yeah great stuff
Ali Al-hadad (3 months ago)
I have a set of aramex shop&ship addresses, and I was thinking to utilize some of them (specifically USA, Hong Kong, Singapore or Dubai) to ship indirectly via them to my country (near Dubai in the Gulf area) to get them faster and avail from free shipping to these hubs. But I was hesitant to do so thinking whether shipping to these hups duty free or there should be some duties paid there as well as again in my country. So this complication make me to stop in following this way of shipping. So anyone can advise in this regards.
Kharjai (4 months ago)
When a random 14 minute YouTube video teaches you more about business than several classes at university...
Ballwiz 23 (4 months ago)
What I got from this is to always use an air carrier because all the other options have a high chance of screwing you over, and to know your products' HTS rate. Does that about sum it up?
Golda Girl (4 months ago)
I like your channel so I've subscribed really interesting.
dominique schmitz (4 months ago)
you are the sister of shmee?
Wholesale Ted (4 months ago)
Haha does he have a New Zealand accent? (No)
None Of The Above (4 months ago)
Is she a dingo
Dustin Henderson (4 months ago)
I work at an airline and am able to fly free in the US. Also it cost very little for me to fly anywhere in the world like maybe $50. How could I use this to make money importing and exporting.
Heinrich Gerber (4 months ago)
How do you ship by ear?
Mahla morteza (4 months ago)
Hi dear, I love your videos and find very useful. My order value is $2654 plus $1300 shipping (for 10 boxes, total Gross weight: 125kg) total invoice: $3954. I requested supplier DDP service and supplier said the shipping method is Air freight, and I have EIN number as well. I already gave supplier the FBA Inspection address to ship. - Am I in the right way? - Do I need customs broker? - Is the shipping cost reasonable? - Did I have better and cheaper option for shipping? - What is my next step? Thank you for your kindness. Regard, Alex

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