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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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beez. (1 day ago)
All i want is money...
Chris Brooks (2 days ago)
We will be happy to get the best eyewear for your company locally in the USA. No importing from China needed!
Sora (3 days ago)
Goodness you are so cute !
Luca (6 days ago)
Ear carrier
aaron enriquez (8 days ago)
What is a website that I can look at to start selling
Superman (11 days ago)
I wonder if you start to trade how can not think about cheapest cost such as delivery every one must research if want to be rich lol
MishkaFilmOfficial (13 days ago)
omg you have the Cutest Accent ever ! I loooove it !!
Terrence Barnett (14 days ago)
Great information. Will be watching more of your posts. Also, you are gorgeous..
Andy Hu (17 days ago)
I'm a vape cartridge and vape  pen supplier China Guangdong.  Is there Anyone who wants to purchase that kinds of things?
Radwan Alshawish (19 days ago)
she is so adorable
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Brittany W. (25 days ago)
Can i avoid this by using oberlo/shopify with dropshipping. Or is this just unavoidable math im going to have to use when buying from suppliers then shipping then dutying er whatever???
Geo Bun (28 days ago)
Geo Bun (28 days ago)
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Wholesale Ted (28 days ago)
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connybob87 (28 days ago)
This was difficult for me to watch while high...
mrs unbreakable (5 hours ago)
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Pocahontas Seguin Art (1 month ago)
I don’t like your video. First of all I’m half Jamaican, Canadian,native Indian ,Chinese, Italian and American so I already know it’s expensive but I thought it’s easy because I need money. I’m Born with microcephaly similar to aurtisum so I can’t go to college and my friends can help me but my brother is from japan and my other brother is from china . Not everything is mistake dumby.
James (1 month ago)
Wow! Beautiful! Mesmerizing!
Lucky Khan (1 month ago)
By LCL Custom can be cheap on ur end if you use under invoice (like 10$ product show in invoice 2$). we are trade company in china we do sells and forwarding goods for amazon sellers by FCL, LCL, Air cargo carries and express carries like (DHL FedEx UPS EMS door2door)
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Bryan Begontes (1 month ago)
Thanks ted. awesome
Gates2Aion (1 month ago)
Anyone got good prices 200KG i got £795 by sea door to door. If you wish to share knowledge DM me
Sam Hussain (1 month ago)
Sarah, as usual, you are a STAR. This video was so informative and i believe any one watches it owe you and your friend a thank you statement as we are learning from paid mistakes by others. In addition, I just must say that I am in love with the accent :) what a gr8 accent. I guess a discovery trip to New Zealand is a must now :) Thnx Sarah
Aras B (1 month ago)
I tried pricing with Freightos, to prices seem outrageously expensive! maybe I clicked some weird option, but does not seem helpful at this time.
Iva Studio (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for all the information, you are amazing!!
JUBILANT JAMES (1 month ago)
Can you recommend any shipping company that can ship from China to USA?
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peter gibson (1 month ago)
sarah are you a kiwi?
Angelica A (1 month ago)
Great video! I subscribed :)
Gus Ceja (1 month ago)
Thank you Sera for the 5 most common mistakes people make in shipment. God bless us all, Gustavo Ceja .
drunken master (1 month ago)
Good and funny video. Youve got new subscriber here.
charles reynolds (1 month ago)
people like you are killng the country, but what do you care you from some other country and its all about you you you
Michael Davis (2 months ago)
It sounds to me like shipping by air via a standard courier has relatively little hassle. Seems to be the way to go. Sure, I might be able to work the numbers just right and get a couple of pennies off by shipping another way, but it's really not worth the hassle.
Great video, thank you for the sound advice, I found it really helpful.
Pedro J Santos (2 months ago)
So cute and professional, thank you so much.
Money Shot IRL (2 months ago)
Thank you very informative
absolute zero (2 months ago)
Very informative. Just what I needed to know, thank you so much👍
Nasser Bien Hosein (2 months ago)
thank you
jay cee (2 months ago)
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule not "harmonized tax system" FYI
jay cee (2 months ago)
Contact a U.S Custom Broker at [email protected]
Donghyun Yu (2 months ago)
WOw~ great video, worth 1000 AUD. Unfortunately, I've made mistakes for my first importing from China to Australia. Yes, you can imagine, I've got all of the fees due to LCL for 7L and commissioning fees and more and more. Now I couldn't sell those products due to higher prices. Who's gonna buy those products with highest prices. My bad, My learning. Who's making money from who's lost money. I'm gonna try next one soon with other solution. Cheers,
ProverbsMarketers (2 months ago)
Hi, Thank you so much for your information. QUESTION Sarra, what is considered the cut-off, line. 500 units, 1000 units? I am about to do my very first order at 500 units. My product is about 3 pound. Do you feel I should go air or sea?  Any opinion will be greatly appreciated. Thank You so much, Sarra. You are Awesome 👍🌎 Regards Doug
Kira Zare (2 months ago)
Sara! Thank you! You're amazing. I learn so much of your videos here on youtube. I'm only few steps of launching my first store. Thank you very much one more time. Every person who is here and complaining about content you're publishing here for FREE (!), should just go and leave you alone. I'm very grateful to you. Thank you, Sara and all of your team!
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No-Conspiracy No-Jobs (2 months ago)
#3 of 5 is no philosophy of mine
Jsw W (2 months ago)
You are too smart and to cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cody Byrne (2 months ago)
"If you can't fill a container by 60-70% then it's usually cheaper to ship by AIR. " NO it isn't. If you can get 4+ cubic meters of goods LCL (Less than container load) is significantly cheaper than air. The biggest issue you will have is customs clearance and managing lead time. 1. Get a good customs broker - they take care of the invoicing, clearances etc. and streamline a relatively fragmented proess 2. Allow 6 weeks for arrival.
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lee nu (2 months ago)
Very useful video. Thank you so much.
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Zafar Ali (3 months ago)
Such a informative and fluent speech
R Fayz (3 months ago)
Just shut up and kiss me!!
12thDecember (3 months ago)
Thank you! I learned more from your video than by attempting to slog through Alibaba's help contents. Thumbs up and subscribing.
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erik newport (3 months ago)
I'm a kiwi too and I can vouch that I've never heard a kiwi pronounce courier "currier". That's not our accent so don't give us shit.
victorypromotion (3 months ago)
I’m just starting to learn about this. Where are the best warehouses to ship to that would drop ship orders piece by piece once they come bulk from China?
Silver Fox Gold Coin (3 months ago)
Absolutely great info on less than container load rebates/ kickbacks/ getting screwed. Thank you. You are wonderful. Keep up your good work.
Hassan Abdullah (3 months ago)
Beautiful eyes Did you import them from China?
Rocky Pingale (3 months ago)
kck (3 months ago)
Marry me Sarah
jeffietube (3 months ago)
Trying to ship some things from China. Could you email me with some helpful guidelines?
creamyturtle (3 months ago)
well I use LCL and it saved me a fortune so yeah
Eurotool (3 months ago)
Should I ship by ear or with Fidix?
Jeff Statz (3 months ago)
Neither. Jump off a tall building instead.
Lester Wagner (3 months ago)
3 things: 1. I like your accent. 2. How do you know all this, lots of trial and error? 3. Great video, thank you!
Sal Galvano (3 months ago)
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Box (3 months ago)
One question, need fast answer! If I buy LCL from agent will I still need to pay for massive taxes on my product what I ordered with them?
Wind Mike (3 months ago)
Good video!May I ask if you have any sea freight agent at Tianjin China?
alivaziri42 (4 months ago)
U talk funny
Ace Golfman (4 months ago)
You're funny in a New Zealand kind of way, but good info ty
heliotropicsquirrel (4 months ago)
Your "metric system" will be crushed - MAGA!
DENNIS WANG (4 months ago)
go shipping by ear.
Bhushan Gadhave (4 months ago)
Dear thanks for your information. Can you make video on Indian supplier? As quality is much better as compared with China supplier and duty also will be lower as compared with China in USA . Do think on this issue and help sellers in USA to make money by selling quality products .
Shalaby PharmD (4 months ago)
Thank you for your video. I was asked by one of the Alibaba supplier to fill out ISF form. Any idea? Have you had to fill it when you import/purchase from Alibaba ? Thank you!
Plex Tonium (4 months ago)
your mouth is hypnotic!!!
Yehuda Mizrahi (4 months ago)
Thank you so much !!!! This is the most helpful information that I found online
The Man (4 months ago)
can u take videos less close and more further.... i cant focus with u twitching so much lol
Filip MA (4 months ago)
Hello, Im interested in buying four dining chairs from Alibaba. The salesman that I've spoke to can deliver four pc to a delivery cost of 405 dollars. In this the company says its delivered ''sea to door''. They also say that ''It is delivery to door( your address ), not to seaport . Cause package is very large , only by post office sea to door is the cheapest way. You dont have to do custom clearance due to its not delivered to your seaport, but to your door.'' ''China Mainland Logistic cost to agent is 49 us dollar for 4 chairs. Shipping cost to your door 89 us dollar. So if need 4 chairs, total cost including shipping cost is 99*4+49+89*4=801 us dollar.'' They say that ''The shipping cost that we quoted you is by post office to door , through China land logistic then to sea to your nearest seaport ,then by land logistic in your country to your door. Everything is included in the 405 dollar shipping ( only import taxes not included ).'' Does this sound believable or is there more to it? I have absolutely no experience concerning these matters, but I live in a city in Sweden, where we have the biggest seaport in the nordic countries. The chairs cost 99 dollars/pc. Thank you for your help.
jack oblisk (4 months ago)
Nice face!
sanowar masum (4 months ago)
You are the best, Thank you so much for this useful information .
Marlien Girgis (4 months ago)
how do you get amazon warehouse and use it
Ismail Ddamulira (4 months ago)
are you saying shipping by air doesn't involve clearing costs??
razz P (4 months ago)
how is trumps policies affecting the import/export business?
Angel Pair (4 months ago)
Whats the correct way to use LCL shipping with less heavy products???
Bob (5 months ago)
FIDIX is the best courier.
Jack (5 months ago)
Look at my face! Can you love me like this? lol. You are the best Sarah
Jack (5 months ago)
Amazing! I love this girl, OMG! Thanks Sarah
Gaming Email (5 months ago)
im ordering from aliexpress with aliexpress standard shipping to canada do you think i will have to pay for custom fees?
DJT Online (4 months ago)
Guessing you had to, if it's arrived by now?
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G H (5 months ago)
Talking business advice from a woman. 1st mistake.
Jeff Statz (3 months ago)
So true. Keep doing what you are doing. The world needs it's fries.
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Matt Sterling (5 months ago)
Not watching your america- centric bollocks. Bye felicia
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Steve Wright (5 months ago)
u hava cool personality
Leonardo Rivera (5 months ago)
Don't send packages through DHL to India. They are curropt and will extort you. I had a $1350.00 extortion experience.
Dan Angeles (2 months ago)
Leonardo Rivera what happened?
L.R. Laggy (5 months ago)
So helpful. Thank you. Love #5 :)
Rb2268 (5 months ago)
Thanks for the info! You have beautiful eyes! Oops did I text that out loud?
nothingtodo (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
if i was to ship some slavery good i would surely get them over by plane as shipping is very cruel... why should my purchasers have to wait. don't be cruel peeps, use air. i am very excited to be using an air car soon, a flying car will surely help the economy and so the good of the world. anything except natural things, as they fall apart when added to earthy places. look forward to more blessings of the methods to get the chinese workforce to cooperate with us for even less pay though work quicker prease as we are saving the purchaser from having to wait for things they [email protected]!!!!!... don't be evil, support captialism, share love 💚🌈🥑 (i used an avocado symbol as it is fatty, it's the next big fad and that is nice for sitting around on my hips waiting impatiently for things made in china to arrive to my important purchasers). ps, i love you ✗✓ which one?
Jeff Statz (3 months ago)
Fuck sakes...please kys. Fucking socialist, liberal tranny lover.

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