Traditionally importing materials and products could only be done by large businesses with the resources and money to spend, in order to reduce costs in the long run. Today, companies like MyShipper enable small to medium businesses to import quality products directly from Chinese manufacturers, which increase their profit margins with minimal effort.
MyShipper makes the importing process hassle free, even if you have never imported before, as we are the only point of contact you need. You will be given a personal import expert, who will communicate with you directly while we take care of product sourcing, negotiating prices, sales contracts, purchasing, quality control, importing, permits and logistics to get your products right to your door.
Importing is not a straight forward process as there are steps you need to take before even placing an order. Here is a breakdown of steps our experts will take in order to help you import quality products and materials at the best price.
SOURCING THE RIGHT PRODUCT
This involves choosing from the huge array of potential suppliers and assessing them for reliability and honesty, which can help avoid problems down the track.
It’s not recommended to accept the first price a supplier provides as almost any price you receive is negotiable. You can usually get a better deal, particularly if you know their costs and often comparing several suppliers will help indicate a fair price.
PRICE VS. QUALITY
Many suppliers will offer exceptionally low prices, however this doesn’t mean you should buy from them because it’s highly likely they have sacrificed quality.
SPECIFICATIONS AND QUANTITIES
Getting the exact specifications for your product is hugely important as manufacturers have been known to make costly mistakes simply because they weren’t given enough detail on a product’s specifications.
This includes calculating freight costs based on the most cost effective shipping method door to door as well as duty and taxes. Often suppliers give you low shipping costs which don’t reflect the true full cost.
This includes completing all the relevant paperwork and ensuring that the correct taxes and levies are paid on your goods once they arrive in port and having them cleared by customs, before they are finally delivered to your door.