Re: Importing From China
Hi, I am trying to import hook ands latch from China. I live in Florida and sorry to say don't have a clue where to start and what I need to do. I have talked with the manufacturer via e-mail. I've gotten that far, but have no idea what to do next. I would appreciate and info you can give me. Thank you
I don't have enough information to answer you as you don't mention what you are trying to do other than "import". The logistics of importing and subsequent distribution tend to rely on the details.
So in general:
- Source the product.
- Find out how much it would cost to ship the product to the place you will store it.
- Find out how much it costs to store it.
- Find out how to distribute it.
You need all the costs along the way, because with a product without a large markup and that's not worth much for the weight/volume any of those points can make it unprofitable.
So ask the manufacturer to recommend a Freight Forwarder and ask the Frieght Forwarder all the questions you may have. Make sure you know the details about the shipment from the manufacturer (shipment size, weight, cube etc) and get a good idea of what you want to move and where you want to move it and start asking for quotes.
You'll have to network a lot to get any efficiency and in the logistics world the standard prices are a starting point for discount negotiations that get bigger and bigger as you use volume as leverage.