Shipping Products to Yourself or a Middleman
There are certainly pros and cons to shipping your products from China to yourself or a middleman instead of straight to Amazon FBA from China. If you choose to go this route, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your products meet all of Amazons specifications. You can inspect them yourself to ensure you haven’t missed out on something and won’t cause yourself additional work. There are a lot of different third party logistics companies that will happily act as your middleman and then forward your goods on to Amazon FBA. They will make sure your products meet the requirements of FBA and it can also give you a little more autonomy from your Chinese suppliers and it may help you keep some of your sales strategies private instead of advertising them to your suppliers. Many Chinese suppliers have started to see the inherent benefit of selling their products straight to Amazon FBA instead of waiting for a buyer like you to buy their goods. As soon as you ask a supplier to label your goods with Amazon FBA labels and you tell them which warehouse to ship to etc., you have just showed them your sales strategies for these channels. If they see that you are selling hundreds or thousands of units of something- they will very likely decide that they too want to get in on this sales channel and they may undercut your business.
Another point to consider is that your goods will most likely also be shipped from China to Amazon FBA in a consolidated form, which can be a plus as well. However it will be an added cost either in money if you choose to pay someone else to receive and inspect your goods, or added cost of your time if you choose to do it yourself. It may come back to personality preferences. We know some people who demand to be able to inspect their own products. It’s an important part of their process and important for their peace of mind. For others, they don’t care at all. If their goods get to where they are supposed to go and meet all the specifications needed, that’s a plus if they don’t have to inspect or touch the goods themselves.
Using a middleman can be very helpful if this is your first shipment from China to Amazon FBA. Also, it can be helpful financially to have consolidated shipments from China if you are just starting out or are under a budget crunch.
In recent years it has become wildly popular to source products from China and ship them to other countries to sell on sites like Amazon. Platforms like Aliexpress and Alibaba have made it possible for companies and individuals both large and small to get access to the same products. There are many things to consider before you jump on the bandwagon and start importing Chinese goods.
Obviously you will want to check the products and make sure they comply with any laws or rules in your country. Just because a supplier is offering a product, doesn’t mean they are in compliance with all laws, patents, regulations and rules. In fact, suppliers are in the market to sell products and make money. They are not in the market to always play by the rules or laws of differing countries. Don’t allow yourself to get caught with an entire warehouse full of goods that end up needing to be destroyed because you didn’t check to make sure they complied with your countries standards. That will be a huge costly mistake and one that could have been avoided all together. Check your local laws and policies, procedures, and best practices. Legal provisions can differ wildly from location to location. If you are working with a supplier that can’t produce the corresponding certificates (and every supplier should know what certificates are required), then find a different supplier.
Also, know what your prices are and know that they fluctuate. Exchange rates change, logistics service fees change and the price for goods and services change. Build this into your pricing model so that you can adapt with the changes instead of finding yourself stuck with a price that won’t help your model. Logistics alone can cost upwards of 50% of the price of your product. That’s huge. Know what your costs and fees are going in and be sure to adjust accordingly.
We also suggest knowing you who are dealing with. It’s not safe to assume that a supplier is trustworthy just because they are marketing themselves through Alibaba or Aliexpress. Those platforms just like any other wildly popular platforms have given scammers a home to try to scam others. These platforms offer the place to come and do business but they don’t guarantee their suppliers or vet their users. Be very careful about who you engage and make sure you don’t pay for a shipment in total upfront. It is common to pay for half now and half on arrival or some other sort of payment plan like that. If a supplier is demanding 100% up front, product unseen- move on. Chances are you are going to get scammed. Keep in mind; the previously named sources for suppliers aren’t the only sources out there. In fact, these platforms are the small to medium size companies, which means larger companies, aren’t even on there. Another source you can look at is made-in-china.com
All Things Logistics
China Freight reviews have been positive and encouraging for those who are looking for a better way to send their goods from China to another country. They value their customer experience and want to ensure these shipments are going to get where they are going, on time, safely, efficiently and effectively. A big part of the cost is in logistics. Using a service like China Freight can save a ton of time, expense and hassle because they take the whole process and break it down step by step for their clients to ensure the customer experience is top-notch. China Freight has done a great job in learning the ins and outs of their customers businesses. They can ensure your goods arrive at their destination with all required paperwork and within the shipping time frame you were quoted. Everything from start to finish has been worked out with China Freight. They have made a name for themselves as a global leader in the logistics industry. They are fast, reliable, trustworthy and professional. We can’t say enough good things about them- and we’ve seen it all. We’ve previously had some terrible experiences trying to get our goods from China to our Amazon FBA. Using China Freight has been a pretty stress free experience, which is not what we can say for other outfits we have used. They also have local and regional warehousing options available for your goods and even help with all of the customs requirements when importing your goods. Another thing that has been paramount is their ability to consolidate cargo and shipments, which has helped save an enormous cost when trying to get various different shipments from various different suppliers in China. They will consolidate those shipments into one shipment to save time, money and hassle. Another important point that they have not skipped over is insurance for your shipments. You never know when something unexpected happens and if you don’t have good insurance for your goods, you will be out of luck and out a ton of money. They work with some of the best carriers in the world and offer full insurance for every shipment. In fact, China Freight has a whole division that is dedicated to Amazon FBA. They have made it a simple process from start to finish and you can’t go wrong using China Freight for all of your Amazon FBA needs.
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