First time importers often find that just the logistics of getting their product shipped is an onerous task. Even for established businesses, it is an area that can soak up valuable time. Following are some of the areas where we can relieve you of some of the burden, leaving you free to run your business and sell more product.
If you are short on time or resources, we can take care of all the shipping and importing steps on your behalf, saving frustration in dealing with multiple parties, languages, cultures and a process which you may only perform a few times a year.
It is vitally important that you understand the terms used in regards to shipping. This is an area where mistakes can become very expensive, very quickly. We take the mystery out of the process by explaining the terms clearly, giving you confidence in your decisions.
If you’re not dealing regularly in this field, it can be time consuming and a source of worry. We deal with forex payments every day and can perform these on your behalf, taking away one more potential source of frustration. Unfortunately we can’t control fluctuations in currency, but we can prepare you and shield you from some of the variations you would normally encounter. In most cases we can give you a fixed price for the duration of your order.
Most items that come into Australia are charged at either 0% or 5% Customs Duty, but there are higher rates for many items, plus surprises in this area can make quite a difference to your budget. We send a detailed specification to our customs specialists so you get an accurate duty rate quote.
We can also assist you with accurate estimates of shipping, insurance, customs clearance and GST costs associated with importing your overseas purchases, and give you a price per item, delivered right to your door.
Most shipments will come by sea, but in some cases air-freight can be economical and is obviously much faster. This is a decision which need to be made early in the process as it will greatly affect your profit margins and re-order intervals. We can send you on the right path early in the project, so you avoid budget blowouts because of bad freight decisions.
The effect of shipping costs will vary product top product, depending on the size and value of the item. For many items, once you get close to half of a container load, it can get expensive due to the handling charges, which are applied per cubic metre. Using our in-house shipping calculator, we can help you choose the best size of shipment to bring in, and the best shipping method so you can avoid unnecessary freight costs. Click here to contact us today to find out how we can assist with your shipping needs.