I'm a fairly green importer of Chinese goods to the US. I have a new shipment of goods that is ready to ship from China to the USA and I work with a manufacturer that I trust... mostly.
One hiccup that I'm experiencing on this particular order is that the price for shipping is continuing to increase. They give the work to their forwarder and then apply that shipping cost to my bill. I honestly have no way to know if I'm being screwed.
My big concern for this particular order is the order weight. My items are under 1 lb a piece and I'm shipping in about 1,060 of them. By my calculations, the whole shipment should be, roughly, around 1,060 pounds. My supplier is saying that the shipment weighs 1,313 pounds and is quoting me a shipping price of $3.18 per pound for Fedex air freight.
When I went back to them to say that that's clearly a lot heavier than the shipment should be, they said that Fedex compares actual weight to volume weight and takes whichever is heavier. In this instance, they use volume weight.
I'm not sure what to do to make sure that I'm being fairly charged for shipping. Should I ask to see the invoice their forwarder sends to them? I suppose they could easily falsify that. Perhaps I should get my own Fedex/DHL account? I don't really import (I don't think) enough to justify that.
Any and all thoughts or suggestions would be incredibly welcomed!!