Cheapest way to import products from china?

by vinc
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Hello, any experience what is the cheapest way to import from china? Is it cheaper to US or EU? Anyone has any experience with either?

My goal is to have my own product manufactured and I would like to use fulfillment by Amazon so the product would ship straight to their warehouse if possible.
Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author Importexport
    Costs will depend on the total weight or size and whether you use air freight, air couriers, or sea freight.

    Shipping is often charged on a volume basis rather than weight so sending a ton of feathers could cost you hundreds of times the cost of sending a ton of paper.

    Shipping to the EU will cost as much as 20 or 25% more than shipping to the USA.

    You can ship direct to Amazon FBA either way, but I advise against that because that practice alerts your supplier to the fact that it is possible for people in other countries (China!) to sell on Amazon, and it gives them some idea of how to do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author vinc
      Thank you for the info. My main concern is not the shipping but the import tax. In europe you are charged 20% VAT + custom fees. I wasn't aware that there are tax free states in the US. Maybe there are exceptions in Europe also, I will have a look. But it seems US is the better option.

      Being a non resident what other options do I have if you advice against shipping straight to Amazon? I can see your point but this seems like the most cost-effective solution.
      Thank you
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      • Profile picture of the author Importexport
        Originally Posted by vinc View Post

        Thank you for the info. My main concern is not the shipping but the import tax. In europe you are charged 20% VAT + custom fees. I wasn't aware that there are tax free states in the US. Maybe there are exceptions in Europe also, I will have a look. But it seems US is the better option.

        Being a non resident what other options do I have if you advice against shipping straight to Amazon? I can see your point but this seems like the most cost-effective solution.
        Thank you
        VAT % varies between the different countries in the EU, but all EU countries charge some level of VAT.

        As a non resident you can ship to other fulfillment services instead of FBA and I would recommend that if you are not intending to use Amazon Prime.

        Alternatively you could ship to a prepping service that receives your shipment and does anything necessary such as labeling before forwarding the goods on to FBA.
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      • Profile picture of the author onlinecommerce
        Originally Posted by vinc View Post

        Thank you for the info. My main concern is not the shipping but the import tax. In europe you are charged 20% VAT + custom fees. I wasn't aware that there are tax free states in the US. Maybe there are exceptions in Europe also, I will have a look. But it seems US is the better option.
        With importing to the USA you are going to be charged custom duty based on the type of goods you are bringing in. Use the HS codes to classify the goods are you are bringing in and see what the duty rate is. Depending on the type of goods you are bringing in and the country they are from they may be duty free.
        There are tax free states in the US for selling goods but not for importing.

        Also when arranging shipping if yours goods are totaling the volume of a few pallets consider getting break bulk cargo which is essentially loose pallets shipped on a boat. Shipping by air for this volume of goods gets very expensive in the several thousand dollar range. Shipping a few pallets by boat will likely be under $1000 for the sea freight, customs and trucking to final destination. It will just take longer as boats are not the fastest things in the world. But this is a much better solution when you don't have close to enough goods to fill a container but air shipping would be coming to like $3000-$5000
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      • Profile picture of the author alexshawn1216
        Originally Posted by vinc View Post

        Thank you for the info. My main concern is not the shipping but the import tax. In europe you are charged 20% VAT + custom fees. I wasn't aware that there are tax free states in the US. Maybe there are exceptions in Europe also, I will have a look. But it seems US is the better option.

        Being a non resident what other options do I have if you advice against shipping straight to Amazon? I can see your point but this seems like the most cost-effective solution.
        Thank you

        The tax free value in USA has been raise to $800 now and USA does't charge for VAT, check the following tax fee formula:

        UK: Tax fee= customs fee+ VAT (20%)

        Customs fee= product value* tariff rate

        VAT= (product value+ customs fee+ shipping fee)* 20%

        USA: Tax fee= customs fee=product value* tariff rate

        AUS: Tax fee= customs fee+ GST (10%)

        Customs fee= product value* tariff rate

        GST= (product value+ customs fee+ shipping fee)* 10%

        Besides, there are lots of ways to save the tax fee, for example, decrease the declare value, divide packages into small one, restrict package weight etc. Of course in order to save tax fee you may need to find a very good reliable Chinese forwarder shipping agent to help you deal with the custom clearance, they will offer constructive advice to help you save shipping fee as well as tax fee.
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        • Profile picture of the author Importexport
          Originally Posted by alexshawn1216 View Post

          The tax free value in USA has been raise to $800 now and USA does't charge for VAT, check the following tax fee formula:

          UK: Tax fee= customs fee+ VAT (20%)

          Customs fee= product value* tariff rate

          VAT= (product value+ customs fee+ shipping fee)* 20%

          USA: Tax fee= customs fee=product value* tariff rate

          AUS: Tax fee= customs fee+ GST (10%)

          Customs fee= product value* tariff rate

          GST= (product value+ customs fee+ shipping fee)* 10%

          Besides, there are lots of ways to save the tax fee, for example, decrease the declare value, divide packages into small one, restrict package weight etc. Of course in order to save tax fee you may need to find a very good reliable Chinese forwarder shipping agent to help you deal with the custom clearance, they will offer constructive advice to help you save shipping fee as well as tax fee.
          This is very bad advice. Making a false declaration for Customs purposes is illegal. It can result in heavy penalties. When you are first caught, your name and address will be flagged, and all future shipments will be delayed for thorough inspection.

          This delay can be very expensive, and can sometimes be as long as several weeks.

          If you have to use illegal practices to make profits, you are not buying at the best prices. I have taught hundreds how to safely source small or large quantities direct from genuine manufacturers at the best prices and import the goods the easy way.

          Walter Hay
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