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I’m in the process of souring a product from China but don’t quite understand the best method for shipping my trial size of 300 units.

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I’m in the process of souring a product from China but don’t quite understand the best method for shipping my trial size of 300 units. I requested Air Express for the trail order and was told the following by the manufacture: “ cost is $4500.00, this is the best discount we can got now, because the cost will be much expensive in new year than in normal time. this is not the final cost, maybe in April, the cost can be cheapper, we can update the price to you in April, So we separate the price to you ,Exw price and air express charge”. The cost of shipping is more the then cost of the product. That being said, my questions for the group are:
Have any of you experience this?
What’s a more economical way to ship my trail size order?
Will I need a Customs agent if I decided to ship Air Freight?

Thank You,

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If you go with air express normally the air carrier will take care of customs.

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The quote by the shipping company is high probably because your package is heavy / big. You should be able to get an estimated shipping cost on websites of UPS, DHL and other air express companies. You could also consider air freight instead of air express, if your product is heavier. Here’s a very detailed article explaining the pros and cons of air express and air freight. http://www.smartchinasourcing.com/…/2446-air-freight…

Hope this helps 

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