Using a China freight forwarder can have several benefits, including:
Local knowledge and expertise: China freight forwarders have a deep understanding of the local market, customs regulations, and shipping procedures. They can help you navigate the complexities of international shipping, including handling documentation, customs clearance, and freight forwarding.
Lower costs: China freight forwarders often have established relationships with local carriers and can negotiate better rates on your behalf. They can also help you optimize your shipping strategy to minimize costs, such as consolidating shipments and choosing the most cost-effective modes of transportation. They almost always can offer a better landed shipping cost than their larger US or European competitors.
Improved communication: Working with a China freight forwarder can help bridge the language barrier and facilitate communication with local carriers, suppliers, and customs officials. Chinese freight forwarders also work around the clock and are typically much more responsive than their western competitors. This can help prevent misunderstandings and delays that can lead to costly mistakes.
Greater flexibility: China freight forwarders are often more flexible than larger, multinational logistics companies. They can offer customized solutions tailored to your specific shipping needs and can be more responsive to changes in your supply chain. They also almost always specialize in providing tailored solutions to specific industries.
Reduced risk: China freight forwarders have experience dealing with the unique challenges of shipping from China, such as custom stops when exporting. They can help you mitigate these risks and ensure that your shipments arrive safely and on time.
Overall, using a China freight forwarder can help you streamline your supply chain, reduce costs, and improve the efficiency of your international shipping operations.
Here is an action plan to help you find the most suitable Chinese freight forwarder and the important things to look for:
Define your shipping requirements: The first step in finding a suitable Chinese freight forwarder is to define your shipping requirements. This includes the type of goods you are shipping, the volume of goods, the frequency of shipments, and the destination of your shipments.
Research potential freight forwarders: Once you have defined your shipping requirements, you can start researching potential Chinese freight forwarders. You can use online directories, trade associations, Alibaba, Google and referrals from other businesses to create a list of potential freight forwarders.
Check their credentials: It is important to verify the credentials of the Chinese freight forwarders you are considering. Check if they are licensed by the Chinese government NVOCC.
Look for experience: Look for a Chinese freight forwarder that has experience in handling shipments similar to yours. Ask for references and case studies to get a sense of their experience and expertise. Arrange a call with them to understand their services more clearly and how knowledgeable they are to provide shipping solutions for your business.
Evaluate their capabilities: Evaluate the capabilities of the Chinese freight forwarders you are considering. Do they have the necessary infrastructure and resources to handle your shipments? Do they have a wide network of partners and agents to ensure smooth and timely delivery?
Compare pricing: Compare the pricing of the Chinese freight forwarders you are considering. Make sure to get detailed quotes that include all the fees that may incur during your journey. We don’t recommend only choosing the forwarder based on price but it should be one of many factors that you should consider when choosing a forwarder.
Many of Easy China Warehouses clients choose to use our services not only because we offer the best rates and shipment channels for e-commerce companies, but also because we offer add-on services to streamline their supply chain. Click here to have a chat with our team about how we can help support your business.