I’ve recently found a manufacturer in china making my product for me. I’ve never done this before and I’m wondering for my first order which will only be 50 pieces and less than $1,000AUD if I still require a freight forwarder and customs broker? Will I even need to declare anything with customs? Please note the product does contain bamboo, unsure if this changes anything. My question is at what point do I engage these kind of services? I intend on ordering 500 pieces for approx. $3,000 later in the year.
every shipment requires a lodgement with Customs. If the goods are over AUD1000, it requires a formal lodgement by a licensed customs broker. If you use a courier such as DHL – they will make the lodgement – they do thousands, or hundreds of thousands, each day. And they churn through them. So whatever you have written on the commercial invoice will determine the customs assessment. So if you know what you are doing and are confident with the requirements, costs and options, you can use a major courier, for small packages. If you are not sure, you may be best to engage a freight broker, such as myself, to advise you or arrange the best freight option. For instance, Bamboo products will be rejected or sent for fumigation, at your expense, unless you get them fumigated in China. But the fumigation certificate has to be verified by Australian Border Force, before they accept it. In addition, the fumigation must be done no more than 4 weeks before the import. If you import $3000 worth then you should be arranging a CHAFTA Certificate Of Origin (COO)These can cost from USD30 to USD80. Best freight option could be a courier, air cargo, or sea freight. It all depends on your priorities. Good luck