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    pickurbrain
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    Hi,

    sorry i know this may have been asked a million times but i want to ask again if you guys can recommend me a reliable freight forwarder/customs broker who accepts small shipments, roughly less than 10kg?

    I am starting a small online store selling home items and im just doing a bit of due diligence before i start ordering from my supplier. I am completely novice about importing so im in need of some helping hand and very cautious as well not to get the ‘dodgy ones’. any recommendations would be of great help.

    thanks.

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    pickurbrain
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    btw im having information overload from all the threads that i read today and im not sure if i can continue digging up on other threads, hence my post :) hope you don’t mind me asking a FAQ. ;)

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    cargohound
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    Hi There

    We now have 28 of Australia’s best freight forwarders on the first online marketplace for international freight called CargoHound. They are all rated on their service by other importers/exporters so you know what to expect from them. We also have a team of freight experts with 120 years experience to answer tricky questions on Incoterms, tariffs etc. Feel free to give me a call tomorrow if you would like to know more – 0417 020 429 – Or you can register online at http://www.cargohound.com

    Kind Regards

    Ian

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    Rebekah_G
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    Good Afternoon,

    My name is Rebekah and I work For Red Nav Pty Ltd we are a trusted freight forwarding company who has over 40 years experience in logistics. Please feel free to contact me at admin@rednav.com.au; I would be happy to help you wtih any questions you may have and give you an better indication of pricing etc. Please note we can handle all aspects of your shipments. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Rebekah

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    Petemac
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    pickurbrain, post: 231232, member: 78086 wrote:
    btw im having information overload from all the threads that i read today and im not sure if i can continue digging up on other threads, hence my post :) hope you don’t mind me asking a FAQ. ;)

    I specialise in SME’s, so if you feel like having a chat to bounce a few ideas around, just give me a call, as fully understand that sometomes there is just to much information out there.

    Cheers

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    @kwe.com
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    pickurbrain, post: 231231, member: 78086 wrote:
    Hi,

    sorry i know this may have been asked a million times but i want to ask again if you guys can recommend me a reliable freight forwarder/customs broker who accepts small shipments, roughly less than 10kg?

    I am starting a small online store selling home items and im just doing a bit of due diligence before i start ordering from my supplier. I am completely novice about importing so im in need of some helping hand and very cautious as well not to get the ‘dodgy ones’. any recommendations would be of great help.

    thanks.

    Hi,

    If you are starting an online business you may want to think about getting the products bulk from the supplier if you haven’t already. It would not be economical to yourself to get each an every product/box under 10kg customs cleared as an individual job. Depending how you send it, say job 1 is 1 x 10kg box import by air or sea from Ningbo to Syd with the inclusion of sales terms FOB or Ex works, you will need to pay for destination charges for both Sea and Air (port charges, terminal charges, delivery fee, handling fee, admin fee, these all add up…) and these can be quite expensive for only a 10kg box unless you are going the route of DHL.. they offer really good prices and charge for customs clearance too. Customs clearance for each job could range for $60 – $140 depending on what the freight forwarder want to charge. Bring in 1 or 2 pallet loads, store it at a warehouse and customs clear by the pallet is a way more cheaper option. If the goods value is more than $10,000 AUD you will pay an electronic entry fee of $194.60 (LCL sea) if it is less than $10,000 AUD you will pay $92 AUD (LCL sea). For AIR this is $73.20 AUD for goods less than $10,000 in Value and $155.10 AUD for goods more than $10,000 in Value. I hope that helps you out :) Also not to mention make sure to check that the country of origin has any Free trade agreements with Australia, this means there is no duty payable. :)

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    arrowwise
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    I can assist with an excellent boutique operator who can help with deliveries coming to Melbourne or Sydney by AIR or SEA. Contact me for their details.

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    Iris2004spring
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    Hi PickurBrain, If only for 10kgs package, you do not need a forwarder. You can just use international courier like DHL, Fedex, UPS etc. They will clear customs for you for free. You may need to pay duty if the value is higher than the minimum threshold. But the customs clearance service will be free and you will get the package delivered straightly to your home. You just need to pay for the duty, no extra charges.
    If you have bigger quantity, like more than 1CBM(that is equal to 200Kgs)in volume or 200kgs in weight, you may have to use air freight or sea freight. Then you will need a customs broker in AU (your supplier should take care of the customs in China if you buy based on FOB terms or C&F, CIF, etc. But If you buy based on EXW terms or customs is not your supplier’s duty, you have to take care of the Chinese customs too-which your forwarder can do it for you ). You have to calculate the total cost to find the best solution. For example, if by sea/air, you need to calculate the sea/air freight + customs cost ( including broker’s cost) + trucking cost from port to your warehouse. There are minimum charges for many things if your quantity is not big (such as trucking cost or loading facility fees). If the volume or the weight is really small, even the freight would be low, you still have to pay for customs clearance cost, broker’s fee, trucking cost, and some other cost that may happen. And you have to pay a minimum fee on many charges even for a small quantity of goods. So if you calculate, maybe it is best to use international courier for a cargo below 200kgs. The freight for international courier is expensive, but you do not have to pay a lot of extra costs and charges on customs.

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    amandacbirch
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    We’re using Stockwells, it’s really easy to use and have everything we need, from sending tariff requests to sending information and documents. We are 10 people and all processes are moved by the system…

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    Jason Ramage
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    Hi Amanda

    Not sure on your motivation, although this is a 2+ year old thread :( – better to provide input and non links on current threads maybe.

    Welcome though :)

    Jason

    Jason Ramage | Lucas Arthur Pty Ltd | E: hello@lucasarthur.net.au   P: 61 3 8324 0344    M: 61 412 244 888
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    amandacbirch
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    Thanks, Jason. I didn’t realize the thread date. it just popped up in my tapatalk app.

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    Jason Ramage
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    amandacbirch, post: 262789, member: 112739 wrote:
    Thanks, Jason. I didn’t realize the thread date. it just popped up in my tapatalk app.

    LOL, i actually thought as much.. its funny, sometimes the oldest threads pop up and we all get caught out from time to time.. Reason i mentioned it ;)

    Look forward to bumping into you around the forums

    J

    Jason Ramage | Lucas Arthur Pty Ltd | E: hello@lucasarthur.net.au   P: 61 3 8324 0344    M: 61 412 244 888
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