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    schching
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    Hi Soloists,

    I have the opportunity to stock some products (lightweight, baby products) overseas in America, but the buyer would prefer to purchase stock that hasn’t come into Australia yet to save on shipping and import fees which makes sense.

    Having my manufacturer ship to a different address is no problem. My concern here is direct contact between manufacturer and buyer. Do you know of any 3rd party companies that are able to repackage a shipment before sending it off to the USA? At present this is a one-off thing so I would not be too keen on signing up to a contract.

    Any help would be very much appreciated!

    Cheers!

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    Hi

    Whilst i think it is admirable to avoid costs to pass on to your client, if it is only a once of GIG as i think was eluded to, it really may not be worth your while :(

    Only say this as you will be investing time to get this right and find the best option and as you have not used the picker/packer etc before and may not again, the quality may also be difficult to ensure…

    Think its a bit cheeky of your buyer asking you to ship direct from manufacturer though, if thats the case, to save money.. Maybe there is an ulterior motive here? If they are buying from an Aussie company, your costs should be your costs locally stocked if that is your business model or you may start to have pricing lists for all variations of buyers and may get confusing moving forward.

    Not saying its not worth doing, just provoking some thoughts about whether its worthwhile altering your methods for a once off thing?

    Cheers
    Jason

    Jason Ramage | Lucas Arthur Pty Ltd | E: [email protected]   P: 61 3 8324 0344    M: 61 412 244 888
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    Thanks for your reply Jason!

    I agree that it was cheeky as they implied direct from manufacturer to them, which would be they would have the contact details of the manufacturer and this is a relationship that I am not willing to set up (for obvious reasons).

    A little background may be helpful, sorry I left it out initially.

    The products are all designed here and are manufactured in China and sold online domestically and internationally. There has been a lot of attention with the American market which is why I think they want to jump on board. There is absolutely no way I will proceed with the order if there is no way to add a middle man between the two parties. Hopefully they will not be the first company to approach me regarding international wholesale so I’d like to get some insight on how to offer this in the future, even if it doesn’t work out with this current buyer.

    Ideally I will have the manufacturer send the products to a third party (in bulk) and have this third party repackage the goods and ship them to the appropriate destination. Not only to avoid bringing the products into Australia, paying customs and shipping only to send it out again but also to avoid all the transit times between ports.

    Thanks again for your time!

    LucasArthur, post: 237113, member: 34537 wrote:
    Hi

    Whilst i think it is admirable to avoid costs to pass on to your client, if it is only a once of GIG as i think was eluded to, it really may not be worth your while :(

    Only say this as you will be investing time to get this right and find the best option and as you have not used the picker/packer etc before and may not again, the quality may also be difficult to ensure…

    Think its a bit cheeky of your buyer asking you to ship direct from manufacturer though, if thats the case, to save money.. Maybe there is an ulterior motive here? If they are buying from an Aussie company, your costs should be your costs locally stocked if that is your business model or you may start to have pricing lists for all variations of buyers and may get confusing moving forward.

    Not saying its not worth doing, just provoking some thoughts about whether its worthwhile altering your methods for a once off thing?

    Cheers
    Jason

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    LucasArthur
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    No drama, i was just offering varying insights i guess :)

    Personally, its really hard not understanding your current stocking situation and the likes and how you buy although sometimes ordering smaller stuff with transit within China – then repacking – then onsending – then paying china 3pl etc could be more expensive than when you buy in bulk at a discount and then sent from here. Just a thought…

    If your business model will be running no stock locally and drop shipping all from China, it may be worthwhile although maybe not in an ad-hoc scenario… Maybe, just maybe, it may be better to be ready for the query in the future and advise of the cost SHIPPED without mentioning where from or maybe from China and the likes.. Again, not knowing you i am treading lightly, the position you take when you are asked this question may make all the difference in the world on how the sale proceeds or does not.

    We have an affiliation with a few products, ours, and we also import from China and ship all over the world.. Regularly asked to drop ship, ship from manufacturer and the likes and each conversation comes back to why they came to us in the first place.. Generally it is reliability and price, and when this is factored into we advise our business is to import at BULK to get best possible pricing and if we do smaller orders dispatched from our manufacturer we pay a premium to do this which we will pass on to the consumer (you the buyer), and then politely advise it can cost them more in the long run and taxes vary with or without free trade based on where the manufacturer lies etc etc…

    Just a thought.. not rocking boats, but there is a fella here in the forums know as ‘[USER=34822]@Johny[/USER]’ who is based in HongKong that i am sure would be able to help you out…

    Cheers
    Jason

    Jason Ramage | Lucas Arthur Pty Ltd | E: [email protected]   P: 61 3 8324 0344    M: 61 412 244 888
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    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for all the info!

    Theres no need to thread lightly, I am keen to hear all potential scenarios!

    I wrote to the buyer and said that I would get back to them in once I had done a little bit of research re: costs etc and they replied saying that I need not worry about packaging it as they could do it themselves and to pass on the manufacturers details so they can liaise with them directly — No. Suffice to say this will not go ahead, too much trouble, not enough reward (they weren’t ordering particularly large quantities) and they seem a little sneaky.

    Great advice about how to go about future queries.

    Thanks again!

    LucasArthur, post: 237117, member: 34537 wrote:
    No drama, i was just offering varying insights i guess :)

    Personally, its really hard not understanding your current stocking situation and the likes and how you buy although sometimes ordering smaller stuff with transit within China – then repacking – then onsending – then paying china 3pl etc could be more expensive than when you buy in bulk at a discount and then sent from here. Just a thought…

    If your business model will be running no stock locally and drop shipping all from China, it may be worthwhile although maybe not in an ad-hoc scenario… Maybe, just maybe, it may be better to be ready for the query in the future and advise of the cost SHIPPED without mentioning where from or maybe from China and the likes.. Again, not knowing you i am treading lightly, the position you take when you are asked this question may make all the difference in the world on how the sale proceeds or does not.

    We have an affiliation with a few products, ours, and we also import from China and ship all over the world.. Regularly asked to drop ship, ship from manufacturer and the likes and each conversation comes back to why they came to us in the first place.. Generally it is reliability and price, and when this is factored into we advise our business is to import at BULK to get best possible pricing and if we do smaller orders dispatched from our manufacturer we pay a premium to do this which we will pass on to the consumer (you the buyer), and then politely advise it can cost them more in the long run and taxes vary with or without free trade based on where the manufacturer lies etc etc…

    Just a thought.. not rocking boats, but there is a fella here in the forums know as ‘[USER=34822]@Johny[/USER]’ who is based in HongKong that i am sure would be able to help you out…

    Cheers
    Jason

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    schching, post: 237177, member: 83347 wrote:
    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for all the info!

    Theres no need to thread lightly, I am keen to hear all potential scenarios!

    I wrote to the buyer and said that I would get back to them in once I had done a little bit of research re: costs etc and they replied saying that I need not worry about packaging it as they could do it themselves and to pass on the manufacturers details so they can liaise with them directly — No. Suffice to say this will not go ahead, too much trouble, not enough reward (they weren’t ordering particularly large quantities) and they seem a little sneaky.

    Great advice about how to go about future queries.

    Thanks again!

    WOW, i cant believe they advised not to worry about packaging and to pass on suppliers details so the can deal directly DOH! – RUN RUN RUN!!!!

    All the best

    Jason

    Jason Ramage | Lucas Arthur Pty Ltd | E: [email protected]   P: 61 3 8324 0344    M: 61 412 244 888
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    Alan Maddick
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    In Australia there are logistics companies that specialise in warehousing, re-packaging, freight etc – I imagine there is the same thing in the US? If so you could contract one of them to house your stock when it lands in the US and re-package – re-label as needed then on ship to the customer? This should allow you to maintain control of supply.

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