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    Carolyn | RebelInk
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    Hi everyone

    I would love to know if anyone is using (or has used successfully) a shipping forwarder or consolidator. I frequently import products from the US, however orders are often smaller across a variety of suppliers/brands. Shipping is just way out of reach this way and it has been suggested to me to try a forwarder or consolidator to reduce the costs.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Looking forward to hearing some suggestions asap.

    Carolyn

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    LucasArthur
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    CarolynW, post: 212212 wrote:
    Hi everyone

    I would love to know if anyone is using (or has used successfully) a shipping forwarder or consolidator. I frequently import products from the US, however orders are often smaller across a variety of suppliers/brands. Shipping is just way out of reach this way and it has been suggested to me to try a forwarder or consolidator to reduce the costs.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Looking forward to hearing some suggestions asap.

    Carolyn

    Hi Carolyn

    Whilst i do not have a solution for you, and whilst we are talking about consolidating, you may find it best to have just one thread on this topic so all replies can be reviewed in the one thread. Might be simpler to remove the one from ‘selling online’ as it is a duplicate post.

    Just a thought, also i know there are a few members in here dealing with the USA although not 100% sure of shipping methods so will look forward to following more replies.

    Cheers
    Jason

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    Petemac
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    Hi Carolyn, can you give an idea of the typical dimensions/weights you are importing plus frequency?

    Cheers

    Pete

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    kencc
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    Hi Carolyn. There are a number of “shopping consolidators” that operate out of the US. They will give you a US address, and you simply have your packages sent to their warehouse. Most of them are based in Oregon, which is sales tax free (one of only a handful of states).

    They cater largely to consumers and small businesses, shipping packages in the 10-30kg range, though you can have multiple boxes in each shipment. Most of them will only forward or “bundle” your packages when shipping overseas. Some of them will also do the traditional freight forwarding of pallet-size shipments.

    I’m from PacMe (http://pacme.com). We are a little different in that we repack all your items from numerous incoming packages into a single (or more), tightly-packed outgoing box. It sounds like this might be what you are looking for. This also reduces the “dimensional weight” considerably, which is what really saves you money.

    We have a lot of Australian customers. It is a good market for consolidators because your GST threshold is $1,000. Europe, on the other hand, will hit you with VAT almost immediately.

    In fairness, here is a list of some other consolidators (we have a longer list of almost 100!).

    The Australian Post Office has a service called “Shop Mate.” They are quite expensive, but you would be supporting the home team.
    https://shopmate.auspost.com.au/

    Vpost is run by the Singapore Post Office and is a great value for smaller or just a few packages.
    http://www.vpost.com.sg/

    Borderlinx will give you an address in the USA as well as Europe.
    http://www.borderlinx.com/

    comGateway is great for getting shopping coupons.
    http://comgateway.com/

    You can generally shop anywhere in the US, but some retailers won’t ship to consolidators.
    Ken

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