Shipping 101

The How, What and Why of Shipping

While shipping goods appears to be a simple process, many factors must come together to make it flow smoothly. We work with you to make the whole process as streamlined as possible. Still, understanding how all the moving parts work will help get it right first time with no surprises.

What you need to know

Importing and exporting of goods isn’t as simple as shopping online and having a product delivered to your home. As you can see, there are many parts that contribute to the whole and they are all factored into the cost of shipping. There are also rules and regulations in every country around what can and can’t be shipped and the correct documentation is needed to ensure a smooth delivery with no hold-ups.

We remove the guesswork and ensure you have the correct permits and know all your fees upfront.

To find out more about the costs of importing and exporting and what you need to know, read our Whitepaper. Remember – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

1 - Hidden Costs 

2 - Ship Like a Pro

Tips and tricks

Here are some easy, quick tips to help anyone new to importing and exporting goods:

  • research your product and get samples first;

  • approach a freight forwarder/customs broker before you buy the goods;

  • research Incoterms and negotiate the best Incoterm for you;

  • be patient with your buyer/seller and account for potential supply chain delays;

  • put good margin on your sell price to account for additional charges;

  • consider insurance; and

  • enjoy and embrace the nuances of shipping!

Want to learn more about the shipping process?

See our Frequently Asked Questionsicon