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Express courier service is where the delivery company will remove your goods at the agreed pick-up address (usually your supplier or your consolidator in the country of origin of your products) and will deliver your shipment at the delivery address (at your warehouse or your client’s address for example). The main popular couriers that you can use in China include DHL, FedEx, UPS and TNT, with TNT acquired by FedEX on May 25, 2016.
As part of these deliveries, teams in charge handle all the necessary different steps for the expedition of goods from source to destination, namely: the removal, the transport/freight, customs clearance at the origin and final destination, payment of fees and customs duties but also the whole administrative formalities required.
On the other hand, air freight, even usually shares the same transportation channel which is the airplane like express services does, in most of the time concerns only shipments from airport to airport, which excludes annex services like the removal, and customs clearance unless specified by the customers. However, due to increasing demand of bridging the last-mile logistics gap in E-commerce fulfillment services, to-door services as an extra has been pretty common nowadays for air freight.
Therefore the most distinct factor therefore becomes the volume of the shipment. Yes, again it is the difference in volume which set air freight and courier service apart. The weight of the shipment for courier service usually ranges from 0.1 kg to 100 kg whereas the range is from about 1 kg to 1000 kg for air freight. In short, courier service is the most economical and rapid way for small parcels shipment and air freight is perfectly set up for mass shipping high-value, low-volume and low-weight merchandises.
The cost structure of courier service shares the very idea of air cargo, except only for the dimensional factor as difference. Courier Express rate is calculated by chargeable weight, measurement unit is kilogram. The measurement unit of valuable cargo is 0.1 kg. Chargeable weight is the heavier one between gross weight and dimensional weight.
Following are the definitions of gross weight and dimensional weight.
Gross weight, is the total actual weighing of a product and its packaging. It can be measured by kinds of scales.
Dimensional weight, DIM weight for short, also known as volumetric weight, is calculated as Volume / (Dimensional Factor). For example. If a common carton, then (Length x Width x Height) / (Dimensional Factor).
Dimensional Factor, or shipping factor is a number defined by the carriers. And it can be varied from country to country. For Courier express in China, the dimensional factor is 5000 cm³/kg = 200 kg/m³ .
After you calculated dimensional weight, then compared with the actual weight of your cargo. Which is heavier, which is the Chargeable weight. The total cost equals to courier express rate times the chargeable weight.
If the packaging is realised by you supplier, make sure that the packaging is done in an optimal way, for cost and security. We advise you to avoid to use unnecessary packaging (that can increase the volume of your goods and so the price.
When you pack your goods, it is essential to optimise the space you use. To this end, it is better to solicit professional packing service. Thus, you do important logistic savings.
The trade term between you and your supplier should be FOB, which is for your best interest if other shipping methods, but EXW for courier service.Then it is advised to work with a local courier agent, hopefully us. As you may know, prepaid is always cheaper than collect. Prepaid through a broker, which is the super VIP of the carrier, is the key point to save money on courier service.
Besides the classic well-known big players, we also bring together the services of the world’s best couriers including specialized expresses and also Post & EMS. Here at China Sourcelink we offer everybody (business or individual) a really simple and cheap way to book worldwide delivery services out of China. Due to the huge volume that we ship on a regular basis, we are your first-choice courier service provider especially when you are considering shipping from China to US. We are the official registered agent with the following couriers:
China Post Air Mail (Weight ＜ 2kg)
China Post Air Parcel (2kg ＜ Weight ＜ 30kg)
China EMS (Weight ＜ 30kg)
Hong Kong Post Air Mail (Weight ＜ 2kg)
Hong Kong Post Air Parcel (0.5kg ＜ weight ＜ 30kg)
We get to deliver dreams to every corner of the world, every day, with every package. We will select the most economical courier express for you OR you can select your preferred courier. With the courier express’s network and our big discount, it will be more easier for you to arrange shipments transportation whether the destination is located anywhere of the world’s 220+ countries and territories.
Dimensional weight, DIM weight for short, also known as volumetric weight, is calculated as Volume / (Dimensional Factor). The dimensional factor is different with different metric system, as shown above.
The comparison between Courier Service and Air Freight in terms of weight, volume, transit time, and delivery terms.
China Sourcelink is a leading original design manufacturer and a contract electronic manufacturing services provider for electronics product development and Printed Circuit Board manufacturing and assembly that has base both in United States and China. We develop (design, conceptualization, prototyping, tooling), we manufacture (procurement, fabrication, quality control, assembly) and we manage the supply chain (warehousing, packing, fulfillment and logistics) for innovative electronic products on behalf of our customers.
Vertically integrated with our procurement and logistics divisions, which manage a network of thousands of reliable factories and partnered with leading courier companies, we are now also a leading China sourcing agent who are able to provide complete and tailor-made supply chain solutions for a wide range of industries, such as solar energy, lighting, fabrics and textiles, building materials and more, which involves the steps such as sourcing, prototyping, manufacturing, logistics, and warehouse.
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