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In ocean freight transportation, you have two options determined by the size of the shipment: full container (FCL) or less than container load (LCL).
FCL, full container load, which means your goods loading into a full container. You buy large quantity, and the ocean freight cost per unit will be less. It’s from CY (container yard) to CY. We organize all ocean freight traffic on a multi-carrier principle by using several carriers to optimize cost and time of transportation process.
Professional cargo handling
Dedicated FCL operational staff
Door to Door, Port to Port, Door to Port, Port to Door
Optimization of your transportation cost and competitive rates
LCL, less than container load, which means your goods and other importers’ goods consolidating together from the same loading port to the same destination port. You buy the just right quantity suitable for your specific target market. It’s from CFS (container freight station) to CFS. LCL allows you to plan your inventory levels so you can order and ship through ocean freight only the amounts you need, reducing your total supply chain and inventory costs.
Strategically positioned container freight stations (CFS) for efficient supply chain solutions
Dedicated teams of LCL sea freight specialists providing expert assistance
Direct or one-stop routing to guarantee fast, reliable shipments and maximum flexibility
Self-operated consolidation container serving numerous destinations worldwide
Door to Door, Port to Port, Door to Port, Port to Door
Inner cartons: 5 layers
Outer cartons: 5 layers
Plastic wrapping: Yes (on Outer carton)
Pallets: Yes (IPPC ISPM 15 Standard)
Freight remark: Yes (Printed on outer carton)
United States: 40*48inches (1016*1219mm)
Europe: 1200*1000mm or 1200*800mm
20 feet : 22,1 tons/33 cubic meters
40 feet : 27,4 tons/67.3 cubic meters
40 HC : 29,6 tons/76 cubic meters
These are four common terms of trade (aka incoterms) when buying and shipping from China to US. A product price is always quoted according to an Incoterm. Basically how much of the shipping you pay the supplier to handle. Based on the incoterm you select, you can let the supplier handle the goods transportation to:
EXW: no further place but the factory/manufacturer, which is EXW
FOB: a nearby port in China, which is FOB
CIF: a nearby port in your country, which is CIF (including maritime insurance)
DAP/DDU: all the way to your facility not including tariff and taxes
Most suppliers will quote EXW or FOB price at the beginning, and are flexible in providing different price based on different term upon your request. Commonly, you can find the term states clearly in the Proforma Invoice or Quote Sheet provided by the seller. If not, advise the seller to add into the papers to avoid any further confusion even dispute.
The general ocean freight rate includes the base rate and surcharges, excluding customs clearance and port charges at both sides, duty & taxes may occur, and other miscellaneous charges that occurred at both port of origin and destination. The additional charges excluded are:
Origin and Destination country customs related fee (i.e. Duty/Tax)
Origin and Destination port/terminal handling fee (i.e. THC)
Origin and Destination agent service fee （i.e. D/O）
The dominant factors of base charge is determined by the types of shipping that you choose. The factors are as following:
FCL rates: By the loading port, the destination port, the container type/weight/quantity.
LCL rates: By the loading port, the destination port, the volume, the weight, the volume/weight ratio.
If you choose port-to-port delivery, the base rate and the surcharges on the port of origin is usually covered. If you choose to door-to-door delivery, you are responsible for the additional surcharges at the destination, which includes terminal fees, handling charges, customs clearance/inspection, duty and tax (if applicable), ground logistics delivered to your address, storage, insurance, etc.
Finally, please be reminded that the international shipping rate is like the stock market price which is changing constantly. Make sure you note the expiration date of the quote that you received from your freight forwarder.
Container Type – 20’GP/40’GP/40’HQ
20’GP = 20’DV = 20FT = 20′ = 20 feet general purpose
40’GP = 40’DV = 40FT = 40′ = 40 feet general purpose
40’HC = 40’HQ = 40 feet high cube
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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