Place your order with the vendor, shipper or exporter and identify shipping terms that will be used.
Once you have selected your supplier, request a P/I (Proforma Invoice) for your prospective purchases to include the harmonized system number, description & value per item. Your P/I must show the weight & the packed dimensions as well as your term of purchase.
What is a proforma invoice? It is a non binding document helping budgeting your future purchases. It is not a purchase order nor does it creates a legal obligation.
1. Ensure the supplier will agree to shipping under FOB terms from their nearest port or airport as this will greatly reduce your shipping costs and give you more control over the shipment.
For example, if you were importing from China and the closest port to the supplier is Shanghai, you would request FOB Shanghai terms.
2. Keep in mind shipping by ocean is indeed quite slow, and this means that certainly requires a lot more long-term planning compared to domestic product purchases. Besides, the time required to export goods, including documentation, inland travel, customs clearance, and port or terminal handling for a container of goods can cost up to 7 days.
In general, the Transit for a container China to Ireland would take 42 days.
We suggest NOT to:
1. Always looking for the lowest price.
If you come across a quote that is significantly cheaper than the others, raise a red flag. You should know that there is no lowest price in China, only the lower and lower prices. Lowest price always accompanies with high risk, maybe quality, quantity or reputation.
Just find a reliable supplier and grow with them in a healthy way.
2. Failure to clarify product details.
If you aren’t extremely clear to your supplier about your required specifications, there is a big chance you would receive exactly what you didn’t want. Not clear means the factory will make the decision for you based on cost saving.
Ensure you double check the materials and the manufacturing process of each quote so you can feel confident in the products you are purchasing.
Make sure your supplier has totally confirmed every spec of your target product, including the packaging. Sometimes, it’s necessary to send the sample for recheck.
3. Showing distrust towards your supplier.
International trade is based on mutual trust. If you don’t trust your supplier, nobody will look after your production in the factory, and nobody will sincerely help you when trouble happens.