Buying From China

We are often asked about how to import from China to the UK?

As a freight company we think importing from China is straightforward, though of course we do this all day every day for a living!

Let’s assume you have found a profitable product to import from China, this may be from your own contacts or by visiting a trade fair, or you may even be importing from China to the UK sourcing from Alibaba.

How does freight forwarding in China work?

China has developed over the last 30 years from an insignificant player to become the largest export economy in the world. Freight Forwarding has developed along the same lines. In the beginning there was one state owned company called Sinotrans.

Now the industry has exploded and there are thousands of companies calling themselves freight forwarders in China. The market is not mature and there are very many small and some not so small,

How do I Import from China?

There is a simple answer to a complicated question when it comes to “How do I Import from China?”  The answer is that you find a freight company with vast experience in moving freight in and out of that country and save yourself time and money.

Here at K & L Freight we have 30 years of experience in doing just that.  We have faced and overcome all the challenges that come with such shipments and our contacts and trusted name in the industry mean that we can negotiate the best rates with carriers and pass these on to you.

Chinese Golden Week & UK Imports

We’ll shortly be coming up to Chinese Golden Week which begins in the first week of October.  It’s the equivalent of an old style UK bank holiday where things actually used to close down and factories and industries would close.  It is observed across China and manufacturing and banking closes down for a minimum of one week, sometimes up to two weeks as celebrations take place.

We always recommend our clients check with their suppliers as to what the plans are and must factor this in when anticipating delivery times. 

Help with Importing From China

As a timely reminder to our customers and prospective customers  the 1st week of October is Chinese Golden Week. This festival is in affect a public holiday when Chinese manufacturing closes down more or less completely for at least a week and often for two. During this time normal business with China stops and goes on hold and so if you are planning to buy from China whatever you are purchasing will need to be in the supply chain before Golden Week starts as often it takes factories some time to get back up to speed after the holiday period.

Importing into the UK from China after Brexit

After Brexit importing into the UK will, as it stands, be the same process from any country and the current arrangements for importing from an EU country will no longer apply and you will always need an EORI number so if you have not got one already you will need to apply using H M Revenue & Customs on line procedure.

If you use K&L Freight whole import process is handled by ourselves and so you do not need to worry about how,

How to Import From China

We are often ask the question ‘ how do I import from China – where do I start?’

The process may seem complicated and onerous but it doesn’t need to be, the question of how to import from China is easy when you know how!

If you can source what you want to buy from China (sorry that’s the only bit we can’t help you with!) we can arrange the rest for you right through to delivery to your door and you don’t even need to be involved.

Chinese Imports to Manchester

 

It may seem strange to be seriously thinking about Christmas when most of us have not yet had our summer holiday, however this year we urge you to do so.

The recent threats of a Brexit have left United Kingdom warehouses full to bursting as manufacturers continue their contingency plans by holding large inventory stocks. For many the plan was that we would now be post Brexit and so stock levels would now being running down.

Import Goods From China

It will come as no surprise to anyone involved in international trade that the current China / USA trade war is going to result in major changes in the flow of goods, especially as the US market is by far the largest for Chinese companies. As China’s second largest market for its manufactured goods, EU companies are well placed to drive harder bargains with Chinese suppliers who will by now rather keen to find new outlets for the goods so that they can keep their factories in production,

Container freight rates from China & the Far East

Whether it’s due to Brexit fears or maybe just a lack of business confidence, freight volumes from China and the Far East are in the doldrums. The consortiums of shipping lines have tried to push rates up by restricting capacity so in the process 115000 TEU (20ft equivalent units) of container slots have been removed from circulation by cancelling sailings and either mooring up ships or slower steaming.

This has had the effect of some erratic scheduling as services have been combined with lots of containers being transferred from one ship to another on route.