Supply chain review from importing by air from China

Air Freight From China Challenge

The Challenge was to simplify a customers’ supply chain that had grown without any focus on the planning of how orders are sent from China.

We find this often happens with companies that set up and then have rapidly expanded.

The company’s initial emphasis is quite rightly on sales and growing the business. It’s only when the growth curve settles a little and the business matures do minds turn to procedures and processes needed to make a business more efficient to facilitate the next phase of growth.

Major Disruption in China – Coronavirus

*UPDATE

China closed for business to at least 10 February

The central government in China had advised that all businesses in mainland China except the Tianjin area, (the port city for Beijing) are to remain closed until 10 February.

As you may have heard the Chinese government have issued a instruction on the extension to Chinese New Year to avoid the movement of people to prevent the coronavirus spreading.

Importing Alibaba Products From China

Alibaba is classed as the Amazon of the Far East, only much cheaper – as it’s wholesale! With this is mind, many people across the UK are using the Alibaba website to source products, drop ship them to the UK and sell on Amazon UK, ebay or their own websites, or even all three.

This is a great way to cost effectively sell on line and make some money. However, there are some hidden costs to sourcing your products from Alibaba as we will explain below.

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.