Terms of sale, properly know as ‘Incoterms ‘ are published by the International Chamber of Commerce and are widely recognised in law, worldwide. In this article we answer the question what does ‘incoterm’ mean in shipping?
See more about the different types of incoterm and feel free to get in touch with K&L freight if you have any questions about Incoterms or any shipping and freight queries.
If you are importing into the UK you will want to know what tax you are going to be charged by customs.
Firstly it is important to note there are two types of tax which are quite different and are best treated separately. Import duty is a tax that cannot normally be refunded. Import VAT on the other hand is normally refunded some time after import as detailed below.
All goods that are imported into the UK are classified using what is called a commodity code or HS code which is a ten digit number.
The United States and the United Kingdom have always been major trading partners and most probably always will be, especially if we sign a USA/UK free trade agreement. If is often said that that the UK and the USA are two quite different countries that share a common language and whilst this may be true there is a lot commercially and culturally that tie us together. As well as language, our tastes are broadly similar and so what sells well in the USA will most probably sell well in the UK and what sells in the UK will probably sell well in the USA.
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.
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.
You will be pleased to know that buying and importing from India is rather more straightforward than you may expect.
Why Import From India?
Let’s assume you addressed the question ‘why import from India?’ and have sourced the product you want to buy and agreed payment terms with your supplier – so you are good to go.
Getting Freight From India
The next step is to consider the geography of India.
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.
What is IMO 2020
As has been widely publicised in the shipping industry new regulations called IMO2020 come into force from 1 January 2020. The regulations are being sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and are being introduced worldwide further restrict the amount of Sulphur content in the fuel used to power ships, which will reduce to 0.5% from 3.5%.
Reducing Sulphur Emissions
Shipping lines have several options to reduce sulphur emissions,
How Much Does Air Freight Cost?
We are often asked “how much does Air Freight cost?”. The answer may surprise you, as small commercial shipments can work out cheaper on Air Freight Charges than Sea Freight. The reason for this is that Sea Freight has a minimum charge charge of 1 tonne, whereas Air
Freight minimum charges are typically 20 kilos.
What Is The Chargeable Weight For Air Freight?
You may ask “What Is The Chargeable Weight For Air Freight?”
If you are used to sending parcels internationally you may be familiar with the phrase ‘Freight Collect’ where you send parcels to your customer and they pay the cost of carriage. In the world of freight, the terms that determine who is responsible and pays for each part of the journey are officially set out and are called ‘Terms of sale’ or ‘Incoterms’. Phrases ‘Freight prepaid’ or ‘freight collect’ just don’t cut it and should not be used for air freight or sea freight.