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Hey guys,

I'm really happy with my freight forwarder, but there's always room for improvement and getting the price lower. So here's what I'm thinking:

Post in this thread if you:
  • Already Import.
  • Want to get your freight price lower.
Just post "I'm in" or something along those lines.

After we get enough people in this thread, October 8th we'll be emailing our freight forwarders to give us a quote. The quote will be Guangzhou port for a 20GP Container to LA hypothetically leaving October 22nd. We can do other ports too, but I think this is a standard shipment that everyone's forwarder should be able to handle, and will be an easy quote to compare.

We'll then create a private messaging group on this forum or somewhere else, and will compare prices to see how much we're being overcharged. I'll message everyone interested as October 8th draws closer.

Why October 8th? Gives us 3 weeks to get people interested in this thread. October 1-7 is a holiday in China.

We'll all ask for the same exact quote. Then figure out by how much % we're being overcharged, or if our freight forwarder is already the best.

Always room for improvement. Doesn't hurt to share shipping costs and keep the forwarders on their toes.
 

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I have some good contacts if you wish in China that consolidate freight shipments from numerous ports.
 

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I'm in. My freight forwarder is good. Did great job last shipment however, I'm looking to sharpen pencil.

Product liability is one I'dreally be interested in....
 

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I ship from China about 6 times a month but it's always air freight. Helpful or no?
 

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I ship from China about 6 times a month but it's always air freight. Helpful or no?

Yeah, why not?

If you get quoted too high for ocean freight, then there's a good chance that it correlates to being over quoted for air freight.

The purpose of this activity is mainly to identify the freight forwarder's margin/inefficiency. Once we identify that, we're in a better spot to: negotiate, stay with our forwarder, or seek someone better.
 

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