Module 2 Inbound Shipping. So now you’ve gotten your products made but they’re still not available for you to sell. You still need to get them shipped from your manufacturer. Next up we’ll be talking about inbound shipping and the models suppliers and considerations to keep in mind as you build out this process. There are several models you can choose from to get your product here where else but here
are the few that I found that are used most often when you’re shipping from an international manufacturer usually shipped via air transport or ocean transport. Ocean transport is usually the cheapest option but it can be really slow. 60 to 90 days is not uncommon and if there are any issues. It could be even longer Air transport is much faster but can be much more expensive, especially
if your items are heavy. There’s not as much room on a plane as on a cargo ship so the space costs much more so larger and heavier items will cost much more to ship the airplane. When you’re shipping from a domestic manufacturer the costs are usually lower than international transport and you’ll commonly Ship Via ground or air transport ground transport is cheaper than air transport domestically
but it’s slower you should budget three to 14 days minimum to get your goods from your manufacturer to your warehouse Air transport is much faster and depending on how much stuff you’re shipping can go from your manufacturer to your warehouse. Even within the same day when I would budget at least two to five days to get your items once you’ve decided on what model you want to use to get your goods to your warehouse
it’s time to find a supplier domestically here in the United States. The most common options are u.p.s. FedEx and regional carriers. You can go straight to a regional carrier but often they prefer you work through a freight broker. If you’re shipping internationally DHL is usually the simplest option as they are best known for their international reach
with their transportation network. The other option I recommend is working through a freight forwarder freight forwarders, or service providers who are experienced with dealing with all the details involved in finding the right carrier for your product type and product quantities. Now that you’ve decided on your shipping method and found your supplier. Here are some things to keep in mind. Determine how large a shipping will be.
Will it be a large volume of inventory that will fill up a full truckload or will it be less than a truckload. Are your products and just a few cases where there are lots of cases in that there are lots of cases. Will you be privatizing them. Are there any special markings that you need to put onto your pallets containers cases or products. What are the h.s. tariff codes. These are questions you need to ask your manufacturer
before they ship so that you can get an accurate estimate of costs from your shipping provider. Now let’s talk about customs. Lots of people worry about customs and it can be a headache when you items get stuck at customs for weeks on end. However whether or not your items get held up at customs is completely out of your control. So just focus on working with your manufacturer to get these things right that are within your control
and you’ll have the best shot of your items making it through customs without any delays. If you’re really concerned about your items not making it through customs then work with or get advice from a freight forwarder was shipped your type of product before they should be able to help you avoid making errors that will get your shipment held up at customs.