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Save Money Air Freighting Products from China
Sometimes your only option to get your Private Label Business’s goods delivered on time is Air Freighting.
However, compared to shipping by sea, it’s expensive. Although sometimes the expense is worth it, there are a whole range of tactics that you can use to keep the price down.
That’s why today, I’m revealing how you can save money when Air Freighting goods from China, and reveal a secret on how to ship goods from China to Europe cheaply.
Why Air Freight?
If sea shipping is cheaper, why transport your Amazon products by air?
It’s a valid question. If you have the time, I’d always recommend getting your products sea shipped.
However, there is a specific circumstance when your business will need to ship products via air rather than sea.
When you need your products fast.
Air Freighting takes between three and eight days. Sea Shipping takes eight weeks, or two months. It’s a huge difference
There are a number of reasons that you may need your product fast:
- Your listed Amazon Product is about to run out of stock and you don’t have another shipment scheduled.
- You are launching a new product in a low competition category and you need to get it out as soon as possible to establish yourself in the market.
If you are facing one of these situations, you should seriously consider Air Freighting your product
So, if this applies to you, make sure you get the best deal when shipping your product by following my expert advice.
1. Package Your Product Appropriately
When taking to the skies, air freighted goods are normally subject to very bumpy rides.
Unlike sea shipping, where products are tightly secured in containers or on palettes, when products are air freighted, they are thrown into the cargohold by porters, and shaken around during flight turbulence.
This means that if your goods are not properly packaged, they will break
And damaged goods cost you money.
That’s why when you air freight goods, you need to make sure that you don’t skimp on your product’s packaging.
If you’re unsure what would work, seek advice from your Supplier or Sourcing Agent.
2. Don’t Ship on Palettes
It’s standard practice to secure products on palettes when they are sea shipped. However, you need to avoid this at all costs when you air freight your products
That’s because products on a single palette take up a lot of room.
Unlike cargo vessels, aeroplanes don’t offer a lot of space. This means that when they are being loaded, it helps to have products individually boxed to fit into small gaps throughout the plane.
By getting your supplier to package your products into boxes, you make it easier for the airline to transport your goods. This increases the number of planes that will be available to carry your products, delivering a more competitive price to you.
3. Understand Your Air Freighting Quotes
This may come as a suprise, but quotes provided by different airlines for air freighting a shipment cannot always be compared like for like
That’s because some airlines give you a surprise second bill after you’ve paid the first one.
I found this out the hard way when I first air shipped products from China. Funnily enough, I’d compared a range of airlines and on paper, it looked like I had chosen the service that offered the most competitive price.
However, that’s because rather than receiving one bill for the transportation, I got two. One covering the initial fees, and a second with additional taxes and landing fees on it.
It pushed up the price of air shipping my products to the point at which my products were no longer profitable to sell on Amazon.
You can avoid this by making sure you always request a quote for shipping door to door. This means the whole cost of transporting your products from the Manufacturer in China to your Amazon FBA Warehouse or your garage.
4. Find The Right Forwarder
Recently on social media, I’ve seen a lot of people asking how they can find the right forwarder.
It’s surprising because this is easier than you would think. It just requires a bit of work
To get the best prices, you need to consider a range of quotes from a number of different types of forwarder
- Big forwarding companies. This includes USP and FedEx, who can often provide cheap and reliable forwarding solutions thanks to the scale of their operations.
- Forwarders recommended by your supplier. Your supplier will work with a forwarder and they probably get discounts from them. Talk to your Supplier’s Sales Representative, find out who they use and ask your supplier to get a quote from them for you.
- Local forwarders. Use Google and identify some local forwarding services. Get some quotes as they may be cheaper than the alternatives.
Once you have quotes from all three types of Forwarder, you can compare them and find the best deal.
5. The Difference A Day Makes
Just like passenger flights, it’s cheaper to fly your goods some days than it is on others.
That’s because sometimes planes do not have enough cargo, resulting in space being sold at discount rates.
If you have a flexible window to deliver your products, find out how much it would cost to ship on a different date and go with the cheapest.
6. Time It Right
While this isn’t always an option, there are certain times of year when shipping goods costs a premium.
In the run up to Christmas, large companies often find that they are running out of stock and need to ship their products by air to meet demand. This drives up prices and makes it uneconomical to deliver by air.
Although you won’t always have the option to choose when you are transporting your goods, if you do, consider when the Chinese Holidays are, and when other companies may be transporting their goods by air, like Christmas and Black Friday.
It’s a great way to reduce your shipping costs.
7. Ship in Bulk to Reduce Price Per Unit
Air freighting incurs fixed rates. That means, irrespective of how many products you are shipping, some of the fees charged will always stay the same
This means that the more goods you ship by air, the cheaper it is per unit.
It’s worth doing your homework and working out whether increasing the size of your shipment will bring your shipping costs down.
The Secret European Shipping Technique Revealed
China and Europe often seem like they’re worlds apart.
In some ways, they are. But don’t forget that you can get a train from Western Europe to China, if you really want to.
The same applies to your products. You can transport your goods from China to Europe by train, often at prices that are much cheaper than Air Freighting.
Transporting goods by train is also comparatively fast compared to sea shipping
In practice, air freighting normally takes between three and seven days, while rail shipping takes ten to fourteen days.
If you need to ship your goods from China to Europe quickly, but a week will suffice, save yourself a lot of money and find a rail shipping solution.
Soaring to Success
There’s never been a better time to consider whether air freighting is right for your business.
If you follow this advice, you can make the whole process a lot cheaper, helping you make the most of speedy product deliveries
Have you ever tried air freighting before? If so, how did it go? Do you have any more advice for other Amazon FBA Sellers who are thinking about taking to the skies?
Let me know in the comments below!