• Elksourcing:How to calculate volumetric weight properly?

    Elksourcing:How to calculate volumetric weight properly?

    When you are having your goods shipped from China by air or express mail like DHL, UPS etc, you will need to know how to calculate the volumetric weight properly. How to understand the volumetric weight? For example, if you are shipping 1kg of spoon which is made of steel, then usually the shipping weight is calculated by actual weight 1kg. While if you are shipping 1kg of foam which is really soft and used to take more room, so usually the shipping carrier will calculate 3~4kg as shipping weight. Due to the volumetric weight is bigger. How to calculate the volumetric weight? 1) First you need to know the exact dimension & gross weight of the parcel.2) Then multiply the parcel’s 3 dimensions, to be (length x height x width)3) Then divide the result by 5000 if you are using centimeters. Note that this is for courier shipping. Divide by…

    shipping FAQ 2021-05-08
  • Elksourcing:Introduction of China Compulsory Certification (3C or CCC)

    Elksourcing:Introduction of China Compulsory Certification (3C or CCC)

    “China Compulsory Certification”, abbreviated as CCC or 3C. The CCC certification mark is“CCC”, which was formulated by the National Certification and Accreditation Administration Committee in accordance with the “Compulsory Product Certification Management Regulations” (Order No. 5 of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China). China Compulsory Certification (CCC) is similar to other certifications for product quality standardization–such as the European CE system–but there are important differences. The CCC certificate was introduced in 2002 and applies to imported goods as well as to Chinese products. Products which require certification may only be imported, sold and/or used in business activities in China, after a China Compulsory Certification has been obtained. Since October 2019 there is a CCC-Self-Declaration or a voluntary certification for certain product groups. The new compulsory product certification system came into force since May 1, 2002. To ensure the smooth transition between…

    shipping FAQ 2021-04-21
  • Elksourcing:What You Need to Know About Pre-Shipment Inspection?

    Elksourcing:What You Need to Know About Pre-Shipment Inspection?

    Pre-shipment inspection is an integral aspect of quality control procedures for products purchased from overseas suppliers. The procedure presents manufacturers with the opportunity to rectify their products before they are shipped, thereby averting costly import risks. The inspection addresses areas such as safety, functionality, appearance, and dimensions of the products. The aim of pre-shipment inspection is to ensure that the production of goods is in compliance with the principal specifications and purchase order. This is accomplished through an inspection wherein random samples of finished products are examined, typically when 100% of the order has been manufactured and at least 80% of the order has been packed.  Pre-shipment inspection serves several purposes, including: ·      Examining the quality and quantity of products. ·      Scrutinizing products for defects. ·      Ensuring that products adhere to the safety requirements of the destination market. ·      Issuing inspection reports for importing customs clearance. 1) On-Site Inspection The inspection of products is carried out at…

    shipping FAQ 2021-04-21
  • Elksourcing:How to Negotiate Better with Chinese Suppliers?

    Elksourcing:How to Negotiate Better with Chinese Suppliers?

    Negotiation skills are important when working with your Chinese suppliers — the people who actually manufacture your products. You need to learn some good ideas before you start to send an email or phone your Chinese suppliers. 1) Do Your Homework You won’t be able to make much progress in your negotiations if you haven’t done a fair share of research in advance. You should understand the basics of working with Chinese suppliers, while also conducting in-depth research on individual businesses to create a preliminary list of partners who seem like they would be a good fit. Researching basics like available product types, minimum order QTY and shipping terms can help you get a better idea of which suppliers have the potential to meet your needs. Not only will this help you make a good impression with suppliers once you pick up the phone and call; it will also help you…

    shipping FAQ 2021-04-20
  • Elksourcing:4 Common Misconceptions about Packing List

    Elksourcing:4 Common Misconceptions about Packing List

    Many shippers are aware of the importance of Bill of Lading; however, the importance of packing list must not be overlooked. Whether you are filling out a packing list to export commercial merchandise or to move overseas, there are important aspects of this document you need to be aware of. A simple misunderstanding of this document may result in unnecessary delays and their corresponding fees. Here are 4 common misconceptions regarding packing list. 1. Information on a packing list should be kept to minimal Wrong. The packing list should include details such as dimensions and weight not only of all the individual boxes and packages but the entire shipment as well. Full contact information for the shipper/exporter and consignee must also be listed on the packing list. You may give our article on how to fill out a packing list for a more detailed look at what should information you need to…

    shipping FAQ 2021-04-20
  • Elksourcing:Better to Choose FOB Than CIF When Importing from China

    Elksourcing:Better to Choose FOB Than CIF When Importing from China

    FOB and CIF are two most popular Incoterms in international trade industry. However, many new importers do not know which Incoterms to choose when importing goods from China, FOB, or CIF? It is important to know the difference between FOB and CIF. FOB – Free On Board FOB ensure that all obligations relating to costs, risk and insurance of the goods are split between the buyer and the seller in a fair way. The entire process of importing from China is divided into the most important stages. 1.    Manufacturing and preparing goods for shipping. 2.    Transportation from the factory to the port. 3.    Loading the goods onto the vessel. All the above obligations are the seller’s responsibility: by agreeing to sell goods on FOB terms, the Chinese company is obligated to carry out and pay for all these actions as well as bear the associated risks.  These stages of importing from China are the responsibility…

    shipping FAQ 2021-04-17
  • Elksourcing:Tips to Reduce Shipping Cost When Importing from China

    Elksourcing:Tips to Reduce Shipping Cost When Importing from China

    Known as the “world factory”, China has become one the most popular sourcing destinations for millions of business startups, shipping cost is important for the success of your business. If you are running the logistics independently, shipping cost should be one of the key factors for you to consider. The more your business relies on the movement of goods, the more your business will benefit from cutting down your shipping cost. As such, it’s very imperative for you to analyze all the possible shipping costs and get the best shipping options for your business. 1). Plan for Product Shipping Everything should be started with a plan. It goes the same with your shipping business when you import from China. An effective shipping plan should embody a clear understanding of the scope of business, quantities involved and the frequency of the shipments. This plan will help you negotiate with the freight forwarders. Route…

    shipping FAQ 2021-04-12
  • Elksourcing:Reasons Products Not Reach Customers in Right Condition

    Elksourcing:Reasons Products Not Reach Customers in Right Condition

    In this article, let’s explore the potential reasons why your product might not reach your customers in the right condition and how packaging inspection can help you avoid them. 1. Packaging materials are crushed during shipping and handling Like most importers of consumer products, you may choose to pack your products in cardboard shipping cartons before they leave the factory. Cardboard shipping cartons are light, inexpensive and can provide great protection from a number of outside elements. They’re also highly stackable for transport. But they’re not invincible. If your customers report that your inventory arrived in crushed shipping cartons, you might want to look into the following causes. 1). Stacking too many heavy cartons leads to crushing. 2). Improper packing assortment leaves your products vulnerable. 3). Inadequate packaging materials don’t protect your product. What packaging quality control measures help prevent crushing during shipping and handling? 1). Clarify packaging materials and assortment in…

    shipping FAQ 2021-04-11
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