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Default Shipping via sea from China to UK...

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I have always used EMS for buying from China but now have been wanting to order larger amounts the shipping is getting silly. I have a few suppliers who are willian and wanting to ship to me via sea.

Now i have never done this and have no idea how to, i know you need to have a registered buisiness and pay import duty/taxes but if anyone could advise me on what to do and how they do it that would be great.

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Shipping via sea for huge amounts means you need to 1. register business yes but 2. you need a sea freight broker. Think you look them up online such as Delmar, etc. but I don't have first hand experience. We're talking about 5 digits and up worth of sea freighting with containers, etc.
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Can be very costly and very time consuming. If you ask me unless your business makes a lot of money shipping by sea doesn't appeal to me.
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If you are importing non-branded, non-trademarked items, it IS the cheapest shipping option, although it takes longer. But the minimum quantity is huge, like a truckload, or a half-trucklodd.

If trying this with "foo-foo" items as GreenBean puts it, then I woud not recommend it. If it gets inspected you will have to disappear and lie low, or it is up the river you will go, for a hundred thousand years or so...
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Shipping by Sea is Not really that hard, there are MANY, Companies that do this. I Have been using these guys: Action Customs Expediters For a while and they are Good, I use them Together with this Shipping Company:China Shipping North America,,,

The amounts that you have to Buy is Really up to your Supplier, you can Have as little as a 1/8th Container load, but as with Everything the More you ship the Cheaper. Overall though Shipping by Sea Is A LOT LESS Money, even on the Smallest Level.

Also, It is NOT Required that you have an Import Licence or are Incorporated in order to Ship by Sea, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND it, though.

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As usual, another well-informed contribution by Slapped. And info on top of that. Quite generous - /salute
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