Understanding Import and Export Logistics

In this edition of our Q&A series, we cover some commonly asked questions regarding import and export logistics. China Consign specializes in assisting clients worldwide with direct purchase of goods from China, cutting out intermediaries to provide cheaper and high-quality products. We offer a Chinese shipping address, package consolidation, and international transport services. Our partnerships with reputable delivery companies like FedEx and UPS ensure competitive shipping prices.

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  1. What are the different classifications of lithium batteries? There are three categories:
  • Lithium batteries shipped separately
  • Lithium batteries transported with equipment
  • Devices or vehicles powered by lithium batteries.
  1. What is the structure of air freight costs? Air freight costs include:
  • Airfreight charges (charged by airlines)
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Security fees (a fixed fee of HKD 1/kg charged by Hong Kong authorities)
  • Airport handling fees (e.g., HKD 283/ticket charged by Hong Kong for loading cargo onto airplanes)
  • Terminal handling fees (charged by airport handlers when goods are handed over to them for final processing)
  • Airway bill fees (costs associated with issuing the bill of lading as proof of ownership).
  1. What is customs clearance? Customs clearance refers to the series of actions required for importing/exporting or transshipping goods through the customs border of a country. It involves declaring, inspecting, assessing taxes, and releasing goods before they can be processed and cleared for further trade activities, including export tax refunds and forex verifications.

  2. What is DEQ port terminal delivery? DEQ (Delivered Ex Quay) means that the seller delivers goods to a named port terminal, where the buyer assumes responsibility upon delivery of the goods. It is used to indicate that the seller has fulfilled their obligations to deliver the goods when they are placed at the terminal. However, the choice of delivery location will impact the seller’s obligations to load/unload the goods at that location, which is applicable to different modes of transportation.

  3. What are some items that cannot be shipped by air freight? Items prohibited from air freight include pre-opened liquid goods, flammable and explosive goods (e.g., lithium batteries), powdered goods, oversized/overweight goods, and magnetic materials.

  4. Which countries require fumigation certification for wood exports? Countries that require fumigation certification for wood exports include the United States, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the European Union.

  5. What is prepaid freight? Prepaid freight charges are paid by carriers to agents or other carriers for transportation of goods, which are then collected from the consignee by the final carrier. These charges typically cover the cost of transportation fees and miscellaneous expenses necessary for transporting the cargo.

  6. What is FAS delivery? FAS (Free Alongside Ship) refers to the delivery of goods by a seller at a designated loading port where they are placed alongside a ship for transport. The buyer assumes responsibility for any loss, damage, or risks incurred once the goods are delivered to the ship.

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