How To Import From China

Buying from China can be a headache if you are not aware of the complete shipping process.

This article offers a step by step shipping guide on what Rainbow does on each stage to avoid potential hassles once your goods are ready to dispatch.

The shipping process can be divided into 23 steps.

Let’s go over each of them together:

Step 1:Identify Needs

Importer:Identify needs and expectation for a desired Aroma Diffuser & Beauty Device.Our professional and experienced sales will provide you with the best solution in the shortest time.


Step 2:Place Order

Importer: Fix the contract of sales & Order goods.


Step 3:Arrange Down Payments

Importer:Make a down payment to prepare for production.


Step 4:Arrange Production

Exporter:Manufacturing begins

Timeline:15-50day days prior to estimate date of shipping

Note:Lead times on production can run as short as 15 days to as  long as 35 days depends on the market demand & supply.


Step 5:Book Shipping Space

Exporter:Reserve shipping space in the vessel for shipment and get a shipping order (SO)or Booking Confirmation from shipping company. (Shipping order mentions Booking No.; BL No.; Vessel Name; Port of loading; Port of Discharge; ETA; ETD; Cut-off time etc.)

Timeline:10-20 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 6:Pre-shipment Inspection

Importer:Arrange for pre-shipment inspection and quality check.

Timeline:12-15 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 7:Arrange Balance Payment

Importer:Make balance payment to exporter based on agreed payment terms to exporters to arrange shipment

Timeline:9-12 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 8:Pre-shipment Seaworthy Packing

Exporter:Arrange for packaging, labeling, and marking the goods as per standard shipping practices

Timeline:6-8 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 9:Arrange container pickup

Exporter/Freight Forwarder:Pick up delivery order (DO) for container from shipping line and arranges for container pickup, stuffying and sealing. (Container No.; Seal No.will be informed. )

Timeline:days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 10:Export Haulage

Exporter:

(option 1) Arrange carrier (containers)to pick up the goods with seaworthy packing (video link) at the supplier’s premises

(option 2) Transfer the goods (by means of truck) to forwarder’s origin warehouse for container loading at the port of loading (typically it takes 2-3 days depending on the distance and geography before cut-off date>

Timeline:5-7 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 11:Load Container

Exporter:Arrange container loading of ready products at port or at exporter’s premise.

Timeline:4-6 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 12:Prepare Shipping Documents

Exporter:Prepare shipping documents (Bill of Lading, Packing List, Commercial Invoice) and arranges documents check (check particularly goods description; HS Code, consignee/ notify party info) by sending drafted copy to importer for confirmation before submitting to custom of origin port.

Timeline:3-4 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 13:Export Custom Declaration

Exporter/Freight Forwarder:

Submit a declaration detailing the cargo and supporting documents to China Custom.

Timeline:3-4 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 14:Custom cleared

China Custom:China Custom Releases containers after documents check and custom inspections

Timeline:2-3 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 15:Apply for CO:

Exporter:Apply for Certificate of Origin issued by the Custom and send drafted copy to importer for confirmation before issuing final copy

Timeline:1-days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 16:Containers on Board

Port Dock Workers:Load the port on scheduled ship. At the port, the container is stacked together with other containers intended to load on the same ship, and finally loaded when the ship is ready at the port.

Timeline:0-1 days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 17:Ship takes off

Ship departures from Port of loading

Date of Shipping

Notes: chances are big that shipping could delay for 1-7 days at some point that will be completely beyond importer & exporter’s control Reasons for Shipping Delay: bad weather condition, port congestion, custom inspection


Step 18:Courier Shipping Documents

Exporter:Get the original Bill of Lading (BL) and Certificate of Origin (CO) from shipping line and other documents (Packing List, Commercial Invoice; Certificate of Analysis; Measurement List; Catalogue etc.courier hard copies to importer/consignee (3-5 working days after the ship takes off )

Timeline:3-7 working days prior to estimate date of shipping


Step 19:Arrival of Goods

Arrive at the port of destination of importer’s country

Timeline:5-50 days after estimate date of shipping

Transportation time Depends on direct or indirect shipping,  shipping lines, Port of destination.


Step 20:Import Custom Clearance

Importer/Freight forwarder:

Present the shipping documents to the customs at the Port of Destination for import clearance

Timeline:2-4 days after estimate date of arrival


Step 21:Receive Containers

Importer:Take custody of the shipment

Timeline:2-4 days after estimate date of arrival


Step 22:Import Haulage

Importer:Arrange for transportation of wet wipes machines to final destination

Timeline:4-7 days after estimate date of arrival


Step 23:Unload Containers & Receive goods

Importer:Arranges unloading of the container & hands over empty container at appointed yard of the shipping line

Timeline:5-10 days after estimate date of arrival


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