Project Description

THE STEPS

You can break down importing into the small steps, we will guide you though each step to ensure you have a basic understand. Remember you can contact us for further information.

1. CHOOSE THE COUNTRY

Different countries have different export regulations. While the material itself might be cheap to buy from a certain country, there might be other factors which might add up to the cost. Also you need to take into consideration the transit time and the buying power of the Australian Dollar. Some countries have free trade agreements with Australia you can speak to your Customs Broker for advice.

2. FIND A SUPPLIER

Once you have identified the optimal country for production, you need to locate a supplier. There is an abundance of web resources to help you find the supplier that best fits your needs.  Once you have made the contact with an overseas supplier, it is always good idea to go meet the supplier and good supplier normally welcome a factory visit . If you cannot locate a supplier we may be able to assist.

3. REQUEST A SAMPLE

Before you purchase anything from an overseas supplier, insist on receiving a product sample. The main reason to request a product sample is to ensure that you review the quality of the product. You do not want to work with a supplier that skimps on quality. Be sure to request a product sample before you finalize any agreement. A product samples will also give you the ability to present actual products to prospective customers.

4. FIND A RELIABLE FREIGHT FORWARD & CUSTOMS BROKER

You already have too much to worry about. Do not add shipping procedure and documentation to the list. Always work with a reliable Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker that will provide you with daily updates from the moment you place the order with your shipper. This will give you time to concentrate more on your business. The Freight Forwarder will arrange the freight and the Customs Broker will arrange the customs formalities.

5. FINALIZE THE AGREEMENNT

You are now ready to finalize an agreement with your supplier. Make sure you have everything in writing, as issues typically arise when language barriers exist. Some key points of an agreement between an overseas supplier and a importer include product specifics, such as pricing, payment terms, shipping terms, and delivery. Negotiate an FOB (Free on board price) even it the shipper says he can ship the goods for free.

6. SHIP ON TIME

Do not ship your goods at the last minute. This might cost you more than you need to pay. However, by shipping early you may end up paying inventory costs. Always consider that delays might happen during the process, such as goods might not be produced on time, the vessel might not sail as scheduled or arrive on time, goods might be held by the customs. Be prepared for all this and plan accordingly.

7. CUSTOMS FORMALITIES

Your  Customs Brokers will act as an intermediary between yourself and the relevant authorities to ensure the necessary permits, duties & taxes and other formalities are correctly applied to your goods. Importing goods without consideration of the relevant border controls can lead to expensive delays in terms of bonded storage costs, or potentially even destruction of your goods if they’re in violation of Australia’s import regulations.

8. PAY YOUR FEES

You will have some fees to pay when the goods arrive, these will include but not limited to Freight costs, port charges, duties and taxes, Quarantine fees, professional service fees and also delivery.  Normally your Customs Broker will pay all these fees on your behalf and then send you a final invoice prior to delivery. Use our online Freight Check quote to understand the charges that will apply to your shipment.

9. DELIVERY

When the goods arrive and they have cleared customs and quarantine, delivery will need to be arranged. Goods must be collect from the customs controlled depot before storage occurs. Your Customs Broker will liaise with you in regards to the delivery and the type of vehicle that will be required. If you are importing a full container it will not be delivered to a residential address due to Council restrictions.