Thread: Importing by Sea
I am importing my router from China, Now the factory asked me if we can do customs ourself for sea.
I am not entirely sure what they mean however is there any stipulations omporting via sea rather than air that i must be aware of?
With sea, you're faced with going to retrieve it from the sea port it arrives at....also there may be some local handling charges that you might not know about at the outset (also sea is a bit riskier...eg Somalian pirates....probably a greater risk of damage, therefore insurance likely needed etc)
I have a 200kg shipment arriving from Japan in 10 days time....I'm faced with driving down to Southampton to collect - not ideal, but 200kg by air is crazy expensive.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shi...mmsi=352822000 - that won't fit up a canal! BTW, sea shipment is pretty slick...I can see where the ship is at any given time en-route .... http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/def...date=lastknown!
So the cargo has to be unloaded when it arries in port ...once it's unloaded, then it would be expensive to put it on a narrowboat!. So you're faced with travelling to the port where it arrives at (probably Southamptom or Felixestowe etc...you might be able to have it sea shipped to Liverpool?) or having a courier deliver it to your door from the UK sea port ...but if it's heavy then that's gonna cost.
No don't do that, as soon as it gets unloaded in Liverpool the Scousers will either nick it of have the wheels off it.John S -
So the cargo has to be unloaded when it arries in port ...once it's unloaded, then it would be expensive to put it on a narrowboat!.
I dont think they allow narrow boats on the shipping canal....its for ships????The more I know, I know, I know the less. (John Owen)
You'll have VAT *and* import duty (about 10%) to pay when it arrives (it's unavoidable...but you might want to get creative with the guy sending to see what fiction he can dream up for the accompanying docs!)
Last edited by HankMcSpank; 29-05-2012 at 08:08 PM.
But if your buying on a budget then it can cope with sampans and junksThe more I know, I know, I know the less. (John Owen)