Sending goods to China

Question

I have a purchase order from China, however I’m not sure on how to go about sending the goods. They have said that I need a sales contract and a packing/shipping list. I just don’t know where to start…

Answer

Hi Jonathan, we can help you with this, please email me on james@mercatorcargo.co.uk or call on 02392756575 and we can run through what is needed.
Thanks
James

Answer

Dear Jonathan
one of the first things you need to do is agree payment terms with
buyer. payment up front or credit account and deciding if air or sea
movement.we can help with the completion of documents and the
freight movement..please contact us directly on 01263 513127 or email
colin.crown@ntlworld.com
best regards
colin ; crown freight ltd

Answer

Hi Jonathan, I’m guessing from your question that you are relatively inexperienced, have you any experience of exporting.?

Presumably this order has come from a quotation or tender which you have issued in response to an enquiry? If so, what payment terms did you quote on your offer? Before you start to think about the mechanics of shipping or documents, you need to be sure that you will be paid for the goods. Assuming that the client is not known to you, I would strongly advise getting payment in advance (ie against a proforma invoice. Failing this, use a method which protects you, such as a letter of credit, or documentary credit – both of these are procedures for exchanging shipping documents against payment, using a bank as an intermediary. You bank should be able to advise you if you go down this route.

Once you have ensured that payment is covered, you can start thinking about the mechanics, and speak to forwarders, who can help you with practical arrangements.

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