- Patrick Muir
- On November 30, 2015
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A boat shipment of my products left China on October 22 and arrived to an Amazon FBA warehouse on November 20. I’m impressed by how quickly my goods made it through the process, not to mention the increased profit from using a boat.
This shipment of 3,000 Apple Slicers cost me $1,547.21, not including the $600 Continuous Bond; the Continuous Bond is an annual fee you pay to the U.S. Government and is the better option than a single-entry bond if you plan on shipping multiple of containers. In comparison, to airfreight 1,020 apple slicers, it cost me $1,040 and still took two weeks. Shipping by boat instead of airfreight increased profit by 22.5 percent for those 3,000 units.
I still have plenty of room for improvement in order to decrease my shipping costs further. For example, I could combine shipments from multiple factories into one container. This could be achieved by ordering more product at one time.
I used the company Shapiro to handle the entire process. The company sent me a PDF to fill out with information such as the Amazon Reference ID, Manufacturer Contact Name and Shipping Port in China. Best of all, the company updated me by email each time a change occurred in the process.
Read more about Patrick’s journey selling on Amazon