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Importing commercial goods from China .... broker or self-clearance?

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Importing commercial goods from China .... broker or self-clearance?

I have some professional equipment I'm looking to import from China. One shipment of about $5,000 worth of stuff.

I've done a bit of research on the importing and customs clearance process, and I'd like to get some advice from someone who's done it before.

Basically I'm on a tight schedule and would like to:

1) have the items cleared and delivered (or released as soon as possible).

2) pay the least possible amount in brokerage fees and extra fees imposed (beyond taxes/duties).

I've considered UPS for brokerage. Would they be a good option or are there better brokers out there?

Can I do the self-clearance process myself and still have the items released fast? What do I need to do for that?

Thank you for your help!
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yourmemory wrote: I have some professional equipment I'm looking to import from China. One shipment of about $5,000 worth of stuff.

I've done a bit of research on the importing and customs clearance process, and I'd like to get some advice from someone who's done it before.

Basically I'm on a tight schedule and would like to:

1) have the items cleared and delivered (or released as soon as possible).

2) pay the least possible amount in brokerage fees and extra fees imposed (beyond taxes/duties).

I've considered UPS for brokerage. Would they be a good option or are there better brokers out there?

Can I do the self-clearance process myself and still have the items released fast? What do I need to do for that?

Thank you for your help!
1) and 2) are not synonymous. I've done both. If you want to pay the least then do it yourself. If you want to have it cleared and delivered the quickest get a broker as doing it yourself easily adds a couple of days to the process if not more. Yes sometimes you might get lucky doing it yourself and find it won't take 2+ days more but that's not the general rule.
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eonibm wrote: 1) and 2) are not synonymous. I've done both. If you want to pay the least then do it yourself. If you want to have it cleared and delivered the quickest get a broker as doing it yourself easily adds a couple of days to the process if not more. Yes sometimes you might get lucky doing it yourself and find it won't take 2+ days more but that's not the general rule.
Thanks for this. I may go the broker route then if it means the shipment release will be done faster... in that case, can you recommend a broker? Is UPS pricier than others?
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ups would cost more i think than a regular broker.
My only advice is shop around, call a lot of brokers, pricing is all over the place.
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Many brokers are still hurt from the recent import increase in the US from 200 to 800,so you should be able to get a good deal from the 3rd party brokerage. Ups doesnt care.

Ups was the most expensive broker i asked for pricing.

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