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Do you handle shipment from China to Toronto sea and air?

Posted: 2010-12-23

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Do you handle shipment from China to Toronto sea and air?

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Dear Amber Copper Aluminum, Thanks for your question. The database of suppliers at www.globalsources.com will help you find a qualified vendor, but at the time of writing we don't offer an endorsed service provider for logistics because so often the ideal partner depends on the location of the buyer and the readership of this website is global. I have yet to find a 3PL that has true global coverage. A lot of 3P's will say they have global coverage in their marketing, but I have found that when you dig deep into their experience you will find they focus on certain shipping routes or destination ports. And the giant freight forwarders that do have offices around the world are usually not interested in smaller accounts. So if you are moving less than 20 containers per year, they may not be a good fit anyway.

Since we don't have a ready-made list of 3PL providers to give you, let us share with you something far more valuable - how to find the right 3PL for your particular needs.

Just like picking suppliers in China, the problem isn't finding a 3PL, as there are so many to choose from, the problem is how to find the right one for you. Assuming you keep it easy and purchase "FOB China Port" from your supplier, then the role of your 3PL will be to orchestrate the movement of your goods from the China port to your destination point. In most cases this means organizing ocean freight or express air for the international leg of the journey then customs clearance in your national plus local trucking for domestic delivery. As such, you should be looking for 3PL that have experience importing products from China into the specific domestic port you have in mind back home.

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