Remember that saying; ‘If it’s too good to be true it is’?

Well it’s never been more applicable than what is happening in our industry.

Specifically, sea-freight ex China.

N.Z Importers enticed into buying C.I.F ex China with sea-freight rates that are too good to ignore, are finding they are paying through the nose when it gets to N.Z.

In short ‘once on the hook’ N.Z Importers are being ripped-off at this end by unscrupulous freight-forwarders with all sorts of over-the-top fees, which when totaled-up come to more than the quote they got at this end.

These unethical forwarders are almost exclusively Auckland based.

The key reminder when importing and organising freight ex China remain (a.) Secure Free on Board buying terms (b.) Arrange the freight & Insurance locally from this end.

Locally means locally by the way.

If you are allowing your suppliers in China to arrange the freight, you are opening yourself up-to this rort which has been a blight on our industry for over a decade.

Further, what would happen if the shipper forgot to properly insure the goods and they were a write-off?

Who do you go running to if that was the case?

Ignore our advice at your peril.

Let us give you a 'true & correct' costing tailor-made to your needs. 

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