Lumi gives you control over your preferred method of importing goods from suppliers overseas.
When shipping overseas, the goods will be shipped either on a container ship or via air freight.
If you have a shortened timeline and would like to get a quote on air freight, please communicate with the supplier. They will need to know the end destination to provide a quote.
Make sure you understand and approve costs provided by suppliers on Lumi, as this cost will be added by when the product is ready to ship. You can also get quotes from your freight forwarding company as an alternative as long as you have the packing details
When you accept a quote from an international manufacturer you should make sure you understand the freight terms that they are offering. The four most common shipping arrangements (these are called Incoterms) offered by international suppliers are:
If you have already imported from overseas then you are likely very familiar with the process and may have an existing freight forwarder that handles this process. For all methods except for DDP, you will need to arrange the import and this requires specific paperwork as well as a license to import.
There are many providers that can help with importing your goods such as Flexport. They can provide you with a quote for delivery to the final destination and can handle all of the import process.
If you want to compare pricing you will need the supplier to provide packing info (carton dimensions, cartons weight and quantity per carton). Once they have provided this information you can use a marketplace like Freightos to compare pricing and book. Or you can use a freight forwarding company.
When communicating with suppliers about freight you should consider asking about the following:
Packing details (carton dimensions, cartons weight and quantity per carton)
Do you need everything packed on pallets? If so, what size (40 x 48” is the US standard) and do you require wooden pallets? (overseas suppliers often use plastic)
Does your 3PL or warehouse have specific height requirements for pallets or weight restrictions?
If you are shipping something fragile, make sure you understand how the supplier intends to protect it. Most damages occur in transit and will be your responsibility unless the supplier is offering door-to-door shipping.
Do you need specific labels or barcodes on the cartons and/or pallets?
It’s important to communicate about these during the quoting process because they can have a bearing on the final cost.