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Using parcel service instead of freight forwarder

Discussion in 'Logistics - Payment & Shipping' started by geeks123, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. geeks123

    geeks123

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    Hi,
    I'm trying to import some items from a UK based distributor.I'm new to import business. The supplier says i should use a freight forwarder to handle the shipment. I however have an account with a parcel service (fedex/dhl). I had requested for a pickup at the supplier warehouse but he had denied it and has suggested for a drop off (through his courier) at a parcel service or freight forwarder.
    How does parcel service handle documentation differently than the freight forwarder and how does drop off work for a parcel service?
    Sorry if this question seems too basic or unclear.
  2. Erik

    Erik

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    Hi!

    I believe it would be best to have this answered by those who are in that line of business. Let me tag in a couple - @Import Expert @Power Forwarding
  3. Import Expert

    Import Expert

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    Thanks @Erik

    Much depends on the shipment size. As a general rule of thumb, anything from a pallet upwards should be handled by a freight forwarder, less than that would probably be more cost effective by a parcel carrier. You mention 'importing' from the UK, so not sure where you are based and where goods are being imported to, but if non-Eu then in terms of customs procedures, the process is more or less the same.
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