Jimbo007 wrote:I'm in China at the moment and a friend's classmate from school has a lithium battery manufacturing plant. I hope to get some pricing on various banks although I have no idea what would be involved in getting them home.
To get your purchases back to Australia via sea freight isn't that difficult to do but there are a lot of steps to follow.
The last import that I did was about 8 pallets weighing approximately 4.5 tonnes, this was a mixed order from different suppliers and mainly from the Shangdong Provience China.Your friend should be able to organise your consignment to Sydney by seafrieght without any hiccups.
It would be advisable to use a forwarding agent here in Sydney because if you miss doing one of the steps required for Customs or the Port Botany facility this will mean a holdup with your consignment at Port Botany and this will cost you plenty of extra money.
I use Will Jacobs of http://brighton-le-sands.cylex.com.au/c ... 73937.html
and find him helpful and he has a reasonable fee.
If you want to you get your consignment from Port Botany for yourself and that is ok, I have done this a few times now and in the end I found the easiest way to get my goods out of Port Botany was to get my goods delivered to (Central Coast)Tuggerah for a fee where I have the use of a friends factory and forklift.
Most importantely before you commit to buy in China is you need to check what your importing costs are going to be i.e. The AUD exchange rate to USD, Import Duties, GST, Customs fees and charges,Port Botany fees and charges and lastly the forwarding agents costs.
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