How to Reduce the Outrageous Shipping Costs of Big Item

Shipping is part of running most business where selling of physical products are involved. In order to lower these outside costs, you have a few options to try and lower them (if you can).

Negotiate with your supplier on the product and/or shipping. If you can show them the cost of shipping is becoming prohibitive for you to do business with them, they may lower the product price OR they may have better relationships with carriers which they can leverage to get you better shipping rates.
If coming from China, ask your supplier to ship the product to you. Many of these large companies in China (and other parts), ship huge amounts and thus get extremely competitive shipping rates. Instead of setting up your own shipping, let them do it.
Use a shipping broker, either one from China or your country. They ship large volumes and get extremely competitive shipping rates. Most business owners think they can negotiate better rates, but if you don’t have big volumes, especially when starting, you will never enjoy low rates.
Use a freight forwarder, who consolidate multiple shipments into one and ship in bulk which lowers the rate for every businesses product on that shipment. Again, they like the brokers, have terrific relationships with carriers and enjoy much lower rates.
Buy more and ship in volume, which will lower the shipping cost per item shipped. If you buy 30 chairs as opposed to 10, the cost to ship per items is naturally lower when you ship a higher number.
Gang up with other businesses who ship from the same source or supplier and ship together and split the costs.
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