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A"s to Q's that many others have already asked us...

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Q: Is it safe to source products from China?

  1. A: We at AfroChina minimize the risk through extensive due diligence with the factories, producing and establishing standard, enforceable contracts in the local jurisdictions, and working in tandem with you to establish that every piece of product meets the inspection standards you specify.

Q: Do I need to go to China myself?

A: While our clients rarely choose to personally travel to China, many businesses consider it prudent to have first hand knowledge of their manufacturing.  For these customers, Afrochina can accompany our clients as they visit their Chinese suppliers, and provide translation and cultural assistance during their visit

Q: How are payments handled?

Once quotes have been received and the customer enters into a contract for production, a deposit of 30-40% of the value of the invoice is required before production can begin.  The remainder is due after our clients have received and approved the Quality Control Inspection Report, prior to shipping.

 Q: Do I need to send my samples to China?

A: It is not always necessary to send your samples to China.  However, in some cases the factories will need a first hand, 3D view of your product that 2D photos or drawings do not depict.  Our experienced project managers will determine the best course of action based on your product and customer expectations.

Q: Who handles the freight and import details?

A: We manage all the steps of your project from sourcing to door-to-door logistics.

Q: What about shipping, what kind of shipping method do you offer?

We offer sea freight shipping, which could be a full container load or less than container load and also air freight.
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About Shipping

Note: EXW and FOB terms are for Container shipments.


#1  EXW (Ex Works)

Customers must arrange transportation all the way from the manufacturer or our warehouse in Guangzhou (40km away from Huangpu Port, China) to the final destination. Customers are responsible for the entire export process.


#2  FOB (Free on Board)

We deliver cargo to the nearest Port and handle the export process. You will then takeover the process when importing into South Africa which means customs clearing and inland trucking.
We offer FOB service for LCL (Less Than Container Load) and FCL (Full Container Load, 20GP, 40GP, 40HC containers).


Air Freight

1. Express Delivery (door-to-door)

(This is where we will use couriers such as DHL, Fedex, UPS etc... to send your goods.)

Duration: 4 - 7 days

Weight: best for packages that are less than 45kg.

Pro's: you wait for the door bell while we handle the entire process.

Cons: this is the most costly method of all.

2. Air Cargo (airport-to-airport)

(we'll use an airline e.g SAA cargo, Emirates cargo etc)

Duration: 4-7 days

Weight: packages have to weigh more than 45kg's.

Pro's: more cost effecient than international couriers.

Con's: prices fluctuate according to the available space on the airline.

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