Don’t contact courier companies like FedEx directly, because the official price is very expensive. In most cases, Chinese suppliers will find you a courier agency. These companies can get discounts of more than 40% off from courier companies, due to their large shipping volume every day.
Yet at the beginning stage of the pandemic, there were a few days when FedEx in China gave most business accounts very little shipping volume like 100kg per day. Our company went through a hard time helping our clients ship out of China. And we recommended our clients contact their local FedEx to pick up cargos in China, to avoid this volume limit.
When you choose to ship by courier, an important thing you need to know is the Dimensional Weight. Because the shipping fee is not always charged by weight, but also by size.
Let me give you a simple example. Assume there are two shipments. One is a big empty box, weighing only 10kg, and the volume is 1 cubic meter. The other shipment is the same size of the box, but full of products inside, and the total weight is 300kg.
For the first shipment, courier company can’t charge you a shipping fee of 10kg, because the shipping space in airplanes is pricey. So they will convert the shipment’s volume into dimensional weight, and compare it with the real weight. The shipping fee will refer to the bigger one.