Here we aim to guide you through the various methods in which you can have your notebooks delivered to you, wherever you are in the world. We offer a comprehensive range of delivery services whether via road, sea or air, and can help navigate you through the tricky terminology involved in shipping.
If you’re buying in bulk road or sea freight may be the best options for you, whilst air freight is more suitable for smaller quantities (and if you’re in a rush).
We have experience in delivering goods to all corners of the globe, so can help you with customs, taxes and insurance for wherever your books need to go.
We manufacture most of our products in the United Kingdom or Turkey, so a road delivery is often the most cost effective delivery method across Continental Europe.
If shipping small packages, sending with a national courier service such as TNT, DHL or UPS is an easy option. For larger shipments with specific destinations, a specialist freight firm may be used.
Generally, there is less paperwork with road freight compared to Air or Sea Freight. This is because the haulier who takes your items will deliver to a your destination and take care of all paperwork on the way, especially as they often have to cross many borders.
Air is often the quickest option, especially if you’re in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South America. This delivery style is split into two options; courier or air freight.
Courier is the most expensive, but allows for a delivery door-to-door. The services we offer are TNT, FedEx, DHL and UPS, depending on your destination. This is best used for smaller quantities, especially as the courier will take care of customs on your behalf, and allows for delivery to most global destinations in 2 or 3days.
Air freight is for larger quantities, and different services take different amounts of time, depending on price and available. Where the courier companies often have their own fleet of planes, air freight also use existing commercial carriers, such as Delta Airlines. Door-to-door services are available with air freight, but often an ‘Airport-to-Airport’ service can be cheaper, where local freight forwarder services can be employed to get the lowest costs.
On bulk orders, sea freight is the lowest cost option, but generally takes the most amount of time. Items need to be palletised, and can be sent to any port in the world. If you are transporting a lot of books you may choose to send items via a full shipping container, which is called a Full Container Load (FCL). These come in 20ft or 40 ft lengths. If you only have a few pallets to send or less, you can send Less Container Load (LCL). Both require import and export documents.
Depending on the size of your order, we can offer different freight terms. Ex Works means that you can collect the items from one of our factories, and shipping is your responsibility. FOB (Freight on Board) means that we will clear the item through customs on export and get the items on a boat, but thereafter the items are your responsibility.
Custom, Duties and Taxes
Importing and exporting can be a daunting process for the uninitiated, but we’re here to help you through the processes. Whether you are importing an item via road, air or sea, your shipment will need to be registered with the various customs houses as you cross borders.
The simplest is with couriers on small quantities, whereby the courier will pay for any import taxes on your behalf, deliver, and then claim these back later. It gets a little more complicated with air and sea freight. The items must first pass through export customs (though we take care of the hard work for you), before needing to go through import customs at the final destination. Items travelling via air freight tend to clear airport customs easier than sea freight options, however all products being imported are liable to held by customs – whether as a random spot check or if something needs to be queried on the invoice or packing list.
Each shipment travels with an invoice and a packing list. The packing list explains what is in the shipment, whilst the invoice shows what the shipment is worth. Sales taxes and any duties are then calculated off of this. A percentage of the value is usually charged, and this is based on the type of item shipping. Each item has a HS Code against it, which is used to tally up this percentage. Generally our items do not require any duties (GST – Goods and Service Tax) as for most countries they are rated 0% duty. However, sales taxes or VAT taxes (value-added tax) do apply in most countries, though these are reclaimable from the local government if you are a registered business.