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In this guide you will learn how to deal with local wholesalers and manufacturers, buy low, pack and ship your container from morocco.
Once you have discovered the wide range of beautiful items that morocco has to offer you will start wondering that maybe you should buy direct in order to cut your cost. In today's competitive business environment most consumers shop around to find unusual items at low prices. By buying direct you will not only acquire and provide low prices but also create repeated business with your customers. Have you ever wondered how Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn and Cost Plus world market prosper and stay in Business? They go direct. Should you?
Your outfit can save you lots of money. Don't wear new clothes but more like Salvation Army used clothes, look like your ready to do some gardening work on a Sunday… In another word, “look poor”. Don't use tourist guides! Official tourist guides will takes about 50% commission on all your purchases, and will only take you to shops that they have business deals with. So try avoiding that. Only use tourist guides if you are sightseeing and visiting, they are very knowledgeable about the sights and history of morocco.
How to choose a vendor:
Most buyers go to Marrakech since it's the Mecca of hand made goods in morocco . Once there you must understand that manufacturers are all over the country and always outside the cities. Most manufacturers have shops in the cities, so always ask if your vendor produces and request for a visit of his or her factory.
Dealing with vendors:
Don't be afraid to bargain everyone does it in morocco (Note: Items are not price tagged in morocco ). Don't let your vendor know that you are a first time buyer; Never buy on your first day, spend couple of days visiting the souks and medinas. When you go browsing the medina you should ask lots of questions as to how pieces are called among the locals. Don't be reserved ask for prices and take notes. When you're ready to buy, vendors will be surprised to see that you know specific names of pieces and what they are made of. Do your homework and prices will drop 50%...
Placing the order:
When placing purchase orders never give 50% deposit to your vendor, instead give him 10% deposit and request to see the progress of production within a week, if you are satisfied with the merchandise provide him with another 20% deposit. If your vendor does not accept your conditions walk away immediately, but if he does your chances of getting bad service have just been reduced by 90%.
Don't place large quantity orders unless your planning to stay in morocco and monitor the progress of production, if you don't have time to stay then hand pick what you like pay and go to the next vendor. Don't order with short production deadlines, this can and will result in bad quality products. When you order large quantities take two trips to morocco , one when ordering and another trip to control the quality. The best option is to stay there the entire time to monitor production.
Never trust manufacturers for quality control. At all cost you must control the quality of your goods before returning home. I insist on the importance of controlling your goods since quality standards in morocco are different then US standards. If you are not there to control the quality of your goods chances are you will get bad quality and the requested time frame of production will not be respected by your vendor.
Packing your goods:
They are no direct shipping lines between morocco and the United States ; containers must transit in Europe resulting in excessive handling of your container. Packing should be done under your supervision and no other way. Rent a warehouse hire labor, buy packing materials and pack yourself to make sure that all the contents of your packages are compatible with your packing list. Vendors are not aware of what a container endures while in transit and don't understand strict US customs regulations. Note that when US customs inspects your packages and find that the packing list is not compatible with the content of your boxes they can and will order a complete inspection of you container. This can delay, damage goods and cost you a bundle since US customs charges for full inspections.
Choosing a shipping company:
They are many shipping lines companies offering services to the US . Don't be frugal trying to save a few hundred dollars on shipping costs, go with a reputable company they usually have better quality containers and faster services. Look at shipping companies as an investment not an expense.
Choosing a container:
Before you fill up your container step inside of it, close the doors and look for crack and holes. Once your container doors are shut you will be in complete darkness, look for light beams entering your crate, if that's the case ask your shipping company to change your container. Holes allow water to penetrate weakening your boxes and creating lots of damage. Also look at the exterior structure of your container and check that the bottom of your crate is in good shape with little or no rust. When loaded on ships, containers get lifted from the top part and a week rusty bottom can rupture causing all your merchandise to break.
Sea freight insurances are only good for structural damage to your container and disasters type accidents, they don't cover a few broken pieces. This is why you must pack well and check your container before shipping.
Moroccan and US duty classification requires that your invoices identifies the raw material your pieces are made of. Hire a Moroccan freight forwarder to fill and complete all paper work requested by Moroccan customs. When back in the United State make sure that you have all original documents for US customs.
Clearing US customs:
Hire a customs broker and make sure you have all the original paper work like bill of lading, a certificate of origin,Morocan customs clearance form, invoices and packing list both translated in English. If you don't provide these documents your customs broker will not be able to clear your container from US customs.
Delivery to your business:
Let your custom broker choose and arrange for delivery of your container, they know the best trucking companies in your area. Ask your trucking company to call you before retrieving your container in the port of arrival. Before they load your container ask them to inspect the structure of your container, if the structure of your container has been badly damaged instruct them to leave it at the port. Call your insurance for immediate inspection. Keeping your container in storage at the port of entry will help you collect from your insurance.
I hope that this guide was helpful to you.
My final word of advice: if you want a successful and smooth transaction, stay in morocco to monitor production, control quality, pack and ship your goods under your supervision.
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