If you only want 1-3 small windows or one door then please see my small orders shipping page.
Many international trade buyers ask me about the cost of shipping for bulk purchase. My first advice is that if you already have a shipper in England who you have dealt with before then I am happy to deliver to them. Please send me their location and I will consider whether I can deliver for free, or what my price would be.
If you are new to importing then the simple rule is the more you ship the cheaper it will be. I package small crates myself and use the services of shippers who can package and despatch either by the crate or container, insurance can also be provided. In order to obtain an estimated price I would need the following information from you:
- a list of the items from my website – everything has a four digit code.
- the port where you would receive the consignment (if your order is likely to be at least 1 metre cubic square)
- your zipcode (if your order is likely to be less than 1 metre cubic square)
The cheapest price would be delivery to your specified port only but sending by boat is only possible for a minimum sized order of 1 metre cubic square. If your consignment is going by air freight because it is too small then it will be delivered direct to your door. Insurance is optional usually 1.5 – 3% the value of total stock.
Ultimately the cheapest method would be for you to have your own 20 foot shipping container which I can arrange. The other advantage of this is that it can be filled with other items you might purchase in the UK such as antique furniture. This spreads the diversity of your investment. If you like I can arrange for items you purchase from other vendors to be delivered to your container.
If you have never done this before I appreciate it is a huge outlay but in the long-term you would be making a bigger saving. You may also want to visit me. I am only 35 minutes from London Heathrow Airport! Touring the UK buying antiques is great fun and the British pound is currently very low against most currencies!!!
The above two packaging images are of the main shipping company I use: Pack and Send Harrow. You can ask me to obtain a price from them for you but are also welcome to make contact directly for any shipping requirement – but please reference me.
Sea freight and USA customs – useful information
International import/export can seem daunting if you have never done it before – especially the terminology. I do not claim to know everything but here is a step-by-step guide with an indication of costs you would be responsible for:
1. I can arrange for your windows to be shipped to your nearest port from England in a palletised crate. I will pay for this myself once you have paid my shipping fee which includes crate manufacture, packing and delivery to the shipper’s UK wharehouse.
2. Before your consignment can enter a US port some documentation called the ISF 10 must be submitted. This is applicable only to sea freight, not air freight. My shipper can appoint its customs broker do this for a fee of $165 or you are welcome to appoint your own customs broker for this. Here is a link to more info about the ISF 10.
3. As soon as the ship docks the consignment is your responsibility. My shipper appoints an agent to devan your consignment. This means removing your crate from one of hundreds of shipping containers which will be on the vessel and delivering to a nearby warehouse. The agent my shipper uses is Troy Container Line Ltd. Troy will you for this. It is not possible to give precise costs but here is an indication totaling $348.32 obtained in September 2017:
4. Your consignment then needs to be cleared by customs. Troy will offer to act as your customs broker or you can opt to appoint your own. I obtained the following estimate of costs from Ocean Air Logistics, a Miami based customs broker in September 2017:
U.S. Customs Clearance……………………USD $125.00
Messenger (2x)……………………………….USD $ 73.00
Single Entry Customs Bond…………………USD $5.50/$1000 value; min $55.00
Import duties are additional, as applicable per HTS. The HTS (Harmonize Tariff Schedule) is the commodity classification.
5. You can then go the warehouse yourself to collect or you might want to arrange for forward freight. Most custom brokers can offer to arrange this which is a convenience.
For sea freight I can recommend you buy insurance from The Insurance Broker. It is a British company which has given me a lot of advice. It has a US dollar account and offers insurance for about 1.5% of consignment value. I recommend you insure for the cost of shipping as well – just in case the whole contents arrives damaged. Their excess is £250 (about $326.77).
I will probably not offer to purchase this insurance for you if shipping to you by sea freight. This is because you would probably be arranging your own forwarding freight from the port so it might be unclear as to which part of the shipping was responsible for any damage. I will offer insurance for door-to-door air freight as I am arranging the whole shipment.
Terms of insurance if you purchase it through me:
1. When the crate arrives you must sign the courier’s declaration that you are satisfied with the condition. I will send you photos of the packaged crate for you to compare on arrival. You are not expected to check the contents while courier waits but to check there are no obvious signs of damage to the crate.
2. Any claim for damage to stained glass panels is to be made to me within 5 days of crate being delivered as recorded on the tracking.
3. Photographic evidence is required.