The last few years have been very difficult for many of our clients doing import and export business around the world. Not only do they have to face sharp price increases for products such as chips, steel, and rare earth magnets, but they also have to face transportation problems.

The latter now faces greater uncertainty due to the evolving global pandemic. This uncertainty includes magnet shipping costs and lead times.


For many customers who have never exported strong magnets, exporting magnets is a relatively difficult matter. First of all, as a magnet factory, it is necessary to understand the procedures required for exporting magnets, how to declare customs, and which transportation channel is the most cost-effective.


1. Which channel is better, to ship the magnets by sea, by air or by Fedex/DHL/UPS/TNT?

Sea freight, air freight, and express delivery all have their own characteristics. Customers need to choose the best transportation method according to the actual situation of their goods. The most suitable shipping method is the most suitable for you.


Sea freight: low cost, long transit time, but very suitable for goods weighing hundreds of kilograms to several tons.


Air freight: The freight is high, but the transportation time is short. You can choose to pick up the goods at the airport or deliver them to your door. It is suitable for 100-200 kg of goods and goods that need to be transported on pallets. It is recommended to choose special line air freight, and the price is more advantageous.


International Express: International fast and flexible, door-to-door, suitable for emergency transportation of goods under 100kg, the delivery time is within 7 days in many countries, and the time limit for remote countries or regions is generally within 15 days.   


Magnets are heavy goods, and shipping by sea can greatly reduce the transportation cost; and the freight of express and air freight seems expensive, but compared with the price of magnets, the express fee is not high.


Another important point is that magnets are magnetic products and require magnetic isolation packaging. Many transportation companies do not accept magnetic products for transportation.


 If the weight is relatively low, it is recommended to choose international express DHL, FedEx, UPS and TNT for transportation. Magnetic testing is required, and the cost usually does not exceed 50 yuan. For large quantity orders, magnets can be shipped by sea and by air.

2. How much is the magnet shipping cost?

Magnet shipping costs are determined by shipping weight. Prices vary for different shipping methods or speeds. Magnet shipping charges for international shipments will be estimated at the time of order placement or calculated prior to delivery.


3. How to pack the magnets for transportation?

Due to the potentially destructive nature of strong magnetic fields to surrounding items, shipping magnets requires specialized antimagnetic packaging and testing procedures.


 Shipping by sea is usually based on wooden pallets or wooden boxes. This kind of packaging is thick and strong, and ordinary magnet packaging is fine. Usually shipped by LCL container.


Air freight is usually packed in cardboard boxes, and strong magnetic fields are more likely to affect the normal operation of the aircraft. Therefore, magnets need to be packed in cartons, and additional iron sheets are added for magnetic isolation packaging. A magnetic test is required, so how can it pass the magnetic test? The method is very simple, after magnetic isolation packaging, take a utility knife and put it on the outer packaging to test whether there is suction. If there is no general magnetic inspection, it will pass.


4. What are the procedures for exporting magnets?

If customs declaration is required, it is enough to report according to the actual situation. Generally, customs declaration, packing list, bill of lading and other materials is required. If you don’t understand the customs declaration documents and materials, you can find some document clerks to do a complete set of customs declaration materials for about 100 per ticket. The customs declaration fee is generally between 100-500, depending on the standards of each company.


After the magnet arrives at the customs of the customer's country, customs clearance materials are required. The requirements for customs clearance materials are different for each country, but most of them will require commercial invoices, packing lists, and bills of lading. Usually, these three documents are necessary. There are also countries that require a certificate of origin, and this is done by a third party.


In summary, the export of powerful magnets requires experienced factories to operate


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