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Oversized Shipping Explained
Oversized shipping is easy to understand. Items that are too big or too heavy for courier or post (i.e. DHL / Fedex / NZ Post / EMS) have no option but to ship on the ocean with containers. From the USA with our service, this is very cheap and leaves fortnightly. From Japan, if you attempt to bring in something oversized, everyone - you, us, your neighbour, the Primeminister - faces the same high Japan-based export and Customs costs. From Japan with our 6-monthly container, we share these costs to keep the price well down.
Oversized Shipping Example
Here is an example of the total cost to ship a Y80,000 (at NZ$1 = Y80) bumper from Japan. In this example, we compare you buying overseas online, versus our price.
Note: This is an example only, albeit accurate at the time of writing. Our online prices include all costs, delivered to your door. The example is a break down as to what is covered by our pricing.
Why do containers save money?
There are shipping providers from Japan such as EMS, SAL, Japan Post, Fedex, DHL and TNT for 'regular' sized boxes. If a Box is over 1.5 meters in any one length (even if it weighs 1kg), it's oversized. If it's over 30kg, it's oversized. Air freight rates for such items are $700 upwards plus fees, so people turn to the only alternative option - containers. However, from Japan there are high export fees (over $600 just to get on the boat, then the cost for the space and shipping, plus local taxes, fees and costs, plus port costs and inspection fees at either port) for each shipment.
We also have to pay the high one-off fees - no one is exempt. But as we collect orders over 6 months, this fee is shared amongst many orders, resulting in an insignificant amount per-order for you. This is why you get cheap shipping. The trade-off is waiting!
Containers form the USA have no export fees associated with them - just the shipping cost, Customs GST and clearance fees. That's it! This is why the US option leaves far more frequently.
Standard Terms and Conditions apply.
The process is simple in the USA. We have all oversized items sent to our depot in Compton, LA. From there they ship to New Zealand roughly every fortnight where we clear the goods and redirect to you. Transit is between 3-6 weeks once departed.
The process in Japan is as simple but orders are collated over 6 months (typically). Our depot is in Mei Prefecture. We then ship to New Zealand in our own container, clear the goods and redirect to you. Transit is 4-12 weeks at best once departed.
Please understand the following considerations:
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