Details On Shipping

What Your Shipping Price Includes

It is difficult to determine an exact price for your idea before I make a prototype or first sample.  So I look at hundreds (if not thousands) of past projects that were a similar size to your idea, and average out the prices on all of those projects.  With experience ranging back to 1995 in the plush toy business, I am often accurate within a small percentage.

I do what I can to keep the process simple.  This is why I quote one price for all shipping charges.  When I give you a final cost, I’ll give you one quote for the toy and another for shipping.  I keep the shipping charge separate as it can vary quite a bit depending on if I am shipping to a dock level warehouse or a 10th-floor office building.

For the majority of my shipping quotes: ocean shipping, insurance, DDC charges, dock fees, customs inspection (if required) brokerage, bonded release, and duties are all included in your “ground shipping” price.

No one likes additional fees so I take care of all the extra charges for you.  No surprises Guaranteed. 



Additional Charges – Not Fun

Over the years, I’ve received calls from clients who went with the cheapest manufacturer they could find, and called me to see if I could help stop the flow of invoices.  Some toy companies will import the toys in your name, so you are responsible for 5 – 10 additional fees.  Some are small, like the warehouse in/out fees, and some get more expensive.  Adding them all up can work out to $400 – $800 in additional fees.  I don’t do that.

In production, I will quote a “ground shipping” charge which includes:

  • Ocean shipping (a portion of one of my containers)
  • Customs clearance
  • Brokerage
  • Dock fees
  • Customs inspection charges (if applicable)
  • Handling
  • DDC charges
  • Palletization
  • Consolidation
  • Delivery (common carrier)

I take care of everything and quote you one fee in advance that takes care of all of that.

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