Shipping Your Board Games
When it comes to shipping, aside from the abstract and unknown terms, there are many uncertainties and questions customers have. To that end, we have compiles here some of the terms we think are essential and add some of the questions that were raised by customers. If this page does not answer your question, please let us know and we will answer as fast as we can.
General Shipping Terms
EXW, FOB, CIF
when you finished manufacturing your board games, and you want to send them to your warehouse, who is responsible for shipping? EXW means you are responsible for picking up the games from the factory. FOB means the factory delivers the games to the port and you take care of the shipping. CIF means that HeroTime takes care of everything and you just need to sit down tightly and wait for the game to arrive to the location you specified.
Fulfillment (especially for KS)
Fulfillment is perfect for times when you need to send individual games to multiple customers for example such as the case with KickStarter. Instead of shipping all the games from China to your one location. HeroTime will make sure to send your games directly to the end customers so you do not need to worry about shipping, and you can save up to thousand of dollars on shipping. one of our main partners is VFI Asia
The WTO categorizes products by codes. These codes are called HS codes. Tabletop games in general are HS code 950490
Full Container Load: meaning your merchandise filled a whole container, and the shipping company charges for an entire container, which is cheaper than when the company charges LCL.
Less than Container Load: meaning that the shipping company will put your merchandise together with other people’s merchandise so to fill up a whole container. If so, you will be charged by CBM, not by Container.
Cubic Meter: meaning 1x1x1m. One cubic meter has in it 1,000,000 Centimeters.
Ship by Air – AKA express, up to seven-day delivery, however, in this case, the shipping company charges by weight and not by CBM. By weight, the cost can go up to 5$ a kilo.
ISF + SEB Custom Bond
to pass merchandise through a custom, you should purchase a bond. You can buy a one-time bond (ISF+SEB) which are 50$ flat fee and another $3 per every $1000. Click here to learn more about bonds
Some companies charge insurance up to 10% of the worth of the order, and others charge 3%. For insurance, the boxes must be a 5 layer packaging box