Are you missing out on great deals just because it does not ship to Singapore? Is your delivery fee half the price of your Urban Outfitters’ dress? If these are your concerns, Freight not! Here’s a quick guide on when to use each of the four most popular freight forwarding services for U.S to Singapore shipping.
What are Freight Forwarding Services?
Freight·for·ward·ing·ser·vice (n) /freɪt ˈfɔːwədɪŋ ˈsəːvɪs/
A company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer from overseas to a market, customer or final point of distribution. Basically, teleportation!
We’ll be comparing four freight forwarders EzBuy, ComGateway, VPost and Uclick2Buy under 3 criterions – price, quality and reliability.
Note: Borderlinx has stopped their US services as of 4 June 2018.
Best quality packaging for fragile goods: ComGateway
Overall Winner: Uclick2Buy
Read on to get the nitty gritty details! *Not a sponsored post*
Which quality do you value the most?
- Overall Prices & Shipment Fees (Die die also must be cheap cheap)
- Quality (You are my precious)
- Reliability (Please work on Black Friday and don’t lose my items)
We all hate paying for shipment and of course, the cheaper the better. Below is a price chart of the various freight forwarding services.
We have an obvious winner for the lowest shipment cost! Yes, EzBuy is more than 2x cheaper than the other alternatives. But still, get your calculators out for heavier/bulkier items and always remember to check the type of packaging your seller chose. Do note that the chargeable weight for all standard air shipping is calculated by whichever is greater between the actual weight of the product and its volumetric weight.
Note: Updated the free storage days limit from vPost!
Are you shipping rare and fragile collectibles? Or something expensive and really precious? ComGateway offers the best quality repackaging amongst the four competitors. Even though EZBuy offers free combining and repackaging services, they do not enhance the protection of the items during said processes.
The internet reviews are very skewed towards ComGateway’s quality repackaging and live quotations services, but don’t just take our word for it! Do a quick google search to double check.
Hear hear, we all know that EzBuy ran into some trouble during 11.11 last year and lots of shopaholics could not get their goods to Singapore! Although it’s only for Taobao but we can’t be sure if they won’t run into any issues for US. If you want to avoid such a risk, you may want to look at other freight forwarders.
Vpost also seem to have collected some bad reviews. On the other hand, ComGateway users agree that they give accurate live quotations quickly and never hesitate to refund extra charges, but there are some who also claim that custom taxes are not always revealed.
Meanwhile, Uclick2Buy is a less popular freight forwarder with live quotations services too. There aren’t many reviews of it on the internet but there are recommendations scattered around forums. So far, there has been no highly negative reviews on it so it seems pretty safe to deem it reliable.
We award Uclick2Buy to be the best overall freight forwarder based on the total stars earned from the 3 different criterions. They don’t overcharge users nor neglect their customers so give it a try and let us know how you feel! On a side note, perhaps some may feel Uclick2Buy do not have many reviews and hence do not trust it. In that case, it would be a draw between ComGateway and Uclick2Buy – yippie!
Nonetheless, each freight forwarding agent has its own pros and cons. Depending on what you’re buying and qualities prioritised, the optimal freight forwarder to use will differ. Always select the one that caters most to your needs! With your shipping problems solved, the only limitation now is your wallet size.
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