Two Week FAQ Vol.42 Feb 09 – Feb 22

After the long vacation of the Spring Festival, everyone works hard on the new year’s business. Are you ready to continue working with ShopShipShake to further boost your business? Check questions and answers for the last two weeks!

Two Week FAQ Vol.42 Feb 09 – Feb 22

Q1. Any new competition for this month?

Super Seller 2020 | 1st SSS Awards

The Art of a seller is not simple. It’s quite complex and the combination of different attributes are what truly make a seller in the modern sense of the word an outstanding professional and the key to many organizations’ success and growth. The Awards aim to recognize outstanding sellers among SSS users.

#SSSAWARDS Ten individuals/social enterprises will get the award.

-They will get the chance to advertise stores on ShopShipShake FB Page (1 post)

-Get a quick link through ShopShipShake website top banner (1 week)

-Get an introduction blog published on SSS official website

 MORE DETAIL CLICK ON http://bit.ly/3k16Xj1

*Previous Competition:

#SSS2021 Free Mystery Box: http://bit.ly/3pn6bia (valid from Jan 27 to Feb 4)

#SSSTORY share to win: http://bit.ly/2Ly0QGdoin (valid from Jan 18 to Jan 25)

#SSSReview Post to win: http://bit.ly/3i8LSlS (valid from Jan 11 to Jan 18)

Q2. Help me to place an order

Please register on http://bit.ly/2Pxboou

You can get help from your assistant after registration by clicking the WhatsApp icon on the screen. Your assistant will guide you step by step.

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Q3. How much is the shipping for items in my cart?

The cost for delivery depends on volume, weight and region.

Please register on ShopShipShake and calculate it on the website when you finish the order.

Here is the calculation link: http://bit.ly/322muUU

For more accurate estimation, please contact your assistant by clicking the Whatsapp icon on our website.

Please understand the estimated shipping fee is just an estimation, many factors may influence it, so we cannot assure you it is 100% accurate. Thank you.

Q4. Where can I get some tips and experience sharing from other SSS users?

Option1: You can click on FB hashtage #SSSREVIEWS #SSSREVIEW to see what others said about their parcels purchased on SSS.

Option 2: Click on https://www.facebook.com/shopshipshake/posts/1274120422989208 check people’s experience sharing.

Q5. How is your product quality?

Hi, SSS does not produce any products. We provide the online platform and cooperate with local professional logistics to deliver your goods. If you care about the product quality, you had better learn from sellers or get help from your assistant.OR you can choose our Quality Inspection service when you place an order.

Q6. Do you only sell in bulk? Can I buy 1?

We only do wholesale and don’t recommend our customers just buy a few items, for the shipping fee will be too much.

Q7. How do I pay?

Dear, you can choose pay by credit card (we support visa, master and American express) or bank transfer. Please mind the bank account change, if you need to help, please contact your assistant, Thank you.

Q8. Where is your shop?

We don’t have shops offline. Shopshipshake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. That is why we use *Shopshipshake*. The factories shopshipshake buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group but because it is in Chinese, you can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

Two Week FAQ Vol.41 Jan 19 – Feb 02

How r u going? Now is February, the second month of the new year following January, with fresh energy and aspirations. February in China means the Spring Festival Holiday! What’s that means to you? 2021 will surely be an amazing one for all of you where you will make new goals and try and be positive for the rest of the year. Check questions and answers for the last two weeks!

Two Week FAQ Vol.41 Jan 19 – Feb 02

Q1. Any competition for this month?

To thank all of our clients for choosing ShopShipShake in 2020 and ongoing support in 2021, we have prepared some #2021 new year gifts for you!

#SSS2021 Free Mystery Box: http://bit.ly/3pn6bia (valid from Jan 27 to Feb 4)

*Previous Competition:

#SSSTORY share to win: http://bit.ly/2Ly0QGdoin (valid from Jan 18 to Jan 25)

#SSSReview Post to win: http://bit.ly/3i8LSlS (valid from Jan 11 to Jan 18)

Q2: Can I have your WhatsApp Number?

You need to register first. Here is the link to register: http://bit.ly/2Pxboou

After registration, you can get help from your assistant by clicking the WhatsApp icon on the screen. Your assistant will guide you step by step.

Q3. Where can I get some tips and experience sharing from other SSS users?

Option1: You can click on FB hashtag #SSSREVIEWS #SSSREVIEW to see what others said about their parcels purchased on SSS.

Option 2: Click on https://www.facebook.com/shopshipshake/posts/1274120422989208 check people’s experience sharing.

Q4. Do you only sell in bulk? Can I buy 1?

We only do wholesale and don’t recommend our customers just buy a few items, for the shipping fee will be too much. You can check this group if you want to groupbuy (minimum 1 item): https://www.facebook.com/groups/sssjhbgroup

Q5. They say ShopShipShake is a scam. Is it true ?

SSS is not a scam. You can click on topic #SSSREVIEWS #SSSREVIEW to see others’ feedback. You can also join our fan group to see others’ experience sharing if you want.

Shopshipshake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. That is why we use *Shopshipshake*. The factories shopshipshake buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group but because it is in Chinese, you can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

For more information, please read the guidance below:

Beginners: https://bit.ly/2yff6wi

Advanced: https://bit.ly/2JqrfAO

Q6. Do you have a catalogue?

Here is the link for what we can purchase for our clients now: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

You can search what you want on our website.

Q7. How to use the image search founction?

Easy steps to find what you want on SSS!

– Click the camera icon

– upload a picture

Products related will be shown on your screen.

Try it now! here is the link🔗https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

Q8. Can I visit you in SA?

We don’t have shops offline. Shopshipshake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. That is why we use *Shopshipshake*. The factories shopshipshake buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group but because it is in Chinese, you can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

Q9. How is the quality?

SSS does not produce any products. We provide the online platform and cooperate with local professional logistics to deliver your goods. If you care about product quality, you had better communicate with your supplier or get help from your assistants BEFORE you order. You can also choose our Quality Inspection service.

Here are some tips for evaluating the quality:

  1. Check reviews to see what others said.
  2. Talk with your assistants and ask for recommending a reliable supplier.
  3. Choose our quality inspection service

Check how we do the quality inspection here: https://youtu.be/yXBIoey2qVA

Q10. My assistant is not responding.

We are sorry that your message was not responded soon enough. Due to the time difference, you assistant might reply you a little bit late.

Any complain or enquiry please email: service@shopshipshake.com

Thanks for your patience.

Two Week FAQ Vol.40 Jan 04 – Jan 18

FAQ 2020.01.04.– 01.18

Hi guys, how about your Januworry? Don’t miss SSS latest offers and competitions. Also, you can learn from others’ experience!

Q1. Any special offer for this month?

Yes! One-month membership is available now! The only chance of the year to pay 1 get 2. It’s a good choice for those who have a low budget in the longest month of a year. (Valid from Jan 21 to Feb 10)

Know more about SSS member benefits click on https://bit.ly/3iW89C0

Q2. Any coupon for this month?

  • New Register Get R30 coupon after number verified.
  • Keep checking our FB know the latest competition. Join to win coupons!
  • #SSSTORY share to win R3,000 Coupon: http://bit.ly/2Ly0QGdoin (valid from Jan 18 to Jan 25)

Q3. I want to place my first order. Can someone teach me step by step?

Please register on http://bit.ly/2Pxboou

You can get help from your assistant after registration by clicking the WhatsApp icon on the screen. Your assistant will guide you step by step.

Q4. Where can I get some tips and experience sharing from other SSS users?

Option1: You can click on FB hashtage #SSSREVIEWS #SSSREVIEW to see what others said about their parcels purchased on SSS.

Option 2: Click on https://www.facebook.com/shopshipshake/posts/1274120422989208 check people’s experience sharing.

Q5. Do you only sell in bulk? Can I buy 1?

We only do wholesale and don’t recommend our customers just buy a few items, for the shipping fee will be too much.

Q6. I want to know more about you. Please explain how you work.

ShopShipShake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. The factories SSS buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group. You can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

For more information, please read the guidance below:

Beginners: https://bit.ly/2yff6wi

Advanced: https://bit.ly/2JqrfAO

Q7.  I don’t understand about your membership thing? What the advantage of it?

You can upgrade your account to Platinum/Gold/Silver. There are different benefits to each kind of membership.

For example, here are all benefits for Platinum members:

-Ocean shipping Fee 15% OFF 
-Quality Inspection Fee 90% OFF (as low as R1)
-Coupons valued R450 in total *
-Fast Refund
-Weekly Exclusive Hot-selling Catalogue
-Sourcing & Customized Product Purchase Assistance
-One-on-one customer service (priority to be respond)
-360 Days free Chinese warehouse storage

*Membership will not renew automatically when it expired.

For more details click on https://bit.ly/3iW89C0

If you have any further question, please contact your assistants.

Q8. How do I pay?

Dear, you can choose payment by credit card (we support visa, master and American express) or bank transfer. Please mind the bank account change, if you need to help, please contact your assistant, Thank you.

Q9. Do you have a catalogue?

Here is the link for what we can purchase for our clients now: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

You can search what you want on our website.

Q10. Can I visit you in SA?

We don’t have shops offline. Shopshipshake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. That is why we use *Shopshipshake*. The factories shopshipshake buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group but because it is in Chinese, you can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

Two Week FAQ Vol.39 DEC.12 – DEC.26

FAQ 2020.12.12 – 12.26

Congratulations! We survived 2020! See the last volume Q&A for 2020 below.

A big thank you to all of you for choosing ShopShipShake this year! See you in 2021!

Q1. How can I buy things on SSS? Can someone assist me?

Please register on http://bit.ly/2Pxboou

You can get help from your assistant after registration by clicking the WhatsApp icon on the screen.

Q2. Can I buy for myself?

We only do wholesale and don’t recommend our customers just buy a few items, for the shipping fee will be too much.

Q3. Can you deliver to arears outside South Africa?

Sorry, we only do delivery in SA for now. You can follow us on Facebook and register on our website: http://bit.ly/2Pxboou. You will be informed once we expand our delivery area.

Q4. I don’t understand about your membership thing? What the advantage of it?

You can upgrade your account to Platinum/Gold/Silver.

There are different benefits for each kind of membership.

For example, here are all benefits for Platinum members:

-Ocean shipping Fee 15% OFF new
-Quality Inspection Fee 90% OFF (as low as R1)
-Coupons valued R450 in total *
-Fast Refund
-Weekly Exclusive Hot-selling Catalogue new
-Sourcing & Customized Product Purchase Assistance
-One-on-one customer service (priority to be respond)
-360 Days free Chinese warehouse storage

*Membership will not renew automatically when it expired.

For more details click on https://bit.ly/3iW89C0

If you have any further question, please contact your assistants.

Q5. I want to buy from your website, explain how you work

ShopShipShake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. The factories SSS buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group. You can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

For more information, please read the guidance below:

Beginners: https://bit.ly/2yff6wi

Advanced: https://bit.ly/2JqrfAO

Q6. Is it possible to get refund when items have been collected just waiting for shipping?

If your orders have been collected, we do not suggest refund. It depends on sellers, if they do not agree with that, we also do not support refund. In addition, because of the delay of Chinese logistics, we cannot guarantee the time of refund. So if you want to return the products, please decide before delivering or contact your assistants ASAP.

Q7. How do I pay?

You can choose pay by credit card (we support visa, master and American express) or bank transfer. Please mind the bank account change, if you need to help, please contact your assistant.

Q8. Do I have to pay again for door to door after the parcel arrive in SA?

The shipping fee include all cost from China to your address. No extra payment needs to do after the parcel arrives in SA. For more detail, you can contact your assistant.

You can get help from your assistant after registration by clicking the WhatsApp icon on the screen.

Q9. Do you have a catalogue?

Here is the link for what we can purchase for our clients now: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

You can search what you want on our website.

Q10. I would like to find out how long does the shipping take from China to South Africa

-Air shipping: estimated 7-15 days (10-20 days during Christmas) from our China’s warehouse (for collecting your parcels) to South Africa by door-to-door delivery.

-Ocean shipping: estimated 40-60 days, self-pickup and door-to-door delivery.

For more accurate estimation, please contact your assistant by clicking the Whatsapp icon on our website.

Please understand the shipping time is just an estimation, international shipping is very complicated, so we cannot assure you it is 100% accurate. To avoid pitfalls, please leave extra time for it. Thank you.

Q11. How much is the shipping cost?

The cost for delivery depends on volume, weight and region.

Please register on ShopShipShake and calculate it on the website when you finish the order.

Here is the calculation link: http://bit.ly/322muUU

For more accurate estimation, please contact your assistant by clicking the Whatsapp icon on our website.

Please understand the estimated shipping fee is just an estimation, many factors may influence it, so we cannot assure you it is 100% accurate. Thank you.

Q12. Where can I buy this?

You can search what you want on our website.

Here is the link: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

If you have a picture of it, you can search the same style items on our website.

Q13. Where are you located/based?

ShopShipShake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. The factories SSS buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group. You can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

For more information, please read the guidance below:

Beginners: https://bit.ly/2yff6wi

Advanced: https://bit.ly/2JqrfAO

Q14. Can I visit you in SA?

We don’t have shops offline. Shopshipshake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. That is why we use *Shopshipshake*. The factories shopshipshake buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group but because it is in Chinese, you can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

Q15. How is the quality?

SSS does not produce any products. We provide the online platform and cooperate with local professional logistics to deliver your goods. If you care about product quality, you had better communicate with your supplier or get help from your assistants BEFORE you order. You can also choose our Quality Inspection service.

Here are some tips for evaluating the quality:

  1. Check reviews to see what others said.
  2. Talk with your assistants and ask for recommending a reliable supplier.
  3. Choose our quality inspection service

Check how we do the quality inspection here: https://youtu.be/yXBIoey2qVA

Q16. My assistant is not responding.

We are sorry that your message was not responded soon enough. Due to the time difference, you assistant might reply you a little bit late.

Please give me your email address used for registration, I will pass your words.

Thanks for your patience.

Two-Week FAQ Vol.38 NOV.25-DEC.9

FAQ 2020.11.25 – 12.09

Q1. Any special promotion/activities this month (December)?

  • Activity 1: 2020 SSS LUCKY DRAWS

Christmas gifts for your guys. All gifts valued R100,000 in total.

For more detail click on https://bit.ly/3qGTvDF

  • Activity 2: Membership: Buy More Get More for FREE

Buy 12 months get extra 4 months for free

Buy 6 months get extra 2 months for free

Buy 3 months get extra 1 months for free

  • Activity 3: Membership Discount

Buy 12 month – 20% OFF

Buy 6 month – 10%OFF

If you have any further question, please contact your assistants.

Q2. I don’t understand about your membership thing? What the advantage of it?

You can upgrade your account to Platinum/Gold/Silver. There are different benefits for each kind of membership.

For example, here are all benefits for PLATINUM members:

PLATINUM
MEMBERS
-Ocean shipping Fee 15% OFF new
-Quality Inspection Fee 90% OFF (as low as R1)
-Coupons valued R450 in total *
-Fast Refund
-Weekly Exclusive Hot-selling Catalogue new
-Sourcing & Customized Product Purchase Assistance
-One-on-one customer service (priority to be respond)
-360 Days free Chinese warehouse storage

*Membership will not renew automatically when it expired.

For more details click on https://bit.ly/3iW89C0

If you have any further question, please contact your assistants.

Q3. How can I buy things on SSS? Can someone assist me?

Please register on http://bit.ly/2Pxboou

You can get help from your assistant after registration by clicking the WhatsApp icon on the screen.

Q4. I want to work with you, explain how you work

ShopShipShake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. The factories SSS buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group. You can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

For more information, please read the guidance below:

Beginners: https://bit.ly/2yff6wi

Advanced: https://bit.ly/2JqrfAO

Q5. Do you have a catalogue?

Here is the link for what we can purchase for our clients now: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

You can search what you want on our website.

Q6. I would like to find out how long does the shipping take from China to South Africa

-Air shipping: estimated 7-15 days (10-20 days during Christmas) from our China’s warehouse (for collecting your parcels) to South Africa by door-to-door delivery.

-Ocean shipping: estimated 40-60 days, self-pickup and door-to-door delivery.

For more accurate estimation, please contact your assistant by clicking the Whatsapp icon on our website.

Please understand the shipping time is just an estimation, international shipping is very complicated, so we cannot assure you it is 100% accurate. To avoid pitfalls, please leave extra time for it. Thank you.

Q7. How much is the shipping cost?

The cost for delivery depends on volume, weight and region.

Please register on ShopShipShake and calculate it on the website when you finish the order.

Here is the calculation link: http://bit.ly/322muUU

For more accurate estimation, please contact your assistant by clicking the Whatsapp icon on our website.

Please understand the estimated shipping fee is just an estimation, many factors may influence it, so we cannot assure you it is 100% accurate. Thank you.

Q8. Where can I buy this?

You can search what you want on our website.

Here is the link: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

If you have a picture of it, you can search the same style items on our website.

Q9. Where are you located/based?

ShopShipShake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. The factories SSS buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group. You can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

For more information, please read the guidance below:

Beginners: https://bit.ly/2yff6wi

Advanced: https://bit.ly/2JqrfAO

Q10. Do you have shops in SA?

We don’t have shops offline. Shopshipshake is a website helping people purchase goods from factories in China where most factories do not Ship internationally. That is why we use *Shopshipshake*. The factories shopshipshake buys from are all listed on http://www.1688.com which is part of the Alibaba Group but because it is in Chinese, you can use SSS to translate and purchase. SSS have warehouses in China and South Africa.

Here is our website: https://shop.shopshipshake.com/shoppingmall/index

Q11. How is the products quality?

SSS does not produce any products. We provide the online platform and cooperate with local professional logistics to deliver your goods. If you care about product quality, you had better communicate with your supplier or get help from your assistants BEFORE you order. You can also choose our Quality Inspection service.

Q12. I can’t receive the activation code.

Some clients said they received activation code after 2-3 hours, this is up to South African SMS providers. Please try it later.

Q13. I made my recharge, but it doesn’t reflect on my account.

It takes 0~2 days for the bank to process the transaction, so your account might not reflect immediately. And please fill the correct ref. number when you transfer money. If you have any problems, you can track your money using the ref. number.

If you have any further questions, please contact your assistant.

Q14. My assistant is not responding.

Sorry for that. Due to the time difference, you assistant might reply you a little bit late.

Thanks for your patience.

Box shipping rates spike on container shortages and strong demand

Lee Hong Liang | Nov 16, 2020

This week, the Shanghai Container Freight Index (SCFI) spot rate index to Europe rose sharply, with Northern Europe rates up 21% and Mediterranean rates up 23% – potentially with more increases ahead, according to Lars Jensen, ceo and of SeaIntelligence Consulting.

“This means that both these trades are now at rate levels which have not been seen since early 2014. And more increases might be in store,” Jensen forecast.

Hapag-Lloyd, for instance, has announced FAK rate levels on East Asia-Europe at $1,110 per teu as at 1 November 2020 – a level they had maintained since July. However from 15 November, this was raised to $1,445 per teu, almost matching the increase seen in the SCFI this week.

From 1 December, the FAK rate will increase to $2,445 per teu. “Hence if the market strength continues we could be in store for an Asia-Europe rate increase of $1,000 per teu over the next two weeks, which would bring the SCFI rate into an all-time record, just as we have seen with the other deepsea trades,” Jensen said.

Jensen further observed that the rate levels from Shanghai to Singapore continue their “extreme increase” this week as well. “We are now at $728 per teu – compared to just $170 per teu three weeks ago and $131 per teu six weeks ago. Spot rates to Australia, West Africa and East Coast South America all continued to set new all-time records since SCFI was launched in 2009,” he said.

South Korean carrier HMM noted that while the fourth quarter is a traditionally low season for container shipping, demand volumes are anticipated to remain strong as retailers in the US and Europe have continued to replenish inventories ahead of the year-end holidays and the Chinese New Year in February 2021.

“The scarcity of container equipment, which has negatively affected the main east-west trade lanes, currently spreads to the intra-Asia trade. It has caused an increase in freight rates in recent weeks in the intra-Asia market, coupled with a backlog of containers sparked by blank sailings and vessel delays since China’s Golden Week period in last October,” HMM stated.

The container shortage is especially severe for the forty-foot equivalent unit (feu) due to its “strongest increase in demand following one of the strongest decreases in demand ever” within six months, according to Hapag-Lloyd.

SeaIntelligence wrote: “As the freight rates at the same time are reaching record levels on the Asia export trades, the carriers are clearly prioritising to get empty containers shifted back to Asia as fast as possible – even to the degree where they are willing to forego viable export cargo, as that would serve to slow down the repatriation of empty containers.”

Source from: https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/containers/box-shipping-rates-spike-container-shortages-and-strong-demand

Ocean rates still rising alongside ‘major problems’ for those on the front line

By Mike Wackett 16/10/2020

Today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) shows a further 10.65-point gain in its comprehensive index to 1,448.87 – 71% higher than at the end of May.

The huge increase over the past five months, in the midst of the pandemic, has been driven by substantial gains in container spot rates across both main and secondary tradelanes.

For example, on the secondary routes of Asia to Australasia, Asia to South Africa and Asia to Latin America, spot rates have spiked by 94%, 155% and 328%, respectively.

And on the main Asia-Europe and the transpacific east-west trades, carriers servicing the routes removed significant capacity at the start of the pandemic, but demand bounced back much sooner than expected, and rates skyrocketed in the scramble to secure space.

Carriers have mostly reinstated the blanked sailings and added extra loaders to cover peak season demand, which, at the start of the lockdowns looked very unlikely to feature at all this year.

Alphaliner reported this week that Asia-Australasia carriers had added weekly capacity of 7,200 teu in new loops in the past month, in addition to deploying several ad hoc and sweeper sailings.

Meanwhile, spot rates from Asia to the US, recorded by the SCFI, were stable this week, at $3,841 per 40ft for the US west coast and $4,619 per 40ft for east coast ports, as carriers postponed planned mid-month GRIs (general rate increases) in the face of pressure from Chinese and US regulators.

However, given the continuing strong demand, carriers will look to roll out another GRI next month. Hapag-Lloyd said this week it would defer the introduction of its whopping $1,200 per 40ft GRI until 15 November.

Commenting on the situation for US importers, Jon Monroe of Washington state-based Jon Monroe Consulting, said spot rates had spiked to around three times higher than the contract rates enjoyed by the big retailers. But he suggested that even household name retailers were “feeling the pain” as their containers that fell outside the contract had incurred “the incredibly high FAK ocean freight rates”.

Elsewhere, the North Europe component of the SCFI eased back, by $65, this week to $1,084 per teu. However, spot rates are 86% higher than a year ago, with anecdotal reports to The Loadstar suggesting rates could go up again in the coming weeks as equipment and space availability was still “tight”.

On the Mediterranean route, the SCFI ticked up a further $38 per teu this week, to $1,239 per teu, some 40% higher than the rate recorded in May.

Although space availability on sailings from Asia to Europe has improved since the Chinese Golden Week holiday, an acute shortage of equipment, particularly 40ft boxes, remains a major problem.

“If you can get a vessel booking there is no guarantee that the carrier will have an available empty at the depot,” one Shanghai-based NVOCC told The Loadstar this week.

And Ryan Clark, co-owner of UK-based forwarder Westbound Logistics, said that there were still major problems in the supply chain.

“Space is still an issue. We’re getting boxes away but rollings are rife,” he said. “We’ve also been massively affected by clients’ boxes being diverted and delayed via Felixstowe. One customer this morning doesn’t want to pay for his import because an OOCL vessel has changed ETA four times and been delayed by three weeks.

“Yet another example of the fires we’re constantly having to put out.”

Source from: https://theloadstar.com/ocean-rates-still-rising-alongside-major-problems-for-those-on-the-front-line/

How COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts International Shipping

Higher cost, delay, complaints from customers, endless waiting… If you wonder why the shipping is so expensive and slow during the pandemic, the answer can be shortened as three keywords: lockdown, restriction, and supply and demand mismatch. To know the reasons better, you should continue reading this article.

At the centre of this problem are lockdown and following restriction. At the core of these lockdowns is the restriction on the movement of goods and people by closing entry points like air, sea and land ports, severely disrupting global value chain and supply channels.

Rapidly after the COVID-19 emerged, numerous airlines have shut down because the demands of long-haul flights decreased sharply since nearly every country in the world implements a shutdown and people are not allowed to cross borders. Both passenger airlines and airports are empty due to the highly-infectious virus.

Apart from passenger airlines, there are also cargo airlines that carry goods oversea and arrive at the destination country. They are unavoidably affected by the horrible situation, as a result, the demand for air cargo has dropped by 15% worldwide.

Despite the decrease of demand, the supply has reduced even much more hence the supply and demand mismatch: Compared with demand, the air cargo capacity has lowered to 77%, so that an 8% gap between demand and supply was formed. Besides, the 8% gap caused the shipping fee to rise and the shipping time to increase.

What’s more, as we all known how important PPE is to staff of hospitals and normal people like you and me in face of COVID-19, the priority is given to medical supply with no doubt. What’s the consequence of it? Even more limited space for cargo air shipping and you need to wait more time to see your goods loaded on an airplane.

Any ideas on how to conquer the status quo? The answer may sound passive but very much down-to-earth: Prepare more time for the shipping and wait patiently for the pandemic to end.

For more information on how COVID-19 impacts international shipping, please check this video:

Lip Product Evaluation Compilation(2)

Do you still remember our Lipstick Evaluator Appeal? At the end of this activity, we recruited many beautiful evaluators from South Africa and asked them to try out lip products from L’ adore(烙色), a Chinese brand that produces lovely dupes of high-end brands such as Dior, YSL, and Armani. The selected lipsticks are all hit products on Chinese websites, recommended by a Chinese blogger followed by tens of millions of people.

For this activity, L’ adore provided 5 collections of products.

1. L’adore Colors Galaxy Lip Pencils: This collection includes 2 high-shine shades, golden and silver, that can make you stand out right away. The products of this collection have a creamy and smooth texture, and the colour is highly-pigmented.

2. Watery and Moisturizing Lipstick: as its name suggests, the collection has a very watery texture that is almost like that of lip balms. They can moisturize your lips immediately, but accordingly, they fade over time. If you prefer long-lasting ones, then they are not your go-to choices.

3. L’adore Colors Haute Velvet Lipstick: Luxury packaging, great colours, as well as the velvet finish make this collection the favorite of many evaluators. Plus, these products only use healthy material. Trust me, this is the collection you don’t want to miss out.

4. L’adore Colors Lip Gloss: Smooth and lightweight gloss with an amazing glassy finish that can add a youthful touch on your overall look.

5. L’adore Colors Aqua Music Lipstick: This collection has many hot-selling and classic shades from various high-end brands, if you don’t want to go wrong with the colour, you should go get this collection.For more information about the products, please check: https://bit.ly/3gqtGll

Without further ado, let’s jump to the reviews of the evaluators and have a look at how they wear the products.

@Sibongile Taylor Mavundle Gwatyuza: Hey guys 👋 I am happy to announce that I have been chosen to be one of the lipstick evaluators from @shopshipshake💃💃🎉

These lipsticks are dupes of high-end lipsticks, they are great quality and the packaging is awesome.The smell of these lipsticks is just amazing and most of all they’re very affordable and can be bought by anyone.✔️

They are very smooth and soft when applied to the lips.Normally dupes of lipsticks smudge a lot when talking, but it’s a different case on these ones.As I mentioned they’re great quality and they’re long-lasting lipsticks, you won’t have to keep reapplying through out the day.

@CherriesMp

@Lebo Visagie: Pros – packaging is awesome. Good qualityLipstick is smoothNice fragrance to itBeautifully mattecan be wiped very easily if you wipe, not pat with a tissue.Stays on for a good few hoursCons – fades over time. After those good few hours you will be left with natural looking lipstick

@Cthandwa Mchunu: Beauty in every way

Feelgoodlookgood

#greatestlips #longstay

#feelsgoodonthelips

@Wangu Reloaded: So i got the opportunity to choose a lip color from 5 serieses of the Lac lipstick range these where just random selections but turns out I picked colors I have fallen in love with, the feel on my lips is just perfect👌👌they are moist, easy to apply and lasts for the greatest part of the day, the colors a bright enough and give out that glow on the lips.i love the fact that they don’t smudge at all… Thanks to SSS# for giving me the opportunity to be an evaluator💄💄💄

Lip Product Evaluation Compilation (1)

Do you still remember our Lipstick Evaluator Appeal? At the end of this activity, we recruited many beautiful evaluators from South Africa and asked them to try out lip products from L’ adore(烙色), a Chinese brand that produces lovely dupes of high-end brands such as Dior, YSL, and Armani. The selected lipsticks are all hit products on Chinese websites, recommended by a Chinese blogger followed by tens of millions of people.


For this activity, L’ adore provided 5 collections of products.

1. L’adore Colors Galaxy Lip Pencils: This collection includes 2 high-shine shades, golden and silver, that can make you stand out right away. The products of this collection have a creamy and smooth texture, and the colour is highly-pigmented.

2. Watery and Moisturizing Lipstick: as its name suggests, the collection has a very watery texture that is almost like that of lip balms. They can moisturize your lips immediately, but accordingly, they fade over time. If you prefer long-lasting ones, then they are not your go-to choices.

3. L’adore Colors Haute Velvet Lipstick: Luxury packaging, great colours, as well as the velvet finish make this collection the favorite of many evaluators. Plus, these products only use healthy material. Trust me, this is the collection you don’t want to miss out.

4. L’adore Colors Lip Gloss: Smooth and lightweight gloss with an amazing glassy finish that can add a youthful touch on your overall look.

5. L’adore Colors Aqua Music Lipstick: This collection has many hot-selling and classic shades from various high-end brands, if you don’t want to go wrong with the colour, you should go get this collection.

For more information about the products, please check: https://bit.ly/3gqtGll

Without further ado, let’s jump to the reviews of the evaluators and have a look at how they wear the products.


@Sithabile Ngcobo: Ladies you’ve been asking me where I buy my lipstick, just need your likes and those reactions and soon I’ll be selling them , can I get some love please. Those lipsticks are to die for ladies, they last long and the colors mmmmh

@Rosenah Pee: Hi guys!! As a lipstick evaluator I am happy with S3 lipsticks..They are high quality I will recommend to every1, last longer.I love the shine one it makes my lips so smooth😊, you must give a try ..I am in love with natural look using ladore colours, and New star..though I am not a lipstick fan but this lipsticks are real deal, will use them always

@Priscilla Priscilla: I can’t remember the last time I put up these smiles, all thanks to L’ADORE COLORS. If you are looking for a lipstick that will make your lips succulent, soft and charming, L’ADORE COLORS is what you should be looking for and always available with Shopshipshake

@Thobeka Shabane: Thanks Shopshipshake for these amazing babies I love everything about them,from the classy packaging, god the colours are to die for n the moisturizer makes the lips soft all day long. I am very happy💃💃💃 colour 04, 08 and 01 won’t leave my bag 🤣Thank you SSS

@Sibulelo P. Matsimela: Hi guys , I’ve been testing these L’adore colour lipsticks from Shipshopsake. It’s a Chinese company that allows South Africans to import directly from China to South Africa. These lipsticks are simply amazing, my personal favourites is the Haute velvet lipstick and the light my fire lip gloss. They last long , are easy to apply and don’t dry out your lips. I highly recommend these to every woman out there.

Thank our evaluators for sharing their ideas about the lip products. For more reviews, please stay tuned for our next week’s article.

If you are interested in buying the lip products, a purchase link will be posted on our Facebook page in the following days.