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FAQs for Importing Cabinets by Container Load

Q. How much does a container load cost?

A. A 40' container costs $60,000 - $65,000. This cost includes an all-plywood cabinet box, dovetail hardwood drawer box, soft close hardware and a paint quality you can sell at retail without hesitation. You will receive a nice mix of base and wall cabinets, vanities, tall cabinets and accessory items like moldings, panels, roll-outs, etc. 

Q. How long does it take to receive a container load?

A. Approximately 3 months. 

Q. Can I mix colors and door styles in a container load? 

A. Yes, with limitations. We can discuss. 

Q. Do different paint colors change the price?

A. Generally, no. An exception is for darker colors, such as black or blue.

Q. Do you offer framed and frameless cabinet construction?

A. Yes.

Q. Do you offer a "box and door" program?

A. Yes.

Q. What is a "box and door" program?

A. The "box and door" program gives you a way to manage inventory by making it more flexible. For instance, a standard RTA cabinet box contains all components in a single box. If you are selling online to a retail customer, this is probably better because it reduces the number of boxes that are shipped.

The "box and door" program provides the following items in their own box":

  1. door and cabinet frames
  2. drawer guides
  3. drawer box and cabinet box

The advantage occurs if you want to stock different style doors and drawer fronts in the same color. You don't have the expense of stocking cabinet boxes that you don't need and you can expand your style offering. 

Q. How do I evaluate the supplier? 

A. Look at all the things that are important in any business relationship:

  1. Order door samples
  2. Order a cabinet box built to your specifications
  3.  Assess response time
  4. Evaluate communication
  5. Examine quality
  6. Evaluate flexibility

Q. What if I'm not ready to lease a warehouse?

A. If you don't have your own warehouse space, there are 3PL (third party logistics) warehouses. If you are new to importing, this is a way to reduce one of the challenges you have to start.

3PL's give you time to figure out the best warehouse location without having to make a decision you don't have time to think through.

RTA 3PL warehouses are starting to pop-up around the country. You may get lucky in your area. 

Or you can turn to your business network and see if anyone has space they will rent for a year.

Q. How many cabinets are in a container load?

A. The answer is - that depends. I'm looking at a recent 1409 piece order that has 550 cabinets. The other 860 pieces are roll-outs, moldings, fillers, end panels, back panels, etc. Your next order may require fewer accessories, making it possible to fit 700 cabinet in the container.    

Q. What if I'm not sure I'll sell enough?

A. In the beginning, if you don't have enough volume to move containers fast enough, consider selling to designers, importers, surplus stores or small manufacturers. Small manufacturers can be great customers, especially if they have a retail or contractor-based business. 

Q. Can I share or split containers?

A. We may be able to help you split a container by connecting you with other importers in our network.

Or, instead of a 40' container, we offer 20' container pricing.

Q. Can I order unfinished cabinets?

A. Ordering unfinished or primed-only cabinets is a great option if you have production facilities. Of if you want to sell wholesale components to cabinet shops. 

Q. What is shipping cost from the port?

A. From an East Coast port to somewhere east of the Mississippi, figure $5,500.

Q. How do I order?

A. Ordering is as simple as sending in a spreadsheet with your cabinet list, door style choice and finish.