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Importing Goods For Independent Games Designers

As an independent designer/publisher the process of getting your print run from your manufacturer to you can be both a significant piece of work and a mysterious sequence of events. This blog is intended to alert those going through the process for the first time to some of the pit falls.

We imported our print run of 2,000 units from China to the UK, specifically from LongPack Games. LongPack organised the shipping for us at a cost of roughly £1,000. For those lucky enough to have worked with a manufacturer in their own country clearly much of this information will not be valid.

Time Line

Your goods will most likely be shipped over the ocean, need to clear customs and then be delivered over land to your final location. Assuming all files and artwork are finalised and you have had your proof copy to check over, expect the following time line: