If you are looking for high-quality, handmade products from Guatemala, you might be interested in partnering with Mayan producers. They can offer you a variety of products, such as textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and more. However, working with Mayan producers is different from working with local suppliers. You need to be aware of some differences and challenges that might arise along the way. To help you avoid common mistakes and have a smooth and successful partnership, we have prepared five tips for you. These tips are based on our experience as From the Mayan, a company that connects Mayan producers with customers around the world.
Be aware that handicrafts might take longer to produce
One of the most important things to remember when you partner with Mayan producers is that they work on demand. This means that they do not have any stock and they start producing your order once you confirm it. This also means that you need to give them enough time to produce your order. Depending on the product and the quantity, the production time can vary from 6 to 8 weeks, or even longer for customized products. Therefore, you need to plan and be patient. Do not expect to receive your order in a few days or weeks. If you have a specific deadline, make sure to communicate it clearly and early to the producers.
Know what is included and what is not in the prices
Another thing to keep in mind when you partner with Mayan producers is that the prices are usually wholesale and FOB Guatemala City. This means that the prices do not include the airfreight cost and the customs fees. These costs are variable depending on the fuel and the destination. You need to be aware of these additional costs and budget accordingly. You also need to check the import regulations and requirements of your country before you place your order. Some countries may have restrictions or tariffs on certain products or materials.
Choose the best shipping option for you
At From the Mayan, we offer three ways to ship your goods: by air, by sea, or by land. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on your location, budget, and urgency. Here is a brief overview of each option:
By air: This is the fastest and most convenient option, but also the most expensive. We have two options for air shipping: door-to-door service or airport-to-airport service. The door-to-door service delivers your goods directly to your address, but it costs more. The airport-to-airport service delivers your goods to your nearest airport, but you must pick them up yourself.
By sea: This is the cheapest and most eco-friendly option, but also the slowest. We only ship by sea to European customers. We ship two consolidated containers to Europe, one in April and one in September. We ship to Denmark, where we re-pack the orders and send them to the final destinations. You do not need to be a registered importer to use this option, but you need to be flexible with the delivery time.
By land: This is the most convenient option for Central American customers. We ship by land to any country in Central America.
The shipping cost varies depending on the type, size, and destination of the order. Based on our experience, we can give you an approximate estimate:
For shipping by sea, the cost is about 6-7% of the total value of the products.
For shipping by air, the cost is about 25-30% of the total value of the products.
Please note that this is not a guarantee, but only a rough idea. The actual shipping cost may differ from the estimate.
Please choose the best shipping option for you based on your needs and preferences. Make sure to ask us about the shipping options and costs before you place your order.
Request samples if you want to see the quality and design of the products
One of the best ways to ensure that you are satisfied with the products you order is to request samples. Samples allow you to see the quality and design of our products before you place a large order. Most producers can make samples for you, especially for customized products. However, please note that samples also take time to produce, from one to two weeks depending on the product. We charge a small fee for the samples and the shipping cost. If you are happy with the samples and place an order with us, we will deduct the fee from your total amount. We also recommend that you ask for samples of packaging, as the packaging can enhance the presentation and appeal of the products to your customers. We have many options for packaging, such as bags, boxes, labels, and more.
Ask for discounts – many producers offer discounts for big orders, so take advantage of this option
If you are planning to order a large quantity of products, you might be eligible for a discount. Many producers offer discounts for big orders to reward loyal and committed customers. At From the Mayan, we offer a discount of 5% for orders with a total of more than 12,000 USD. This is a fantastic opportunity to save money and get more value for your money. If you are interested in this offer, please let us know and we will apply the discount to your order.
We hope these tips will help you to partner with Mayan producers successfully and avoid common mistakes. We are looking forward to working with you and providing you with the best products and service. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to hear from you and assist you in any way we can.