I got a fortuitous email from the sales manager of a large factory in China that manufactures polypropylene bags wanting my business. During the course of our email exchanges I was able to find out what they can offer by way of bags, costs and transportation.
The China Forest Packaging Group in Qingdao, China can provide a wide range of polypropylene bags, both as individually sewn bags, and as long tubes on rolls. They ship via containers and can send these all over the world…including Haiti.
Standard 18″ X 30″ bags run about $0.11US each and the longer 18″ X 34″ bags are about $0.12 each. The same bags with UV stabilization are about a penny more. These prices are FOB Qingdao. The cost of shipping a 40′ container to the East coast of the US runs about $3,200US and this can hold about 330,000 bags….so this would add about a penny per bag.
The long tubing in rolls are 3500 meters (11,150′ or 2.2 miles) long. This is the equivalence of about 3,700 standard bags. The cost of each roll is about $482US, so that would mean that the equivalent price compared to individual bags is about $0.13US…so there is no saving in buying the long rolls.
They can supply gussetted bags by special order, and it would be necessary to give them exact specifications for this.
They need up to 30 days lead time to fill orders.
For more information you can contact Bill Chen, the Sales Manager. (He does communicate in English). chinaforestpackATgmail.com Tel: +86 151 656 64026 Fax:+86 536 827 3455