Generally the tooling total cost includes the physical tooling cost, tariff, and transportation cost;
For most of the country, the import rate for tooling should be no greater than 5%;
US is a special case, US imposed additional tariff for some products made in China since Y2019. So generally the current tariff should be original tariff rate plus additional 25%(Exemption for some HTS code ).
-If it belong to 8207.30.30, then the current tariff should be 5.7%+25%；
-If it belong to 8207.30.60, then the current tariff should be 2.9%+25%; But If it belong to 8220.127.116.11, it will be exemption of the additional 25% tariff,then the current tariff will maintain the original rate-2.9%;
For the detail information, please visit US tarrif website: https://hts.usitc.gov/
Normally the oversea customer will choose sea transportation or air express balancing the cost and lead time:
For air express, the cost is around 10 USD/kg from China to US or Europe, however the price fluctuates due to the global pandemic situation. The normal lead time by air is one week;
For sea transportation, the cost is around 5 USD/kg from China to US or Europe, however the price fluctuates due to the global pandemic situation. The normal lead time by sea is 35-50days;
Hope the information can help to give a rough estimation for the extra cost of buying tooling from China.
Physical tooling cost:
China has a very huge capability for all kinds of tooling. The fabrication efficiency, low labor cost, robust supply chain and full competition make tooling made in China very low cost and short lead time.
In case you want to get an accurate cost and lead time for your specific tooling, you are warmly welcomed to contact SSP ,Let SSP put its decades of manufacturing experience and logistics knowledge to work for you.