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Basic Processes on How to Import Goods from China

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Chinese imports are highly profitable merchandise, and that is a growing trend worldwide. That’s why many small business owners are trying to find excellent ways on how to import goods from China. The need for Chinese imports is never be ending, which can make it a long running profitable business. If you're a businessman and about to jump into this venture, there is a variety of basic processes that must not be neglected to ensure a safe and risk free transaction. 

Identifying Your Import Products and Suppliers

Today, the internet made it possible to search suppliers easily. There are lots of available directory websites online that could provide a list of suppliers from China. In this manner, one may also have access to lists of available items that are commonly provided by them through these websites. This makes the researching task more convenient for importers. To decrease the risk though, exerting extra precaution before contacting providers, like verifying their credibility is still a wise move that one can take.

Fraudulent trade deals are rampant theses days. It would really help to safety your priority. Trade shows may well provide you with chance to personally meet manufacturers. It is undoubtedly a good opportunity to meet up with them to evaluate their products personally.

Picking the Correct Import Supplier and Evaluating the Quality of their Products or Services

To capture the suppliers' interest, you might want to explain what your business is all about. Majority of the suppliers already tons of orders all lined up for production, which is why they carefully choose those people that they work with. In addition, importers must take a good look at the aspect of quality, making sure that they get a great quality product there is.  You can grade the products of your chosen supplier by requesting samples. This would require shipping and additional costs, but it’s a lot better than to gamble spending much of your money without certainty about the quality. Just be certain though that you don't oversee customs' regulation when you have the samples shipped.

Costs and Payment Issues

Payment terms actually differ from one supplier to the other, so basically there's really no standard rule for this. The most practiced payment scheme though is by having an upfront payment of 30% of the total cost while the 70% is supposed to be settled whenever the merchandise already arrives at the importer's end. The 30% gives the manufacturer the money to purchase the raw contents get going with the production. Furthermore, it mitigates risks for suppliers; this will lessen their loss in cases where buyers won’t pay. Apparently, dealing with suppliers from afar like China is not as simple how it is locally. It is best for you to discuss this matter with your supplier thoroughly to come up to a scheme where you could both agree on. 

Complying with Import Duties

Is certainly the sole responsibility of importers to see to it that they will not be deviating from any rules imposed by the Customs. Speak to your nearby customs office for doubts or clarifications about the duties that an importer must comply. The customs agency gets to hold off your products transport if needs are never met. This factor may not directly affect your sales or profit, but surely it altering your productivity will.

Shipment Issues

When importing goods from China, you should also know the shipment terms as it is one of the ingredients that will play a role in the whole transport process. Most suppliers pay the expenses for the transport but only to a certain limit, which is what you ought to know.  It is important to understand this aspect of the shipping process so that you will be aware of your liabilities in the transport transaction.

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