Considering Importing Goods from China? Read this.

When it comes to importing goods from China or any region of with a different culture, there are three major stages that are critical to effective importing. They are Research and Tender, Sampling and Contract Negotiation and Production and Delivery Management.

The first stage for importing goods is the Research and Tender procedure. This includes finding and qualifying suitable suppliers for your merchandise. This step is the most critical part of the system for importing goods. If you wish to be effective at importing goods, you have to first build from a solid foundation. It is very easy to find manufacturers on the internet, websites like globalsources.com and tradekey.com can offer an importer a wealth of suppliers for the product you wish to import. However! The key point to realise when importing goods straight from associates of such sites is that often a few emails is not enough to decipher the quality suppliers from the bad. When you are importing goods some important questions and procedures need to be followed. In order to ensure your potential supplier is not just another scammer, it will require you to do some background checks.

The top 7 areas worthy of researching include:

– CREDIBILITY – If possible request testimonials of former customers.

-TRACK RECORD IN EXPORTING – Ask where they have exported to in the past? Are they capable of importing goods into western countries? Europe etc.

 – QUALITY AND WORKMANSHIP – Can they demonstrate the most complex and high quality products they have produced?

– CUSTOMER SERVICE LEVELS – How quickly do they respond to your enquiries? What is the quality of their responses like?

– MANUFACTURING CAPACITY – Are they to small or huge (e.g. Minimum Order Quantities)? Are they able to deliver bigger orders as your company grows?

– CAPABILITY TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS – Make sure your potential suppler can clearly understand and follow your instructions and requests.

– WILLINGNESS TO ADHERE TO QUALITY BENCHMARKS – Make sure that the factory is committed to developing a long term partnership that includes ensuring your quality standards are delivered on any occasion when you are importing goods from them.

The first step for importing goods is often where the most work is involved. Prior to investing in the sampling or manufacturing process, it is essential that you first handle the risks involved in importing goods by making sure you have located a manufacturer that is reputable and right for your importing needs.