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Sourcing Products from India: An Alternative for Ecommerce Sellers?

By Meghla Bhardwaj

As the trade war between US and China pushes up prices for importers, online sellers should consider sourcing products from India.

Sourcing Products from India: An Alternative for Ecommerce Sellers?

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What about customs…


Replying to Christie

Hi Christie, customs and shipping can be easily managed if you have the right freight forwarder. I have a few service providers i can recommend if you’d like. Please reach out to me at – Meghla


IndiaMART is fake and is full of scammers. I’ve had very bad experiences with them, not just one, most of them.. That platform is more like a middleman and you pay subscription fees monthly to be able to use it. Not fair practices and I wish there was another platform that regulates things like Alibaba does. Even the verified buyers on IndiaMart are scammers!


Replying to Rocky

Hi Rocky, most suppliers on Indiamart are not export-focused, and therefore it is not advisable to source from there. There are a export-manufacturers on the website, but you need to do a lot of due diligence on them. Try using the more export-focused directories such as Alibaba and Global Sources using the supplier location filter. You could also Google “exhibitor list Delhi Fair” to find a list of suppliers exhibiting at the Delhi Fair, which is an export-focused fair. I wrote an article on how to find suppliers in India: Thanks – Meghla


Replying to Meghla

Hi Meghla , need your feedback over some online sourcing directories of India , is it possible to have your email ID ? Thanks in Advance


Replying to Kapil

Sure, Kapil. Please email us at

Harish M Mohan

How can I, be a part of the supplying team from India. I want to source and supply goods for foreign clients.

Sujan Bhattacharya

I am involved with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Amta Block, West Bengal, India (near Kolkata, India). I live in Alpharetta, GA, USA and I am trying to urge my friends in Amta to ship products made of “Zari” (a product of jute) that are hand made by poor adolescent girls in the village. I am trying to find a shipper in the Kolkata area who can ship these products to buyers in the US. Can you provide any information?


Replying to Sujan Bhattacharya

Hi Sujan, if you would like to ship in bulk, you should use a freight forwarder. I can suggest one. You can reach out to me at If you’re looking to send individual pieces, you could use a courier service such as DHL or Fedex. There are also 3PL services / warehouses in the US that will receive products in bulk from India and ship them to your customers when they place orders. Hope this helps.

Vinita Kolety Chintakindhi

Replying to Sujan Bhattacharya

Hi !!! I’m looking to stage a platform for Women Entrepreneurs too….we can get connected.


I am a new seller on Amazon & my first two suppliers are from India. So far, I am very pleased with their service. I would really like to focus on sourcing from India in the future & look forward to learning from you. I have just listened to the Helium 10 podcast which was very useful.

Meghla Bhardwaj

Replying to Alison

Hi Alison, glad to hear you’ve had a good experience sourcing from India so far. Don’t take your eye off quality and timely delivery – Meghla


Replying to Meghla Bhardwaj

Thank you Meghla for your advice.


Hi Meghla,
How are you?
I’m looking to get a new (not yet on the market) copper bottle design manufactured. Do I need an NDA in place particularly before giving over engineered designs? Are there any recommendations you have to find the best manufacturer for me?
It’s slightly harder to find a manufacturer when I am stuck in Australia during COVID. Is there any sourcing agents you recommend?

Meghla Bhardwaj

Replying to Aimee-Lee

Hi Aimee,

I’m doing well. How about you? Back in lockdown in Australia…that’s no fun 🙁

To answer your question, if your design is very unique and there is really nothing like it on the market, then yes you should get an NNN signed. I have a free template I could share with you if you email me at

I’ve written an article on how to look for suppliers in India. This might help you: There is a document with recommended sourcing agents on the article as well.
Best of luck!

Gaurav Bidasaria

Replying to Aimee-Lee

Hello, I can help you with the same. Please let me know the quantity you require. Straight from a manufacturing company from India.

Vinita Kolety Chintakindhi

Hi Megha…I’m a newbie in this … I’m in USA… want to help in Indian women Upliftment by giving them platform to source their products here…plsss give me inputs… on how to begin .

Meghla Bhardwaj

Replying to Vinita Kolety Chintakindhi

That’s awesome, Vinita. Pls connect with me at and I’ll share some advice with you.


How can i get a new B2B market place that shows all the suppliers mobile numbers such as whatsapp numbers.

Meghla Bhardwaj

Replying to Dennis

Hi Dennis, I don’t think there’s any B2B marketplace that shows all suppliers whatsapp numbers. Here are some ways to find suppliers in India:

Shailendra Kumar Bihani

Hi Meghla,

We are manufacture of Ironcraft decorative products like Metal wall decor, table tops, wall clocks etc. At present we export products through Etsy. We want to increase our export sell. How could we find buyers. Could you help us?

Meghla Bhardwaj

Replying to Shailendra Kumar Bihani

If you have your own factory, you can email me at, and we can consider adding you in our Virtual India Sourcing Show.

Mohd Arbaz

Hi Meghla,

WE are the company name ayan enterprises. we are manufacturer and supplier all
Indian handicrafts metal Art ware like brassware, copperware, and aluminum items.
currently we are domestic supplier and should Export product form international level
so how could we find buyers. could you help us?

Meghla Bhardwaj

Replying to Mohd Arbaz

Hi Mohd Arbaz,

Thanks for your message. If you are a manufacturer with your own factory, and are export-focused, please email us your company profile at

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