Importing Products from China: Roundup 2019

Our best articles on finding manufacturers, using Alibaba and other sourcing sites, ensuring product quality, and complying with regulations

Container ships importing products from China

Importing goods for sale is a profitable business model for many online sellers, but it is complex and can be a minefield of problems from poor product quality to shipments being held up at customs.

Many things can go wrong in the import/export process. There are several examples in private label seller Danny McMillan’s nightmare story about importing a shipment from China. Danny also covers everything he learned from the situation.

Thankfully, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there to help sellers import products from China. For this roundup we’ve selected our best importing articles.

Finding suppliers from China and beyond

China is the most common country for sellers to have products manufactured, often to sell under their own private label. The articles in this section cover how to find the right suppliers for your business, whether they are manufacturers, trading companies or sourcing companies.

How to Find the Right Private Label Manufacturer

How To Attend a Chinese Trade Show Like a Pro

Hard Lessons Learned on My Sourcing Trip to China and the Canton Fair

3 Different Types of Chinese Suppliers: Which is Right for You?

To Alibaba or not to Alibaba?

For many sellers, when they want to source a product from China the first thing that comes to mind is Alibaba. Alibaba is the world’s largest online directory of Chinese suppliers, listing hundreds of thousands of factories and trading companies. The suppliers are not all vetted, so it includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Gary Huang is the creator of 80/20 Sourcing, teaching online sellers and small businesses how to find suppliers and import from China safely and effectively. In these articles Gary talks about how to use Alibaba wisely, and also how to find suppliers through other routes.

Alibaba Alternatives: 10 Other Ways to Source Products from China

Buying From Alibaba: 11 Product Sourcing Do’s and Don’ts

Getting the best out of your suppliers

Importing can be profitable and successful, but sellers often make big mistakes when dealing with their suppliers. Problems can be caused by not knowing who is responsible for what, not understanding the supplier’s position, and not knowing the product well enough to communicate clearly.

Mark Houng, a product sourcing expert based in Taiwan, has spent over 20 years helping businesses successfully import products from China. In this article he shares his top eleven myths about using Chinese suppliers.

Working With Chinese Suppliers: Myths and Facts

One way to ensure your working relationship with your suppliers is healthy and profitable is to do a performance review. In this article, Gary Huang explains the benefits of applying an annual review strategy to your business relationships with your suppliers.

How to Carry Out an Annual Review of Your Chinese Suppliers

Product quality and compliance

Ensuring the products you import are of a high quality and meet the required health and safety standards is crucial to the success of your business.

In Private Label Product Liability: Don’t Get Burnt Importing from China!, Matt Thomas gives an overview of the alphabet soup of product regulations in the U.S.

The EU is something of an international superpower when it comes to product regulations. Our posts have included:

A product inspection can be an invaluable way to ensure quality and standards are consistent and your goods are being handled and packaged properly.

In this article Blair Quane discusses how to arrange an independent inspection to check that the products are being made to your specification, and how to take action if the quality is not what it should be.

Product Quality Inspections: Your Questions Answered

That’s all for this roundup. I hope you’ve found it useful and I wish you the best of luck with your own importing projects.

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