One of the benefits that individual looking to import products from China is they the pricing they are offered is competitive compared to other markets around the world and with this, you are sure of accumulating profits compared to conducting business with a supplier in the United Kingdom. Nonetheless, you do not personally have to negotiate the prices with any of the suppliers, since an export or import agent will handle that for you.
If you are looking forward to importing products from China but you are more of a novice in the art of direct importing, it is advised that you start slowly with a limited variety of goods, since that the quantity of order made is higher than the amount made with the suppliers in the United Kingdom. There are actually some companies in China that will not put into consideration the shipping quantities less than a full Container Load. Nonetheless. Most far eastern companies are in the business of shipping fewer quantities, meaning that your order will be merged with other goods that are heading to similar destinations.
It is important that you do not forget that if you desire to import from China, the logistics process can be very complex, most especially when it is compared to when you are doing business with a supplier based in the United Kingdom. It is important that you have in mind the lead-time.
Right before you go ahead and place the order, you most definitely need to have some sort of meeting with the manufacturers or distributors that you are interested in going into business with. I cannot stress much about the importance of this step. If you are comfortable enough to pay an individual $5000.00, it is advised that you plan to meet them in person first. You will most definitely have to fly out to China. This is the reason why I insisted that you select a particular region to work in just so that you can come up with a list of 10 manufacturers or more and one that you can visit all at once within a short distance. This will go a long way in saving you time and money on an additional plane or train tickets.
When you have successfully met with your manufacturers, you should be able to make a list of the genuine companies from the fraudulent ones. Some things to look for include how big is the warehouse or factory, how large is the office, how good are the samples shown to you, and if possible, demand for a list of past clients or testimonials from others that have worked with the manufacturer in the past or are still in business with the manufacturer. Do not forget that anyone can be rated highly on Alibaba or Trade Key, just so it is necessary to rate each manufacturer in person. It is vital that you have a list of at least 10 manufacturers, just so that you can cross off the list illegitimate manufacturers and place more focus on the ones that are reliable and can provide you with the product you need for your business.
When you have agreed to meet with certain terms and conditions, you might have to leave a deposit with the manufacturer in order for them to begin preparing your items for shipment or commence with the production on your items.