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Benefits of importing from China

Lower Costs

Lower Costs

By leveraging its advantageous location in the largest global procurement destination, GOODSagent has been able to efficiently source suppliers and streamline the supply chain. This allows you to realize cost savings through competitive pricing and a consistent level of professional procurement services. Ultimately, this translates into substantial benefits for your business when dealing with Chinese vendors.

More Resources

More Resources

Finding the right supplier is definitely not that easy. However, GOODSagent uses local procurement strategies, cooperates with Chinese factories and industry alliances, is good at managing Chinese suppliers, and has abundant high-quality procurement resources, so we can establish connections with millions of products made in China and guarantee product quality.

Lower Risk

Lower Risk

Sourcing directly from online suppliers is not only time-consuming, but can be a cumbersome and risky task. Fortunately, based on accumulated procurement experience and combined with technical means, GOODSagent can help you identify and verify suppliers, and match you with reliable suppliers.

Flexible & Customized

Flexible & Customized

As a highly adaptable partner, we specialize in providing custom procurement services. Our team of experienced personnel can meet the unique needs of our customers, such as sample procurement, quality inspection, and MOQ and mold fee inquiries. We pride ourselves on being able to grasp the individual necessities of each client and deliver quality results.

Steps for producing private label products in China

Product Research and Supplier Selection
Step 1

Product Research and Supplier Selection

Start by doing a thorough research on the product you intend to import and identify potential suppliers in China. Use online platforms, trade directories and trade shows to find reputable suppliers. Consider factors such as product quality, price, manufacturing capabilities, certifications, and supplier reliability.

Supplier Communication and Negotiation
Step 2

Supplier Communication and Negotiation

Establish contacts with selected suppliers and discuss product specifications, pricing, minimum order quantities (MOQs), packaging and delivery terms. Negotiate these aspects to ensure they meet your requirements and business goals.

Sample Evaluation and Supplier Verification
Step 3

Sample Evaluation and Supplier Verification

Request product samples from shortlisted suppliers to assess their quality, functionality and compliance to your specifications. Take this opportunity to verify the legality, production capabilities and manufacturing standards of suppliers. Consider conducting factory inspections or engaging third-party quality control services to ensure supplier reliability.

Completion of Agreements and Contracts
Step 4

Completion of Agreements and Contracts

Once you have selected a supplier, it is imperative to establish clear agreements and contracts outlining all the terms and conditions of your importation arrangements. Key aspects to include are product specifications, pricing, payment terms, delivery schedules, quality control measures and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Arrange Shipping and Logistics
Step 5

Arrange Shipping and Logistics

Coordinate the transportation of your goods from China to the country of destination. The appropriate mode of transportation (air, sea or road) is determined based on factors such as cost, speed and nature of the product. Hire a freight forwarder or shipping agent to handle the logistics, including customs documentation, customs clearance and delivery arrangements.

Customs Clearance and Compliance
Step 6

Customs Clearance and Compliance

Familiarize yourself with import regulations and customs procedures in your country. Ensure your imported goods comply with all legal and regulatory requirements, including duties, taxes, licenses and certifications. Provide accurate and complete documentation such as commercial invoice, packing list, certificate of origin and any other required documents to facilitate smooth customs clearance.

Common Mistakes in importing from China

The possibility of getting low-quality products

The possibility of getting low-quality products

When doing business internationally, it is important to consider product quality to ensure customer satisfaction and profitability. In the case of imports from China, some shipments may contain substandard products. Even if some items are defective, you can still make a profit on the remaining items.

In order to reduce potential losses associated with defective or non-conforming products, it is necessary to include satisfactory performance clauses in contracts. This protocol should be followed when working with manufacturers or agents involved in the procurement process. Having clear and understandable terms helps ensure acceptance of the majority of orders.

Products getting lost or even damaged in transit

Products getting lost or even damaged in transit

When trading globally, steps must be taken to minimize potential loss or damage. Ensuring the safe delivery of goods, regardless of the mode of transport, is a strategy that can help protect products from damage or misfortune.

For high-value or luxury items, careful monitoring of arrival notifications is critical. This helps avoid costly inconvenience or delays caused by incorrect deliveries or shipments.

The goods that get delivered to you may not be  what you ordered

The goods that get delivered to you may not be what you ordered

It is important to remember that when importing from China, the item you receive may not be the same as what you ordered. It is possible to mix up the packing slip and send the wrong product. It pays to double check your order for accuracy.

It is important to ensure that these contractual terms are clearly laid out. This applies whether you are dealing with a sourcing company, a trading company or a manufacturer. Ensuring that the terms and conditions are clear through the contract is crucial.

Incorrect documentation

Incorrect documentation

Receiving all the necessary documents prior to shipping is essential for ensuring a smooth and timely delivery. Incorrect HTS codes, errors on bills of lading and discrepancies between packing slips compared to commercial invoices can lead to unpleasant surprises from customs authorities. To avoid fines or delays, meticulousness with regards to your shipment’s paperwork is a must.

Additionally, if you are the importer of record, you will be required to submit an up-to-date bond so that you can assume responsibility for the shipment and pay any taxes/duties and/or penalties to the government.

Poor management of bulk and shipment preparations

Poor management of bulk and shipment preparations

Shipping by sea requires strict time management. If you have to send a container, all items must arrive at the designated location one week before departure in order to be loaded on time. To ensure success, it is best to source materials from reliable suppliers who can guarantee timely delivery.

When suppliers deviate from standard delivery windows, containers run the risk of arriving too late to meet the departure date. In this case, the shipper must evaluate whether to proceed with the partial shipment or delay the full shipment while waiting for the delayed shipment.

When your shipment is rescheduled, it may take several weeks to process. Also, certain deadlines may not make it a viable option, depending on when you need your product. Also, note that changes must also be reflected in all relevant import documents in order for the process to move forward.

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