Importing from China and other Asian Countries

The Ultimate Guide to Importing from China and other Asian Countries

If you ever get a chance to ask the 115,000 companies that have imported from Asia to North America in the year 2016, one can easily make out that importing from Asia can be a productive endeavour. T…

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Product Research

Product research is a background check. If you are about to establish a new business or trying to extend your product line, this chapter discusses how to find a product that would be lucrative for yo…

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Safety Standards & Labelling

One should make sure that their potential import product complies with the USA and Canada safety standards and labelling requirements prior to moving forward with the product. The same principles and…

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Importer & Customs Responsibilities

The preceding section included product protection, compliance, and labelling problems. But the Customs officials lookout for other things too when you import an item. US Customs (Customs and Border P…

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Customs Duties

The United States imported about $452.24 billion worth of Chinese products as of 2019. By September of 2019, America has been imposing 25% and 7.5% tariffs on imports from China on 250 billion dollar…

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OEM & ODM Manufacture

You come across certain terms such as OEM and ODM when you are sourcing products. These are the different approaches to manufacturing of products. This chapter will enlighten with the meaning and con…

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Types of Suppliers

The first step you had to take was deciding which product you wanted to import and sell. Now that you’ve done it, the next step is to find the correct suppliers for your product. Most importers go to…

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Sourcing Channels

After deciding which product you want to private label, the next step is to find a fitting Chinese supplier. This chapter deals with the most viable channels to find a said supplier. The various type…

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Attending Trade Shows

Attending Trade Shows. The previous chapter discussed the various channels for Sourcing, one of these was visiting trade shows. This topic concentrates mainly on how one would find the best shows to…

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Supplier Marketplace

The majority of importers prefer to find their suppliers through online marketplace searches. This chapter describes in detail the three most frequently accessed marketplaces for Asian products. The…

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Supplier Process Steps

These are the most common steps you will use to get from the searching for supplier step to becoming shipment ready. Search for potential suppliers at Supplier Marketplaces. Construct a Request for Q…

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Negotiating Strategy

This chapter deals with all the elements needed to build a best-negotiating strategy. One needs to follow some cultural etiquettes, especially while working with Chinese suppliers or business people.…

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Ordering

This chapter covers a few steps in the supplier process Approve Sample, Agree to Terms, Formalize agreement, and Pay the Deposit. It also describes the topic of negotiating minimum order requirements…

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Quality Control

Your biggest concern while importing should be quality control. This chapter covers the primary methods by which you can inspect and manage product quality. The last two but essential steps in the Su…

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Payment Methods

The Ordering chapter already included most aspects of payments. This chapter gives you detailed explanations on making that payment and the most common options considered while paying international s…

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Relationship Building

There are numerous advantages that trust brings to a business. E-commerce sellers tend to emphasize more on building trust with their customers than their suppliers. This chapter will discuss how you…

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Freight Process Steps

It would be best to organize the freight about two weeks before the order is sent for shipment. It’s time to understand what a forwarder does so that you can find the right one. Firstly, though, ever…

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Freight Forwarders

A freight forwarder is someone who provides services for organizing international freight shipments. You can think of freight forwarders as travel representatives for freight, assembling carriers, cu…

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Request for Freight Quote

This portion includes how to go further seeking a freight quote (RFQ) and then choosing which one to accept. Prepare Before You Request A Freight Quote. The appropriate time to commence seeking quote…

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Mode Selection

There are three freight modes (express, air, and ocean) for importing shipments included in this section, together with guidelines on selecting the best mode for your shipment. Modes of Shipping from…

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Cargo Insurance

During this stage, you might not be reasoning about cargo insurance. Still, many importers recognize the significance of cargo insurance only after something goes wrong with their shipment. It makes…

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Shipment Basics

After completing the process of freight booking, the following step is shipment. The step of shipment helps you to import the product to the home country. In this chapter, you will know about the sig…

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Shipment Process

The responsibilities of the shipper are mentioned and described in the Request for Freight Quote. All the documents sent to you must be vigilantly read and then signed as they may carry vital clauses…

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CUSTOMS PROCESS

USA. The customs department is more concerned about imports compared to exports. It is vigilant with every shipment that enters the home country or the importing country. The Asian customs are a bit…

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Packaging

The majority of the shippers don’t consider packaging while negotiating in their purchase agreement as the factory packing itself is quite suitable for transit. However, one should always do some res…

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Overview of Fulfillment Options

Even though it is not practically an import component from China, dropshipping comprises freight and order fulfillment. Before you decide on that system, though, you should know the advantages and di…

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Direct Fulfillment

Direct fulfillment is the method of fulfillment that most new businesses start with. Here we compare its pros and cons against another one of the popular fulfilment methods: Outsourcing to a 3PL prov…

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Third Party Fulfillment

We previously read about the advantages and disadvantages of Direct Fulfillment and Outsourcing. Here we cover switching to 3PL providers. Fulfillment by a third party comprises giving out tasks like…

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Drop Shipping

Here we will cover the pros and cons of using drop shipping as a method of fulfillment. In e-commerce, Drop Shipping is a method where the business owner has to set the store up, make and put up a li…

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Cross-Docking and Crowdfunding

Here we get to know about: How to deliver the rewards you promised to people whom you have promised money once your campaign is successfully over; your crowdfunding backers. One of the four methods o…

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Amazon FBA

There were previous mentions about the Fulfilment By Amazon network service provided by Amazon. However, this section will focus on the Amazon FBA part of the guide. It discusses the shipping and rec…

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Amazon Europe

This chapter will provide you with an outline of what it is like to have an opportunity to be an Amazon seller in Europe and the requirements to get started. The Opportunity. There are 28 potential c…

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