There are two main methods to import products from China and are described as follows:
Visit China and purchase your merchandises from markets/factories or dealers, directly.
Some preparations you ought to make before you travel to China:
Undertake research for the products you wish to purchase, obtain contact information of factories, online. Speak with the management of the factories before your visit. Shortlist and choose the ones that you think match your requirements. Find out where they are located, research the cities, plan your schedule after having arrived in China. This way you can visit all the selected suppliers that are located in the same city or the ones located nearby each other. You will save time this way.
Also, make sure to check the exhibition related information, online. The biggest exhibition in China is the Canton Fair for export related information and China Import Expo for information related to importing goods. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 127th Canton Fair will be held online between 15th to 24th June 2020. Apart from the Canton Fair, there are many other professional exhibitions that focus on a specific industry and are located in various cities across China. Most exhibitions have now been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2. Order your goods online.
Online businesses have changed the mode of business across the world. An increasing number of people prefer to purchase goods online, instead of buying from local stores.
The distributors/importers import products in huge quantities and retail their products to their own retailers during the past 10-15 years. However, the internet has changed the supply chains. We have noticed that in Europe and in North America, the quantity of orders from major distributors is reducing and more and more retailers place their orders from China directly. Online businesses have taken some of the market share from traditional business owners and has offered more business opportunities to online dealers.
What are the most famous websites for sourcing goods from China? Some of the major wholesale websites are as follows:
Major retail websites include:
All the above-mentioned websites export goods overseas and provide a convenient platform for overseas buyers to order products and communicate with sellers.
Major domestic online websites include:
Compared with alibaba.com . 1688.com has smaller minimum order quantity. However, if you buy any products on 1688.com, the supplier only deliver to Chinese mainland address and they only collect RMB instead of other currency.