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With its rising prominence in manufacturing and technology, China has become the top destination for importers looking for goods at cheap price and high quality. But imports from this country definitely has its perks which most a times might seem insurmountable to one not familiar with the Chinese market.

In reality, making China your import plug for a wide variety of products (PPE inclusive), has a lot of benefits that range from profits to personal satisfaction notwithstanding existing myths and bottlenecks which might be obstacles in ordering your desired products from China.

As with imports from any other country, most importers are troubled with dilemmas such as getting credible and trusted suppliers who will supply goods at required standards and specifications among others such as custom regulations fluctuations in delivery costs, trade protocols and unexpected delays which might affect projected profits.

Circumventing these challenges is actually not rocket science. Having hitch free and satisfactory imports from China is possible if the following steps are taken;

1. Get your import rights from relevant authorities in your country.
Import rights give you the legal ability to import goods into your country. If you are importing into the U.S. your Social Security Number (SSN as individual) or your company Internal Revenue Service Number (IRS EIN as business) will be enough while in Canada, you will need to obtain a Business Number issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) first.

2. Identify the goods you want to import.
We assume that you want to import goods in commercial quantities for the sake of making profit and in today's world, profit accures as a result of value provided. Before venturing into any market, you must first of all carry out market research and identify a need which your product niche will satisfy. Your products choice must be something you are passionate about and which will provide value to your customers.

It is advisable that you choose products you are passionate about, which will be unique to you. Also choose products that you can ship in large quantities at low shipping cost per unit.

3. Ensure the goods you want to import are permitted in your country.
Different countries have different prohibited products. Also the goods you intend to import may be subject to permits, restrictions or regulations by your government. It is your (the importer's) responsibility for assuring that the goods comply with these specific rules and regulations. Importing goods that are unsafe and fail to meet health code requirements, or that violate restrictions could end up costing you quite a bit of money in fines and penalties or even economic loss, as such goods could be destroyed.
4. Classify your goods and estimate landing cost
Every item you want to import has a tariff classification which alongside the Certificate of Origin is used to determine duty rates. After evaluation the duty rates, you can then do the landing cost calculation.

Put into consideration the INCOTERM you would apply when making estimations for total landing costs. For instance, for the FOB agreement, it involves that in estimating the cost, you have to get the product price from the supplier, then get shipping charges from freight agent, then finally, you get the charges of customs clearance, duty and tax, land transport from landing to your warehouse

Putting all these into consideration will enable you place accurate price tags that would be both customer friendly and profitable for you.

Also, take into account that miscellaneous costs could arise during the importation process so you have to be prepared for the eventuality.

5. Find your supplier in China and place your order
This is is a very crucial step which determines if you will get your desired goods at roughly estimated time. Credibility, capacity and capability should be put into consideration.

Also ensure that your supplier agrees to your chosen incoterm which would help reduce your shipping costs while giving you great flexibility and control over the process of shipping.

Some quick tips when making orders from your Chinese supplier;
Place an order at a minimum 3 months before you need your goods at your door in order to avoid delays.
Lowest price always accompanies with high risk, maybe quality, quantity or reputation. So avoid looking for lowest price quotations
Ensure you double check the materials and the manufacturing process of each quote so you can feel confident in the products you are purchasing and also make sure your supplier has totally confirmed every spec of your target product, including the packaging

You can contact us at SharpharGroup if you need contact with credible Chinese suppliers.

6. Arrange your cargo transport
There are many costs associated with shipping goods, including container fees, packaging, terminal handling, and broker fees. Also, choose a good freight forwarder partner.

7. Track your cargo product
Shipping goods internationally takes time. For example, goods shipped from China, on average, take around 14 days to reach the West Coast of United States or 30 days to reach the East Coast. When a shipment reaches the U.S., the importer of record (i.e., the owner, purchaser, or licensed customs broker designated by the owner, purchaser, or consignee) will file entry documents for the goods with the port director at the goods’ port of entry.

8. Obtain your shipment.
When the goods arrive, make arrangements for your customs broker to clear them through customs (and quarantine if applicable). If everything goes well, it’s your rights to pick up your shipment.

Importing goods from China can actually be a hitch free process, provided you follow the above stated guidelines.

We at SharpharGroup are equipped to ensure you get access to cheap and quality Chinese products without going through the import hassles.
You could contact us for more information on how to fast track your import process.
Email: info@shaphargroup.com
Phone number: +13477418333, +85281912961
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