In this article, I am going to introduce the sourcing channels and show you how to source products from China. Generally, international buyers can either source online or go to China to visit trade shows and factories in person.
There are 6 main websites.
Alibaba is the world’s largest B2B e-commerce platform. Almost all kinds of goods can be found on it.
AliExpress is Alibaba’s shopping platform for the global market, it is famous because of its low price and simple transaction process. Besides, you could also find some interesting goods on it, such as toys and decorations. However, it is a platform mainly for retail, so if you want to wholesale on this website, you need to communicate with sellers.
DHgate is the first website in China to provide B2B online trading platform for SMES which mainly sells consumables. Individual sellers and small suppliers are encouraged to sell goods on this website.
4. Global Source
Global Sources is a one-stop sourcing platform for electronics, hardware and fashion products.The core business of this company is to promote the export trade of Asian countries through English language media, including a global resources website, e-magazine, sourcing information reports, buyer’s fairs and trade fairs.
5. Yiwu go
Yiwu is the largest small commodity distribution center in China. Yiwu go is an online marketplace of Yiwu, which covers various small commodities in China, including 5 million online commodities, such as toys, ornaments, handicrafts, and daily necessities.
6. Made in China
Made-in-China mainly sells industrial products, raw materials. It also has some special services, such as buyer meetings and customer training.
Go to China to Visit Trade Shows and Factories
Famous trade shows in China
1. Guangzhou Canton Fair.
Time: It is held twice a year (from April to May; from October to November)
Place: 382 Yujiangzhong Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou City
Products: Electronics, home appliances, lighting, vehicles and accessories, machinery, hardware tools, building materials, chemical products, daily consumer products, gifts, home decoration, textile and clothing, office, luggage and leisure products, food, medicine and medical care.
Feature: The largest trade show in China.
2. Yiwu Fair
Time: From 10th to 12th of March
Place: Zhejiang Yiwu
Products: Mainly gifts and toys
Feature: Yiwu is close to Shanghai and Hangzhou. It only takes 30 minutes from Yiwu International Airport to China Commodity City Convention and Exhibition Center. It has geographical advantage.
3. East China Import and Export Commodities Fair
Time: From 1st to 4th of March
Place: Shanghai New International Expo Center
Products: All types of clothing and accessories.
Feature: This trade show is committed to enhancing communication and connection between Chinese garment manufacturers and international garment merchants.
4. Other trade shows in China
(1) Guangzhou International Maritime Trade Exhibition.
(2) Guangzhou International Furniture Fair.
For more details about trade shows in China, you can read this article in our blog: China Trade Shows A Complete List.
Process of importing from China
1. Source online.
Step 1: Search on Alibaba and Global Sources and other common online B2B marketplaces for suppliers.
Step 2: Require quotes and negotiate with suppliers for quotes, samples, shipping requirements, and so on.
Step 3: Make a list of your preferred suppliers.
Step 4: Do the first round of screening by checking backgrounds on the target suppliers for their financial strength, operating status, etc. to avoid risks.
Step 5: Further screen your suppliers and negotiate with them to decide which one you’d like to choose. Then ask these suppliers for samples.
Step 6: Decide payment methods and sign a contract with the supplier.
Step 7: Wait for the cargo and arrange the balance payment.
2. Go to China to Visit Trade Shows and Factories.
Step 1: You need to have a very clear idea of what products you’re looking for before the show starts.
Step 2: Look for the products you are interested in at the show, and see the samples. Visit the factories of interested companies if it is possible since the samples shown on the trade show must be the best products which can’t represent the average level of products.
Step 3: Do the first round of screening by checking backgrounds on the target suppliers for their financial strength, operating status and etc. to avoid cooperation risk.
Step 4: Further screen your suppliers and negotiate with them to decide which one you’d like to choose.
Step 5: Decide payment methods and sign a contract with the supplier.
Step 6: Wait for the cargo and arrange the balance payment.
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