Why - We saw a gap in the market for a product so we decided to import products ourselves. How - We have in place a superb import agent in UK and a fantastic supply agent in China. Please do not expect us to work for nothing, our import agent to work for nothing or our Chinese supply agent.We are a small company based in Devon with experience in importing goods from China and are willing to try and help others with the tools we have currently in place, please do not ask us to import Chemicals, Tobacco, Alcohol, Counterfeit items as you will be wasting your time and ours. We have containers landing here in Devon every month. Below is a blog I have copied from the internet which gives you an insight into importing. This blog has been quick to mention that certain products are harder than others to import from China. In this post Ill focus on product categories that are a bit more suitable for startups and beginners looking for what to import from China. I begin by explaining what you shouldnt do. Avoid OEM / Customized Products. Products that are highly customized requires higher MOQ requirements. Each subcontractor has its own MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) requirements and this can quickly add up to an MOQ that you cannot reach. Upgrade the quality of the product (use better and more expensive materials and components). In the United States, Europe and Australia, most products are regulated by one or more product safety directives. However, ensuring compliance for certain products is even more complicated some of which even requiring a premarket approval. Medical devices, toys, childrens products and cosmetics are such products. Importing non compliant items is illegal, and may result in a forced recall or major fines. Finding compliant suppliers in China is even harder. In fact, less than 5% of the Chinese suppliers, in most industries, are compliant with foreign product safety regulations. But there is help to get.
Many small businesses make the mistake of trying to bite off much more than they can swallow. Dont expect that you can order fifty different products from seven or eight different suppliers. Youll be limited to products that are mass produced for the domestic market in China. The quality standards tend to be lower than what your customers would expect. Importing from China is not like going down to the local supermarket and picking a little of this and that.
This takes time, sometimes several months. If there is any startup company that has really done it by the books then its the mid end watch brand, Daniel Wellington, from my native Sweden. Apart from good looking and high quality products they have achieved to launch a complete online store on a low budget.
Firstly youll need a watch case. Youll also need a mould if youre importing a custom designed watch. Watch Case MOQ: 300pcs / model.
# Watch Cases: 1 model. This results in a low MOQ, only 50pcs per colour variation in this case.Watch strap MOQ: 50pcs / variation. # Watch Straps: 6 colour variations. The point here is that Daniel Wellington has achieved to create a collection of different products in a very clever way. Since the watch case requires a fairly large investment, they limit it to only one model (they got more in reality though) and create a wider range of products by combining this very same watch case with a number of different straps.
Lets say you would do the same calculation with 6 different watch cases. Quantity: 6 x 300 pcs = 1800 pcs. Now thats a major difference!This import strategy is also highly scalable, you can add small variations to the watch case (different plating or dial color) or a couple of new watch straps in order to further increase the number of combinations, while keeping the investment low. How I would import from China on a low budget. If youre on a low budget, I believe that the only viable strategy is to follow Daniel Wellington and create a brand and maximize the number of products through simple forms of customization. Below I list a few examples on how this can be done. Carpets in the same material but in different colors and cut into different shapes.
IPhone 5 cases in different colors. Polo shirts of the same model and fabric, but with different sizes, colors and with different fabric details / print / embroidery. EVA Foam Rollers, same material but cut in different lengths.Simple modifications rarely require the supplier to increase the MOQ. Try to figure out whats complicated and time consuming for a supplier to make, and what is not. Complicated, expensive and time consuming modifications: Large increase on the MOQ requirement. This includes new moulds, purchasing new materials and components etc. Simple modifications: Low or no MOQ increase. This includes logo print, different cutting, adding accessories, customized product packing, custom color. Avoid products that require certification. Brand an existing product as your own.
Invest in quality and pitch yourself as a medium to high end brand. Enjoy higher profit margins and dont try to compete on price with the big players on the market. The item "Want to import from China as a startup We have an Agent" is in sale since Monday, September 26, 2016. This item is in the category "Business, Office & Industrial\Businesses For Sale\Manufacturing".
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