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The 8 Best Books on Importing from China: An Overview

Best Importing Books

As an Importer, you must act as a jack of all trades. You need to understand everything from product development and sourcing, to shipping, customs and taxes.

It can take years of real life experience to truly understand the ins and outs of managing a supply chain stretching halfway over the globe.

But it’s not all about technical specifications and legal terms.

There’s also the human element. The mindset of your supplier, belonging to a culture that has developed in a very different way from us from the West.

What is common sense to you, may not be so in the mind of your supplier.

I’ve been in China for years, and I am still but a learner. In this article, I share the 8 Best Books on Importing from China – that you simply have to read.

Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the China Production Game

Whether you’re working on a small scale or run a huge corporation that imports or plans to import goods from China, this book is a must-read for you in any case.

The author of this book, Paul Milder, not only has a degree in Chinese history, he has also had a vast amount of experience in the Chinese work industry, which enabled him to understand the mindset of Chinese suppliers and manufacturing over there. Continue Reading →

Recommended import from China forums & blogs

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It can be quite hard to find accurate and up to date information on the internet. There are plenty of blogs and e-books but only a few are worth reading if you ask me. Forums are largely underestimated as a reliable source but offer a wealth of free information for startups and small businesses looking to import from China. The best thing is perhaps that you can get lots of free advice from the existing members, of which quite a few are professional sourcing agents based in China.

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The Wholesale Forums

I’ve been reading this forum for a couple of years by now and it’s one of the most active forums that covers import/export and China sourcing topics. The content tends to be of a fairly high standard and can pride itself with contributors from plenty of professional sourcing firms, such as Globalsources.com. Continue Reading →