COVID-19 Notice: The Asia Import Platform is designed to ensure that you can manage the importing process from anywhere – at a time when it’s impossible to visit suppliers and attend trade shows in Asia.
The Chinese New Year (CNY) of 2021 starts on Friday, 12 February, and officially lasts for 7 days in Mainland China. While many of us who work in Asia are painfully aware of the Chinese New Year, and the coming disruption to all production, many importers and Amazon sellers are caught completely off guard.
As if the rush to get your shipments in time for Christmas was not enough, you now have to make sure that your goods are ready well before your supplier closes the shop for CNY 2021. During this holiday, all factories are shut down, without exception. This year we also have the COVID-19 factor to take into consideration.
While the official holiday only lasts for about a week, most factories are closed for an entire month, with disruptions lasting even longer. This time of the year is especially risky for businesses importing seasonal products, such as outdoor furniture and swimwear.
How importers can prepare for CNY
Why and how CNY disrupts manufacturing in China
How to avoid delays to the CNY
CNY 2021 timeline and dates
Lunar holiday disruption in Vietnam and Southeast Asia
Planning to import products from China, Vietnam or elsewhere to Israel? In this article, we cover what importers must know about Israeli import duties, customs processes, product regulations, labeling requirements, permits, and shipping.
Quality control is a mandatory part of the process when importing products from China, regardless of the order volume. Hence, finding the right quality control partner is crucial.
In this guide, you will find some of the leading quality inspection companies, with offices based in China.
We compare them based on capability, pricing and customer focus – to help you choose the right partner for your quality assurance needs in China.
Sofeast Limited (Qualityinspection.org)
Sofeast is a Shenzhen based project management and quality assurance company that offers a wide range of QA services to importers, buying from suppliers in China.
The range of their services includes in-depth factory auditing, quality consulting, and assessment of technical documents.
In addition, the company also provides project management software specifically designed for importers – which makes Sofeast rather unique.
The company is founded in 2006 by Renaud Anjoran, from France, and is well known from his blog – qualityinspection.org.
Sofeast is a full-service quality agency, helping all types of business. We have worked with Renaud’s team for several years, with fantastic results. Inspections start from $299, which is slightly lower than many of Sofeast’s competitors.
Product samples are essential when importing products from China, and elsewhere in Asia. Obviously, you want to see and feel the product before you start production. However, ordering product samples is also a way to test if your supplier is truly up to the task.
In this guide, you will learn everything importers must know about product samples, including costs, types and lead times.
Product sample types
Custom made product samples
3D printed samples
Product sample costs
How to pay for product samples
Injection molds and tooling costs
Sample production time
Import duties and taxes
Interview: How to Get a Prototype or Sample Made in China – By Kevin Lee
Trying to figure out how to negotiate and get a better price from your supplier? Going too hard on the price negotiation can result in terrible quality issues and unanswered calls.
If you ask me, successful price negotiation is about finding the right equilibrium, where you pay the right price for the right quality, while the supplier can make enough money to stay in business and pay their owners and employees.
That’s not asking for too much.
Keep reading, and learn why you should not haggle your way down to poor quality, how you can prevent your supplier from jacking up the prices, and why you must be ready to stand up and walk away if they try to do so.
This is covered
Set your target price
Price negotiation is expected in China
Accept that the supplier must also make a decent profit
Be clear about your quality requirements before you start negotiating
Price negotiations must be done at the right time
Be ready to walk away at any time
Stay up to date on raw material costs
Other ways to get a better price
Set a realistic target price
Before you can engage in meaningful price negotiation, you need to set your target price. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to contact suppliers to request quotations, and thereby find a price baseline.
Your supplier will ask you for both your specifications and target price when asking for a lower price. Sometimes they even ask before sending an initial quotation.
Further, it also helps you to know what to aim for. That said, your target price must be realistic.
Price negotiation is expected in China
Chinese suppliers don’t expect you to accept the first price offer. Price negotiation is even expected, and you’ll surprise your supplier if you don’t even bother to raise the question.
While there are limits to how far you should push the price, it’s alright to send them your target price and ask them to go down to match it.
Some may lower a bit while others walk away.
If the supplier quotes a price that’s way above your target price then ask why, and also share prices offered by other suppliers.
Planning to import products from China, India or Vietnam? Shipping and product documentation is required for all product categories but to a varying extent. In this guide, I will explain which documents you need to obtain when importing products to the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada.
Is this guide relevant to all products?
Many of the documents listed in this guide are mandatory when importing the following products:
The Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) requirement sets the lowest quantity of a certain product (e.g. 500 pcs) that a supplier is willing to sell. If the importer cannot reach the MOQ requirement, then the supplier is not willing or able to enter production.
In this article, I explain why the MOQ requirement exists, and what you can do to reduce the number of units you need to buy.
What is the Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)?
The MOQ requirement is the minimum number of units you need to order from a supplier. It can be set per order, per product, per material or per color. For example, if a supplier sets their MOQ at 500 pcs, then you must purchase at least 500 pcs before they can accept your order.
How do I find out the MOQ of a supplier?
The MOQ is often specified on the suppliers Alibaba page, or website. You can also contact them directly to ask for their MOQ.
Keep in mind that the MOQ is fluid, as it varies depending on a range of factors. In addition, there are also different MOQs to keep track of, not just one.
What is the Minimum Order Value?
A Minimum Order Value is the lowest value of goods a supplier is willing to sell on a per order or product basis. If the Minimum Order Value is set at US$5000, then they will not accept orders below this figure. That said, manufacturers almost exclusively set a minimum quantity rather than a minimum value.
Looking for a qualified sourcing company in Mainland China or Hong Kong? In this article, we list a wide range of specialized product sourcing companies, and what they can do for your business.
We update this list on a yearly basis, and also list information about their main product categories, provided services, background and much more.
Why should I work with a Sourcing Company?
The core function of a sourcing company is to identify qualified suppliers, based on the customer’s needs and technical requirements.
There are no industry standards for how the supplier sourcing process is managed. Some Sourcing Companies have a more relationship-based approach, funneling customers to their existing supplier network.
Many products made in China, and elsewhere in Asia, include components made of plastics that were melted and formed with the use of a mold or a die. And yet, not many buyers are familiar with that material and the related fabrication processes.