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Importing Bamboo Textiles from China: A Complete Guide

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Bamboo textiles are used in a wide range of products, from t-shirts and knitwear, to rugs and towels. Bamboo rayon fabrics are widely seen as both fashionable and ecological.

But that’s not the whole story.

In this article, you will learn how to find the right bamboo textile manufacturer, labeling requirements in the EU and US, trade shows and MOQ requirements.

In addition, I’ll also explain why bamboo fabrics are not as ecological or ethical as you might think.

Bamboo Textiles Manufacturers in China

Bamboo textiles are used for a wide range of products. A few examples follow below:

  • Clothing
  • Rugs
  • Towels
  • Knitted textiles
  • Beddings
  • Curtains

It’s rare to find suppliers that exclusively work with bamboo fabrics. Instead, some apparel factories can offer bamboo textiles, through their network of fabric suppliers.

In most cases, only a portion of the output consists of products made of bamboo fabrics.

Of course, this is not only how it works in the apparel industry, but also for beddings, rugs and curtains.

That said, only a relatively small percentage of all suppliers in the textile industry work with bamboo fabrics. Basically, they don’t have any bamboo textiles supplier in their subcontractor network. Continue Reading →

Importing Sunglasses & Eyewear from China: A Complete Guide

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About to import Sunglasses from China? In this guide, you’ll learn what you must know before getting started, including:

– How to select the right Eyewear manufacturer

– Frame Materials, Lens Specifications and general design customization options

– An introduction to Product Safety Standards and Labeling Requirements for Sunglasses in the EU and USA

Finding the right Sunglasses Manufacturer in China

Most major sunglasses manufacturers in China are based in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai – and the cities of Wenzhou and Linhai in particular.

Wenzhou is the world’s largest manufacturing cluster for Sunglasses. There are hundreds of manufacturers, trading companies and component suppliers in the city.

However, with so many manufacturers to choose from, how can you identify those that are qualified?

When sourcing Sunglasses, this is what you should take a look at:

1. Product Compliance

Is the supplier experienced in manufacturing products according to applicable regulations in your home market?

The truth is that most suppliers are not. As you are required by law to ensure that all imported Eye wear is compliant with all applicable product safety standards and labeling requirements, you need to be sure that the manufacturer has the basic capability to manufacture ‘compliant products’. Continue Reading →

Outdoor & Garden Furniture Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Looking to import outdoor furniture from manufacturers in China? Then keep reading, to learn more about the different types of outdoor furniture, and how you can find highly qualified factories on Alibaba.com and Globalsources.com.

In addition, you will also learn how to deal with furniture sample orders, trade shows, product regulations – and alternative manufacturing countries, such as Vietnam and India.

Types of Outdoor Furniture in China

China is how to thousands of outdoor furniture manufacturers. However, even within this segment, factories, and wholesalers are always specialized in a certain type of outdoor furniture.

Below follows an overview of common categories:

  • Rattan Furniture
  • Wicker Furniture
  • Wooden Furniture
  • Metal Furniture
  • Garden Sofas
  • Outdoor Tables
  • Patio Swings
  • Beach Chairs

Some manufacturers offer products that belong in two or even three categories. The suppliers in each category also tend to be grouped together in certain industrial clusters – such as Foshan, in the southern Guangdong province. Continue Reading →

Importing Furniture from China in 5 Steps

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About to purchase furniture, or other home products, from suppliers in China? Keep reading, and learn what you must know about finding the right furniture suppliers, relevant trade shows and customization options. We also explain what furniture importers must know about fire retardancy regulations, quality control and shipping.

Below follows an overview:

  1. How to find the right furniture manufacturer in China
  2. Furniture customization options
  3. Confirm applicable regulations and safety standards
  4. Quality control
  5. Lab testing
  6. Shipping process

1. Finding the right Furniture Manufacturer in China

When sourcing Furniture manufacturers online, there’s a variety of factors to use when assessing potential candidate suppliers. Below follows a few examples:

Registered Capital: A low registered capital may indicate that the supplier is a small trading company. As there are no real benefits of buying from a trader, you want to avoid that. A Furniture manufacturer should have at least RMB 1,000,000 in registered capital, which is specified in their business license.

Business Scope: Possibly even more telling than the Registered Capital, the Business scope explains what the company was set out to do. Look for “furniture” and “manufacturing”, or “production”, to assess if the supplier is a true manufacturer. Traders, on the other hand, tend to have business scopes, including a wide range of very different products, and include terms such as “Wholesale”.

Quality Management System: A Quality Management System, for example, ISO 9001, is implemented to track and prevent quality issues. Why does this matter? Because it only applies to manufacturers, not traders. Continue Reading →

Watch Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Millions of watches are assembled in China every year, primarily in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. With hundreds of watch manufacturers to choose from, it can be somewhat tricky to find one capable to manufacture your watch design.

In this article, we share our experience on China’s wristwatch industry, and explain the factors that matters when selecting a manufacturer. We also explain what importers must know about design customization, and how this has a direct impact on pricing and minimum order quantity requirements.

Watch Manufacturers in Asia

The role of the Watch manufacturer

The truth is that a ‘Watch manufacturer’ don’t really manufacture the watches. They assemble the watches, and procure all individual components. The Watch case, crown, hands, clock face and even the indexing are all produced by specialized subcontractors.

This also applies to movements, which are often procured directly from Miyota, Seiko or Ronda.

The Watch supplier is essentially managing these subcontractors, and assemble the final products. In general, all Watch suppliers have access to the same subcontractors. As they don’t invest much in R&D, this means that all suppliers in the industry have access to the same materials and components.

Does that mean that all suppliers are equal? Definitely not. Watch manufacturers differ on the following factors:

a. Product compliance: Most suppliers are not aware of EU and US product regulations,  such as REACH and RoHS. Hence, they may supply a product with excessive amounts of lead and other restricted substances.

b. Quality management: Managing a large number of subcontractors is not an easy task. At a minimum, the supplier must have established procedures for checking incoming materials and components – and checkpoints on the assembly line.

c. Management: Some people are just better at taking care of their customers and running businesses than others. This is also how it works in China’s watch industry.

So, what about pricing? The price difference between two suppliers is normally very slim, assuming you get quoted based on the same product specification. As mentioned, the suppliers are buying materials and components from the same network of subcontractors.

Watches Process

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Bitcoin Mining Hardware Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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China banned Bitcoin trading in 2017, but the country is still the number one manufacturer for types of cryptocurrency mining hardware.

The country is not only home to OEM mining hardware manufacturers, but also some of the first brands – such as Antminer, developed by Bitmain in Beijing.

In this guide, you will learn everything mining hardware importers must know about buying brand name mining hardware, and how to find the right OEM supplier on Alibaba and Globalsources.

You will also learn why you should not rely on supplier warranties, and why product regulations are not to be neglected. Even in the fast growing space of crypto miners.

Can I buy Bitmain Antminers directly from China?

Yes, and no. There are a number of ‘brand name’ crypto miners on the market. At the time of writing, Antminer is perhaps the most well known.

At least when it comes to consumer grade bitcoin miners.

Antminer is not an open source platform. It’s a brand, owned by Bitmain in Beijing, but with offices all over the world.

There are hundreds of suppliers on various B2B supplier directories, claiming to sell Antminers, and almost as many online stores doing the same thing.

Some of these claim to be affiliated, or approved, by Bitmain. Yet, their official policy is that you should only buy Antminer hardware directly from Bitmain.

At best, you will find a supplier offering the same product, but for a higher price. There is no way they could undercut Bitmain on their own products.

Further, buying from an unauthorized seller may not only be costly, but it can also result in something much worse.

There are multiple scam reports on Bitcoin mining forums, and others telling of OEM replicas being delivered, rather than the real thing.

As we all know, the crypto hype knows no boundaries, and this attracts all sorts of sleazy fly by night online stores – that may or may not deliver a knock off. Continue Reading →

Importing Watches from China – A Complete Guide

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In this guide we explain what you must know about importing watches from China. Keep reading, and learn how your Startup or Small Business can develop custom designed and private label wristwatches. Also learn about customization options, tooling costs, regulations and quality assurance.

Watch Cases

Product Specifications

Watch Case

The biggest price factor is the watch case material. You have two options: Stainless steel or Zinc alloy. The latter is only used in low quality watches, retailing for less than $50. Watches sold for above that price are almost always made of Stainless Steel, if exclude other less common watch case materials, such as plastic and silicon. Continue Reading →

Importing Gym & Fitness Products from China: A Complete Guide

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Are you planning to import gym, health or fitness products? Then keep reading, to learn more about how you can find the right supplier and relevant product regulations.

We also cover trade shows in the fitness space, MOQ requirements and how you can make sure that you get the quality right – regardless of whether you’re importing protein bars or treadmills.

How do I find a qualified Gym & Fitness product manufacturer in China?

There are thousands of suppliers in the gym and fitness space the two largest supplier directories, Alibaba.com and Globalsources.com.

First, you want to avoid trading companies, which tend to offer all sorts of products. For example, if you find a supplier claiming to sell foam rollers, treadmills and protein powder, you can be sure you’re dealing with a trading company or wholesaler.

So, why should you stay away from trading companies or wholesaler when importing fitness and health products?

There are a few reasons. But, the main one is that traders cannot ensure comply with overseas product regulations, such as REACH or California Prop 65. I will get back to that in a bit

Instead, you should look for suppliers that are specialized. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they must focus on one single product.

For example, a factory can make both yoga mats and foam rollers. Continue Reading →

Importing Pet Products from China: A Complete Guide

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Are you planning to import pet toys or accessories from China? In this article, you will learn what you must know about pet products manufacturers, applicable regulations and how to find the right supplier on Alibaba.com or Globalsources.com.

This is covered:

  • Pet Products Manufacturers in China
  • How to find suppliers online
  • Product regulations
  • Quality control
  • MOQ Requirement
  • Trade shows

Pet Products Manufacturers in China

As in all industries, Pet Products Suppliers in China are to a varying degree specialized in a certain subcategory. Continue Reading →

Swimwear Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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There are hundreds of Swimwear suppliers in Mainland China. But how do you know which one is the right choice for your products?

In this article, you will learn what ecommerce businesses must know about importing swim and beachwear from China – including the following:

  • How to find the right manufacturer?
  • Why you should NOT buy wholesale swimwear
  • How to customize the design
  • How to select the right material
  • Buying private label swimwear
  • MOQ requirements

a. Manufacturers and Wholesalers

In this section, I will cover the different types of products in China, and what you should look for when sourcing suppliers on Alibaba.com and Globalsources.com.

What kind of Swimwear products can I source in China?

Most Swimwear manufacturers in China, specialize in a certain type, or material, of Swimwear. Some suppliers may be focused on making boardshorts, while others primarily make bikinis or wetsuits.

While there are not distinct categories of suppliers in the industry, a few product categories follow below:

  • Bikinis
  • Wetsuits
  • Rash Guards
  • Boardshorts
  • Compression wear
  • Swimming trunks

Some Swimwear suppliers are making related products in the broader sportswear category. For example, many Yoga wear suppliers also make similar compression wear.

Keep in mind that you should look for a supplier that is specialized in your specific type of textiles, rather than looking for one that is offering a broad selection. Continue Reading →