• 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:

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

    Where can I find pet product suppliers online?

    There are hundreds of suppliers, both trading companies and manufacturers, on both Alibaba.com and Globalsources.com.

    More than 858,000 products 1,070 suppliers are listed under the Pet product category on Alibaba.com.

    The same search on Globalsources.com results in more than 52,800 products and 3,359 suppliers.

    You can be sure that there are manufacturers for all kinds of pet products online.

    Pet Product Supplier

    Product Regulations for Pet Products

    With the exception of pet food, there few if any mandatory safety standards that apply specifically to pet toys and accessories.

    However, as explained in this whitepaper by Intertek, there are pet products regulations underway.

    In fact, a bill has already been proposed in New York state.

    So, what will this mean for pet product importers?

    a. There will be chemical and heavy metals regulations in place

    b. Labeling and document requirements may apply

    c. Lab testing may become mandatory

    That said, there are non-pet product-specific regulations that do apply:

    a. REACH is mandatory in the EU, for all products.

    b. ‘Made in China’ labels is mandatory for all products sold in the US

    c. Textile labeling requirements may apply

    d. Additional regulations apply to all electronics, regardless of usage

    There are a few things you can do already:

    a. Ensure compliance with REACH and/or CA Prop 65

    b. Ensure that your product is correctly labeled, and issue all mandatory documents

    c. Submit a product sample for compliance testing

    Overall, pet products are not as strictly regulated as children’s products, electronic, or even food contact materials.

    What should I look for when selecting a supplier online?

    First, you need to look at the category. If you intend to buy stainless steel dog cages, make sure you find a supplier that is specialized in making just that product. Stay away from traders that offer a bit of everything. Even if it’s still within the pet product space.

    Second, you should also consider suppliers that match the following:

    a. Registered capital higher than RMB 2,000,000

    b. ISO 9001 certified

    c. BSCI or Sedex registered

    Environmental management and certification is also increasingly important in China. Ask if your supplier can provide an ISO 14001 certificate.

    Quality Control

    Pre-shipment quality inspections are mandatory when importing all sorts of products from China, and elsewhere in Asia.

    That said, quality inspections for pet products can be fairly complicated.

    For example, the inspector must simulate how a cat or dog is using a certain toy.

    Using test standards (i.e., ASTM or ISO) for children’s toys is not enough for pet toys and accessories is not adequate, due to the extreme wear and tear of pet toys.

    While this may not require advanced equipment, it’s crucial that you instruct your agent on how they should execute all tests, to properly ‘simulate’ normal wear and tear.

    MOQ Requirement

    The Minimum Order Quantity requirement is often set on a per-product basis.

    A few examples follow below:

    • Dog bath towel: 10,000 pcs
    • Large dog bed: 100 pcs
    • Biodegradable dog waste bag roll: 100,000 rolls
    • Cat tree: 80 pcs
    • GPS pet tracker: 500 pcs

    As you may notice, the MOQ is lower for more expensive and bulky items (such as the Cat tree or Dog bed).

    Many suppliers are willing to offer a lower MOQ for the first order or reduce it permanently if you use standard materials and colors.

    Trade Shows

    HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair (Link)

    While this trade show is not exclusively focused on pet products, attending this trade show is still a must for pet product importers. HKTDC is arranging a special event, called the World of Pet Supplies, during this trade show.

    Pet Fair Asia (Link)

    Pet Fair Asia is the largest trade show for pet supplies in the Asia Pacific region. It’s held in August each year in Shanghai, China.

    Here, you will find more than 1400 exhibitors from around the world. Notice that this show is more focused on food than other shows.

    China International Pet Show (CIPS) (Link)

    CIPS is also held yearly in Shanghai, at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. Here you will find more than 1500 exhibitors.

    Canton Fair Phase 2 (Link)

    The largest trade fair in the world, held twice per year in Guangzhou, is not only for pet product importers. Yet, you will find a large number of manufacturers for everything from pet toys to electronics.

    List of Pet Products Manufacturers in China

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

    Below follows an overview of a few example categories in the pet supplies industry:

    • Cat / Dog Sofas
    • Cat Trees
    • Pet Textiles / Shoes
    • Dog Cages
    • Cat Cages
    • Pet Grooming Brushes
    • Other Pet Cleaning Products
    • Dog Leash
    • Pet Toys
    • Dog / Cat Bowls, Other Feeding Equipment
    • Pet Travel Accessories

    Another category, we’re seeing more of is tracking devices and other consumer electronics for pets. While a supplier may produce items in two or three categories, there are now pet product manufacturers that make all kinds of pet-related products.

    Suppliers that offer a range of seemingly unrelated product categories (i.e., Dog cages and Pet Cleaning Supplies) is most likely a trading company.

    Listed Companies

    • Qingdao Green Pet Care
    • Hangzhou Tianyuan Pet Products
    • Suzhou Shengkang Plastic Electric
    • Ningbo Xingyi Decoration
    • Dongguan Zhierde New Rubber
    • Jiangsu Erlang Shen Plastic Industry
    • Shanghai Oriland Pet Products
    • Suzhou Inspirer Pet Products
    • Foshan Shengya Pet Products Manufacturing

    Disclaimer

    We are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. We have selected these companies based on their claimed product scope, history, certification, and capabilities.

    Qingdao Green Pet Care

    Qingdao Green Pet Care is a company that specializes in manufacturing and exporting pet products and daily supplies for cats, dogs, birds, and fishes.

    The company offers ODM and OEM services for a broad scope of products including pet litters, food bowls, and night tracker collars. The company also produces high protein products such as mealworms, and black broom corn millets, for birds and fishes.

    Currently, Qingdao Green Pet Care mainly exports its products to Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia.

    Main Products

    • Silica cat litters
    • Wooden cat litter
    • Paper cat litter
    • Bentonite cat litter
    • Bird seeds
    • Cat litter boxes
    • Dog training toilets
    • Puppy bowls
    • Automatic dog feeders
    • Puppy toilet training pads
    • Disposable Pads
    • Chewing toys
    • Flashing collars
    • Pet Food

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001
    • Compliance: REACH
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: R1110 Zhonghai International Plaza, No.237 Wan Nian Quan Road, Licang District, Qingdao

    Hangzhou Tianyuan Pet Products

    Hangzhou Tianyuan Pet Products is a manufacturer and trading company specializing in the pet product business. The company was founded in 1996 and mainly produces 8 categories of ODM and OEM pet supplies, including leashes, clothes, and toys for cats and dogs. Currently, there are more than 8,000 SKUs in stock.

    Hangzhou Tianyuan Pet Products engages in the design, development, and manufacturing processes of the entire production cycle. At the present, there are more than 50 people working in the R&D team of the company, which is able to launch more than 80 new products every month.

    Other than developing and producing regular pet supplies, the company is also keeping abreast of the latest technological development and manufactures electronic products for pets, such as smart feeders, mechanical mice, electronic laser toys, and more.

    Main Products

    • Waterproof dog hoodies
    • Dog leashes
    • Dog harness
    • Cathouses
    • Cat tents
    • Cat scratching posts
    • Two-Sided brushes
    • Nail trimmers
    • Training pads
    • Rubber toys
    • Chewing toys
    • IQ training toys
    • Cooling mats
    • Raincoats
    • Feces dispensers
    • Feces clean up bags
    • Catnips

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001, BSCI, SEDEX
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: West Xingyi Road, Xingqiao, Linping Town Yuhang, Hangzhou

    Suzhou Shengkang Plastic Electric

    Suzhou Shengkang Plastic Electric is a manufacturer of pet grooming tools and retractable dog leashes in China which was founded in the early 2000s. The company owns two factory plants in Suzhou, of which the total area exceeds over 9,000 square meters.

    The company specializes in producing ODM and OEM grooming and beauty products for dogs of all sizes. These products include brushes, bathing tools, and scissors, for a total of more than 1,000 SKUs, among which 130 items have acquired patents.

    The research and development department of Suzhou Shengkang Plastic Electric creates new products to keep market trends for pets every year. At present, more than 20-30 new items are launched annually, facing big corporates in the EU, North American, and Japanese markets. According to their website, their customers include Walmart, Walgreen, and Central Garden & Pet.

    Main Products

    • Bristle brushes
    • Double-sided pet brush
    • Flea combs
    • Rake combs
    • Dematting combs
    • Massage grooming glove
    • Deshedding tools
    • Paw cleaners
    • Nail grinders
    • Nail clippers
    • Nail files
    • Collars
    • Harnesses
    • Leashes
    • ID tags
    • Toothbrushes
    • Curved and straight scissors
    • Interactive toys
    • Rope toys
    • Rubber toys
    • Waste bags
    • Feces dispensers

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001, BSCI
    • Compliance: RoHS, ETL, UL
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: No.8 Nanguandu road, Yuexi Town, Wuzhong District, Suzhou City, Jiangsu

    Ningbo Xingyi Decoration

    Ningbo Xingyi Decoration was established in 1997 as a factory that mainly produces daily supplies for cats, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals.

    The product categories of Ningbo Xingyi Decoration include pet cages, pet safety gates, pet furniture, pet cleaning tools, and pet toys, which amount to more than 500 SKUs in total.

    Currently, the factory area of Ningbo Xingyi Decoration is over 5,000 square meters, with more than 200 staff working in the production line, yielding to a monthly capacity of 30 to 50 containers of 40 ft.

    Main Products

    • Self-cleaning pet brushes
    • Pet shower sprayers
    • Portable feces shovels
    • Rabbit deshedding tools
    • Cat restraint bath shoes
    • Electric nail trimmers
    • Litter boxes
    • Dog diapers
    • Chew toys
    • Paw cleaners
    • Toothbrushes
    • Lint removers
    • Water dispensers
    • Auto feeders

    Summary

    • Certification: IS0 14001
    • Compliance: ASTM F1004, EN 1930
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: No. 1003, Chuangyi Sheji Building, 508 Tai’an Road, Shounan Street, Yinzhou District, Ningbo, Zhengjiang

    Dongguan Zhierde New Rubber

    Dongguan Zhierde New Rubber is a manufacturer specializing in making high-class ODM and OEM molar rubber chew toys for dogs of all sizes, from chihuahua to Pyrenean mountain dogs.

    The factory of the company is located in Dongguan, covering an area of more than 10,000 square meters, with more than 150 employees working in the production line, producing chew toys like rubber dog bones, and more.

    Main Products

    • Interactive dumbbell treat dispensers
    • Rubber molar chew balls
    • Teeth grinding toys
    • Squeaky toys

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001
    • Compliance: ASTM F963, CPSIA, FDA
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Yes

    Location: Longchuanzhou Group, Renzhou Village, Shatian Town, Dongguan, Guangdong

    Jiangsu Erlang Shen Plastic Industry

    Jiangsu Erlang Shen Plastic Industry makes ODM and OEM electric products for household pets, mainly for dogs and cats. The main product categories of Jiangsu Erlang Shen Plastic Industry include electric water fountains, electric treat dispensers, and grooming tools.

    Their water fountains are equipped with LED lights and are specially designed for night use.

    In addition, the speed of the water stream is adjustable, in order to cater to the needs of pets of different sizes and heights. Also, the fountains are specially designed so that they don’t generate noise, in order to not disturb pet owners.

    Main Products

    • Automatic drinking fountains with filters
    • Slow feeders
    • Self-cleaning grooming pet brushes
    • Cordless dog cat pet nail grinder
    • USB rechargeable nail grinders
    • USB rechargeable trimmers
    • 300ml portable water bottle for outdoor use
    • Disposable dog diapers
    • Self-cleaning hair brushes
    • Teeth cleaning toys
    • Dog ball toy with bells or tennis balls
    • Gog frisbees
    • Automatic extending ropes

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001
    • Compliance: UL, RoHS, REACH
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: Small and Medium Enterprise Park, Daqiao Town, Jiangdu District, Yangzhou, Jiangsu

    Shanghai Oriland Pet Products

    Shanghai Oriland Pet Products was founded in 1985 in Shanghai. The main pet products offered by the company include feeding and watering tools, dog leashes, dog harness, collars, beds and furniture, cleaning and grooming tools, and toys.

    Currently, the two factories owned by the company have more than 10,000 square meters of floor area, employing more than 300 workers, yielding to more than 800,000 units per month.

    Main Products

    • Squeaky toys
    • Metal custom dog ID tags
    • Leather or polyester dog muzzles
    • Tick collars
    • Flashing collars
    • Dog harnesses
    • Rope leashes
    • Suede dog chairs
    • Rocking chairs
    • Sherpa fleece blanket
    • Foldable travel dog beds
    • Nail clippers
    • Interactive tunnels
    • Gnawing cat toys with catnip
    • Cat teasers
    • Cat scratchboards
    • Water fountains

    Summary

    • Certification: ISO 9001, BSCI, SEDEX, ICTI
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: 8F Luxun Mansion, No.568 Ouyang Road, Shanghai

    Suzhou Inspirer Pet Products

    Suzhou Inspirer Pet Products is a company that owns two factories in the area of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, and specializes in making OEM and ODM pet products for cats and dogs.

    The product range of Suzhou Inspirer Pet Products is mainly pet toys, leashes, and harnesses. They offer more than 2,000 types of products with different designs for retailers, wholesalers, and private labels to choose from.

    Currently, the company mainly exports its products to Japan and the United States.

    Main Products

    • Cages
    • Soft crates
    • Playpens
    • Kennels
    • Rabbit hutches
    • Portable houses
    • Car booster
    • Trolleys
    • Strollers
    • Collars
    • Leashes
    • Auto pet feeders
    • Rubber toys
    • Cat scratch trees and boards
    • Cleaning grooming tools

    Summary

    • Certification: Not mentioned
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: No.1 Future Avenue, Beiqiao Subdistrict, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou, Hangzhou

    Foshan Shengya Pet Products Manufacturing

    Foshan Shengya Pet Products Manufacturing is a factory that focuses on the design and making of metal cages for small animals like parrots, hamsters, and other animals.

    The company was founded in the late 1990s and has a factory occupying an area of more than 40,000 square meters with a full set of processing equipment, including welding, injection molding, coating, and packing facilities. More than 500 skilled-workers and technicians specialize in making more than 300 types of cages.

    In addition, the company also produces cage accessories for small animals, such as hamster rolling balls, hamster running wheels, and hamster toys.

    Main Products

    • Birdcages
    • Hamster cages
    • Small animals cages
    • Cage accessories

    Summary

    • Certification: Not mentioned
    • Compliance: Not mentioned
    • MOQ: Not mentioned
    • Samples offered: Not mentioned

    Location: Xingye Road, Shishan Industrial Park North Section, Nanhai District, Foshan, Guangdong

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