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An e-bike is a rather complex system of mechanical and electrical components. While that can be said about many products, getting your product specifications right is critical when importing e-bikes from China.
Buyers in the US, Europe, and Australia need to be even more cautious. E-bikes, and their components, are regulated – and the consequences of non-compliance are serious. Let’s begin by taking a look at the technical aspects.
Components and product specifications
First of all, the price of the electric bike is entirely based on the component composition (i.e. certain battery models and brands are more expensive than others, etc). Therefore, you cannot compare the prices between e-bikes, but rather compare sets of components against each other.
What’s more, Chinese suppliers, including those in the e-bike industry, tend to lack strict internal quality guidelines. In practice, this means that many suppliers basically use any components they have in stock – unless you explicitly “tell them” to use specific components. Let’s look into the most important specifications when buying electric bikes from China:Continue reading Importing E-bikes from China: A Complete Guide
Hong Kong-based Björn Wahlström (Managing Director of Current Consulting) is a leading expert in risk management and investigations, involving manufacturers and other companies in China. In this guide, Björn shares his knowledge concerning different types of scams, prevention methods, and real-life case studies. Continue reading Manufacturer Frauds in China: Case Studies & Prevention
Buying cosmetics, beauty and personal care products from suppliers in China can be extremely lucrative – and we’ve seen a surge in interest from Startups all over the world in recent months.
However, venturing into the cosmetics and personal care space can be complicated. Many of these products are strictly regulated in practically all developed markets, such as the US, Europe, and Australia.
In this article, we explain what e-commerce sellers must know, before importing beauty and care products from China, including the following:
a. How to find the right manufacturer
b. Mandatory safety standards and labeling requirements
c. How to sell cosmetics and beauty products on Amazon
d. Trade Shows in Mainland China and Hong Kong
e. Questions & Answers
f. List of cosmetic and care products manufacturers in China
How do I find the right manufacturer?
There are only two supplier directories that really matter; Alibaba.com and Globalsources.com. There you’ll find thousands of manufacturers and trading companies for all sorts of beauty products.
When you source suppliers in this space, you must look for the following:
Product focus: Are they specialized in your product category?
Product compliance: Can they comply with EU and US safety standards?
Registered capital: Is it more than 1,000,000 RMB?
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 of China’s wristwatch industry and explain the factors that matter 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.
This is covered:
The role of the Watch manufacturer
Materials and Components
Heavy metals, phthalates, and other restricted substances
How do I know if the supplier can make my watch design?
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 furniture from manufactures in China? In this article, you will learn how to select the right supplier, how to customize design and materials, manage quality control, shipping, and much more as a furniture buyer.
Wheat straw is used to manufacture a range of products, including kitchenware, phone cases, and accessories. In this guide, we explain what importers and Amazon sellers must know about wheat straw products, molding, plastic composites, and much more.
We also list several of China’s leading manufacturers of wheat straw products.
About to import Jewelry & Accessories from suppliers in China? Keep reading, and learn more about how the industry works – and what really matters when selecting a Jewelry manufacturer.
In this article, we explain what you must know about heavy metals regulations, design customization, molds, and product packaging. We also give you insights into quality management and the different categories of Jewelry suppliers.
Manufacturers, Trading Companies and Wholesalers in the Jewelry Industry
There are three main categories of suppliers in the Jewelry and Accessories industry: