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Importing items from China can be an affordable way to acquire materials for use in manufacturing or products for sale. However, importing items on your own requires establishing relationships, setting up shipping, and navigating the regulatory channels of Customs. Get started on your way to importing from China by taking steps to set up your import process and planning ahead.

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Finding a Supplier

  • Make sure you can legally import your chosen item
  • Make a list of Chinese exporters, or suppliers, who can provide you with your product
  • Contact each supplier on your list
  • Investigate the product


Making an Order

  • Make a trip to meet with your supplier
  • Obtain a business visa
  • Negotiate a deal with the supplier
  • Begin placing your orders
  • Pay for your products
  • Avoid payment fraud


Getting Your Items Through Customs

  • Hire a customs broker
  • Acquire necessary permits and licenses.
  • File the Import Security filing (ISF)
  • Get your product through US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”)
  • Submit initial import documents
  • File additional documents


Taking Possession of Your Items

  • Pay your import duties
  • Arrange for pick-up and transport
  • Check your shipment for accuracy and damage
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The documents required for customs clearance from China typically include a commercial invoice, packing list, certificates of quality and origin of goods.

Delivery terms and conditions for goods from China may include options such as EXW, FOB, CIF, DAP, DDP.

Different ports of departure and arrival are used when importing from China, including the most popular ports of Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and other major sea ports in China.

The costs of importing goods from China include the cost of the goods, transportation costs, customs duties, taxes and other fees, as well as costs for insurance and other services related to international logistics.

Delivery times for goods from China depend on the chosen mode of transportation and route, but on average can range from 20 to 60 days.

To reduce the cost of importing goods from China, you can use cargo consolidation, find the optimal transport route, negotiate discounts with suppliers, use cheaper shipping methods and plan in advance.

To control the quality of goods in China, you can use the services of official inspection agents or conduct your own inspection of the goods at the place of production with the help of a hired specialist.

Importing food, drugs, and other products subject to FDA jurisdiction from China to the United States must comply with FDA-regulated safety standards and requirements. The importer must register with the FDA, obtain a permit to import the product, and clear customs at the US border.

Importing goods from small quantities can be more expensive due to high logistics and customs clearance costs, but can usually be done without problems with our consolidation.

When importing from China, additional logistics consulting services can be provided, including the selection of the optimal route and delivery terms, as well as product inspection services to ensure its quality and compliance with the client’s requirements.

Door-to-door delivery is a logistics service that provides a comprehensive transportation solution for goods from the seller’s door to the buyer’s door. The cost of such delivery may include local costs in the country of dispatch and destination, freight charges, customs clearance fees and insurance. Before ordering, you should carefully familiarize yourself with the terms of the contract and tariffs.

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Goods Importation from China

Importing goods from China became a successful global tactic solution for lots of companies. It has long gone since Chinese products were considered second-rate. Thus, Chinese goods are extremely popular around the world today. Yet, it can be a daunting task for novice businesses to import goods from China. The main pitfall is the importation process itself, which is complicated due to lots of intricacies and high costs to pay. Even more, expected profit can be incomparable with long-termed expectations, shipping expenses, and custom clearance rates for China goods. Besides, you should take into account unexpected delays and fees, which occur regularly when you import products from China.

Pre-Phase Before Successful China Goods Importation

Forwarding and transportation company Petani Logistics is ready to help you arrange all the importation processes from China to Ukraine, Canada, the US, and Great Britain. You can be sure that China import business will run tip-top with our help. However, we advise you to start with a certain pre-phase to prepare for importation. This pre-phase includes the following operations:

  • Check your importation rights. When you buy goods internationally, you become an importer automatically. But there is no problem when the parcel you receive is small and is purchased for personal use. It is quite a different thing when you plan to manage a business by purchasing goods from other countries. Thus, you need to ensure that you are permitted to import Chinese products to Ukraine, Canada, the US, or Great Britain in advance. As usual, importation rules are used for commercial retail operations. Yet, each of the customs can provide its own rules and definitions to regulate the qualification of use for products shipped internationally.
  • Decide on the category of goods to import. If you make a mistake at this stage, while selecting products for your business development, you may face considerable money and time losses. If you want to become a successful importer from China, decide on the choice of goods and products that will be in demand in your country. It is better to learn the information about the chosen product beforehand. It may also come in handy to request a manufacturer to provide you with manuals, description papers about the product, list of its package and contents. One more option to get more information about chosen China products to import is to request product samples or demos. All this information can be a background for your further informed decision on whether to work with this manufacturer.

You can consider the decision to import China products to be a real salvation for your business when it is made with initial preparations and using the proper strategy. When you get support from the Petani Logistics company’s specialists, you can establish your business relationships with a supplier, manage shipping and warehousing processes, and also establish Chinese cargo custom clearance tip-top.