How to import goods from China – 3 things you need to know
Importing from China has proven a successful tactic for many businesses. The importing process can be complex and costly if you don’t allocate the right resources and strategies.
Traditionally, North China exports industrial goods, South China exports hi-tech products and high-value fashion, while East & Central China export a mixture of goods.
Before you start importing, think about the following:
- Which Gateway should I use for my shipment?
Let’s divide the country into 3 parts: North, Central, and South.
In North China, Beijing is the main airport. There are also three major seaports with international vessel connections: Tianjin, Qingdao, and Dalian.
In Central China, PuDong is the main airport. There are two major seaports in Shanghai and Ningbo.
In South China, there are both airports and seaports located in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
2. What Incoterms are best suitable for my business?
From China, we recommend you use FOB Port. This means the seller delivers the goods already cleared for export & loaded on the vessel nominated by the buyer at the preferred port of shipment, reducing risk and the buyer bears all costs from there on.
- What Documents do I need from my supplier in China?
You should expect the following documents:
- Commercial Invoice: the document that describes the sold goods, and the amount due on the customer.
- Packing List: a document that includes details about the contents of a package.
- Certificate of Origin: This helps you qualify for exceptions or reduction of import customs duties in the importing country.
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