How to avoid these problems when importing from China?
We must know that all problems will show up is not because factories in China are all bad and unreliable. All problems above can be avoided with proper communication. Let me explain to you.
Nowadays, small orders and multiple batches are the mainstream customers. But the factory has its start-up as well as production costs, and the same start-up costs will be higher, even up to several times, for a smaller quantity. Then how can we do it to import small quantity but in the better price?
- Looking for a small factory
The answer is looking for a smaller factory in China’s local market. This requires you to have some local contacts. There are many small factories in China, not like the big companies& factories open the online store on B2b platform, they rely on the contacts in the local market.
These factories will handle the small orders better than the big factories. The quality and lead time will also be valued. Because they want to be bigger one day.
You might want to ask that how can we find them if they don’t put their info online? You need to ask your Chinese friend or just ask Olinesourcing. We are good at this field and have a strong relationship with many factories.
- Solving transportation problems
The transportation problem is normally big in business, especially for some bigger items, such as mannequins and pet beds.
You should be reminded that international couriers and shipping companies calculate shipping costs according to the actual weight and volume weight of the more party to calculate.
- The carton size is 65*65*160cm for a mannequin:
- Actual weight: 15kg
- Volume weight=(65*65*160)/6000=112kg
- Assuming a price of US$6 per kilogram, the total shipping cost will be 112kg*US$6=US$672
The cost is so high by express and air for such a big carton. But we can ship it by railway and sea shipping if you do not hurry.
The warehouse service is also a problem to solve the rising shipping fee. There are many services in China to provide a temporary warehouse.