Done right, importing from China can almost certainly reduce your costs, allow you to establish and expand your position in the market, as well as get into the business of online shopping.
The trick is knowing how. The above also sounds very great and tempting, but if you do not understand and follow every detail of the business process, this can quickly lead to nasty surprises and hidden costs. Ultimately, these costs are not conducive to your ultimate goal of increasing your sales. As with all companies, advice is also required when purchasing in China. The trade agreements are strictly regulated and subject to the European-Asian standard.
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The language barrier should also not be underestimated. China is not a trading partner you can just call when things go wrong. – Unless you are fluent in different Chinese dialects. Communication in English is often bumpy and not perfectly understandable.
Undoubtedly, with distance comes risk and especially when it comes to quality control, you have little chance of checking that you’re getting what you ordered.
In order to prevent these or other problems, organizations have formed in Germany that have the know-how, legal knowledge and trading experience with Asian countries, so that you too Import from China becomes a success.
A common proverb says, “The profit lies in the purchase”.
In a world that is moving ever closer together, with increased competition and with only one goal: to push capitalism further, supply management is more than just a buzzword. The best way to increase your sales is to lower your costs. Sounds easy – doesn’t it?
Trade with China is not an agreement that “somehow mysteriously happens overnight”, but requires many individual steps that have to be carefully coordinated.
Here’s another catchphrase for you: The do-it-yourself import from China. Many people have the (mis)conception that you will go to a trade fair today, find attractive goods at an even more attractive price, find a supplier, sign a contract and tomorrow you will be a successful importer of Chinese merchandise. It’s probably not going to be without problems after all, and shopping from China, which should actually be an innovation and boost your sales, becomes a disappointing, frustrating and expensive experience. Maybe even with a contract that you can’t get out of so quickly.
One of the biggest “pitfalls” you are likely to fall into when shopping “on your own” from China is that you are missing a reference point from Germany.
Just one of the many examples: you send an employee to China in search of the right supplier for the product you require. The language barrier is so great that your employee and the supplier will probably never find each other. And even if the supplier and the requester meet, said supplier will be paid by other suppliers. There is a good chance that your supplier will choose a dealer who pays him the best. Or, the supplier hands over your business to a friend who offers at a lower price but you lose quality.
In both cases, you will incur costs – travel expenses and possibly poor quality. – Costs that you have to pass on to your customers in order to stay in business, and then possibly pay for them through reduced competitiveness. Sleepless nights that no one chooses voluntarily.
It’s expensive to start your savings by going without an agency that knows the practicalities inside out and can provide you with practical help.
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What can an agency do for your business and import from China?

  • Find a suitable supplier. – Versatile in several languages, many years of experience in importing from China, reliable and long-standing trading partners, based in Germany and China
  • Supplier audit – qualification of suppliers
  • Assistance in all steps to a successful trade with China, saving you money and time
  • Some agencies offer exclusive support, which means you work solely with your company
  • You benefit from the knowledge of the agency, without which the agency represents competition for you.
  • Outsourcing your procurement
  • quality control
  • Framework contract negotiations – so that you can place regular orders in the future.
  • Currency Strategy – Pay in Euros or USD? What shears are available?
  • Cost Review – Purchase prices are regularly reviewed and improved to meet real targets.
  • Market study – data analysis to determine relevant procurement markets.
  • Customs optimization – what legal options does the EU offer to lower customs areas?
  • Supplier development – targeted on-site training, exchange of experiences, test equipment
  • Monitoring of production processes – on site as well as verbally
  • Trade fair trips and supplier visits – outsourcing the latest trends in your industry
  • Acceptance of goods – on-site verification of the correctness of your goods with possible independent spot checks
  • IOP Setup – Market entry in China through our own purchasing office in China, starting with the negotiations up to the founding process
  • Contact creation of HR services
  • Supply Chain Setup – Building a supplier network Done right, importing from China can almost certainly reduce your costs,

You can work out a position in the market and expand it, as well as enter the business of online shopping.
The trick is knowing how. The above also sounds very great and tempting, but if you do not understand and follow every detail of the business process, this can quickly lead to nasty surprises and hidden costs. Ultimately, these costs are not conducive to your ultimate goal of increasing your sales. As with all companies, advice is also required when purchasing in China. The trade agreements are strictly regulated and subject to the European-Asian standard.
The language barrier should also not be underestimated. China is not a trading partner you can just call when things go wrong. – Unless you are fluent in different Chinese dialects. Undoubtedly, with distance comes risk and especially when it comes to quality control, you have little chance of checking that you are getting what you ordered To prevent other problems, organizations have formed in Germany that have the know-how, legal knowledge and trading experience with Asian countries, so that you too Import from China becomes a success.

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