The following are easy-to-follow guides that will get you through when you are in the business of importing trade from China. These will help you get a clear picture of the actual process so you could make the necessary preparations.
BE CONCIOUS WITH THE PROCESS OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Your top priority must be the product development of whatever it is you wish to import. You already must have established the needed designs of the product and its other necessary details. It will also greatly help if you already have enough information on the profile of your local competition. How you play your decisions will greatly impact your schedule during this phase. Moreover, the actual process in manufacturing your products and its packaging will also be the factor to determine the length of your timing.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUPPLIERS AND DO IT AT THE RIGHT TIME
In any import business, choosing the right suppliers is really very critical; it could very well affect the performance of your importing. Among the hundreds of suppliers out there, you need to choose the one who knows the importance of strict compliance to the given timeframe of the products they are expected to manufacture. It might be useful to tap local professionals to help you find screen the suppliers that you need, this way you could save a lot of time since the professional has a firsthand knowledge about the people and its local custom.
Remember that you only need to look and interact with any of the suppliers after you have been finished with your product development; it simply defies common sense to be talking with your suppliers without even having a detailed specifications and design of your product. Once you already have the suppliers that you will be agreeable with, and then you can already start negotiating the trading, shipment, payments and all the other necessary terms to avoid conflict in days ahead. Give an allowance of 2 to 4 weeks for this phase to come through; however, it may vary depending on the behaviour of other contributing factors.
DO THE SAMPLING
Sampling basically is the next step after you have already done the first 2 things mentioned above. Every supplier knows this, so this should go about without much hitch. Sampling cost could vary depending upon the interference of any contributing factor such as design complexity among others. Sampling usually takes 2 to 4 weeks. You might want to extend an allowance for any unexpected hitch along the way.
SEND THE PURCHASE ORDER
The next best thing to do is to draw the purchase order and have it delivered to the supplier. This is to be your sacred agreement and will help you crystallize the extent of the terms of the trade. The whole thing could take up to 4 weeks depending on the speed of the other contributing factors.