10 Tips for Finding Quality Manufacturers in China.

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China is the manufacturing capital of the world for good reason: they can make virtually any product you can imagine and they can generally do it cheaper than any other country. If you’re sourcing & importing from China and/or selling private label products online, or in any retail capacity, chances are that you’re having those products manufactured in China.

And you’re not alone. The China sourcing industry is huge.  In just 2015, China exported almost 500 billion dollars worth of trade goods into the USA! So the quest then becomes how to find quality manufacturers in China. As businesses continue to look for ways of cutting production costs and increasing profit margins, they are outsourcing more of their production and manufacturing operations to China.

The successful businesses spend significant time and effort finding and vetting suppliers to ensure their quality standards are met. While this sounds like standard operating procedure, it’s a much more daunting task than most realize. It’s not uncommon to find hundreds of factories that have the capabilities to manufacture your product; and all of them will do practically anything to try and win your business. This is where the challenge lies.

Finding a quality manufacturer in China that can not only meet your production needs, but also your quality requirements can be an almost maddening task. In fact, a quick search of the internet will reveal hundreds of nightmare stories regarding Chinese suppliers: fly-by-night operations, scams, incorrect product shipments, shoddy quality, holding orders hostage, etc. This is why it is absolutely essential to perform your due diligence when searching for a supplier.

Is There an Easier Way?

If you do not want to go through the hassle of identifying quality manufacturers in China or visiting facilities, then your best bet would be to hire an external sourcing agency or supply chain management (SCM) company. The good news is that there are many agencies out there with many years of experience in doing business with China, like Guided Imports. We even have a full team operating right here in China to make the process that much more convenient for you. We are one of the only sourcing and importing companies that are USA and European owned and operated. Our customers tell us there is something very comforting having fellow US and European citizens who are actually in China helping them with their business. You get the dedication, work ethic, and quality standards of America with the added benefit of low Chinese pricing.

Sourcing suppliers and finding quality manufacturers in China is a unique process, and for many, a new experience. Trying to locate quality suppliers that are a good fit is an important step for your business and often one of the most difficult. The best advice we can offer is this: when in doubt, ask for help. We’ve had many customers call us in a panic after trying to source, manufacture and/or import from China on their own, only to have some disaster or crisis happen that forced them to seek professional help.

The Quest for Quality Manufacturers in China is Fraught with Danger.

Talk to anyone with significant business experience in China and they will absolutely tell you that China is the “Wild, Wild West”. It is a completely different business culture that requires an experienced hand to mitigate potential catastrophes. If you do business in China long enough, you will certainly experience at least one disaster. Guaranteed. Having someone on the ground can help avoid these costly mistakes is a huge advantage. The good news is that we’ve made (and learned from) our mistakes and have become very proficient at preventing them.

The value of having U.S. team on the ground in China cannot be overstated. Feel free to give us a call; we’d appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and demonstrate why Guided Imports is the #1 choice for companies that want to grow by outsourcing their China-side business transactions. We specialize in sourcing from China, Amazon FBA, as well as every service needed to effectively optimize your supply chain and get the best quality products made in China.

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