One of our friend have been importing from china for past few years for my website. Here is my two cent. We hope it might help some. These tips and suggestions are for Pakistani market.
+ In china there are thousand of factories producing same items with approx same quality. But to everyones disappointment they do not have any official or direct website. Approx all of them showcase and deal thru Alibaba which offcourse charges them for the listings. Those who have their own website are few and far between.
Try to search for their 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 for the product you are looking for. And if you find one than hurray!
+ You may find some websites in chinese. Do not worry just translate them.
+ The greatest advantage of these websites is the mix and match facility like any retail website and order limit is usually very low since they mostly showcase in hand available-for-immediate delivery items.
+ Newbies can easily choose different couriers at the checkout and can place a small test order.
+ They always do 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙜 even if you dont ask them.
+ Stay updated with the minimum tax free weight and applicable tax percentage on the item your are importing. If you can stay under the limit.
+ If your chacha khalu mamu does not work at pakistan customs then be ready for a little adventure.
How can you make the process less adventurous?
+ In advance ask the factory for a letter stating that they are only 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬 soon.
+ Lets say you have transferred $1000 to them and they sent the invoice with the consignment stating that the samples cost only $100 and the customs is asking for payment proof? Never show them a fake bank statement instead show them the true statement and the letter from the factory that these are just samples.
+ If your consignment gets stuck at customs try avoiding agents as much as you can and always go before the lunch time to customs office i-e 1pm.
+ You can send money through WU to china only if the factory gives a muslim persons detail. Or you have any relative in same province with muslim name.
+ Through WU you can send payments in portions that can be used for later payment proof.
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