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Importing Home Appliances and Shipping Guide from China

Let us introduce you today to a profitable project if it is implemented properly, which is “importing household appliances from China”, as many countries have begun to rely on Chinese products in their household appliances, in addition to the fact that the market for these products is very wide and the demand is constantly increasing in all seasons.

However, this project is fraught with risks that some new importers fall into, and these risks cause undesirable results such as (quality problems – confiscation of goods at customs – fraud and loss of money), so today we will give you a complete guide to the import project from China, to have an integrated picture about importing small household appliances from China safely.

What items will you find when importing household items from China?

You can find all the small household items you can think of in China, which we use in our daily lives, including:

  • Kitchen appliances: Blenders – Fruit Juicers – Coffee Makers – Toasters – Grain Grinders – Meat Mincers – Water Heaters – Electric Ovens.
  • Personal tools: hairdresser – epilators – massagers – waist slimming devices.
  • Home appliances: sleeping lamps – watches – irons – air fans – electric heaters – electric heaters – LED lights – household batteries.

and many other consumer household products. In China, you will always find everything new and some of them may be unfamiliar to you before.

Small Home Appliance Markets in China

China relies on the principle of division of labor; fully industrialized cities have been established, each with its own industry, in addition to the presence of some other products.

If we want to talk about small household appliances products, we will definitely talk about Ningbo, specifically in Cixi, which is a major center for the manufacture and export of household appliances in China.

There are thousands of suppliers of small household appliances in Cixi, where these products account for 40% of its industry.

The city has a huge home ware mall, Shangdu Wholesale Trade Centre ; homeware stores are located on the first and second floors. You will also find many huge shops in the Fuhai and Shinbo areas.

Small Home Appliance Trade Fair in Cixi (Ningbo)

“CHAE” stands for China Cixi Home Appliance Exhibition, an annual home appliance exhibition organized in Ningbo. The exhibition features more than 500 exhibitors and 25,000 participants.

The scope of the exhibition includes water appliances, kitchen and bathroom appliances, household appliances, as well as small and smart home appliances.

  • Location: Ningbo International Convention and Exhibition Center, Ningbo

Other cities you can visit when importing household items from China

  • Foshan City: The city specializes in everything related to home furniture and household appliances, specifically in the Haifei and Shendi areas.
  • Aiwu City: It is characterized by the famous Futian Market, which is one of the largest markets in the world, and contains many homeware stores.
  • Guangzhou City: It is the first import city in China, and it has a very large market for household items.
  • Jiangsu City: One of the world’s largest producers of kitchenware, home to many companies and factories, which is visited by many merchants who want to import household appliances from China.

How to import household items from China

Let’s now learn how to import household items from China, and what are the most important steps needed:

First: Select the products you want accurately

Do you have your own product, want a unique design, or do you want to import ready-made items? What quality do you want, and how much do you need?

You can answer these questions after studying the market in which you will sell, and identify competitors and market needs of household products, then you will be able to know the product and its characteristics, and the quantity you want, then you must create a product specification sheet.

Second: Identify the quality and safety standards in your country

Countries set special conditions for quality and safety standards; you must familiarize yourself with these required specifications and certificates, in order to ensure that the supplier is able to comply with them, and not expose the goods to confiscation or re-export.

International quality standards for household appliances:

There are many international quality certificates for household appliances, including:

  • IEC 60335-2-10 CMV: Standard for special requirements for floor processing machines and wet washing machines
  • IEC 60335-2-13 CMV: Standard for special requirements for deep pans, pans and similar devices
  • IEC 60335-2-35 CMV: Particular requirements for commercial electric cooking ranges, ovens, stoves and burner elements
  • IEC 60335-2-59 CMV: Particular requirements for insecticides
  • IEC 60335-2-64 CMV: Particular requirements for commercial electric kitchen machines
  • UL: This certification verifies that products meet: safety requirements, performance requirements, regulations, other standards including international standards.
  • CE: Products meet EU health, safety and environmental requirements that ensure consumer and workplace safety
  • EMC: The device is compatible with its electromagnetic environment and does not emit levels of electromagnetic energy that cause electromagnetic interference
  • ROHS: It is a standard that prevents the use of some hazardous materials in the electronics industry such as mercury, lead and chromium, and this standard ensures environmental safety when used and disposed of.
  • FCC: A global quality standard for communication devices, which ensures the efficiency of the product in emitting sound waves, and tests the wired and wireless standards for communications, placed on phones and personal computers.
  • ASTM: A standard developed by the American Association responsible for evaluating and testing products, ASTM ensures basic materials in the electronics industry.
  • WEEE Directive: A directive for recycling electronic and electrical appliances, you see this label on almost all electrical and electronic products.
  • GS: A mark indicating “safety test”, placed by the European Union, which guarantees the product’s usability, high quality and legality. You can find the GS sticker on most electronic games.
  • FDA: It is a standard for the Food and Drug Administration and ensures that the consumer is not exposed to harmful radiation caused by some electronic devices such as microwave ovens and radiography devices.
  • IEC: It is an international standard for all electronic devices, which ensures the quality of electromagnetic electronic products.

Third: How to import household appliances from China? Online or offline?

If you want to travel to import household appliances from China, you must prepare travel arrangements to China, and visit the specialized cities that we mentioned to you, in order to communicate with suppliers and agree with them.

If you want to import online, you can access Chinese online sales platforms, create an account and search for suppliers.

Some of the most popular and popular of these platforms are:

  • POPPA.

Make sure of the background of suppliers when you choose them from these platforms, so as not to be exposed to fraud, look at the number of customers they have, whether they are permanent or not, whether they have a permanent business or not, whether they have the gold supplier badge or not.

When contacting them, ask them for copies of the certificates they own, and search for their factories on the Internet,

Fourth: Communicate with suppliers and obtain quotations

When importing household items from China, you must communicate with at least 10 suppliers, and get quotations from them, in order to filter them into potential suppliers, excluded suppliers, and avoid leaning towards the cheaper supplier by far, as it may cheat you in quality, or you may be defrauded by it.

Moreover, communicating with more than one supplier will give you a glimpse of some features or problems that you were not aware of before, and use this information as a strength while negotiating with suppliers.

Fifth: Ordering and Examining Samples

In order to ensure the credibility of the supplier, and verify the conformity of the quality and specifications of the household appliances you want, you must obtain samples from suppliers, and examine them thoroughly to ensure that they match the quality and specifications you want.

Payment for samples is agreed with the supplier in proportion to both of you and the methods of payment for samples are:

  • Pay the price for the sample at the normal price.
  • Cost-sharing between you and the supplier.
  • Deduction of the sample value from the order.
  • Add sample costs to the cost of the first order.

The shipping costs of the samples may be borne by the supplier free of charge.

Sixth: Payment

You must agree with suppliers on payment terms and methods that are appropriate for you before giving the supplier the green light to start manufacturing.

Be careful not to pay more than 30% as a deposit, which is customary in China, and pay the rest of the amount only after confirming and inspecting the goods, then placing them in containers and closing them, and receiving a copy of the bill of lading from the supplier.

For payment methods:

You have to choose secure payment methods, or you can pay via a third party (business service companies).

The most common payment methods:

  1. Traditional payment: payment through banks and includes:
  • Telegraphic transfer T/T bank transfer.
  • Letter of Credit.
  1. Electronic payment, i.e. payment via the Internet, including:
  • Alibaba: If you import through it, which is a secure payment method, as the site enables you to recover your money in the event of fraud.
  • PayPal – PayPal.
  • Payoneer – Pioneer.
  • Apple pay – Apple Pay.
  • Wechat – If you are in China or have someone in China, they can pay the company through this program.
  • Debit and Credit Cards Credit Cards
  • Escrow
  1. Other means such as:
  • Cash.
  • Exchange companies.
  • Western Union

Seventh: Quality inspection before shipment

When importing household items from China or any other goods, it is necessary to inspect the products and check their quality before shipment, for fear that you will get some defective parts, or be exposed to fraud by suppliers in sending goods that differ from the quality you want.

Don’t give up on quality checking, even if you’ve dealt with the supplier previously.

You can do this yourself, but we recommend that you deal with a third party in order to check the quality of household items before you pay the rest.

Quality checks for household items include:

  • Visual inspection to ensure (color – dimensions – size)
  • Flammability check.
  • Electrical Safety (LVD).
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC/EMI).
  • Comply with the EU Voltage Reduction Directive.
  • Analysis (lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl).
  • Plastic (phthalates).
  • Aromatic hydrocarbons are polycyclic.
  • Product Safety Testing (UL/IEC).
  • RoHS test.
  • Toxicity check in packaging.

Eighth: Shipping and Customs Clearance

To complete the process of importing household appliances from China, we will ship our products in one of two ways:

  • Air freight: It is a fast and safe shipping method, especially for sensitive household products, but it is somewhat expensive.
  • Sea freight: The most common and used method due to its low costs compared to air freight, but first you should be aware of the terms of shipping (incoterms)

The terms of shipping (incoterms) are agreed with the supplier in advance, as these terms determine your and the supplier’s responsibility when shipping the goods.

For example, when agreeing on the terms of shipment “EXW”, the supplier’s responsibility ends when the goods are processed in his warehouse only, and you must transport them to the port and ship them.

Or when agreeing with the supplier on FOB shipping terms, the supplier’s responsibility is to transport the goods to the port and deliver them to you on board the ship.

Basenton Logistics is a China freight forwarding company that can ship from China to any country in the world


Ninth: Customs clearance when importing household appliances from China

As for customs clearance, you must prepare all the papers and documents required by the customs in your country (target market), before the arrival of the goods to ensure that the clearance of the goods is not delayed.

We also recommend the use of a customs broker to clear the goods, and complete all procedures without falling into customs problems. Do not forget to ensure that household items comply with the quality requirements required in your country, and prepare all certificates.

The ball is in your court now, you are fully capable of starting to import household items from China, as we have provided you in this guide with all the information that you should know, and you have the task of preparation and good planning, which starts from studying the market and investigating its needs, then identifying the costs of the project and preparing a tight feasibility study in order to identify the project’s profits and risks.

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