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Tristan Roberts, August 31 2021

Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Sourcing From China

Anyone can make mistakes, and when you are doing something for the first time then, the chances of making mistakes increase. While sourcing from China, you need to be very alert as you are not making a deal in front. You might still be having video calling sessions; you don’t know what your supplier is doing behind the camera. 

People make stupid mistakes while sourcing from China. These mistakes can be avoided through due diligence, sufficient research, and involvement throughout the import from China. 

This article is going to tell you about the mistakes that you must avoid when sourcing from China.

No Audit of the Supplier

Before starting the business with a Chinese supplier, an audit is very crucial. With the help of the audit, you can get to know whether the supplier is worth trusting or not. If you can’t go yourself to personally check that supplier's authenticity and business background, you can use a third party person for your surety. 

You will find many companies in China that offer this facility to those who are not from China but want to Import from China. The audit company will appoint a person on your behalf to audit the supplier by visiting the premises of their business. 

With these inquiries, you can get to know if that supplier is worth working with or not. The third-party person will not only do the supplier’s audit but also verify the factory. This will let you know about the quality management of that supplier. So, don’t avoid this step!

Starting the Business without Samples 

Before signing any agreement, you need to ask for samples regarding the product you want the supplier to manufacture. The supplier will not go through all the specifications you provide, which is why sample delivery is a must. It is not compulsory to deal with a single supplier at one time. 

You can ask different suppliers for the sample and start working with the one that provides more quality. A sample product shows the ability and commitment of the supplier. Plus, you can add more specifications after seeing the sample if you think there is a need. The biggest benefit of asking about the sample product is that you can decide if you want to work with this supplier or not. 

Ignoring the Language Barrier

The language barrier can make it difficult for you to get the products according to your requirements. Chinese suppliers hire English-speaking persons to help them in communication with those that don’t speak their language. Now, when communicating with the supplier, you need to talk to the middle man who is available as a translator between you and the supplier. 

If somehow, at the time of the meeting, the translator is not available, you have to directly speak to the supplier. When the meeting gets over, the supplier says that they have understood your requirements. Because of the language barrier, you can’t rely on the supplier’s yes. You need to encourage the supplier to ask for clarifications wherever needed.

Non-Professional Behaviour

When you start a business, your attitude matters a lot to the person you are dealing with. Good communication and nice behaviour with your Chinese supplier should be of great concern to you. If you behave professionally, it will positively impact the supplier, and they will show dedication to your project. 

Whereas if you have a rude attitude then, the chances are high that your supplier might send you products that are low in quality. So, don’t cripple the relationship with your China supplier as the quality of your products is under their control.

Missing Pre-Shipment Inspection

When the product is nearly manufactured and your supplier has told you about the shipment, you get excited and ignore the pre-shipment inspection. It is recommended to inspect the delivery before it gets shipped. The pre-shipment inspection allows you to know the quality and quantity of the product that you are importing. 

If you find anything wrong then, you can take corrective measures by telling the supplier. You can ask a third-party company to do the due diligence of the products that you are getting. If you get the delivery with defects then, you can’t do anything about it. A pre-shipment inspection will help you remain on the safe side. 

Sourcing from China needs your complete focus. So, don’t make these mentioned mistakes.

Written by

Tristan Roberts

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