China Imports or Export to China inevitably becomes a topic of interest as entrepreneurs
learn and navigate the process of importing from China. They very quickly recognize
that China is a nation with a potential of 1.4 billion consumers. Rather than Import
from China, why don't we just Export to China? By reversing the flow of goods (China
Imports), the issues, challenges and processes become very different than importing
goods from China into your home country. Here are some of the key facts about China
Starting an Export Business with China
Exporting products to China is quite different than importing products from China.
Starting an export business with China means having to deal with an abundance of
bureaucratic challenges. However, starting a business in China is still easier than
starting a business in other countries. You will require perseverance. Be transparent
and open about what your business does and what you are trying to accomplish in China.
The Chinese society is not very tolerant of foreigners who try to enter the China
market under false pretenses. Your entire management team will need to act as good
will ambassadors for your business and your home.
You will need to work with the local community in China to establish good will for
your company. Sooner or later you will need to hire local labor or your company
may run into challenges. When those events occur, you will need to have established
good will for your company. The local Chinese community will more likely to help
and or be forgiving.
The Formalities of Starting a Business in China
As with most other countries, starting and registering a business in China requires
processing many documents and paperwork. Most are not complex or expensive. If
your firm has already established good will within the local community, then a member
of your industrial park or the local government may be asked to assist you and walk
through the process. Remember if your business benefits the local community, they
will want to assist and help you succeed.
China Imports Restrictions
Just as China prohibits the exports of certain items, there are import items which
may be restricted or subject to quotas (agricultural products and textiles) or import
licensing (aircraft, cars, steel, medicines, high technology goods, goods for military
use). You should also be aware of the laws within your local country. Depending
on their relationship with China, different countries will have different export
restrictions to China.
China Imports & ISO 9000 Qualifications
When considering China Imports or exporting to China, your company should have received
the International Standards Organization's ISO 9000 certification. It will assist
you greatly in marketing your products in China. The International Standards Organization
publishes 13,000 industry standards. The ISO 9000 is a series of standards that document
your company's quality assurance procedures via an in depth investigation of your
Starting Small With China Imports
Rather than exporting a large quantity of goods to China, you may want to start with
a small shipment to learn the problems and issues that will inevitably arise. Your
knowledge of restrictions, taxes, Chinese society, finances and professional resources
will be greatly tested.