China is such a huge manufacturing base, for a product, there are hundreds or even thousands of suppliers. In reality, looking for good Chinese suppliers can be a tedious task.
During our sourcing practices, we have learned the following ways to find good Chinese suppliers and complete successful sourcing tasks.
1. Search Engines and B2B Platforms
Internet is a huge virtual place where you can search for anything you need, including good Chinese suppliers. Whether it’s Google, Bing, Yahoo, or other search engines there is, these can surely help with your search for potential product suppliers.
There are also B2B sourcing platforms that can help you find Chinese suppliers, such as Alibaba, Global Sources, Made-in-China. You can filter the results so you can determine whether the supplier is a suitable one.
2. Trade Shows
Another avenue to search for legitimate Chinese suppliers is through trade shows. Among popular supplier trade shows in China are the Canton Fair, which is held twice year in Guangzhou, and HKTDC Trade Fair held in Hong Kong twice a year.
If you don’t have time or desire to travel to the other side of the world, there are trade shows in USA and Europe which you can attend. One example of trade fairs featuring Chinese suppliers is the International Consumer Electronics Show which is held in Las Vegas.
3. Social Media
Many businesses have their own social media pages, so finding a supplier via social media seem to be a logical option. Among social media platforms you can find Chinese suppliers are LinkedIn and Facebook.
The above list is some of the best places to find Chinese product suppliers. While these sources are already proven and tested in terms of finding a supplier, it is still necessary to do extensive research and background checks so you will transact only with a reliable and trustworthy supplier.
4. Hire a sourcing agent.
A sourcing agent can help you a lot in dealing with Chinese suppliers, much more if the agent speaks their native language. More often than not, Chinese suppliers may increase the product costs if they learn they are dealing with a foreign business owner. That is why your sourcing agent should know the roundabouts of Chinese product sourcing and importation process so you can make the best decisions for your business.
Finding a good Chinese supplier is a challenging task. It requires extensive research and background checks to ensure you only deal with a trustworthy source. Transacting with a legitimate supplier will help your business thrive in the long run.