How to Import Products from China & Start Business in India

Are you interested in starting  trading based business in India? Are you interested to know more about the import of products from China? If Yes, read this post to learn which products to buy and how to  import products from China.

Probably the most talked about term in trading in India is “Made in India”. However, you will find Chinese products everywhere in the market. The product range involves our daily requirement to highly engineered goods. One of the main reason for such high import is low cost compare to manufacturing products in India. According to latest statistics, I list down the list of top product import categories from China.

List of Top Import Products Categories from China

1. Electronic equipment
2. Machines, engines, pumps
3. Organic chemicals
4. Fertilizers
5. Iron and steel
6. Plastics
7. Iron or steel products
8. Gems, precious metals, coins
9. Ships, boats
10. Medical, technical equipment

Steps in Starting Import Products from China

If you want to import products from China and start an export/import business in India
you should you should obtain the following documents:

1) Company / Firm Registered
2) Active Bank Account (current account)
3) Tax Identification No (TIN)
4) IE code (Importer Exporter Code)

In addition to this, additional certificates are required if you want to import certain category of items. For example, BIS (Bureau of Indian Standard) Product Certificate is mandatory for product categories like automobile tires, cement, dry cell batteries, electrical household appliances, food products, LED lights & fixtures, medical equipment, steel tubes, wire & cables,  few electronic products, etc.

Another important step in importing products fro China is Bill of Entry. An importer has to file a Bill of Entry. This is basically declaring all possible details of the trade, i.e. nature of the product, exact quantity and value of goods.

How to Import Products from China

After you have completed this procedure, identify a reliable supplier from China. The next step is appointing a  professional Customs Clearing agent  who will help you to clear the consignment at your port. They will also help you to calculate various expenses in port such as customs duty, handling charge and  transportation cost.

There are many ways to import from China. I am discussing two most popular options here.

1. Every year, many excellent Chinese suppliers attend exhibition organized in India and exhibit their products. You can attend those exhibitions and discuss your requirements there.

2. You can register yourself with Alibaba. You can chat and contact the supplier on business chat on Alibaba and tell him/her in detail about your requirements. You can register with Alibaba HERE

However, you need to be careful while buying products. Beware of fake suppliers. The best option is to visit the supplier in person in China itself. But the fact is that not everyone can afford to visit China for discussions. There are many companies in India who provide this service in India. You can contact them for verifying the suppliers with a nominal fee.