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Bet way to import TVs from China to the UK

I would like to know the best way to import televisions from China to the United Kingdom.  The specification and system for the UK  is  PAL DVB-T. I would be grateful if you could email me with some information on the best way to go about it. I am a small buyer so your advice would be appreciated. I was very impressed by your knowledge of China sourcing. Thank you for the Seminar in Miami.

ANSWER:

Thanks for the kind words. I would be happy to offer some suggestions. Basically, you are looking at two issues.

  1. How to find the right suppliers
  2. How to arrange the importation into the UK.

Before answering those issues, we need to address the point you made about being a small buyer. “Small” is a relevant term, but if your orders are counted in the number of units rather than the number of container loads, you may find it hard to set up a factory direct relationship.  This blog post explains in detail what you are up against.

http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2011/06/20/too-small-to-go-factory-direct/

If your order is too small to go factory direct, then your energy is better placed finding a broker with a factory direct relationship or perhaps dealing with an intermediary of some type.  But if your order is large enough to go factory direct, then here are some points about your key questions.

  1. How to find the right suppliers

    You will enjoy this article which was written specifically to answer that issue.  http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2010/04/21/china-sourcing-successfailure-factors/

  2. How to arrange the importation into the UK.

    There are actually two sub-issues at play here.

    1. How to ensure your product is in full compliance with UK regulations.

      Realize that you are the importer of record. So if your product has safety issues or does not comply with the federal regulations, you will be the first person the lawyers go after.  That means it is up to you to make sure your product is safe.  Even if the supplier tells you it is safe, you should still verify on your own.  Luckily the major testing labs stay up to date on the regulations around the world and for a small fee will test a sample of your product to confirm if it meets your government’s standards.

    2. How to arrange the physical importation and customs clearance.

      Get a good 3rd party logistics (3PL) company and they should be able to help you. That will save you a lot of time and money. Here is a blog post with tips on how to do that: 

      http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2010/12/14/qualifying-3rd-party-logistics-3pls/

    One final suggestion.

    There are trade shows that specialize in the types of products you desire. So make sure to go to the right one in HK or China.  You can read up on the shows at www.GlobalSources.com

    Wishing you successful China sourcing!

    Question answered by Mike Bellamy, host of “Ask the Experts” at the China Sourcing Information Center.

    Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (chinasourcinginfo.org/book) and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (www.PSSchina.com)




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