Can I order goods in small quantity from India?

I am in the retail business of toys, running my own toy shop in Jaipur (Rajasthan) India. Please tell me the procedure to import baby products. Can I order goods in small quantity like 10 or 6 items of each product? And is it necessary to get the import license?


Let’s look at your questions one by one.

  1. “Please tell me the procedure to import baby products” & “is it necessary to get the import license?”

I’m afraid this is a question about India rather than China, and while I have arranged delivery of product to India from China, I would not feel comfortable offering advice about the India side. Since you will need to organize logistics from China anyway, I highly suggest you find a good 3PL (3rd party logistics) service provider to walk you thru the India import items. If you need some advice on how to find a 3PL, I would recommend you visit this link which will walk you thru the steps.

  1. “Can I order goods in small quantity like 10 or 6 item of each product?”

Since you run a retail shop, I assume you buy many different products at small volume. The sad reality for small buyers is that it is the same amount of project work to find and manage the suppliers in China if you order 10 or 10,000 items.  So it is not realistic that you will be able to go factory direct with an order of 8-10 units.  The blog post “Too small to go factory direct?” explains why. You will have better luck if you explore these possible options:

a)    Indian based importer and distributor.

They have the volume to go factory direct to China and can pass on the savings to you. In other words, they can give you a better price than you could find on your own.

b)    China/HK based trading company.

Same logic as above but shipping from Asia.

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 ( He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (

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