Do you know what you want to import?
Profits are ready for the reaping!
The question is: where to go in China?
Paying a visit to a country to do business can truly be educational and widens one’s perspective. Surprisingly, many businessmen make the decision to import from China without actually visiting the country.
We must keep in mind that business relationships in China are driven by personal relationships more than in the West.
Success in importing goods from China can be yours if you plan properly.
China has so many trading places and factories to source your products from.
Before we get started, here are some of things you’ll need when you go to China:
• Your Passport.
• Your Business Cards
• and a Chinese interpreter (if necessary)
The most popular cities in China are Guangzhou (formerly Canton), Xian, Shanghai, and Beijing. These places have entire districts where local products are always on sale. Similar products are usually sold in stores lining the same street. This makes trading very easy and time efficient.
The best time to go to China is during spring and autumn season where the famous China export and import fair is being held. Known as The Canton Fair, it has the largest assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of business deals made.
Now this is a gathering you should attend!
Shanghai means business!
Shanghai is a city of strong economic growth and it’s obviously one of the best places in mainland China to do business in. Many companies from other countries view this port city as the gateway to the Chinese trade.
According to the national business classification, Shanghai has all the 30 manufacturing categories. You’ll also find a great majority of industrial segments available in China here.
It’s easy to get to Shanghai since this is the only Chinese city that has two international airports – Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. Every day, about 1,000 flights travel through the two airports, linking Shanghai with many domestic and international cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore.
So China has its own Silicon Valley?
Yes, it’s in Xian!
Also spelled as Hsi-an, Hsian, or Sian, this is the capital of the Shaanxi.
China’s 3G standard and Wireless standard were developed in Xian. This is where ZTE, Siemens, and Fujitsu operate. Many other domestic and multinational telecommunications vendors have set up their factories in Xian, including Huawei, CATT and NEC.
Xian is also China’s leading training center for engineers! Many universities and local companies have produced thousands of engineers for the Chinese telecommunications industry.
Planning to start a business importing telecommunications technology has never been better in Xian!
What about the Forbidden City?
Also known as Peking, Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China.
The Beijing central business district (CBD), found at the Guomao area has been identified as the city’s new central business district.
The Wangfujing and Xidan areas are major shopping districts. Zhongguancun, continues to be a major center in electronics and computer-related industries, as well as pharmaceuticals related research.
There are more cities in China to visit for business purposes. Forbes Magazine’s list of China’s 10 Best Places for Business includes: Shenzhen, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuxi, Suzhou, Tianjin, and Dalian.
Importing high quality products from China has proven beneficial to many companies and more are following suit. If you’re looking for more business opportunities, visit China and see for yourself why it is called “the world’s factory”.