How long does it take to import from China?

The import process time frame is variable and the following is a guideline for a proven process to ensure the right product is delivered on time and at the agreed price.

1. Research & Tender
Research, locate and qualify suitable suppliers for the product
Prepare Requests For Quote
Contact suppliers
Obtain quotes and evaluate offers
Shortlist appropriate suppliers
Prepare reports
Supplier Summary report
Quote Comparison report
Landed Investment Analysis report
All email correspondence: ChinaDirect and suppliers

4 weeks
2a. Sampling
Send your samples to suppliers
Arrange samples
Send supplier samples to you
Samples from selected suppliers

3 + weeks
2b. Purchase Order Negotiation
Negotiate price, terms and conditions with the final supplier for purchase order
Arrange branding (if any)
Draft purchase order
Best possible price, terms and conditions
Brand on product
Purchase order drafted for your approval

1 – 2 weeks
3. Production & Delivery Management
Place purchase order
Arrange supplier payment
Monitor purchase order progress
Supplier Self Assessment
Organize delivery
Organize customs clearance
Order placed for you
Supplier Self Assessment report
Products arrive at your door

4 – 8 wks

Ship: 3 wks

1 week

Local del:
3 days

The timings above are realistic, although projects can be quicker, sometimes longer, particularly if the product requires custom manufacturing.

Generally you should allow 4 months from starting your project to receiving your goods.