I still remember the first time I came to China. I used to work in Beijing and was looking to set up a business that had something to do with international trade but that’s pretty much all I knew. I had no clear plan for my business model or an understanding of what value I could offer.
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What I did know was that the best way to look for answers and inspiration would be by attending a lot of trade fairs. Global Sources show & the Canton Fair were some of the first ones I attended because they are by far the biggest and strategically timed in a way that with the right planning visitors can attend both of them in a single visit.
This was a real eye-opening experience for me & I went back with tons of inspiration and some knowledge.
Fast forward a few months from these visits. I moved to Guangzhou and have since attended both these trade shows on countless occasions. At my company, IMEX Sourcing Services, we don’t really use the fairs so much for sourcing but they are a great source of information about how the market is changing & the general mood of the market.
Well it’s finally here. It took me a lot longer than I anticipated but I am glad its done. Yet another session of The Canton Fair started today and to celebrate that I am launching our free eBook on “The Ultimate Guide to Trade Fairs in China”
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This 130+ Page eBook is designed to help you decide if Canton Fair is right for you and help you prepare and plan for it so that you can maximize your return from a visit to the Canton Fair.
This eBook addresses a lot of the questions that I get via email from clients and visitors to the blog and our website.
Most of these inquiries relate to the same key issues: travelling to the fair, hotels, food, tips on finding the right suppliers, shortlisting suppliers at the fair, etc.
About 30% of the questions I get about importing from China relate to courier & air freight, so this post has been overdue for a few years.
I have done quite a few posts related to sea shipping from China like here, here, here & here but haven’t addressed sending goods by air yet. To make up for all that delay I will try to make this a meaty post & dive deep into this subject.
Courier & Air freight are two popular modes of importing goods from China. New importers often do not understand the difference between“couriers” & “air freight”so this post goes into the differences as well as looks at when it is a good idea to send your goods by air as opposed to sea, which air channel to use, key issues to avoid when shipping cargo by air & some strategies to reduce costs when using courier or air freight.
As a large proportion of the readership of this blog comes from the UK & because I see a lot of questions related to logistics & accurately calculating landed costs of products from new importers who are trying to import from China to the UK, I will try to address these issues in this post. I will try & do a similar post for the US in the near future. You can also download the UK Landed Cost Calculator Template Spreadsheet here.