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I have written about trade shows in China a fair bit for e.g. Here and Here. I have also written a couple of eBooks on the Subject, one focused on the Canton Fair in Guangzhou and the other focused on The Global Sources Show that takes place in Hong Kong.
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.
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.
I have shared everything I had to share about the Canton Fair in an eBook earlier, that you can find here, so it was high time I did one for my other favorite sourcing exhibition, i.e. the Global Sources Hong Kong Exhibition and hence this eBook.
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”
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.
As a sponsor of the event, our director Ashish Monga will be presenting once again at the Global Sources Summit on the 17th of October on the topic focused on Communication: How to Talk to Suppliers So They Will Listen. Communicating effectively with suppliers is one of the biggest challenges faced by importers, especially when they’re sourcing online.
Improving communication can greatly enhance your efficiency, speed up the sourcing process, and reduce stress. Ashish will share tips and advice on how to talk to suppliers so they will listen and respond accurately.
Global Sources is one of the earliest players in China B2B sourcing game having been founded in 1970. The Global Sources Summit features interactive training sessions with China Sourcing professionals and is designed to enable Amazon sellers and online sellers to source confidently and sell profitably.
We will also be participating at the Global Sources Exhibition in Hong Kong on the 18th – 21st October 2017!
You can find IMEX Sourcing Services at booth 11L36 Hall 11 which is located in the eCommerce Pavilion area near the Startup LaunchPad during the exhibition. Don’t miss the opportunity to talk to our awesome team and learn more information about how we operate and how we might be able to add value to your China sourcing projects.