Common concerns and Frequently Asked Questions
1. To have my product manufactured in China, is it really going to save me money after I put in all the extras?
What extras? Extra work? Extra staff? China One Imports is located in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Work with us the same way you work with any other company in the US. Your products will be manufactured in China, but we will ship them back to the US for distribution. Our quotes are for your products that are landed in the US and are ready to be delivered to you. Yes, you will get the benefit of real savings by manufacturing your products in China.
Good question. The answer is yes and no. Yes if we pick the right manufacturer to produce your products. No if a wrong factory is used. For more information, please click on the analysis link to read about my proprietary system on Chinese manufacturer due diligence.
It is the same process as you work with any other US company to manufacture your products. But, not every product is suitable for manufacturing in China, please visit the important factors link to see if you will benefit from offshore manufacturing.
No, you don't need to. We will take care of them all. We take care of the paperwork, documentation and the Customs clearance at both ends, not only the importation in the U.S., but also the exportation from China. You only need to provide us with your delivery address, we'll have goods delivered to you.
That is why we are here. We are here to support you to achieve huge manufacturing savings.
Please allow three to four weeks for sea shipping and the Customs clearance here in the U.S.
It varies from case to case. In general, one month, counting from the day your order is placed to the time your products are ready for shipping out of China.
In general, one month.
It really depends on how easy or how complex your product is. It can go from weeks to months.
Let me tell you what type of products we prefer NOT to deal with: quota-regulated products (such as apparel) and products that fall within the anti-dumping-duty scope.
11. How do you know how to source such a diversity of products?
Great question. Click on the Case study link to see my answer.
No. We don't bid. See our detailed explanation of how we work in the our focus section and the three basic benefits you must get to produce your products in China.
See the detailed explanation in the service link.
Our quote is usually in term of CIF Port of Los Angeles, which means our quote is the landed price at Port of Los Angeles. It includes product cost in China, sea freight cost from China to the U.S., importation fees, Customs duties, insurance etc., all inclusive. Our quote is for your products that are cleared from the Customs, ready to be shipped to your designated address. Domestic shipping charges inside the U.S. from the Port of Los Angeles to your address are NOT included in our quote.
Quotes to other ports in USA are available upon request.
It varies from product to product. We evaluate projects on a case to case basis. We take into account how easy or how complex your product is, your needs, your requirements, how much time and effort needed from us to ensure satisfactory results for you and other factors. As we said, we provide personalized service, our work is all about meeting your needs, check out our full explanation in the free consultation and pricing structure sections in the services link.
Good question! We use our proprietary Manufacturer Qualification Criteria(MQC) in our due diligence process.
See our detailed explanation in the how we work link.
It depends on your product, it varies from days to weeks. A thorough work at our side ensures satisfactory results for your benefit.
We know. We have 16 years of experience working in the manufacturing and exportation field, and we were a manufacturer in China awhile back. We understand the manufacturing in China from inside out how the system functions. Our knowledge enables us to put ourselves in other manufacturers' shoes, take into account the regional and local manufacturing environment, the supply and demand of all factors involved, the competition and quality, and know at which level the prices are reasonable, and at which level the prices become attractive without sacrifice on quality.
For example, during the time we ran our own factory, one of our component (a soft plastic base) was contract manufactured with one of our suppliers. These plastic bases had been supplied to us for over 2 years without any problem. Then one day we were told they were short of this plastic material and they could not fill our orders, their original supply channel was interrupted due to the sharp oil price increase, and they had been trying but could not find a satisfactory replacement material in local market that was up to the quality standard that our component required.
We had a big order from France at hand at that time that we had to deliver in one month, and we needed this component for our products! The deadline of shipping time is clearly stipulated in the Letter of Credit! We had to step in to find a solution, even though it was their procurement problem.....otherwise we would both lose. After we learned and studied the detail information of the material we need, we put our sourcing ability to work, and we found the satisfactory source for them! Needless to say we shipped our goods in time for the big order.
There are many other times when developing new products with manufacturers, we helped them solve color matching problem, find special pigments or additives, or locate some intermediary service providers for them.
Yes, China does have the problem of not respecting intellectual property right. We believe the change will come, as Mr. James Dines put it, it is a "natural progression" (see his quote below). We also believe that changes will come from within. China's economic growth will inevitably lead to more and more innovation and invention by the Chinese entrepreneurs. Their own needs for the protection of their intellectual property rights will be the real force to drive the internal change.
"Not respecting patent rights was what America once did to England, and Japan did to America, so anger is not the way to solve problems that are a natural progression. Since 1980 TDL has unwaveringly recommended a much friendlier stance by America toward China as good for both great nations long-term."
----James Dines, The Dines Letter (TDL), Feb. 24, 2006
So what can we do now? On the legal front, patent or design registration is still the way to go. Please do remember to register your patent in China.
Manufacturer-wise, picking a reputable manufacturer is critical. Moreover, see if it is worthwhile to use several manufacturers to produce different parts and components, and have separate manufacturer to do the assembly. We will make our suggestions after we assess your business needs and product information.
Having that said, we would like to invite you to look at this issue from another perspective. The more successful your product is or will be, the more imperative for you to have it made in China. Why? China has the ability to pop out products in volume in a short time at low cost, due to its economy of scale, which enables you to snap up as big as possible the market share with volume products before knock-offs surface. Please bear in mind, every successful product will bring knock-offs, the knock-offs can be from everywhere, not necessarily from China only, but, when your original is made in China at low cost, you are far better armed to compete with the knock-offs than if you produce elsewhere at higher cost, aren't you?
Another interesting phenomenon is, it is usually the people in the west who approach Chinese manufacturers and ask them to "copy" the samples they provide at a cheaper price. That was what happened with the knock-offs of our UBOlite light bulb.
Summing it up, we think counterfeit is a bigger issue for every global citizen to face and to resolve together. The solution is to reduce and eventually eliminate not only the supply of counterfeit, but also the demand of counterfeit.
Very safe. We believe in abundance, that there is plenty for everybody, that one's success is not achieved at the expense or exclusion of the success of others.
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