Here's what I'd like you to take away and think about today:
Importing from China is a MUST if you want to stay competitive in your current line of business, or develop your new money-making business. Even if you think your products are too specialist, or you already have good import sources elsewhere, you can't afford not to research the possibilities in China.
Importing from China is NOT as difficult as you believe. China is a very open, modern country, and businesses there are waiting to talk business with you.
HOWEVER importing (from anywhere) is a complex and often risky business if you don't know what you're doing. You need to spend a lot of time researching at home, so you know your own market-- before you even begin talking to people in China.
AND China is very different in culture, language, mindset, business, history, and economy to what you know in your home country. So there is a lot to learn if you want long-term success.
Research and learning about China will help you succeed. Even more useful is time spent researching specific companies and getting to know real people.
Keep an open mind about different products-- maybe even product areas you don't know much about yet. There are a lot of untapped opportunities here in China.
Import from China Mini-Course-- Part 1: Your Internet Research Resources
Internet discussions and advice: Experts' answers about general "Exporting and Importing”-- with some topics about China specifically (From About.com) Click here to read some key points
Internet discussions and advice: answers to questions about "Importing from China” (From Google Answers) Click here to read some key points
"China, Inc”-- a fascinating book about China's growing importance in business and the world as a whole.(By Ted Fishman) Click here to read some reviews
Note from Rose Li
Thank you very much for reading this first part of the Chinavasion Import from China Mini-Course. I hope you've got some useful ideas today - and some motivation to get moving in your China business direction!
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