First Aid

tips and help for Buying from China

Dear African buyer,

The following listing will include tips and resources to help you manage your order in China from A to Z. These tips are provided by Shanghai JS Sourcing & Consulting, a third party based in Shanghai. We mainly offer services such as sourcing and quality inspection, but can also help you do LCL shipments or group your orders in a single container.

Finding the right supplier

    A. Make sure that you know what you want in terms of product characteristics, price target, payment terms, lead time and payment terms.
    B. Search the internet, not only Alibaba.
    C. Be prepared to spend a lot of time and effort before you find the right supplier.
    D. Be prepared to share information. You usually get something after you give something.
    E. Make a list of potential supppliers and compare them according to entry A. Don't go for a "love at first sight" feeling.

Placing your order

    A. Check all the order information and the P.I the supplier sent you before you do anything. Be thorough, check for errors, mispellings, and misunderstandings.
    B. Ask your supplier to input the basic project specifications in their P.I (product descriptio, packaging description, lead time, payment terms, location of delivery etc....)
    C. If in doubt, ask again, clear any approximation. Fuzzy words may work against you.

Monitoring your order

    A. Stay in touch with your supplier. Even if you spend only a few minutes, make sure that they know you are following-up on your order.
    B. Ask for the delivery time repetively, so they understand that putting your order behind would make things a lot more difficult for them.

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