How To Import Jewelry From China
Jewelry as one of the fashion accessories that can either be used for personal use or for giving away as a gift,which makes selling these precious items a roaring business.And many jewelry importers take orders from China,because they think this product nitch is pretty promising with its advantages of high value, small volume, low shipping cost and high profit. But few of them have enough experience in this area.This article will help you to know more about how to import jewelry in China.
1.How to Select Suppliers When Import Jewelry Accessories from China?
Selecting suppliers is essential when import jewelry from China, as it concerns the quality and price of products. Design and quantity are two most important elements for jewelry importers, so I divide them into following three types.
a.Importers Who Do Not Have Specific Styles.Those jewelry importers are interested in hot selling and popular jewelries, and they are purchasing regularly, like every season, then sell to local jewelry shops. These importers don’t have specific styles when importer from Chinese suppliers, so they would like suppliers to recommend some popular styles.
These importers can source suppliers on Alibaba.com and Sellers Union Online, or if are possible, come to Guangzhou or Yiwu City to source from local jewelry markets. Styles in the market are updated frequently in order to keep up the fashion trends. Otherwise, you can find many spot goods with lower MOQ, which is more suitable for smaller quantity importers.
b.Importers Who Have Their Own Designs or Samples.
Importers who have own designs can be divided into four types:
foreign trading companies, whose customers are mainly famous foreign jewelry companies;
foreign large-scale chain supermarket, such as Walmart;
Foreign famous jewelry or fashion brands, such as Forever 21, Topshop;
Foreign original jewelry shops/craft shops/tourist souvenir shops.
1) Big quantity importers-over 2000 units for each item
Importers who are from the first three types usually purchase big quantity in every single order, but they have stricter requests for their suppliers as well. Especially like large famous brand Walmart, passing its factory audit is an integrant condition for its suppliers. They will entrust a professional factory-auditing organization to do the audit one or two times every year, so passing just one audit doesn’t mean the factories will be qualified forever.
Some other importers require suppliers to sign NDAs/NNN agreement (Non Disclosure Agreement/Non-disclosure, non-use/non-compete and non-circumvention Agreement) to make sure none of their own designs and products will be sold or recommended to other importers from these suppliers.
If you are one of this kind of importers, you can select large/middle jewelry trading companies or factories as your suppliers, I believe that your strict requirements in product quality and test will be achieved by them. Also source them from large fairs will be a wise choice.
2) Small quantity importers-under 2000 units for each item
If you only need hundreds units for each item for customizing your design, then obviously you cannot reach the MOQ of most large jewelry factories/trading companies. So you need to source small-scale trading companies who can deal with small quantity order flexibly.
They will get materials from market, then entrust the production to cooperated small jewelry workshops. Such as electroplate factory, welding plant if it’s alloy jewelry product; If it’s hand knitting product, they will send materials with samples to some countryside nearby, because there are lots of people who are doing hand work with lower labor charge. That’s why these small trading companies reduce the cost.
2.Where can i find the jewelry accessories suppliers in China?
There are three main producing areas of China’s jewelry accessories,Guangzhou, Yiwu and Qingdao.Jewelry industry in Guangzhou was leaded up from Hong Kong, as their position are very close. So Guangzhou’s jewelry styles and designs are the most innovative and closest to international fashion trend.The advantage of Yiwu’s jewelry products are rich and varied styles and quality, lower price than Guangzhou jewelry. Qingdao is the major production place of korean style jewelry.Lots of Korean jewelry companies were attracted to establish factories there, hence the major product is Korean style jewelry, and the quality is normally high.
3.What Kind of Compliance Is Needed for Importing Jewelry from China?
Compliance test is very important when importing jewelry accessories from China as most countries and areas have their own regulates for imported jewelry. So the test report is necessary for them.High-end customers from Europe and US normally have cooperated Chinese testing company (such as SGS branch company in China), their suppliers need to send samples and materials to testing company before shipping. Test report is sent to customer directly by testing company, in case any fake reports made by suppliers.
Most jewelry products are touching skin, and its test can be divided into two parts: physical test and chemical test. Physical test includes: color fastness, tensile test, sharp point and edges, etc. Chemical test are mainly check the content and thickness of hazardous chemical substances such as lead, cadmium, nickel. Right picture shows the content standards of hazardous chemical substances in major countries.
4.How to Ship Your Jewelry Products When Import from China?
Most widely-used shipping way of jewelry accessories is international express, because jewelry’s characteristics of rapid updating, small volume, and high requirement in timeliness. But there still are some large-quantity importers prefer using LCL sea shipping, as their total volume of one order is biggish. In order to catch the jewelry seasonal fashion, they will place the order few months earlier to offset the long-time in sea shipping.
But when you are purchasing low-value jewelry accessories, the express shipping cost will far exceed the product value. In this situation, I suggest you to purchase as more as you can in one order, at least the total volume can reach LCL sea shipping’s minimum volume standard. Only in this way you can low your cost.
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