How To Import Furniture From China

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Importing Furniture From China - A Step by Step Guide

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Introduction to the furniture industry in China

As I am sure we are all aware, for many years now the manufacturing industry in China has been growing and growing.  More and more companies are basing their factories and plants in the country, and the rise in Chinese owned factories has also been astronomical. The necessary infrastructure has grown alongside this huge increase in the manufacturing sector in China over the last couple of decades, so that it is now a very viable option for importing all manner of goods around the world; and furniture is certainly no exception.

Quite the contrary, the furniture industry in China has rocketed in its development. In a 2019 study, it was found that China was by far the biggest exporter of furniture in the world. To give you an idea of the scale, the trading value of exports in furniture from China accounted for 96.4 billion dollars, compared to the second largest exporter, Germany, accounting for just 17.1 billion dollars. The top five countries importing furniture were the United States, Germany, France the United Kingdom and Canada. Furniture is seriously big business worldwide. In fact, it is the 12 largest traded product globally. As you can see from the figures, despite the rise of the furniture industry in other Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam ($2.28M) and Cambodia ($552M), China is a force to be reckoned with. Such countries are still developing their manufacturing infrastructure and some companies who have gone with China’s smaller neighbors have ended up reverting back to importing from China due its far superior capacity, size, and quality.

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Furniture production - Different regions of China

With the advancement of furniture production in China, various regions have developed and continue to do so at an incredible rate, that specialize in different types of furniture production. This is a very normal trend in Chinese manufacturing in general. Of course, the nation is huge, and their manufacturing model often falls into distinct regions becoming experts in one or a range of type of products. Below, we will provide a brief overview of the main furniture production regions in China, their key outputs and merchandise, as well as other useful information about the manufacturers in these regions.

The Pearl River Delta/ Guangdong Province, Fujian (South China)

Cities/Provinces: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Shunde, and Foshan


This is the largest industrial furniture region in China.

Foshan has 10km of furniture markets and is known as ‘Furniture City’.

This region is where the first free trade zones were established.

It is close to Hong Kong and Marco ports for ease of shipping.

There are well established industrial clusters/ extensive labour resources.

It has a long experience history of manufacture and export.

Advanced manufacturing techniques are used here.

The region is more expensive than some other regions.

Types of furniture: All types of furniture - with some cities are focused on certain types: e.g., Dongguan – sofas, Foshan – dining furniture/ flat packed furniture, general furniture

The Yangtze River Delta (Central Chinese Coast)

Cities/ Provinces: Shanghai, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province


This region is the largest growing manufacturer of kitchen furniture cabinets in China.

The highest level of exports are to the USA and Europe

There is a long-established furniture manufacturing infrastructure

The region has access to easy transportation due to its coastal position

Generally, high-quality products are found here but there are some less experienced, lower quality manufacturers also based in the region.

Types of Furniture: A wide range, including metal and painted wood furniture and rattan.

The Bohai Sea Area (North Coastal Region)

Cities/ Provinces: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong.


The region has plentiful local resources

The manufacturers have many years’ experience in producing furniture

The region is in a great location for export

The area is known as a low -cost region

It has a lesser developed infrastructure for export

The factories here are less likely to meet fire safety standards

Types of Furniture: Glass and metal furniture e.g., dining tables, dining   chairs, upholstery

The Western Triangle (Central China)

Cities/ Provinces: Fujian, Anhui, Shandong, and Henan


This is a good, general, medium price furniture manufacturing district

Types of Furniture: Fujan – painted and flat packed furniture

Inland – rattan garden furniture, metal beds, fabric furniture

Northeast China

Cities/ Provinces: Shenyang, Dalian City, Heilongjiang Province


The region has copious local timber resources

There is a lot of use of imported Russian wood

Types of Furniture: Solid wood furniture

Benefits of Importing Furniture from China

As is evident from the previous section, one of the key benefits of importing furniture from China is the sheer scope of the manufacturing industry across the nation. There is a vast degree of choice, in terms of quality, price-range, type of furniture and size of order. You can literally find whatever furniture you want to import! The way in which Chinese factories are positioned is also no accident, many are close or with good routes to ports, especially Hong Kong, arguably now one of the busiest and most efficient ports in the world, making shipping effective, easy to organize and fast.

This links on to the benefit of China’s well-established supply chain network and organization. When dealing with furniture, there is quite a complex supply chain as you can imagine, as there are many sections to the manufacturing process. For instance, a piece of furniture may begin with a raw material such as wood or metal, or the composition of synthetic material, often a combination of both, which then need to be put together. Of course, there are also various fittings and smaller pieces such as screws, nuts, and bolts, and potentially textiles for upholstery. This just covers a few elements, and many of these pieces to the puzzle will be made in different factories.

The other, perhaps more obvious benefit of importing furniture from China is the cost. China has ample resources for furniture production and due to mass manufacturing, the prices are much lower than in the US, Canada, and Europe. This does not always equate to low quality, however. Much of the Chinese furniture being manufactured in our contemporary society is of excellent quality now that they are well-established in the market, as is their customer service. When buying in bulk, companies can make excellent deals for quality products at very reasonable and affordable prices.

Emerging markets such as Vietnam may seem a cheaper option but, in terms of infrastructure, China is far superior, and a safer bet when it comes to importing furniture.

How to import furniture from China

So, now we have some background on the Chinese furniture manufacturing industry, let’s move on the specifics of how to go about importing furniture from China. It is highly important that you know about all of the different avenues through which you can source your products and choose your manufacturer/s. There are three main ways in which people go about this initial stage. They either visit China directly and make their contacts through China’s world-renowned trade fairs (or in some cases make a contact with a supplier directly online), or they use Alibaba, a huge online database and middleman of sorts, or finally, they make use of a sourcing agency or buying office to take care of finding and setting up a suitable contact and/or handling the buying process. We will walk you through these three different options available to you as a company looking to import furniture from China.

  • Sourcing Agency/ Buying Office

Finding a reputable supplier directly can be harder than it seems. Unless you have extensive experience importing furniture from China, it often makes a lot more sense to use a sourcing agency or buying office who have both the experience and the contacts that can make the experience more effective as less of a hassle.

If you find a good sourcing agent (and of course their quality varies), they can ideally find a factory that produces the level of quality you are personally looking for, using the desired materials and techniques, avoiding any confusion that there may be when finding your own supplier. The sourcing agent may often also be able to secure you a good price, due their contacts and trust built up over time with the suppliers/ manufacturers, and of course their communication skills come in very handy, as the language barrier can cause all sorts of misunderstandings.

Using a buying office takes this one step further, as they will handle all the details of, not only setting up the contact and arranging an initial order, but following the whole process through, ensuring that all the many processes involved in the manufacture such as the assembly, packing, and quality control, and the importation, such as labelling, dispatch and shipping, are taken care of and the process runs smoothly.

There are several benefits to using a sourcing agency or buying office. Aside from those mentioned, having a contact in China that is able to visit the manufacturing plant and make sure that everything is being carried out as specified – and if not, communicate with the client to rectify the issues – is priceless. There will of course be a cost to factor in for this service, approximately 3-5% if exportation is included, and it is essential to find a trustworthy, reliable, and experienced agent/office (check their credentials) but a lot of money can be saved and problems avoided in the long run, especially during the initial stages of your project.

  • Alibaba

If you are in any type of importation business, you will no doubt be aware of Alibaba. Alibaba is the largest online supplier directory for B2B globally. It is used by traders, wholesalers, and manufacturers to advertise their services and connect with buyers. Chinese companies, not surprisingly, make up the majority of the suppliers on the site. The furniture business is big on Alibaba, and you will be able to find a huge range of choice to meet your requirements, both in terms of type, quality, and price of furniture. Alibaba is a great place to begin if you are a start-up, especially if you deal mostly with e-commerce.

We will provide you with some insider tips so that, if you do choose to use this option, you will get the best deals and ensure any difficulties with the suppliers are avoided.

Filter your search terms so that your final list of suppliers meets the following requirements:

Registered capital – filter your search to a minimum of 500,000 RMB

Product test reports – especially importation into the US or Europe, regarding safety and quality standards

Product scope – narrow down your categories

Company certificates – for example: Sedex, ISO 9001 and BSCI, ensuring company compliance with the relevant regulations

Third, look out for downloaded audit reports on the manufacturer profile. These are not standard, but more and more suppliers are providing them as they are carried out independently by esteemed and certified auditors like Bureau Veritas, Intertek, TUV and SGS, and as such provide potential customers with some concrete assurance that they are dealing with a legitimate and creditable company. Auditing reports can also be requested, and we would suggest that you do so.

It is worth noting that there are a couple of other directories for Chinese furniture for import such as and the Chinese National Furniture association (CNFA), but Alibaba is by far the most established and easy to work with.

  • Furniture Exhibitions

China has countless exhibitions, known as trade fairs, to showcase their products, business, and factories. This is true for just about any category of product you can think of, and furniture exhibitions are among some of the largest and most well-known and well-respected exhibitions in the nation. You can fairly easily travel to Hong Kong or China for business trips, without too much hassle visa-wise etc., especially if you are from the USA or Europe.

We will provide you with some information about China and Hong Kong’s largest and most popular furniture exhibitions.

HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair

This is a massive event with tens of thousands of visitors and suppliers, put on by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, and other partners. Exhibitors from Hong Kong and China, and neighboring countries, showcase their products here and it is a great way to make a contact that is likely to be respected and trustworthy. Furniture items on display here include general furniture, bathroom and kitchen products, storage units and garden furniture. It is usually held annually in April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

China International Furniture Fair

This exhibition is the largest furniture trade fair in China. It is held twice a year, in Spring and Autumn in Shanghai and Guangzhou. Exhibitors from China and Hong Kong, as well as some other Asian and Western companies showcase various categories of furniture including pieces for hotels, offices, homes, and gardens, with both modern and vintage styles available.

Canton Fair

The Canton Fair, AKA the China Import and Export Fair, is based at the China Import and Export centre, the largest exhibition venue in China, in Guangzhou. It is huge, the biggest furniture trade show in the country, and divided into phases, industries, and categories, and held multiple times across the year. You can basically find any kind of furniture to suit your company’s requirements here.

China International Furniture Expo

If you are in the high-end of the furniture business, this is the exhibition for you. There is an impressive array of classical (both Chinese and European) and contemporary furniture from excellent suppliers who use impressive techniques and superior materials. The show is held every September in Shanghai, organized by the China National Furniture Association.

Other Furniture Trade Fairs

There are many other furniture exhibitions, and it is worth doing further research to find the right one for you and your business. IDFFHK, Furniture China, and China International Furniture Fair are some of the other biggies. If you can and you have the inclination, why not take a visit to China, and see the furniture you could be selling to build up your business for yourself.

Import Cost

Working out your overall import cost doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think; nevertheless, it is essential that you know all of the costs involved before you embark upon the importation, or ideally very early on in the process of organizing your manufacturing so that you can factor them into your budget and ensure that it is viable for you.

Firstly, you will have the prices based on your quotation from your supplier. It goes without saying that the price should be negotiated. Be realistic with your expectations, but also research a number of manufacturers to see what a fair price is so that you know what you are doing. If you are ordering in bulk, and putting in repeat orders, you will see significant discounts. The best way to negotiate price is obviously face to face. If this is not possible, a sourcing agent or buying office would be able to do this for you and this is a really helpful resource. Alternatively, you could make use of video technology such as Zoom.

Your quotation will nearly always include the cost of exporting the product their end until it is on the ship. This is known as Free on Board (FOB). It is standard practice in China, but you should check that it is included nonetheless. The further costs you will need to account for are the ocean freight charge from China to your country (these change on a monthly basis so bear this in mind and check the exact cost at the time), and the costs of port handling and delivery in your country once the goods have arrived.

If you are using a sourcing agent or buying office, they will work out these costings for you and they are likely to get much better rates due to the fact that they work with large quantities, and have long-standing relationships with the manufacturers, ocean freight, ports, and trucking and delivery firms.

infographic explaining the import process

Import Regulations & Product Compliance (US, EU, UK)

You certainly don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have everything set up, ordered, and delivered, only to find that you have not followed the appropriate regulations and rules of compliance necessary for your region. Regulations and product compliance requirements are set up to ensure the safety of the consumer and to protect the environment. There are many aspects to these areas, including stability, structure, and chemical compliance. Assuring that regulations and compliance rules have been met often comes down to laboratory testing for all the items involved in your final product, often separately and for different aspects, so make sure you are fully informed and up to date on the latest versions for your area. Do your research, it will certainly not be time wasted; importing products that don’t meet the standards is illegal and can result in recall of the goods, heavy fines, or in the case of an injury as a result, huge damages costs.

Below, follows a guide to the import regulations and product compliance rules for the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom. It is the responsibility of the importer (you) not the manufacturer to organize and document the necessary steps and it is imperative to ensure that these rules are followed to avoid ending up with a load of furniture that you cannot legally sell!

United States

When importing to the United States, you must adhere to the following regulations under 3 key areas:

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

- The products must have been through a testing laboratory including ASTM testing

- You must include an CPSIA tracking label

- Certain products will require a registration card

- A Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) is mandatory where appropriate  (for furniture for children under 12 years old)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

This category of regulation applies to products that have elements made from wood. It is especially relevant to children’s furniture but applicable to all.

Compulsory heat treatment and fumigation procedures must be carried out

It is a requirement that you only purchase from companies approved by the APHIS, and this approval must be obtained and documented prior to importation

Fire safety

Although there is no state-wide fire safety regulation for importation of furniture to the United States, it is likely to be brought in soon. Currently the California standard is generally followed (California Technical Bulletin 117 TB117) *Note, you will also require a customs bond

European Union

There are two key regulation areas for importing from China into the European Union.

1. Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

As the name suggests, REACH is an umbrella regulation, covering various elements.  One of the key aspects it addresses is the protection of both human health and the environment from dangerous chemicals, pollutants, and heavy metals. It covers all products being imported into the EU, including furniture and all of its parts. Ensure that every component of your product has been through laboratory testing to meet the specific requirements prior to importation.

2. Fire Safety Standards

Different countries in the EU often have their own specific fire safety regulations so be sure to check those relevant to your nation. The regulations also vary depending on whether the products are to be used in the home or for a business (domestically or commercially). However, they are very likely to conform to the main EU standards listed below.

EN 14533

EN 597-2

EN 597-1

EN 1021-2

EN 1021-1

United Kingdom

1. You will not need an import license, just a VAT number for smaller businesses, or an EORI number for number for larger companies

2. Furniture and Furnishings Act (Fire safety) regulations. This regulation has strict requirements regarding flammability

3. Proof of compliance documentation is required

4. Permanent labels must be attached to the packaging of the product. A note on sustainability. Although this is not a legal requirement, many of today’s consumers prefer to buy from companies who use sustainable materials. You can acquire an FSC to prove that your wood comes from a sustainable source.

Purchasing & Payment

We are getting to the nitty gritty of the detail now. Nobody wants to get this stage wrong and end up out of pocket, that’s for sure.

Firstly, make sure that you have a purchasing contract drawn up. This will layout the specifications of the products, amounts ordered, payment terms and agreements on what happens if things don’t go to plan such as goods arriving late or not according to the specifications. This is where an agent can come in particularly useful, to ensure everything is done by the book and nothing is left out of the contract.

Next, you will need to negotiate and decide upon the way in which you will receive payment regarding how much is upfront and how much is on delivery. The general system is that you will pay a deposit at the beginning of the process and the rest upon shipping. The percentages can vary, the most common being 30% as a deposit and 70% after goods are produced. Some manufacturers will, however, want more upfront, whereas others will work with you without a deposit at all or even offer credit options. Make sure you get the right deal for your company.

Now to the method of payment. There are three main types of payment method used when importing furniture from China. Here are 3 of the most common payment options you need to consider:

- Bank transfer : You transfer the money to the company bank account.

- LoC (Letter of credit): This method sets out various terms and documents you must complete and then once they are all in order, your bank releases the payment. LoCs are usually used for payments over $50,000. Be sure to check the bank fees for this method as it can be a

- Western Union: Western Union allows you to send money quickly to just about anywhere in the world. The payment is made between two individuals directly--the sender and the receiver, without the involvement of financial institution. This type of transfers is not relevant for very large sums or regular transactions.

There are a few types of payment conditions when buying furniture from China.
1. 30% deposit and 70% before shipment (Most common)
When you want to buy furniture from China, the seller will ask for a deposit at first. Then, before the furniture is sent to you, you need to give the rest of the money to the seller.
2. 100% payment upon production (Risky for large amounts)

Quality Inspection

Quality inspection of your furniture is vital. You need peace of mind that your goods will arrive as you specified in the initial agreement with the manufacturer. There are various aspects to quality inspection which we will outline below. Ideally, you need to have someone independent and onsite to carry our quality control at the various stages. This is something that sourcing agents and buying offices can arrange, or you can use a quality inspection company.

If you import furniture, you may want to consider investing in a quality control system that will help you avoid importing a batch of furniture that has any defects. Many importers have faced the situation in which they are stuck with poor quality goods after they have imported them into their country. It's important to consider the possibility that the furniture may require substantial repairs before you can even sell it or use it.

It is highly advisable not to scrimp on quality assurance so don’t go with a company that does not have the necessary certification or credentials, and be wary of only using in-house inspectors. Also make sure to check if the manufacturer has a quality management system such as ISO 9001 registered. If so, they are obliged to verify a lot of the quality assurance themselves.

Sample & Pre-production – An inspector should oversee a sample of the first product before mass production begins to assure there are no issues that need addressing. This is crucial, as if the first product has everything correct and as it should be then the rest are likely to as well…and vice versa, if the first product is wrong and this is not picked up then it will be replicated many times and you will have a batch of products that are not what you wanted.

Mid-production – Is everything going as planned? Are the correct assembly techniques and materials still being used? Are there any elements of the product that were not in the specification or missed out of the specification? Is the workmanship satisfactory.

Post-production – Before the products are packaged and loaded onto the container, they need to be checked for quality and quantity.

Loading Inspection – There needs to be somebody to oversee the loading procedure to avoid any damage and to ensure that the pallets are correctly organized in the container.

Ongoing Inspection – Ideally, you would want someone to go tot the factory regularly to check on the progress of the manufacturing. This would be sourced by an agent.

A list follows of some of the key points that need to be inspected for quality before, during and after the manufacturing process:

- Dimensions

- Color

- Material

- Weight

- Water resistance

- Fire resistance

- Packaging & labelling


Shipping your goods correctly is a crucial factor in making sure that the importation process is running as it should, and it is important that you know your options, decisions you will need to make, and the ways that the process works in general.

One of your options is for the supplier to manage the shipping of your goods. This is, of course, an easier road to take but it will cost you more. If you have not imported furniture from China before, it is not a bad choice to make, although there are plenty of other shipment possibilities.

If you are confident in the process, you are able to organize the shipment of your product yourself. This is more suited to larger and more experienced companies. There are several elements that you will need to take into consideration such as customs declarations in both countries, booking cargo space and monitoring the tracking and progress of the cargo along the way. It certainly isn’t an easy option, but if you have the human resources, know-how, and experience to make it work, it is feasible.

Alternatively, you can use a freight forwarder to deal with your shipping, either in China, your country or both. Freight forwarders in China are generally cheaper than those in Western countries. If you opt for a freight forwarder in your own country or both, this could prove expensive. It is most suited to small/medium sized companies.

As with so many stages of the manufacture and importation process, a sourcing agency or buying office can organize the shipment for you. They will liaise with the suppliers, deal with the cargo/freight requirements, the details of the order, and customs documentation, and keep you informed along the way. As you can imagine, especially for the relatively inexperienced importer, this is an excellent option to go for.

Once you have made a choice as to how you plan to manage the shipment stage, you will need to consider the packaging of your goods and what is best for you.  Your goods will be shipped in containers.

The most common container sizes are:

- 20ft (28CM) (5898mm (L) x 2352mm (W) x 2393mm (H) 20’GP)

- 40 ft (58CM) (12032mm (L) x 2352mm (W) x 2393mm (H) 40’GP)

- 40ft HQ (68 CM) (12032mm (L) x 2352mm (W) x 2698mm (H) 40’HC)

If you have enough goods to fill a 40ft or 40ft HQ container, this is the most cost-effective option as there is not much difference in handling charges between the 20ft and 40ft container, so you get much more for your money and save on fees.

Your next choice is whether to book an FCL (full cargo load) or an LCL (loose cargo load/ less than a container load), dependent on the volume of the goods you are importing at once. Obviously, if you choose to use an LCL, you are sharing the containers with other importers. If the volume of your goods is not high enough for the smallest option of a full container, then you will need to use this method. Essentially, the journey of your goods would be from the factory in China to the port, then once in your home country, the goods would need to be unpacked and separated from the other goods in the container, before being delivered to your warehouse or storage facility.

There is, as might have realized, a problem with this method – too many different steps from factory to you, and thus more margin for human error, i.e., damaged goods. If this is your only choice, or the best choice for you due to other elements, then the obvious way to manage this is to make sure that you specify that your products are packaged in a way in which damage is avoided, and that this is monitored on site.

With an FCL, the process has far fewer steps. The first major difference is that instead of your goods being delivered from the factory to the port, the port comes to the factory! Well, kind of; the container comes to factory and is loaded there by the factory staff. There is already one less step and fewer people handling your goods.  The container is then driven to the port, loaded, and shipped. Once in your country, the container is opened by you, the buyer/importer. To ensure no one else handles your goods along this journey, the container is closed and sealed until it arrives at its destination. So really, the goods are only passing though 2 steps and consequently this is a much better option. Naturally, still ensure that your goods are well-packaged and loaded/ unloaded to avoid damage, but the risk is very small with this option.

Whatever choices you decide to go with, always purchase freight insurance to protect against losses for damaged goods and arrange for an inspection to be carried out of the loading process. This can be arranged in various ways, the easiest, though, is through an agent as part of their role in managing the shipping process. The inspection should guarantee that your goods are not handled roughly, that they are stacked correctly and loaded onto ISPM pallets, and that the specified quantity is loaded.

To avoid any mistakes, detailed packing and loading instructions should be given to your supplier in plenty of time. Using a pictorial instruction, such as a diagram is always a good idea due to language differences, but written instructions should also be included.

One other thing to keep in mind is the duration of the delivery. This should be discussed with the supplier. Importing from China can take quite a long time – 14-50 days is the average time frame. Products can arrive sooner than that, but also later if there are any issues that delay the shipment along the way, so factor this into your planning.

A ship with containers

Documents necessary to import furniture from China

- Certificate of origin - Certifies that your pieces of furniture have been manufactured in China

- Bill of lading – Provides more detailed information about the goods and destination

- Commercial invoice – Confirmation of the product sold – for the buyer and the seller

- Insurance certificate – Describes the type of insurance covering the goods

- Packing List – Gives the quantity of goods

- Shipper’s letter of instruction – Details the shipping requirements

documents for import from china

Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)

As your furniture is being imported a long way, and the Chinese factories specialize in mass production, there will always be minimum order quantity requirements (MOQs). These will be different for different suppliers but there are some standard expectations.

Generally, the minimum order from a manufacturing plant will be the smallest container load – 20ft. Your container can, however, be filled with more than one type of product. So, for example you may have three products being manufactured which would lower the MOQ for each product. Sometimes, factories will base the MOQ on the number of items rather than the container size. If you are buying in bulk, you may be given a high MOQ but a lower price. If you are buying products using Chinese raw materials such as wood, you may also be given a lower MOQ. There are many factors to consider and negotiate so that both your company and the manufacturer are happy with the decision.

Types of furniture from China

As outlined in the beginning of this article, you can buy and import pretty much any kind of furniture from China these days as the industry hubs in this sector are enormous and cater for the massive global demand. Whether you are after high-end or low-cost, classic or contemporary, natural materials or synthetics, you will, without a doubt find what you are after for your business needs. You usually have the option of choosing from off the shelf or custom-made furniture based on your preferences.

These are some of the most common types of furniture available for import:

- Hotel and office furniture

- Wooden, metal, PVC, and plywood furniture

- Garden furniture, including wicker and rattan

- Kitchen and bathroom furniture

- Sofas, suites, and beds

- Dining furniture

kitchen from china

Common mistakes when buying furniture from China

It is so easy to make mistakes in the buying process when getting your goods manufactured in China and imported as there are so many stages to the process. Once you have done it a few times, it will seem easy, we promise! But for newcomers to this market, a sourcing agent of buying office will help you to avoid the common mistakes. We will now give you some inside information, based on our extensive experience, most of which have already been covered in this article, regarding what some of the common mistakes are in the following list:

- Not checking and following the regulations and compliance rules for furniture importation for your country

- Lack of proper quality testing

- Not having anyone on the ground in China to monitor the operation

- Missing some of the correct and mandatory documentation

- Disorganization and confusion when it comes to shipping arrangements

- Attempting to save money by arranging everything oneself rather than involving agents for support

- Confused negotiations with supplier due to communication issues.

Contact us to help you find the best furniture

This article should safeguard you from most, if not all of these pitfalls mentioned in the last section. You now know how to get started and find the perfect supplier/ manufacturer for your needs, how to negotiate the deal, the ins and outs of the shipping process, how payment works and much more…If you are still considering importing furniture from China, go for it! It is a fantastic opportunity to grow your company with quality products at reasonable prices.

You will soon get used to the importation process and dealing with Chinese suppliers once you get the ball rolling. In the meantime, why not get some support from our reputable agency to make sure that you have everything covered and your venture is a success. We have excellent contacts with top quality manufacturers and suppliers dealing with furniture of all types and price ranges, and we know the manufacturing, inspection, and importation process of furniture from China to the USA, the EU and many other countries inside out due to our extensive experience in this sector.

From there, you will soon be able to go it alone and what once seemed like a rather daunting mission will seem straightforward and uncomplicated. For more advice about how to get started or questions regarding any of the points raised in this article, please feel free to get in touch at We are here to help.

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