How to import from China - The professional guide

Learn how the professionals source their items in China. Screencast with Alibaba sourcing included!
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  • Lectures 43
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

The first part (The beginners guide to importing from China) shows you the basics of how to source on 35 lectures and 2 hours of video content with straight forward and practical advice. The professional edition adds over 28 new lectures and another 4 hours (!!!) of video content to this and is constantly updated whenever things change. Follow me navigating trough videos & screencasts how I am sourcing on Alibaba and calculate shipping costs!

Most other courses only teach you the very basics but the truth is there is a lot more to running an import business than some of those self proclaimed experts want to admit. In the the professional edition of the guide to importing from China you get access to learn how to run your business like the big guys do from day one.

I guide you trough sourcing & importing with practical examples, screencasts & 10 years of sourcing experience.

Learn from my Experience, Avoid Costly Mistakes

The problem most people have with sourcing is that it is a complex topic. There are many things to keep in mind, to consider, to figure out and master. The professional edition of the Import Bible takes the guesswork out of crucial decisions and acts as a reference of what to do whenever a question comes up.

How do you build lasting relationships with suppliers? How do you make sure you get the best prices without encouraging suppliers to cut corners on quality? When is it worth travelling overseas to trade shows or visiting factories?

These are some of the questions that you might already have but certainly will pop up sometime in the future and we want to make sure you are prepared for this.

Thats not everything,

Take the Next Step, Get the Best Prices & Source Directly in China

I have added a bonus chapter that deals exclusively with travelling in China, finding the best factories, visit exhibitions and how you go on about finding the right suppliers.

14 lessons of which 8 also come in video format. 1 hour of video content in this bonus section.

If you are serious about your business you will visit China or other countries you are sourcing from sooner or later. Factory visits are a crucial next steps once you have found reliable suppliers and want to grow your business relationships with them.

In this bonus guide to “Business in China" you learn when it makes sense to think about visiting factories, the benefits of sourcing at tradeshows and how you can do all of this even on a tight budget.

Here are the Chapters:


Re-Orders and what to keep in mind

The Chinese New Year & what it means for your business

Staying in touch

Common Mistakes when importing

Price increases and how to deal with

Advanced negotiation

Shipping & Courier services (Screencast of how I calculate costs)

Quality Control (QC)

Proper Alibaba Supplier identification (screencast video of how I source on Alibaba)

Legal requirements & certifications on products

Anti- dumping rates

Product Liability Insurance

what products do not make sense to import

Making prototypes / mock up samples

Private labels, brands & trading no-name items

Instruction Manuals

Keeping track of your payments / invoices & expenses

Factory standards (ISO, BSCI, SA8000…)

Subcontractors & raw material suppliers

Using proper (internal) supporting documents

Production areas in China

what to expect from a sourcing company

Finding a product in China that you saw on EBay/Amazon

More drop-shipment sites other than Aliexpress

My top picks on products for 2015 and where you can find them


Take your import to the next level, GO TO CHINA

First timers guide to China and what this Part is about

Do's & don't in China

Why go to China?

Start your preparation

Competitor research

When is it even worth it?

How to source for suppliers (in unusual ways / beyond Alibaba)

Travel chapter (Visa, Hotels, Language etc.)

Business in China

At the Exhibition & how to prepare

at the factory

after the trip

Summary & 10 ways to save you money

What are the requirements?

  • for some bonus documents you will need Microsoft Office
  • All you need is an Internet connection & a laptop/computer.
  • Have the right mindset for entrepreneurial adventures!
  • ideally you will have a little experience in sourcing or taken my first course (the beginners guide)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn what steps you need to take before contacting suppliers.
  • Discover how to research regulations, materials and popular products.
  • Understand how to filter out the clutter on Alibaba and other websites and find the best suppliers quickly.
  • Learn to formulate emails and see the scripts he uses to get the results you are looking for quickly.
  • Learn the best ways to calculate shipping costs and all other customs and duties to get accurate landing prices for delivery to your warehouse/fulfillment center.
  • Take sourcing to the next level and discover how to save time with efficient data management.
  • learn how to use Manuel’s custom designed shopping list to exactly calculate your costs, profit margins and other metrics that help you to make the right decisions quickly. The shopping list makes the sourcing process more efficient and can be used for sourcing any product.

Who is the target audience?

  • anyone with an entrepreneurial mind and interested in the Import/Export Industry
  • anyone who wants to import from China & sell your products from anywhere in the World
  • FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) sellers
  • eBay sellers
  • Offline sellers (retail/wholesale) are also the perfect candidates for this course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The professional import guide to China
Introduction & what you can learn in this course

Time your re-orders right and make them hassle free.


Avoid delays and understand the impact of this holiday for your business and warehousing needs.


Learn why it is so important to keep in touch with your supplier and how to build lasting relationships.


The top 5 common pitfalls when importing from China.


Don't let suppliers easily increase prices. Understand how to deal with this in a professional way.

7 pages

Insider tips & tricks to negotiate and get the price you want!


When does it really make sense to ship by AIR, SEAR or even SEA/AIR.

7 pages

Make sure your QC process is top notch from day one.


Avoid being scammed and sort out time wasters from the get go. 20 minute screencast how I work with Alibaba


Know the absolute minimum requirements your products need to meet.


Reasons why these rates exist and how to avoid them.


Don't test your luck, decide when to have insurance for your products.


Product categories you should absolutely avoid.


Its never been easier to make prototypes of your designs.

8 pages

How you can create your own Amazon private label with little upfront investment.


Your customers will thank you for proper instruction manuals in English.

1 page

Save every file you ever get, you might need it one day.

5 pages

Which quality management standards you need to know and how they differ from each other.


Not every factory makes everything themselves. Matter of fact they all outsource these days.


Save yourself from a nightmare. How to keep your supporting documents organized.

6 pages

Know the main production areas in China and why you shouldn't buy electronics in Beijing.


Learn about the different pricing models and how to get the most out of working with sourcing companies.

3 pages

Guaranteed ways to find the products you are looking for.


Understand the difference in private labelling (ODM) & developing your own designs from scratch (OEM).

1 page

Yes, there are many more sites out there that are just as good.

2 pages

Seriously, try them!

2 pages

Hot products this year and where you can find them.

Section 2: Business in China

Not so fast, the most important things to consider before you hop on a plane.


Why you should visit the factories in person.


Ni hao! Eat some delicious dumplings and try your Chinese.

4 pages

When is the right time to take the trip and why you need to go sooner or later

4 pages

How to prepare for your trip and get the most out of it


Whats the other guy doing at my factory?


Your private label is selling well? How about creating a brand?

10 pages

There's more than Alibaba and these places will blow your mind.

21 pages

The smartest ways of travelling within China.

7 pages

Why you don't really need a translator.


How to find real factories and great products at exhibitions.

8 pages

Make the best out of a factory visit.


Time to sit back & relax? Unfortunately not.


A short summary & some smart ways to make sourcing in China work.

2 pages

A link & bonus code to my second course on Udemy: "The beginners guide to import from China"

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Instructor Biography

Manuel Becvar, China Expert with over 17 years of experience

My name is Manuel and I was born in Austria in a little town called Melk. For me Asia and its perks always fascinated me since I can remember. I remember watching Bruce Lee & Chinese movies as a kid and was hooked right away. My professional career started in 1998 when I worked for Austria's biggest DIY retailer (bauMax). I moved to Hong Kong in 2005 when I was offered a position as an intern to work for one of the biggest Sourcing Offices in Hong Kong with a staff over 200 people.

For more than 10 years I worked with the biggest retailers in the world on developing, sourcing and finding new products for them.

These retailers included: Metro, Rewe, OBI, Carrefour, Tesco, WalMart, Amazon, Auchan, Lowes, Sears, Homedepot and many others.

As you can imagine the big retailers expect their products to be more than just conform to standards and regulations when they purchase them in Asia. They need to be at the highest standard and quality. These retailers cannot afford to have a product re-call due to quality problems or defective components. These products need to be top-notch.

In those 10 years I got to know all the standards and product requirements there are and additionally gained a lot of experience and insight working with factories in China.

Not just that. I learned a lot about China, its culture & manufacturing. Where & how to find the best suppliers, how to negotiate and communicate with them, how to arrange business travel for my Customers and a lot more.

In the busiest seasons (April & October), I was accompanying up to 30 Buyers within a month to exhibitions, factories and showrooms to help negotiate, develop products and follow up the Buyer's requests after they were gone. I got to know all the tips & tricks you need to return home from your trip successfully.

I now have an Import/Export company based in Hong Kong that you can find under my links.

This course is aimed to make students become a professional Importer in a few days, in what took me over 10 years.

This course will guide you step by step on how to import goods from China.

This course aims to take away all worries & doubt and help you to take a students idea to the next level!

I will cover all aspects there is to importing from China. Be it to start with Alibaba, get to know about importing procedures, dealing with factories, find your products, how to inspect and ship your goods, find out what legal import requirements your products needs to meet up to and a lot more.

When I started my own company in late 2013 my goal was to provide affordable consumer electronics to customers that don't have a Buying office in Asia or customers that do not import by themselves.

In the first few months I felt that many of my new customers are un-educated or unaware about importing procedures and many didn't know the advantages & disadvantages. So instead of explaining everything in detail in every email I decided to make a guideline that they could use every day. What started out as a few pages quickly turned into a book. I wanted to duplicate this success into an online course.

With this course I want to help students having the same success as many others I taught with this course in just a couple of months of hard work. Yes, hard work. Don't let the title of this course fool you. To take your ideas or business a step forward takes a lot of hard work. It is also a great tool for you or your new Employee as a general guide and introduction to import.

There are a few chapters that may or may not apply to you. I recommend going trough them anyway and then decide for yourself to apply these processes or not.


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