How to import from China - The professional guide
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How to import from China - The professional guide

Learn how the professionals source their items in China. Screencast with Alibaba sourcing included!
4.4 (93 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,495 students enrolled
Created by Manuel Becvar
Last updated 8/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • 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)

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

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
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
The professional import guide to China
28 Lectures 01:27:41

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

Preview 02:38

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

The Chinese New Year and what it means for your business

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

Staying in Touch

The top 5 common pitfalls when importing from China.

Common Mistakes when Importing

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

Price Increases and How to Deal with Them

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

Advanced Negotiation Tactics
7 pages

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

Shipping & Courier services

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

QC -Quality Control
7 pages

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

Preview 20:19

Know the absolute minimum requirements your products need to meet.

Legal Requirements & Certifications

Reasons why these rates exist and how to avoid them.

Anti dumping rates

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

Product Liability Insurance

Product categories you should absolutely avoid.

What Products Do NOT Make Sense To Import

Its never been easier to make prototypes of your designs.

Making Prototypes / Mock Up Samples

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

Private Labels, Brands & Trading No-Name Items
8 pages

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

Instruction Manuals

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

Keeping Track of Your Payments / Invoices & Expenses
1 page

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

Factory Standards (ISO, BSCI, SA8000…)
5 pages

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

Subcontractors And Raw Material Suppliers

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

Using Proper (Internal) Supporting Documents

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

Production Areas in China
6 pages

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

What To Expect From A Sourcing Company

Guaranteed ways to find the products you are looking for.

Finding a Product in China that You Saw on eBay/Amazon
3 pages

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

The Brutal & Honest Truth about Developing Your Own Products in China

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

More Drop-Shipment Sites other than Aliexpress
1 page

Seriously, try them!

Better Websites to Source from Than Alibaba
2 pages

Hot products this year and where you can find them.

My Top Picks for Products in 2015
2 pages
Business in China
14 Lectures 30:40

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

Preview 03:45

Why you should visit the factories in person.

First timers guide to China

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

Do's & Don'ts in China

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

Why go to China?
4 pages

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

Start your preparation
4 pages

Whats the other guy doing at my factory?

Competitor Research

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

When is it even worth it?

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

How to source from suppliers in unusual ways
10 pages

The smartest ways of travelling within China.

Travel Chapter (Visa, Hotels, Language, etc.)
21 pages

Why you don't really need a translator.

Business in China
7 pages

How to find real factories and great products at exhibitions.

Visiting Exhibitions & How To Prepare

Make the best out of a factory visit.

At the Factory
8 pages

Time to sit back & relax? Unfortunately not.

After the Trip

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

Summary & Ways that will Save you Money
1 Lecture 00:00

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

Bonus code
2 pages
About the Instructor
Manuel Becvar
4.6 Average rating
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6,809 Students
5 Courses
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.

I also speak publicly at large events within Asia, Europe and North America. You can also find my content on podcasts, e-interviews and magazines. I run a blog that discusses everyday business, eCommerce and importing from China. Feel free to head over to my educational site mentioned in my profile. 

I also have several courses here on Udemy discussing import from China, selling on Amazon and other eCommerce channels as well as certification and compliance to national standards and laws. 

Feel free to message me if you have any questions. 

All the best,

Manuel Becvar