Importing is actually a pretty easy process even though many people think that it’s a hard thing to do. Believe it or not, there are a certain few things you need to know in order how to import from China and other countries.

In this China import guide, we’re going to show you a step by step process that will help you when it comes to ordering goods from overseas. Remember that you need to check your local customs when it comes to how to import goods, so that way you know just what you can and cannot import.

Know Your Rights

You’re buying goods from a foreign country, so you need to know that since you’re the importer, the mail courier will be the one handling and delivering your package. If your package is small, or if the value isn’t that high, it’ll be marked for personal use and can actually save you a headache, as well as a hefty fee.

Remember, if you’re buying a large amount of the same item, this will probably raise a red flag to customs, and if you can’t show a reason or paper trail that proves they’re for personal use, you’re probably going to get flagged with businesses or resale tags on your items, as most goods that regulations apply to are for future use.

Choose Your Products

When you’re trying to import items, you can make sure that you’re getting what you’re wanting to order. If you order the wrong item, and you get a hundred of them, then you just wasted precious time and money, and then if you’re going to sell what you received (if you don’t end up just returning it if possible and waiting forever for a possible refund), then you’re going to have to add that item to inventory, throw it on your shop, and make a new listing for a new product that you didn’t want to buy or sell in the first place.

Make Sure Your Goods are Legal

There’s nothing like ordering a thousand items and then finding out that they’re not allowed in your country or state. Not only can this raise a red flag with customs, and cause you to not be able to sell the product you’re wanting to resale, but it can actually cause you to even face criminal charges depending on what the item is and if it’s legal. Oh yeah, and your product will be destroyed and you won’t get a refund.

Calculate the Costs and Place an Order

You need to know what the tariff classification is of the item you’re wanting to import. On top of that, make sure you get the total landed cost in order to achieve the proper estimate for how much you’re going to pay. This will come in handy later. Then of course, last but not least find your Chinese supplier and order your product. Make sure they’ll ship under FOB terms, and don’t always look for the lowest price, because if a deal sounds too good to be true, it almost always is. Make sure you get detailed product information too.


When you take these steps in order to get the items you want from your exporter in China, then you the importer are more protected against fraud, theft, or even possible terrorist activities. Always be sure to protect yourself and think of your customers to when you’re going to import a product from another country.