Today China is a global automotive aftermarket exhaust system hub and also the biggest exhaust OEM manufacturer. The biggest benefit of doing business with Chinese manufacturers is much more competitive prices. However, don’t just get carried away by it and you may encounter several problems while sourcing stainless exhaust systems from China. Let’s take a look at the most common problems faced while doing business with China and how you can avoid them at first place.
1 Shipment delays
The delay in shipments has become somewhat common while trading with Chinese exhaust supplier. There are several reasons for delays such as supplier has not finished with manufacturing, incorrect or incomplete shipping documents, IPR infringement and several other issues. While, majority of the reasons can be managed and nullified by proper planning.
2 Dealing with exhaust system trading companies
If you need more competitive price, you have to ensure the supplier is actually a manufacturer, because in China, 60% of exhaust suppliers are trading companies. Also, trading companies are middle parties and unable to control production process and shipments, because they just hear from factory merchandisers and type information to you.
3 Ignoring Sampling and QC
Sampling and Quality Control are two things that can save you from lots of trouble. Don’t hesitate to spend money on samples as it is always a good step in protecting your investment. If you are ordering for the first time you can ask the manufacturer to make a sample based on your specifications to ensure the supplier has the capability, knowledge and equipment to manufacture products just as you need them.
If you need third parties quality control organizations who will undertake the responsibility of visiting the factories and conduct spot check for quality of the finished goods, DK can help you with that.
4 Lowest prices
The primary reason for buying automotive exhaust assemblies from China is low prices. But don’t blindly select any random supplier just because he is offering the lowest price. If the price offered is less than 30% of normal price then you should be careful while dealing with such suppliers and ask an explanation for the lower price and affordability factor. In my opinion, you should visit reputed manufacturers and try to get to know the best rate for the product.
5 Payment by wire transfers
Paying by wire transfers can be costly as some bank may charge up to $75 for international wire transfers. DK welcome open account method where you are not required to deposit any money for the transaction. Such unique payment methods are of great help for your capital turnover.
There is no doubt. If you have any doubts or questions related to sourcing from China, do not hesitate to contact us.
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