To effectively run an Import From China Business, you must understand the other half
of the equation, how your counterpart exports the items to you (export from China).
The export process varies widely depending on the industry in China but here is an
10 Steps to Export from China Via Shipping
To illustrate the steps, here is a general process for exporting via Marine. It involves
4 parties: your Supplier, the Shipping Agent, the Customs Agent, the government’s
Export Customs Authority.
When the supplier of your product has finished manufacturing your goods, he needs
to contact a Shipping Agent.
The Shipping Agent books space on a shipping vessel.
The supplier provides the necessary documents to the Customs Agent and delivers the
goods to the container terminal.
The Customs Agent passes the documents to the Exports Customs Authority and pays
for the export duties on behalf of the supplier.
The Export Customs Authority may audit the goods to validate the contents according
to the documents.
If the goods are approved, the Customs Authority issues Clearance Papers to the Customs
Once approved, the container is sealed and loaded onto the shipping vessel.
After the vessel has departed, the Shipping Agent receives the shipment Bill of Lading
which is a shipment’s receipt.
The Shipping Agent passes the Bill of Lading to the supplier of your goods.
The supplier can now apply to get a refund for the Value Added Tax at a National
Chinese Tax Bureau.
These ten steps are followed in a typical export process to bring goods out of China
and into your country. The steps may be done by your Chinese supplier or yourself
if you plan to manufacturer goods in China.