China is no doubt the leading manufacturer of products in the world today.
China is the most popular destination of choice when it comes to importation of products to Nigeria. This is so because presently they have the largest production chains, even big companies like HP, Amazon, and Wal-Mart now source their products from china, making china the biggest commodity market.
Learning how to import products from China at low prices is our assignment in this publication.
Importing from China can be very stressful if you don’t know the rudiments.
In this article, I will be taking you through the step by step process to follow import products from China successfully;
- Ordering your products from China online
- Shipping your goods from China to Nigeria without interfacing with customs
- Introducing 1688.com – PART 2
- The Language barrier
- How to overcome the language barrier with free online services like QQ Messenger and Google Translator
- How to use third party service providers at a low fee and protect your investment
ORDERING YOUR PRODUCTS FROM CHINA
The internet has made the world a global village. You don’t have to move an inch to get products ordered and delivered to you from China.
There are several online malls you can use to order for your products from China and import them to Nigeria, ranging from the popular Alibaba (www.alibaba.com) , DHgate (www.dhgate.com) , Ali Express (www.aliexpress.com) , tmall.com , 1688.com , etc.
The process is simple.
- Open your internet browser and type your preferred web mall
- Use their search engine to look for the item(s) you want to order or check through their category and streamline your search
- Place order
- Create an account or login if you already have an account
- Make payment using your bank card (preferred option), paypal or Money Transfer.
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SHIPPING YOUR GOODS FROM CHINA TO NIGERIA WITHOUT INTERFACING WITH CUSTOMS
Generally it takes 45 days by ship to import and deliver your products to Lagos from the southern ports (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai). If shipping from the north (Tianjin)it takes 60 days. But you don’t have to ship if you are not importing a lot of goods requiring a container, neither do you have to use DHL because their prices are high. There are companies who specialize in sending goods to Nigeria by air and you receive your goods at most in 5 days, depending on your preferred choice of payment. One is the next day delivery where for example if the goods are sent from China today, you get them within 24 hours. China is only 7 hours ahead of Nigeria. The price is usually between $5-$12 per Kg depending on your choice of delivery and between N300 to N500 for custom charges per KG.
Recommended Freight Forwarder;
Cargo shipping to Nigeria is of different types methods/types. Chrisvicmall offers different types of shipping from China to Nigeria. These are :.
- Express Shipping
- Normal Shipping (Air Cargo Shipping)
Express shipping leaves China everyday with exception of Sundays. It takes 24-36hours to reach Nigeria.
- 1-5kg = $12 per kg
- Above 5kg to 10kg = $11 per kg
- Above 10kg = $10 per kg
NORMAL SHIPPING (CARGO SHIPPING)
Normal/cargo shipping leaves China every Tuesdays and Fridays. It takes 8-14 days to reach Nigeria from the time of shipping.
- 1-5kg = $8 per kg
- 6-10 = $7per kg
- Above 10kg = $6.5per kg
Please ensure your goods are not listed in the prohibition list of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Also ensure you use the address of your Freight Forwarder as the delivery address.