05 Nov 2014

4 Tips To Find and Work With Overseas Manufacturers

Working with an Overseas Manufacturer Curve Commercial

Get Referrals
Getting referrals is the first step in finding an overseas manufacturer that has experiencing with the type of product you are creating and/or producing. You can start with any manufacturers you currently know as they likely will be able to recommend someone with the type of manufacturing expertise you are seeking. Ask other companies or organizations in your industry as well, but be specific in describing what type of manufacturer you are looking for so you get quality recommendations. (link to questions blog).
Recommendations are a great way to increase the likelihood you will find a manufacturer who has the know-how to get your product manufactured.

Make Sure You’re Comparing Quotes Properly
You need to look at itemized quotes and really check to see that you’re comparing the same thing when looking at different prices. Remember that you’re going to be bringing something across country borders and that involves customs fees, duties and shipping. If one of your quotes is drastically lower than the others, be sure it includes everything that the others do as well. Get information on the quality of the products being used and the laws surrounding your product so you don’t get blind sighted by extra taxes. Also don’t be afraid to negotiate and ask for a better price- a lot of manufacturers will be expecting it.

Get a Detailed Purchase Order and Examine Samples
Get everything in writing and get as detailed as you can. If something goes wrong and it’s not in your purchase order, you may be out of luck. When you’re working with an overseas manufacturer, you need to be aware that you’re dealing with companies who work under different laws. Specify everything you can think of and examine samples multiple times to ensure that they are correct. This is your time to find problems in the product before ordering mass quantities so make sure everything is correct and laid out in detail.

Ask for Help
It can be difficult to do this all on your own, so for many companies it makes sense to get help. Using a company that excels in working with overseas manufacturers can take the stress off of your back so that you can focus on your business and what you do best.

Sourcing your product from overseas manufacturers could be the step that will take your business to the next level, but only if you find the right one. Otherwise you can waste a lot of valuable resources – both money and time – that get you no where.

While it’s important to educate yourself as much as you can, having an expert on your team like Curve Commercial, is a smart business decision. Our team of experts has experience in manufacturing, logistics and financing and work with manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to provide straightforward and effective solutions that assist with business expansion. Click here to learn more about working with overseas manufacturers.

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