1. Why Import Plastic Netting from China?
Made in China refers to goods produced in China and of Chinese origin.
1.1 Reputation and Market for Made in China.
In the artical on OECD’s International Trade in 2020: a look back and a look ahead, China was the only major economy to record an increase in exports for 2020. China is the world’s manufacturing superpower. With 41 major categories, 207 medium categories and 666 sub-categories, Chinese industry is the most complete industrial system in the world. Among the 500 major industrial products, more than 40% are ranked No.1 output in the world.
1.2 Survey of The Plastic Netting Market in China
Plastic netting is a plastic raw material that is extruded into a film, cut, stretched into flat or circular yarns, and then woven through warp or weft knitting to mesh. It has a wide range of uses in agriculture protection, garden support, industry safety, fishing operation, livestock farming, and auto parts.
P1 – Warp knitting machines are weaving bales net warp
1.2.1 The Origin and Development of Plastic Netting
The plastic weaving industry originated in developed countries like Europe and the United States, and gradually transferred to developing countries. The main reason for the transfer is that making plastic mesh requires a lot of labor, and low-tech with low profit.
High-speed development of the plastic weaving industry in Europe and the U.S began in the 1960s; And then Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan region developed in the 1970s.
1.2.2 Development Status of Plastic Netting in China
Plastic woven bag equipment was developed in mainland China in 1966, but it was really developed in the 1980s. Since then, driven by domestic demand and exports, plastic netting has a major increase in China.
In 2018, the output of plastic woven products in China reached more than 30 million tons, with a nearly 10% growth rate.
P2 – PVC Coated Debris Netting
Among all the products in the plastic woven mesh industry, the demand for cement bags still accounts for the first place, producing 12.13 million tons of cement bags in 2018, accounting for about 42%; producing about 10.11 million tons of woven bags for other purposes, accounting for about 35%; producing shipping bags 2.88 million tons, accounting for about 10%; producing pvc coated wire mesh, dust-proof net, tarpaulins, construction fences, sunshade nets and woven fabrics totaled 1.15 million tons, accounting for about 4%; production of geotextiles 0.92 million tons, accounting for about 3%; production of bird protection nets and other plastic fabric products totaled 1.15 million tons, accounting for about 4%; production of fertilizer bags 0.14 million tons, less than 1%.
1.3.3 Prospects for the development of plastic netting in China
In the context of economic globalization, China’s plastic weaving industrial structure is also constantly internationalized.
Plastic knitting industry restructuring wind up, the main form of expression is the original plastic knitting industry outward expansion, the emergence of new plastic knitting industry group, mergers and acquisitions, strong alliances, to the group and the direction of scale development.
The structure of plastic woven products is also being adjusted, and the variety of products is becoming more diversified. Constantly develop new plastic products, expand its application fields and meet the requirements of different users. Plastic products have developed from low-end to high-end products to enhance the added value of products.
Some plastic netting industry professionals have transformed their business from products to equipment. Their rich experience can help more people who want to buy machines. Due to the saturated demand in the Chinese market, they put more energy into the expert in recent years. Their main exporting countries are India, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, etc.
P3 – Changzhou Aoyuan Turn into Plastic netting Equipment Manufacturer
Upgrade the plastic weaving machine, eliminate outdated production capacity, improve the quality of plastic weaving products and save energy and reduce consumption. That is all Chinese plastic weaving industry owners are thinking about.
2. How to find your China plastic netting manufacturers?
Finding the right supplier is one of the most important tasks for those who are interested in purchasing. It’s easy to find a supplier. However, it’s hard to choose in an information explosion age. So how should buyers find the right Chinese supplier quickly and accurately? Here we will talk about few common methods.
2.1 Search on Google
2.1.1 Google General Search
Enter a product keyword into Google’s search box and Google will list you with a range of results that are most relevant to.
Smart Google also provides automatic completion of search term attributes. When you enter product keywords in the Google search box, Google will automatically generate relevant attribute words through automatic calculation. By clicking on result that best matches your search intention, you will be given the best answer.
2.1.2 Google Advanced Search
Among all the results returned by Google search, you may need to narrow down the scope to get more suitable results. At this time, Google advanced search is a good choice. For example, when searching for the keyword -garden mesh netting, if you want to lock Chinese manufacturers and exclude nylon material, you can try entering – garden mesh netting +China manufacturing -nylon.
2.2 Common Business to Bussiness (B2B) Websites
2.2.1 Alibaba Global
Founded in 1999, Alibaba is the world’s largest B2B cross-border e-commerce platform. Alibaba covers more than 200 countries and regions around the world. It is an open marketplace where any registered buyer can easily find the goods they need.
However, in contrast to Google’s strict censorship of original content and images, Alibaba is not subject to restrictions. You may easily find the same product descriptions and images in another shop at the same time. Also, Alibaba’s rankings are more likely to be money-related, with top-ranked display results likely to have higher bids, compared to the ability to offer quality products, they probably know more about marketing.
2.2.2 Made-in-China Source
Made in China.com was founded in 1998, focusing on machinery and equipment. Other products are rarely displayed in their online store, and the registered merchants are only about 1/10 of Alibaba.
Going to the exhibition is a good way to find suppliers, communicate with potential suppliers face to face, and quickly establish supply and demand relationships.
P4 – Exhibiton of The 18th Shanghai TEX (2019)
Usually, exhibitors will bring samples for display, which is much more efficient than other methods. Exhibitions are the best place for exhibitors to showcase products or experience services for potential customers.
The aim of going to an exhibition is to achieve a satisfactory result, but how do you avoid spending a lot of effort and not meeting your expectations? Firstly, find an exhibition on the dates you are planning. You can refer to websites that summarise information about exhibitions (e.g. 10times.com). Going to an exhibition at the right time and place will save you travel time and expense. Secondly, before your go, it’s better to learn the information about the exhibitors in advance. The exhibition website will announce the list of exhibitors in advance, and even more with some simple main product introductions.
Once you have contacted some potential suppliers through the above methods, the next step is to build some trust.
3. How to Build Trusting Relationships
Building a good relationship of trust is the basis for cooperation. With a relationship of mutual trust, they can be your expert in solving problems. When building a trusting relationship, we cannot simply think about the topic of winning each other’s trust, the most important is to build a mutual benefit relationship with each other.
Usually seek content or methods from a new supplier based on a professional view, and gain trust through communication. But with the communication deepens, help from other areas may also appears slowly.
3.1 Expressing Your Needs
Sincere and complete to express your needs.
Winning a lower unit price through fictitious quantities, but with very little real demand. It’s a masterful technique used by some corporate buyers to inquire. But this doesn’t good to build a trusting relationship, rather disappoints. A trusted relationship built on sincerity will inspire more service. Because to establish long-term cooperation, service is also a key factor, in addition to the price factor.
A complete expression of requirements means describing as much as possible of the project at hand. For example, the application of both prevents crops from animals, deer block netting and anti-bird netting are very different in woven terms and the shape. And another is the quantity required, it’s different between a large orchard and a small home garden in size and construction method.
When expressing your needs, you can simply describe your project and where you are in it. For example, I am a farmer running a family farm. I have 30 acres of grapes and 70 acres of apples on my farm, and I need some netting for the grapes to protect them from birds, and for my young apple trees need some plant ties to support them, etc.
It is important to express your requirements as completely as possible for the accuracy of the quotation. For example, I need 5,000 packs of olive collection nets in the size of… and the color of… I need a customized package with my company logo printed on it. I have samples that I can take photos of and show or send you by courier.
3.2 Visit the Factory
The COVID-19 has made factory visits out of reach, but they are encouraged when possible. It’s a great way to learn more about the factory and even open your eyes.
Business operation is a big system, all the links are closely related and affect each other. The quality of factory management and staff varies all over the world, not just in China. But how do you build trust by visiting factories?
3.2.1 Factory Atmosphere
The spirit of the staff reflects the level of factory management. If the workers are in a good mood and are happy with the factory, then they are more productive. Production error rates are lower and production costs are reduced accordingly. A clean workshop, good air circulation and low noise levels all contribute to a better working atmosphere.
3.2.2 Plant Space Utilization and Layout
A proper planning space and layout can improve the circulation efficiency. This can be achieved by shorten the material handling distance, reduce the handling times and plan the handling routes. A implemented lean management factory also has high staff utilisation.
3.2.3 Workshop Standardization
Standards are the reference for uniform implementation. Without standards there is no implementation and no reference for improvement. There are many standards on a production site, including operational and quality standards, 5S and safety standards, operation and maintenance standards, process and rework standards, safety stock standards, etc.
3.2.4 Quality Control
Quality is the life of a factory, the soul of the factory’s development, and the core of competition. How to deal with defective products properly is the most common work of quality management. Quality control has a tracking defective products. Each product is accompanied by a card or a document, which indicates the source, which processing person is, and what equipment has been used. Problems found in any process can be easily traced back and facilitated for improvement.
4. Sign The Purchase Contract
Your potential supplier will send you a quotation with the unit price, the total amount, the payment method, and the trade terms. As a buyer of a large company, a business document templates contract with the company’s title will be sent, when deciding to cooperate. However, the small businesses or direct buyers are more tend to start orders with modifications or no changes based on quotation.
4.1 Trade Trems
4.1.1 EX Works (EXW)
The seller is responsible for properly packaging and labeling the goods within the time limit specified in the contract, and cooperates with the freight forwarder by the buyer to load the goods.
The buyer is responsible for all costs and risks after departure from the EXW location. This includes the cost of truck transportation in the seller’s country, customs declaration, loading of the goods on board, shipping cost, customs clearance, truck transportation in the buyer’s country, tariff of buyer’s country, and all risks.
4.1.2 Free on Board (FOB)
In FOB terms, the buyer and seller need to agree on a specified FOB location in advance, which is usually the nearest port city to the seller. e.g. FOB Shanghai.
The seller is responsible for the cost and risk of packing the goods, transporting them to the FOB location, and loading the container within the time limit specified in the contract. This includes the cost of truck transportation in the seller’s country, customs declaration, loading of the goods on board, and all risks.
The buyer is responsible for all costs and risks after departure from the FOB location. This includes the cost of shipping cost, customs clearance, truck transportation in the buyer’s country, tariff of buyer’s country, and all risks.
4.1.3 Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF)
In CIF terms, the buyer and seller need to agree on a specified CIF location in advance, which is usually a port city close to the buyer. e.g. CIF Los Angeles.
The seller is responsible for the cost and risk of packing the goods, transporting them to the CIF location, and within the time limit specified in the contract. This includes the cost of truck transportation in the seller’s country, customs declaration, loading of the goods on board, shipping cost, and all risks.
The buyer is responsible for all costs and risks after departure from the CIF location. This includes the cost of customs clearance, truck transportation in the buyer’s country, tariff of buyer’s country, and all risks.
4.1.4 Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)
In DDP terms, the buyer and seller need to agree on a specified DDP location in advance, which is usually the buyer’s factory or warehouse. e.g. DDP Factory.
The seller is responsible for the cost and risk of packing the goods, transporting them to the DDP location, and within the time limit specified in the contract. This includes the cost of truck transportation in the seller’s country, customs declaration, loading of the goods on board, shipping cost, customs clearance, truck transportation in the buyer’s country, tariff of buyer’s country, and all risks.
The buyer is responsible for all costs and risks after goods arrived the DDP location, this includes working with the freight forwarder to unload the goods.
4.2 International Payments
International Payments is a way in which the buyer pays the seller the contractually agreed amount in international trade. Here we detail the basics of common international payments such as Paypal, T/T and L/C, to help you determine which one is right for you.
Paypal uses email to identify users to transfer money, it avoids the cumbersome process of traditional wire transfers. The convenience, speed, and efficiency make him one of the important payment methods for goods. Usually, the buyer pays a small payment with Paypal, like a sample fee. Since Paypal charges a certain percentage of handling fee based on the transfer amount, it’s higher than wire transfers when transferring a large payment.
4.2.2 Telegraphic Transfer (T/T)
T/T (Telegraphic Transfer) is a method of transferring money from the buyer to the seller’s account, by applying to a local bank a direct transfer. It’s the most accepted method for buyers and sellers, and the handling charges are the lowest.
4.2.3 Letter of Credit (L/C)
L/C (Letter of Credit) means that the buyer’s bank makes payment to the seller’s bank, with the written documents provided by the seller, in accordance with the buyer’s requirements, and in compliance with the terms of the letter of credit. The process of LC is relatively complicated, and there are certain risks for inexperienced buyers and sellers.
5. Arrange Cargo Transport
After signed a contract with the seller, if the terms of trade are EXW or FOB, then you need arrange cargo transport. You can google forwarders in your country and get in touch with them.
5.1 Container Tracking
From the buyer or your freight forwarder you can get the container number, bill of loading number, booking number and shipping company. You can track your container based on one of upon number at any time. Following links for you to track your cargo.
5.2 Cargo Inspection
It’s better to send your checking result to the seller once received goods regarding the weight, length, volume, size, quantity, and packaging of your goods.
If there is disagreement in any of above, please communicate with the seller immediately. Explain the problem by taking photos, videos or test reports. If there is a problem with the quality of the goods, you can ask the seller for a refund of the purchase price and service costs and compensation for damages.
Refunds without reason are not generally accepted for international trade.
Plastic netting has a very wide range of applications. In agriculture it will protect your crops from bad weather, birds, insects and animals, train your climbing plants in a given direction, and tie for your new plant trees. In the field of construction, it will protect the safety of your construction workers and pedestrians on the road, anti dust, wind break and protect baloncy privacy, etc.