Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started in sourcing products globally?
It’s easier than you think! Just contact Acquisition Services and tell us about the items you want manufactured or sourced. We will walk you through the entire process so you too can participate and benefit from the entire global market.
What products do you source?
The range of products is almost limitless. We source everything from component parts to fully finished and packaged product.
How much can I save by sourcing products internationally?
This depends on the product. However, a general rule of thumb is that you should save between 10%-25% on delivered product when sourcing from Asia.
What is the minimum order I must buy?
It depends on your specific product, and the factory from which the product is sourced. Most factories have minimum order requirements. Remember, you must always consider shipping costs, which can be higher for partial container loads.
How long does it take?
This depends on your specific product. If the product is currently being manufactured, it can be located and sourced in as little as two weeks. Ocean shipping products via container can add approximately 30 days from date of departure.
For items manufactured specifically for your company, factories will require engineering drawings and samples be sent for review and quoting. Done correctly, the entire process, from initial contact to receiving product can take 6 to 9 months. For more information about this process click here.
Besides the cost of my product, what other costs are involved in importing?
In addition to the cost of the product, you will have the following investment in developing an off shore importing program:
Sample Shipping fees. You will be responsible for the shipping fees for samples going to the factory, and manufactured samples coming from the factory for approval.
All engineering, inspection, and testing costs.
Any and all shipping costs.
Cost of insurance for products in transit.
US Customs clearance and any duties required.