Debunking 3 Common Myths of DTC Brands Importing Into China
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands are increasingly looking to import their products into China. With the Chinese consumer market growing rapidly, it’s understandable why entrepreneurs want to capitalize on this opportunity. Unfortunately, there are some myths surrounding importing into China that can cause problems for DTC brands. Let’s take a look at three of these common myths and why they’re wrong.
Myth 1: You Need To Incorporate A Company In China Before Importing
Many entrepreneurs think that they need to incorporate a company in China before they can import their products. This is not true; you don’t need to have a corporation in order to import the goods into the country. However, setting up a legal entity can help with taxation and compliance issues down the line if your business expands in China.
Myth 2: You Need To Deal With Local Customs Clearance Partners
This is another misconception about importing into China that could cost DTC brands money if they believe it to be true. While having local customs clearance partners can make clearing customs easier and faster, it isn’t necessary for certain types of imports or small shipments. As long as you know what documents are required for your shipment, you should be able to clear customs without having to use local partners.
Myth 3: It Takes Longer To Clear Goods In China Than In Other Countries
Finally, many people think that it takes longer to clear goods in China than in other countries like the US or Europe. This simply isn’t true; in fact, most goods imported into China will clear within 48 hours of arrival at the port. The key is making sure all the paperwork is completed correctly and submitted on time so there aren’t any delays due to incorrect information or missing documents.
Importing products from abroad into China used to be considered an intimidating prospect for entrepreneurs, largely thanks to common misconceptions about what was involved with the process. Thankfully, we now know these myths are false—you don’t need a corporation in order to import goods, you don’t necessarily need local customs clearance partners for certain shipments or smaller shipments, and most goods will clear within 48 hours if all paperwork is correct when submitted—so entrepreneurs can feel free and confident importing their products into this powerful consumer market!