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What kind of products do you work with?

We work with most products made from textiles, fabrics, clothing and apparel, metal, plastic, wood, stone, ceramic and glass, in addition to electronics &electrical. See products we source for a listing.

Products We Source

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Is China the only country you source from?

China, with it’s vast industrial base and low labor costs is the primary country we source from. However, we can also source from India, Korea, Taiwan and other Asian countries.

Do you have a catalog of the products you source available?

We do not maintain a catalog in printed form of the products we have worked with, or provide a list of the thousands of manufacturers in China. In addition, we have sourced products for some of our customers that are proprietary and/or patented and they do not want their sources made public knowledge.

How long have you been in business?

Since 1999. See About Us for more on our company.

How long does it take to get a quote?

On average, about 1-2 weeks after all parties involved with the process of manufacturing in China receive all information on your product.

Do you have a minimum order amount?

The minimum order value we may accept is $5,000.00. This varies from factory to factory according to setup costs and production run requirements.

Can you provide our products with custom packaging?

Yes, we do this often. We’ve sourced product packed in individual blister packs (plastic clamshell with full color cardboard insert), cartons with full color artwork and in custom boxes, and in custom display boxes. We can provide plastic, metal or hardwood cases made from woods like walnut, rosewood or maple to provide value added sales appeal. We can also provide custom displays or sales racks made from cardboard, wood or metal.

Once I place my order how long will it take before I receive the shipment?

On average, for the first production run of a new product, the manufacturers in China will need 30 – 45 days to make any molds or fixtures and provide a sample for approval. After sample approval, it can take another 30-45 days to make the production run, depending on the complexity of the product and order quantity.

Sea and inland freight transit time can range from 4-6 weeks. For example, it takes about 2-1/2 weeks for a ship to go from a seaport in China to the port of Los Angeles. Customs clearance and unloading can take another 3-4 days, and then the shipment will be trucked to your door. If you were in Denver it would take approximately 30 days to go from China to your door.

For repeat orders or for items the factory is already making, it will take less time as the tooling is already made. The manufacturers in China can start making your parts as soon as their production schedule allows.

How does the shipping process work?

All shipments go direct from China to a port of entry in a major city closest to you. You will then have a customs broker of your choosing clear the shipment and get it shipped to your door. We quote your order with the freight paid to the nearest port to you. For example if your office is based in Denver we would provide you with a quote that will include the part price and all sea and inland freight paid to the port of Denver. You would then arrange having the shipment delivered from the port in Denver to your door.

Can We Copy an Existing Product, and What About Patent Issues?

Yes, we can send an existing product that is not patented to China to be duplicated, but the responsibility of insuring there are no patent or trademark infringement issues lies 100 percent with you – we do not perform patent or trademark searches. We will not knowingly quote or source any product that would infringe on a current patent or trademark.

Is the importing process difficult?

No, China trade and importing is easy once you know the ropes. See Importing from China for more information.

What are the total costs involved in importing?

In addition to the cost of the product, you will have the following:

Customs duty - This is your country’s tax on imported product. In the U.S. customer duties range between 1% and 30+%, depending on the product class. The average is probably around 5%. Your customs broker can tell you the duty rate for your product.

Customs broker fees - On average, around $150 per shipment.

Inland freight from the port of entry to your door.

Document Destination charges(also known as DDC). This is the port of entry’s handling charge and it varies from port to port. In general DDC fees run about $30.00 per ton.

Labor/forklift fee to unload your shipment from the container. On average, about $40.00 per shipment.

Bond feeThis is required by US Customs to back up payment for the duty tax. Bond fees are set by the dollar value of the shipment. The minimum bond fee is usually around $50.00 and from there the cost increases by some $4.00 per thousand dollars of invoice value.

Our commission(10%), which is invoiced separately.

Do we contact "Bridge the Connection" every time we place an order?

Yes, all orders are placed through us.

Through the trading groups we work with in China, we have immediate access to manufacturers of many types of products made in China. The following list is only a general representation of products we source from China; feel free to ask us about any item not listed here. In general we work with most products made from metal, plastic, fabric, wood, stone, ceramic, glass, leather or nylon, in addition to textile, clothing or apparel made in China.

»  Textile

»   Fabrics

»   Yarn

»   Garments

»   Clothing

»   Apparel accessories

»   Bags

»   Castings

»   Machine Shop Tools: precision tools, gages & cutting tools

»   Machined parts of all types

»   Machine Tools

»   Machinery

»   Automotive Parts & Supplies

»   Bearings

»   Cell Phone Accessories

»   Computer accessories and parts

»   Building & Construction Equipment

»   Electronic & Electrical Equipment

»   Fasteners

»   Fitness Equipment

»   Granite Countertops

»   Granite Products

»   Sports Products

»   Hardware

»   Kitchen accessories

»   Home Furnishing

»   Furniture

IMPORTING FROM CHINA

The process for importing your product from China isn’t difficult, once you know the ropes. We’ll guide you through the entire process, which involves the following:

»  Send us prints, pictures and specifications, or a prototype of the product you wish to import from China. If you have a new product that needs to be prototyped or developed, please see our pages on product development and prototyping.

»   Through our sources in China, we’ll locate a reliable manufacturer who can produce your product, and provide you with a quote for what you want to import from China. Prices are quoted China-direct, with the freight included to the customs port nearest to you.

See The Key to China Trade for information on how critical it is to have a dependable, reliable source you can trust to locate a manufacturer for you. We can provide products completely assembled and packaged, according to your specifications.

»   Once you’re ready to proceed, you would place a purchase order, subject to sample approval, for the production order. The factory would then provide you with a sample to approve before the production lot was made. If a new mold is required, you may need to wire transfer a deposit on the mold cost to China. We will work with you and the factory to insure that the product you would like to import from China is made to your specifications.

»   Once you approve the sample, a deposit would be wired to the factory for the production run, and your order would be made. Once the shipment was ready, you have the option of engaging a third party inspection company we have worked with to perform an inspection of your shipment. Our trading group will inspect the shipment in China whether you engage the third party inspection company or not, and can provide pictures.

»   The shipment is made. You will need to obtain the services of a local customs broker to clear the shipment through the Customs bureau in your country. Basically, we get the shipment from China to the port nearest you (i.e. Chicago, London, etc.), while your broker will get the products you arranged to import from China from the port to your door.

If you have a product you’d like to consider importing from China, Contact Us. We have helped hundreds of companies do this over the last couple decades.