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Supplier Guide to Sourcing Products Overseas


It seems that companies everywhere are enjoying the rewards of buying products overseas at deeply discounted prices. Ever wonder how these companies found their overseas suppliers? The following outline will give you an insight into where people can go to get access to supplier names and contact information.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Government Agencies: If you are a newbie in the world of sourcing products overseas, please note that there are government agencies that are ready to help answer any of your questions! The International Trade Administration and the US Business Administration are just a few of the many organizations created to help you get the necessary manufacturing contacts and support that you need. Just find the government association closest to you and give them a call. Let them know what you are trying to do and they will help you get started!

  2. Online Resources: Another great option for sourcing products overseas is to go online and do your research. Companies such as ThomasNet.com, TDCTrade.com, Alibaba.com and GlobalSources.com are all great websites that have listings of overseas manufacturers. Just do a search for Manufacturer’s that specifically create the product that you are looking for and contact them directly. You will be shocked at the number of Manufacturer’s available to help you.

  3. Trade and Professional Associations: Did you know that there are trade associations for just about every type of product on the market? Check out these examples:

    The best way to find the suppliers that you are looking for is to contact an association related to your product and ask for references! They are usually more than happy to help.
  4. Domestic and International Trade Shows: Suppliers of products love attending trade shows. The following sites will provide you a listing of all of the trade shows related to your product. Websites such as the TSNN.com and the Export.gov will give you direct access to all of the Domestic and International Trade Shows that you are seeking.

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