Best Product Categories to Source From China

Best Product Categories to Source From China

Are you thinking about having your production moved to China? With the recent news on tariffs (see our 8-part blog series on the China trade war) many are waiting to see what happens before they begin to buy direct from China. In this blog, we’ll share the best product categories for China sourcing and why.

What type of products are best manufactured in China? 

Complex products: The more complex your product, the better it would be to produce in China. This includes products with several components and unique designs. More labor-intensive products are best made in China due to the fact that the costs are lower for materials and labor, and the productivity in China is much higher than in most countries. Examples are:

-Complex electronics

-Machinery and machinery parts

-Automotive parts and machinery

Clothes and Footwear: Footwear and garments are among the most popular products bought using a China sourcing company. China has the resources and advancements in technology to handle larger MOQs with faster production times and better quality. Examples include:

-Graphic t-shirts



-Designer footwear


Raw Materials/Chemicals: Even manufacturers in other countries like India and Vietnam source raw materials from China to some degree. Since most raw materials are already available in China, it may be more cost-effective to start supply chain management in China. Some raw materials sourced from China include:

-Rare earth elements



-Natural graphite

Tech products: China has come a long way in terms of technology and quality – hence the iPhone being mass-produced in China. China is a leader in tech products and for good reason; they have the know-how, the materials, and the advancements in machinery and technology required. Some tech manufactured in China include:

-Phone accessories such as cases, charging cords, portable chargers, etc.

-Security cameras and motion detectors

-Smartwatches and accessories

-Headphones, earbuds, and portable speakers

With the right structure and a good China supply chain management system, you can manufacture just about anything with great success. See our industry experience for more products companies commonly buy when sourcing from China.

Despite the challenges posed by the recent trade dispute, China continues to be the country of choice for manufacturing.

What types of products do you buy direct from China? What products do you find difficult to manufacture? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in July 2019.

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