With such a large portion of products being imported into the U.S. from China, you might be wondering what products are worth being sourced from overseas. What makes China’s manufacturing base so effective is their cost effective labor, their large reserves of rare earth materials, and their effective supply chain.
Products that have a lot of assembly or labor hours to make are ideal source from China. Just because they may not be mentioned in this list doesn’t mean that they aren’t good to import. Apart from food, firearms, chemicals, liquor, or other heavily regulated items, you should be able to source just about anything.
Below are some of the top products to source from China this year:
Electrical Machinery and Equipment
The US imported $147 billion dollars’ worth of electrical machinery and equipment in 2017. These range from a variety of goods running from phone sets to fiber optic cables. The vast range of accessories and components that China exports makes them an ideal country to source your parts from.
Furniture & Home Décor
Many products in your home come from China. Furniture such as chairs, tables, ottomans, sofas, and couches are all imported from China. Many home décor items such as drapes, curtains, picture frames, towel holders, are good products too. With the growing real estate market, people are looking to furnish their homes, so there is a lot of opportunity for business and profit.
Sports and Outdoor Equipment
According to Statista.com:
“Revenue in the Sports & Outdoor segment amounts to US $83,813m in 2020. Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2020-2024) of 6.7%, resulting in a market volume of US $108,706m by 2024.”
People love their recreational activities, and sports will continue to be one of the largest among them. They are generally simple to manufacture and import.
Apparel & Clothing
China is the largest source of textiles for the U.S. They account for 37% of clothes imported to the U.S. You can find clothing of all types and materials that come from China. The minimum order for volumes of clothing tend to be high, but so are the cost savings.
Aluminum straws have become a hot item over the years. They can come in many colors and are reusable and eco-friendly.
Electric Blankets are an excellent item to import from China. 99% of electric blanket imports in the U.S. come from China. In 2018, the U.S. imported $118 million of them. China exports 82% of the world’s electric blankets as well.
They say you can’t put a price tag on love, but you can on a plastic flower. $392 million worth of plastic flowers were imported from China in 2018.
In 2018 $423 million of iron and steel cooking products were imported into the U.S. From skillets to cutlery, you can easily source any cooking tool.
Cups and Thermoses have proven to be an excellent item to source from China. In 2018, China exported $465 million worth of thermoses to the U.S.