Alibaba complete Guide

A Beginner’s Guide for importing from alibaba to India and sell in Amazon

Import from alibaba to Tamilnadu

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How to import from alibaba to India

Alibaba vs Aliexpress

Alibaba is a Chinese wholesale Business2Business(B2B) suppliers.

In alibaba you can buy bulk products at a cheaper price because of low manufacturing cost in china.

you can get bulk in alibaba and sell in online ecommerce or on local stores

AliExpress is more like an online ecommerce.

In AliExpress, you can buy products in single unit quantities.

You compare aliexpress with flipkart and amazon

Prerequisites Needed before importing from alibaba in india

You don't need to be a registered company to buy alibaba products.

A person who has GSTIN number and IEC code can buy products in Alibaba.

Import Compliance In India

If you are importing for resale or trade purpose,then you must have an IEC code issued by DGFT department.

You will need a Import export certificate to import from china or other countries.

IEC Code is primary proof as an Exporter/Importer in India. It has lifetime validity.

Note: One doesn't need to be a registered company to apply for IEC Code. You can apply even as an individual (A sole proprietorship) for Importing a product.

There are many online services that will obtain you IEC certificate in order to reduce your efforts.

You can email us if you still want guidance for free.

Basic terms in Alibaba

What Is A Verified Or Gold Supplier?

In order to be eligible to become a gold supplier, Alibaba performs the following checks.

Onsite Check

– An onsite check is a verification process where the supplier’s factory is checked by Alibaba’s staff to make sure that onsite operations exist there.

A & V Check

– All legal business licenses and contact persons are verified a neutral 3rd party verification company.

Assessed Supplier

- A third-party company, such as Bureau Veritas or TÜV Rheinland, carries out the inspection and verification.

Trade Assurance

What’s nice about trade assurance is that Alibaba guarantees your money back in the event of a supplier failing to meet the terms of the order contract.

This includes delays in shipment, quality issues and processing problems.

Transaction Level

How many transactions has the supplier conducted on Alibaba in the last 6 months.

Response Rate

– Is the supplier responsive to inquiries?

CIF (Costs Insurance Freight)

It is international shipping agreements between buyers and sellers for transporting the goods.

This term is used when shipping goods through ships and containers

Costs and insurance of goods are borne by the seller(supplier).

Responsibility of the goods in transit till they reach buyer destination is responsibility of the supplier.

FOB (Freight On Board or Free On Board)

It is international shipping agreements between buyers and sellers for transporting the goods.

This term is used when shipping goods through ships and containers

Delivery is considered complete when seller ships the products to the destination port.

Here buyer is liable for risk of loss or damage in transit.

Buyer will bear all the costs including costs of insurance.


Minumum order quantity This is the lowest quantity of stock that supplier is willing to sell

What is OEM?

OEMs are companies which manufacture products based on the product design and specifications provided by their customer.

what is ODM

ODMs means A company manufacture the product they designed and their customer get the products branded in their own name and sell it them in the market.

Which product to purchase?

Do a market analysis first.

Go to google trends to know the trend for your product. You can see which items are trending

How to choose the best supplier on Alibaba

  1. Apply filter in alibaba website for the gold and trade assurance suppliers
  2. Avoid the Middlemen and other trading companies.
  3. Focus only on the Manufacturer
  4. Review the company profile
  5. Read the reviews of that company

Tips to save money on Alibaba

  1. Always negotiate while buying product in a kind way
  2. Order low MOQ first
  3. Find the product cost with all other suppliers in Alibaba and come up with least price.
  4. Purchase from top suppliers
  5. Discuss with many suppliers for a particular product and negotiate in a good manner.
  6. I recommend to filter by the suppliers instead of searching the products in the search bar.

Request for Samples first

  1. Before placing an order for products, get sample of the product first from the supplier.
  2. Most supplier will agree to provide samples. If they don’t then better you look for another supplier.
  3. They will charge you for the samples. You can also negotiate with supplier to return the sample charges after ordering in bulk
  4. Inspect the quality of samples first before ordering in bulk.
  5. Before ordering, ask supplier about per piece rate, total weight, size and number of cartons etc. to calculate the shipping costs.
Buying tips: You can find the right supplier by filtering the trade assurance, gold supplier etc or you can post your buying requests and suppliers will send you quotes.

How to interact with Alibaba supplier?

Hello, I am xx. I am searching for a reliable supplier of Tshirt. I came across your company in my research and wanted to get some further information. could you please get back to me as soon as possible with the below information? We’re looking to expand our product range and create a profitable partnership between your company and ours. We have been researching different companies in China that manufacture tshirts and we think that your company could be a great supplier for it. We have a few questions that we would like you to please answer: • What types of packaging do you usually use for this product? • What is the minimum order quantities, FOB pricing ? • How long does it take to manufacture once an order has been placed? • Will you do OEM/ ODM? • What is the product-per-unit cost including shipping to India, [641039]? • What methods of payment do you accept for the full-order? • Is it possible to put our logo on your product or product packaging? If so, what is the cost? We would be very grateful if you would contact us with answers to the above questions as well as any additional policies that we may need to know. We would also like to discuss with you further about doing a sample order for the product. We are hopeful that we can start a mutually beneficial relationship. The email address that you can contact me at is: xxxx Kind Regards, xxx

Below is the response that they have provided

Shipping methods on Alibaba

Choose the shipping service you need.

You can ask them to ship on sea or by air.

When you are buying larger quantities its suggested to ship by sea by container shipment in order to minimize the duty taxes.

Different forwarder have different freight discount, its depend on supplier whether could find a low price forwarder.

For samples you can ask them to ship by air through DHL, FedEx etc. The taxes will be high in case of express methods.

How to make a payment on alibaba?

Once done with the negotiations, MOQ’s and samples, Ask them to create an order for you.

Go to “All orders” sections you will see that an order is created for you.

Click to send a initial payment.

Choose the payment method, like International wire transfer T/T, Credit Card, Paypal, western union etc

Do a transaction through Alibaba only. Don’t do separate transaction.

Most suppliers accept PayPal and International wire transfer.

After next make payment. Your payment will 100% secured through Alibaba.

Duties and Taxes Levied

Import duties and taxes as well as customs clearance for the items you bought will be levied when you are receiving that product.

Its recommended to keep it in mind before purchasing.

I got total 5 quantity samples for 15 USD sent through DHL express shipping

Below is the custom clearance taxes levied

Tip: Don't order bulk via express shipping through air. Huge amount custom taxes will be levied