Established in 1999, Alibaba is one of the world’s largest e-commerce websites, offering customer-to-customer (C2C), business-to-consumer (B2C), and business-to-business (B2B) sales services via the web portals. Alibaba today has become the most convenient place to find products of different categories. All you have to do is type the product you are looking for, and voila, you will get plenty of options to decide. From comparing prices to finding the goods of your expectations/specifications, you can do it all in Alibaba.
The ease of use of the site has increased the craze of Alibaba worldwide. And it has also been one of the most used platforms by Nepalese to import products for business and personal use. In the wake of online business in Nepal, many young entrepreneurs have been importing a wide range of products like fabrics, bags, cosmetics, clothing, accessories, and other items to sell online. While the experienced importers know in detail about the process, half of the interested individuals are clueless about how they can import the goods from China without any hassle. In this blog, “How To Ship From Alibaba To Nepal – A Step By Step Guide”, we will give you tips and tricks to ordering from Alibaba in Nepal to allow young minds to plan for the next business venture through the popular platform Alibaba.
A key to a successful business has a proper plan. Therefore, instead of searching for products randomly in Alibaba, one must study the market and know what the local market is looking for and who you are targeting with the product. Once you know the answer, try to gather as much info about the product, like how this product can help your community after it lands in Nepal. In the meantime, you do have to be aware of whether the product you are planning to import is legal in Nepal or not.
After getting all these answers, you can search for the product online.
Find Suppliers on Alibaba:
As soon as you finish product research, the next crucial step is to find a reliable and genuine supplier. You have to create an account on Alibaba using your mail-id.
After finishing creating an account, you can start searching for the product. While looking for a product, you need to consider that you sort the results by the supplier and not by product. You will have plenty of suppliers to negotiate with, and you can sort 4 to 5 potential suppliers and get the price quotes for you. While talking to your potential supplier, make sure that you mention product specification and quantity. If you cannot find the same product you are looking for, ask the supplier if they can customize it according to your requirements.
Negotiating with Alibaba Supplier:
To negotiate with the supplier, you need to know the market price of the desired product in your region. If you are talking to multiple suppliers for the same product, you can understand the average cost of the product and buy from the one that is offering the lowest price.
Supplier tends to ask the quantity before they quote the product price, so when the supplier does this, make sure that you mention your annual order quantity or amount. Make them believe that you have just started and will buy more from them in the future. This trick works most of the time when you can convince the buyer that you have enough knowledge about the product and can sell their goods in large quantities in Nepal.
After finalizing the desired quantity and other related info, you will be all set to pay and ship your order. For this, the supplier will send Proforma Invoice. If your product is less than $500, you can use Alibaba’s Trade Assurance or Paypal. However, if the amount is higher than that, the supplier will expect a 30% initial deposit and 70% when the goods are ready, and the payments must be sent via wire transfer (TT).
If you do not have any idea about the payment method, you can contact Keanu Import and Export Services, and we will help you with payment and any other procedures.
Transportation to Nepal:
Once you complete the payment, the next step is to transport the goods to Nepal. There are three ways to transport goods from China to Nepal, Viz the land way, airway, and sea. For the transportation part, even the supplier will ask if you have any freight forwarding agent in China who will handle the shipment to Nepal.
If you don’t know such agents and your product is around 40-50Kg, the supplier will send the goods via UPS, DHL, or FedEx. The Alibaba shipping to Nepal costs between $4 to $12 per KG. And if your product weighs more than 50kg, the supplier will recommend it to transport via the ship.
However, if you hire an agent company like ours, we will connect with the supplier and provide our warehouse address. Once we collect your goods, we will transfer them to the loading port and handle shipments from China to Nepal. Along with this, we will clear the customs in Nepal once it lands in the TIA.
This blog covers the basics of How to import goods from Alibaba to Nepal. Although almost every individual can find a supplier and negotiate with them, many may not know about the payment system, shipments, and customs clearance. Therefore, if you plan to import goods from China, contact us, and we will provide you with more info on how to order from Alibaba without any hassle and clear customs in Nepal. We are your ultimate partner to source from China.
Does Alibaba ship to Nepal? Yes, Alibaba ships to Nepal via air or sea freight. Via the air, the supplier uses courier services like DHL, UPS, and FedEx, and via the sea, your goods will be shipped to Kolkata or Vizag Port, from where you can transport them anywhere inside Nepal.
- What documents are needed to import goods from China?
If you are planning to import foods or medical items, make sure that the supplier will provide you with the necessary documents for the transport. Other than this, you must have Proforma Invoice, Commercial Invoice, and Packing list, which will be provided by the supplier to import products from China.
- When can I receive my product once I finalize everything from my side?
If you import the goods via flight, your product will land in Nepal within 15 days after your final payment. However, if you plan to import via land or sea, it will take 30-45 days and 30-60 days.