China Sourcing: Making Safe Payments and Expectations about Credit

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Here is how we answered a question about importing motorcycle part from China, but the answer is applicable to a wide range of products, so I decided to blog about the Q&A.

I need motorcycle spare parts on credit. Currently, I am selling oil for motorcycles and now my customers are asking for spare parts. Can l get stock on credit, then pay as l sell?

Mike’s Reply: 

Here are two blog posts that give some insight into how suppliers view payment terms & credit:  and

In short, if you are a big buyer spending big money, then you can extract preferential payment terms. If you are ordering less than 10,000 USD each time, and a seller offers you net terms (pay after delivery), be very careful as it could be a scam!

ABL Blog: Sr. Editor and Primary Content Creator:  Michael J. Bellamy

About the Author: Michael J. Bellamy

Originally from Upstate New York, Mike moved to Asia in 1993 and is a China business advisor to both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.  Recognized as an expert on doing business in China, he has been interviewed by WSJ, CNBC, FT & Bloomberg.

A featured presenter on China issues at seminars, trade shows and corporate events across the globe.

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Mike is the author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing
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