China Sourcing: Making Safe Payments and Expectations about Credit
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?
Here are two blog posts that give some insight into how suppliers view payment terms & credit: https://www.asiabridgelaw.com/2017/05/china-sourcing-reasonable-payment-terms/ and https://www.smartchinasourcing.com/paying-chinese-suppliers/
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!
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