Ask someone to name some China sourcing websites and there is one name guaranteed to be mentioned - "Alibaba".
For so many people looking for products from China, their sourcing journey both starts with, and finishes with, Alibaba, but there are actually plenty of very good alternatives.
Our advice to clients is to cast their net wider and try searching for information on many China sourcing websites before settling on their supplier of choice.
Even if the same Chinese suppliers appear in different results, you can usually gleam more relevant information such as contact details, factory photos, product types, certifications etc. All very useful to the sourcing process.
We want our readers to get the very best outcomes when sourcing in China, so here is China Checkup's list of the Top 20 China Sourcing Websites:
In order, starting with the most useful, here are our top 20 China sourcing websites:
As the world's largest b2b sourcing portal, the name "Alibaba" has become synonymous with sourcing from China. Usually it is the first website people turn to when searching for products, and not without good reason, the range of suppliers and products it lists is very comprehensive.
The website has however developed a reputation as a hotbed of counterfeits, a situation which CEO Jack Ma has called "a cancer". Other issues faced by the website include dodgy supplier verifications and scams.
From starting out as a sourcing website, Alibaba Group has now grown to be China's largest tech company and it's interests include a portfolio of ecommerce platforms.
DHgate is an online wholesale marketplace where buyers can find competitively priced quality made in China products, usually at lower MOQs than other platforms.
One standout feature is their payment handling system, which only passes payments to the seller when the buyer confirms receipt of goods.
Global Sources has helped more than 1.4 million international buyers in more than 240 countries to source from overseas, with China making up the majority of deals.
Their regular Hong Kong trade shows are very popular and help facilitate international companies to do sourcing in China face to face with trusted Chinese suppliers.
This website is a third-party platform for connecting buyers with Chinese suppliers and features a clean layout which is easy to navigate.
Similar to Alibaba.com, Chinese suppliers can create their own homepage on Made-in-China which includes their company profile, introduction and product listings.
China Suppliers claims to be the "Exclusive Government Authorized B2B E-Marketplace in China" and our research found they are owned by the China Internet News Center (中国互联网新闻中心) which is under the State Council Information Office.
Despite a slightly cumbersome interface it is a useful website featuring many Chinese suppliers and products. Plus, it has a very easy to remember URL!
Specializing in high-tech and electronics, Shenzhen-based OFweek is a well designed website featuring many Chinese suppliers.
If you are looking for Chinese tech products make sure you check it out.
AliExpress was launched by Alibaba Group in 2010 as a platform for Chinese companies to sell to foreign consumers.
Although not a sourcing site as such, it is nevertheless widely used for this purpose, especially for companies looking to buy with low MOQs.
Operated by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, this website plays an important role in helping Hong Kong companies to establish relationships with buyers from around the world.
These days, there isn't much manufacturing in Hong Kong, but many Hong Kong companies operate factories in Mainland China and this is a good gateway to sourcing their products.
A clean and easy to use website, DIYTrade features over 5 million products across a wide range of industries from underwear to ball bearings.
A bridge-builder that empowers merchants to easily connect and do business. Recommended by the Shenzhen Government and American International Business Council.
One of the leading global b2b marketplaces, Korea-based EC21 is very popular with Chinese manufacturers looking for international buyers.
Makepolo promotes itself as the "accurate purchasing search engine" but it's search function operates just the same as the other China sourcing websites.
They do list a large number of products and suppliers though so it is well worth a look, even though I find their page load times to be a little slow.
South Korea-based ECPlaza features a large number of Chinese suppliers on their easy to navigate website.
GlobalMarket has established solid cooperation with reputable Chinese suppliers and heavily promotes their GMC (Global Manufacturer Certificate) certifications which claim to only include genuine manufacturers. Definitely worth a look.
Although a global sourcing website, with offices in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, Tradekey certainly has a strong Chinese presence.
Claims to be the first b2b platform with both ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications. Although their website can feel cluttered, it contains a hive of China sourcing information.
Focusing on suppliers from Taiwan and China, Asian Products is a slightly old-fashioned but nevertheless useful source of information with plenty of companies listed.
B2B Manufactures is another listings website specializing in Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers. Although their listings covers a wide range of products, the results for industrial equipment seem to be strongest.
As the official website of the world's largest small commodity wholesale market - Yiwu International Trade Market, Yiwubuy offers their physical stores an online presence. Especially worth a look if you are planning a visit.
Sister website to B2B Manufacturers, B2B China Sources is operated from Mainland China and promises to help "global buyers to buy Taiwan quality at China prices"!
Many factories in China are operated by Taiwanese companies and using Taiwan Trade can be a great way of locating them. Also useful for finding made-in-taiwan products too.
Just as companies worldwide look to China for product sourcing, Chinese companies are also looking for Chinese suppliers to manufacture their products.
If you can read the Chinese language here are a number of very powerful domestic websites which cater to product sourcing:
1688 is the Chinese language version of Alibaba.com
HC360 is one of China's leading b2b websites for domestic trade.
This online sourcing platform specializes in large-size machinery and equipment.
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