Today we are talking about fun stuff – product certifications and regulations! It is extremely important in today’s world more than ever. As Amazon seems to be tightening things up and global trade is maturing – we can’t get away with saying its not our responsibility as product importers to make sure certifications are in order.
So I’m excited to bring on Fredrik to the Global From Asia podcast today. He’s a listener of the show which is flattering for me – as he is an expert in the product sourcing world as a founder at China Importal. Was able to catch up with him while down in Saigon, Vietnam where he recently is visiting from Shanghai, China and we dive into the world of product regulations and certifications when buying from China and selling in the West, enjoy!
Topics Covered in this Episode
How did you get over to China? And start Chinaimportal?
What - in a general sense - are product regulations / certifications
Let us define it first
How to even know what you need?
Many new importers don’t even know until – its stuck at customs? Or the factory tells them? Or their logistics company tells them? Or it sometimes gets all the way through and then an issue at Amazon later comes up, or worse – an end buyer has a problem with the product
Easy product categories versus difficult product categories
In the E-commerce Gladiator series here at GFA – we have a product with batteries and you have been hearing us complain about MSDS reports. Our advisor Meir said this is why we should have avoided products with batteries. Are there any “easy” categories you can share vs difficult ones?
USA vs Europe regulations and certifications
I remember the first time we met – it was in Hong Kong at the old Hong Kong Brewhouse (sad that place closed down!) – and you were talking my ear off on European vs American certifications needed for electronics and other products. I know you guys are experts here and some insights on this would be amazing.
Costs people should budget for
And I’m sure you’re always asked – how much should a business owner budget for all of this?
Is it a one time thing or ongoing?
And then for the long term – is this just an initial hurdle or a hassle on a regular basis?
Can you share what you’re working on at ChinaImportal and how people listening can get involved?
Thanks Fredrik, glad to finally have you on the show
How can listeners connect?
People / Companies / Resources Mentioned in this Episode
√ Fudan University
√ The Hive Saigon coworking space
√ ProductIP.com for Eu
√ CPSC.gov Consumer product safety commission
√ Stendard.io (Singapore company to help standardizing product quality)
√ ASTM standard
√ Substance regulation
√ Batch samples
√ Asia Inspection
√ Fredrik’s linkedin
√ Cross Border Summit 2018, april 20-21
√ Mike’s Interview on The Australian Seller about the Ecommerce Gladiator project
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Episode Length 40:07
Thank you Fredrik! It was a pleasure to have you on the show, and I am so happy you have been a regular listener of the show as well.
Regulations on your product can be a scary thing for sure! It should be taken seriously too. Consumers don’t want to have to worry about their product being safe or not, and it is our job as the product importer and distributor to ensure that happens. We shouldn’t just be doing it to check the boxes off on a customs process, but instead to product our end buyers.
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Wow, that was fast! We only did this 2 weeks ago.
I listen to almost every episode but will have to pass on this one. 1 hour listening to myself is more than I can take 🙂
PS: Write here if anyone has any questions about product compliance
thanks buddy was a pleasure to have you on the show!