Import Goods From China

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Hi guys,
First i want to apologies If i am on the wrong section of the WF. As I need some solid information and Help from you guys. I am currently selling few different physical product from ebay and make little profit which is great . I buy them items from china and get them shipped to my house in UK and i do pay some custom fees as the items are cheap and not heavy.

Now i am looking to buy some Lego's items. They are fair expensive. What i need to find out is

1) Am i allowed to import lego brand items from china as there are no lego or star wars company in uk. Some places sell them items example Toys R US.

2) do i need any import license to import the goods

3) Do i need to provide any health and safety certificate or insurance to the UK border

4) Do i have to contact any uk agency to do this for me or can i sort it all out by my self.

guys i have been looking all over google for long time but i didn't manage to find any good information which clear any of the questions i have?

so could you guys please advise me what to do and how to go from here. I want to thank you guys in advance for the help. peace
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  • Profile picture of the author warriortx
    so basically your asking for a drop shipper?
  • Profile picture of the author aminur
    not exactly. i already have supplier in china. who can get me the items i want. for example if i sell items on ebay.co.uk and uk custom stop the items because it branded or any other reason , i won't know what to do. that's why i want to know all before i sell. i do not want my customers to wait or pay the custom fees. And also i do not want to get in to any trouble for importing goods from china. Just trying to cover my back.
  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Originally Posted by aminur View Post

    Hi guys,
    First i want to apologies If i am on the wrong section of the WF. As I need some solid information and Help from you guys. I am currently selling few different physical product from ebay and make little profit which is great . I buy them items from china and get them shipped to my house in UK and i do pay some custom fees as the items are cheap and not heavy.

    Now i am looking to buy some Lego's items. They are fair expensive. What i need to find out is

    1) Am i allowed to import lego brand items from china as there are no lego or star wars company in uk. Some places sell them items example Toys R US.

    2) do i need any import license to import the goods

    3) Do i need to provide any health and safety certificate or insurance to the UK border

    4) Do i have to contact any uk agency to do this for me or can i sort it all out by my self.

    guys i have been looking all over google for long time but i didn't manage to find any good information which clear any of the questions i have?

    so could you guys please advise me what to do and how to go from here. I want to thank you guys in advance for the help. peace
    Lego's are actually not made in China. Do you mean the imitation Legos, that looks kind of like Megabloks?

    Edit: Like this?
  • Profile picture of the author aminur
    i see. that makes sense. i sell -they ship for me. i was just too scared to use drop shippers because i heard a lot of story people being scamed over and over. I personally never found any drop shipper who accept paypal because i only use paypal for payment security. Can you guys please recommend me a trusted drop shipper. and about the price. i spend atlist 1 day to do my full research ( ebay price>whole sale price>paypal fees>ebay fees= Profit
  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Hardly. Actual LEGOs aren't made in China. If you have been buying sets from China marked as "LEGO" they are fake, but there are some really cool megablok style ones made in Hong Kong. I'm one of the main distributors for them, and chances are, if you get some from somewhere like WorldWideBrands, it's probably going to be ordered from my warehouse.

    Little back story: Only the electronic components in Lego sets are made in China. Every couple years Lego gets the urge to move operations to Shenzhen (and everyone here in China starts killing each other for their business) - but every single time, the factory starts making poor quality plastic (ABS) pieces to try to save some cash and LEGO stays away from China for another couple of years. Lego is expensive not because of their plastic, but because they are super extensive in their quality testing.

    Someone in the U.K. got busted really bad recently for importing counterfeit LEGO's, couple years in prison and it wasn't even that much. Nothing compares to the 10 tons of counterfiet Legos that were seized and destroyed in 2004.
  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    Who is the supplier? I could meet with them.
  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    Hi Aminur,
    Have you worked with this supplier before? Where did you find them? There are a LOT of scammers on the internet. You can completely eliminate dealing with scammers by going through Worldwide Brands. If you want to venture out on your own, that's fine too. I've had a lot of luck with that, but there are a few obvious signs to look for. First, if your supplier is writing you from a hotmail, yahoo or gmail address, chances are, they are scamming you. Second, if their prices and minimums are ridiculous, they are scamming you. I was trying to get a camera from China once that sold for $600. The supplier told me that their minimum was 2 units and that they were $150 each. THAT is a scam. Just be on the lookout and know who you're dealing with. If you can't check them out yourself or have someone else check them out (see reply above) then have them take a picture of the goods holding a sign with your name on it- this will show that they actually have the item in stock. This should also show whether or not it is genuine. Hope this helps and good luck on your adventure!
    Daniel J.
  • Profile picture of the author George Phillip
    Before you run and use alibaba, do some due dilligence on the fraud cases.

    Alibaba chief executive, operating officers resign over massive internal fraud
  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    I also want to do the same offline business model. For me offline business, meeting new people is always interesting. =)

    dropshipper. But I can't speak CHINEEESSEEE!!! wa... cing cia... lol... kidding. I don't understand chinese.. I think China is growing to be a very very strong economic giant, and I should learn their language.

    But, no google in china, just baidu if I wasn't wrong the name of their biggest search engine. =)
  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    Aminur,
    Alibaba is actually a very good place to find legitimate suppliers. It is true that a good number of them are scams, but certainly don't discount the entire site just yet. I've found a handful of good legitimate suppliers through the site. It sounds like you've worked with this company/individual before. FaJeeb is right that most suppliers on Alibaba won't accept Paypal and that is perfectly legitimate, but NEVER use Western Union with a supplier you've not worked with in the past or that you know is legitimate. The fact that they are willing to use Paypal works in your favor here. If it were me, I'd go for it. If it's a scam, Paypal will cover you. Hope this helps.
    Daniel J.

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