26 - 28 SEPTEMBER | 10:00-18:00


China Homelife and China Machinex, SA’s leading Chinese co-located sourcing fairs, will be heading to Gallagher Convention Centre this year.

China Homelife and China Machinex are business-to-business co-located shows, providing a strategic and lucrative platform for buyers based in Southern Africa to do business with leading Chinese companies and manufacturers across various sectors. Buyers are able to source high quality products directly from manufacturers at competitive prices. This year’s event is set to showcase thousands of products across 20 product segments namely; building materials, consumer electronics, electricity, furniture, hardware and tools, home products, machinery, textiles and garments; and much more. 

“Moving China Homelife and China Machinex to Gallagher Convention Centre this year allows us to really focus on growing our presence in Southern Africa. We see a lot of potential for growth across all product sectors in the years to come and believe that the venue allows to feed a greater network of buyers in close proximity,” says Binu Pillai, Chief Operating Officer of Meorient International Exhibition.

Apart from matching the right suppliers and manufacturers with the right traders and buyers, China Homelife and China Machinex hope to increase bilateral trade between Southern Africa and China, driving up economic growth in a relatively stagnant local market. The exhibition will also welcome visitors from Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. “Over the past three years, we have seen tremendous growth and have watched this exhibition grow from strength to strength in the South African market.

We really believe that this platform positively impacts trade relations between the two countries and look forward to growing China Homelife and China Machinex year-on-year. The more business conducted over the three-day period results in more growth for South Africa and its diaspora,” concludes Pillai. 

To avoid queues and receive complimentary access, visitors can pre-register today

We look forward to seeing you there.

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How to import from China. The perfect way

Everyone wants to be an importer these days because we see how people go from zero to 100 real fast with the success as an importer. And that is a proven fact, if you import in the correct way you can achieve success. Importing is not easy it is complexed process which requires knowledge and skills. The complexity starts the moment you try to pick a product. What steps you take in this complexed path which looks easy will decide your success. This step by step guide will give you an understanding about the crucial steps you should follow in order to be a successful importer.



Identify your rights as an importer

Once you import your products from foreign sources, you are an importer. Pay attention to your rights as an importer. Usually regulations only apply to goods imported for commercial purposes. The customs authority has the exclusive power to make judgments about what is considered as items for personal use. If you have Several t-shirts that are identical it will be tough passing the credibility test as items for personal use.

Decide the products you are going to import

We suggest:
Chose a product you like – You will have a passion to market and sell
Chose a unique product – Selling price and demand will be high
Chose a product you can ship in copious quantities – lowest shipping cost per unit

Do your research and find out the products if those goods are legal in your country. Different countries have different prohibited products. Also make sure whether the goods you intend to import are subject to any permits, restrictions or regulations by your government.

Classify your goods and calculate the landing cost.

Get the product price from the supplier
Get the shipping charges from China freight forwarding company
Get the charges of Customs clearance, duty tax, land transportation to your warehouse

Find your potential suppliers.

We suggest you find via trusted sources, evaluate supplier profiles, check the customer review of suppliers Ask for the details of their satisfied overseas suppliers.
Avoid negotiation online if you can (At China Homelife we give you the opportunity to meet suppliers face to face and with our O2O Platform you will be able to communicate with suppliers prior to the exhibition)

Arrange your cargo transport.

There are many hidden costs in shipping, such as container fees, packaging, terminal handling, and broker fees. To understand the total shipping costs, take all these numbers in to consideration.

Track your cargo and get prepared for arrival.

International shipping is not going to be very fast. While you wait, check your commercial invoice, packing list, the landing cost, or any freight documents. That way you will be safe if you get any problem. You should have the knowledge of steps of custom clearance.

Obtain your shipment.

When your container arrives, get your customs broker to clear them through customs and quarantine. if you are satisfied with everything now it is time to take your goods to warehouse.


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