Ordering Process

Chinese product importing process – from Factory to Warehouse (FTW)

At APM Sourcing we take the stress out of importing products from China and provide an FTW service. While the exact process will vary depending on the type of product you are ordering the importing process will generally follow the pattern outlined below.


The first step in the process is to outline your product requirements in order to fully understand what you are looking for. Our expert team will be happy to guide you through this process.

Step One

Product Details

- Product specification
- Packaging and artwork
- Certification requirements
- Order quantities

Step Two


Depending on the product chosen you will either be sent samples for existing items or these will be created based on your specifications.

Step Three

Lead Times

Discuss lead times with factories and manufacturers as well as the customer to gain a rough timeline.


Selecting a manufacturer is an important stage of the process and one that our team will help guide you through.

Step One

Manufacturing Standards

At APM Sourcing we will shortlist several factories for your consideration based on their experience, quality, production capabilities, accreditation and ethical standards.

Step Two


Once you have decided on a shortlist of manufacturers we will provide quotes and calculate the delivered costs for each of the choices

Step Three

Quality Control

During the production stages, we’ll ensure regular quality checks are carried out with inspections conducted before, during and after production. Samples will also be checked and will need customer approval prior to product shipment.

Inspection & Delivery

The final stage of the process is to carry out final inspections prior to the delivery of your products.

Step One


- Final product inspections
- Book shipping date
- Arrange shipping documentation

Step Two


As part of the logistics process, we’ll submit the relevant documents for export clearance as well as liaising with freight and shipping companies for full and partial load containers and organise all the logistics handling.

Step Three


Once the shipment is underway we’ll update the customer with shipping, arrival and delivery dates and provide regular updates up until completion.