There are lots of ways to find suppliers for your importing business.  A popular method is by using the internet.  It is easy to do from home, is cost effective and only relies on your time sitting in front of the computer.  From the comfort of your lounge room you can spend time searching for and emailing potential suppliers.

Alilbaba.com is an extremely popular website that brings suppliers and importers together.

Whether you are looking for a new supplier and want to start your business from scratch Alibaba.com is a great place to start.

This website connects you with an endless stream of products and suppliers from all around the world. 

Alibaba.com not only helps you find product and suppliers from around the world it is also a website that provide you with a wealth of information regarding importing and exporting.

This website lists both manufacturers and trade companies so you will need to do research to find out who is a manufacturer and who is a trade company.

Alibaba also has a great Safety and Security centre which gives you tips and updates on safe trading. They also have a feature called Trade manager which allows you to chat to suppliers in real time around the world.  It is free to download and simple to use. You can also find trade fairs all over the world.

You will need to register first but this is easy and free.  Be sure to only disclose details you want suppliers to see.  It is not compulsory to complete your entire profile.

Keep in mind even though some of the suppliers listed on Alibaba.com are audited it is still up to you to do your due diligence to ensure you’re dealing with an honest supplier.

Even though all the information makes you believe they are good, honest business people, unfortunately there are dishonest people waiting to scam you.