Friday, 29 November 2019

Biodiesel-making machinery and equipment sourcing in China

We just offered a one-stop sourcing service for a client from Africa for their bio-diesel project, covering design, equipment and machinery sourcing, shipping and installation etc. Henan, Shandong, Hebei etc have the best oil-processing equipment and technology etc in China at the moment, especially the equipments from Henan, they account for more than 50% of the whole China market.

What is biodiesel ?
Biodiesel is an alternative fuel similar to conventional or‘fossil'diesel.Biodiesel can be produced from straight vegetable oil, animal oil/fats, tallow and waste cooking oil. The process used to convert these oils to biodiesel is called transesterification.

What are the raw materials of bio-diesel production ?
A variety of oils can be used to produce biodiesel. These include:
Virgin oil feedstock- palm oil, rapeseed and soybean oils are most commonly used.
Used cooking oil (UCO);
Waste vegetable oil (WVO);
Animal fats - tallow, lard, yellow grease, chicken fat etc;

How to make biodiesel ? 
The process of making biodiesel is known as transesterification. This process is achieved by adding methanol to vegetable oil. The process requires a catalyst to increase the rate of the chemical reaction between the methanol and vegetable oil. The catalyst used in the creation of biodiesel is an alkaline. Biodiesel production is the process of producing the biofuel, biodiesel, through the chemical reactions of transesterification and esterification. This involves vegetable or animal fats and oils being reacted with short-chain alcohols. The alcohols used should be of low molecular weight.

What is the process of biodiesel production ?
In China, from the used cooking oil to the bio-diesel, you need at least 5 processing phases:
Methanol Distillation;
Methyl Ester Distillation;

What machinery and equipment does biodiesel-making need ? 
To complete above processing, you need lots of processing machinery and equipments like pumps, tanks, heaters, coolers, detectors, drying towers, condensers, distributors, degassers, oil collectors, evaporators, reactors, heat exchangers, kettles, drying column, lye pots, reboilers etc. All above equipment and machinery can be sourced in China.

Where and how to source oil-processing equipments in China ?
China is the largest manufacturing bases for oil-processing equipment on the globe at present. It claims to have more than 1000 equipment oil-processing manufacturers scattering over 20 provinces and areas in Mainland China, among them, Henan, Shandong, Hebei, Helongjiang, Jilin etc account for 70% of the whole China market.

If you need sourcing support in bio-diesel production, please feel free to contact us for details, STIN group is offering a one-stop sourcing solution service for your bio-diesel project in China. 


Thursday, 21 November 2019

GACC (AQSIQ), CFDA, CCC certification and registration: the first step to China market for some specific products

Last week one of our clients from South Asia lost more than 120000 USD as their seafood was rejected at China customs due to their failed registration in China. According to the laws and regulations, all foreign seafood processing plant,seafood fishing and seafood transport boat,seafood processing boat,seafood independent cold storage are required to file their company information online with the Bureau of Import and Export Food Safety of AQSIQ and GACC before you loading. So it is very important for you to get the licenses or registration first before you export to China.

China is not only the largest exporter on the globe but also China is the largest importer for lots of products like crops,milk, meat, seafood, luxury goods, wine, chips, medical devices etc. However,if you'd like to export your products to China, following certification (licenses or registration) is very important for some products.

CCC certificate, short for China Compulsory Certification, is a must for following products exporting to China market, please check the link below: ( covering more than 400 different products).

CFDA certification or registration is a must for following products exporting to Chinese market:
pesticides and biocides registration, cosmetics and new cosmetic ingredient registration, medical device registration,dairy (infant formula milk powder), drugs, chemical drugs, nutritional supplements, health food, disinfectant, pet food, pharmaceutical excipient.

AQSIQ (GACC) certification or registration is a must for following products exporting to Chinese market:
Foreign Food, covering meat, egg and final egg products, aquatic products and seafood, traditional Chinese medicinal materials, grains, cereals and final cereal products, grease and oil, soft drinks and beverages, sugar, vegetables and final vegetable products, flavouring ingredients of plant origin, dried fruits and nuts, other foods of plant origin, canned foods, dairy products, bee products, liquor and alcohol, pastry biscuits and crackers, candied fresh fruit, cigarettes, tea, flavouring ingredients, other processed fruit, food for special dietary purposes.

Dairy, covering milk and milk powder

Meat, covering beef, lamb, pork, venison, poultry in any the form of cooked,chilled,frozen or pickled ways etc

Seafood,covering salmon, Atlantic salmon, herring, sardines, herring, tuna, bonito, mackerel, anchovy, eel,
Tilapia, channel catfish, catfish, canned fish, canned shark fin. sturgeon caviar substitute. crab, shrimp, lobster. crustaceans, crayfish, oysters (oysters including sea fans, mussels). cuttlefish and squid, clams, clam and shellfish, abalone, snail, sea cucumber, sea urchin, jellyfish, aquatic invertebrates.

Pet Food, covering wheat bran, palm kernel and meal, palm fat meal, coconut meal, plant-based feed additives, fish meal and other aquatic animal protein, pet food, harvest eggs, cassava residue, squid liver powder, Antarctic krill bait, fermented soybean meal, living nereis (feed), live river shrimp (bait), shrimp feed (aquatic animal origin only), fermented, expanded soybean cake and meal, food for pig, feeding dairy products, corn wine dregs, beet pulp, fish meal and aquatic animal protein feed, alfalfa grass, chicken, beef, mutton bone meal, vitamin feed additives, butter, suet, oat forage

Recycling Materials,covering waste Paper, metal, steel, copper and non-ferrous metal..

STIN is offering a one-stop certification consulting services for you in China in person, please feel free to ask us any question related. Our mission is to save you more time, cost and energy, reducing the risks in your business in China !

Friday, 15 November 2019

How and where to find qualified UCO suppliers from China

     China, thanks to her huge population and peculiar cooking ways, currently produces more than 3.7 million tons of waste oils per year, which is 2.13 times the number of total waste oils made in European Union, the U.S. and Canada. 

    As of Dec 31, 2018, China exported 581164 tons of used cooking oil from Jan, 2018 (the whole year) based on the data from China Customs,the total export volume increased around 69% compared with the previous year. During the first quarter of 2019, China exported 121748 tons of used cooking oil,China is expected to export more than 600000 tons of UCO by the end of 2019. Guangdong, Hebei, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Hunan province etc contributed heavily to the whole export. 

    In China,the main sources of bio-diesel feedstocks are UCO (covering used rapeseed oil, used sunflower seed oil, used peanut oil, used palm oil and other used vegetable oils), gutter oil, spent bleaching clay oil and acid oil. As for the UCO, it only accounts for around 42% of all waste oils. All these waste oils will be further processed, refined, and then exported to Europe in name of 'Industrial Blend Oil', so actually the term (word)‘UCO’we discussed in this topic is NOT referring to the‘pure’used cooking oil, it is referring to a kind of blend oils for industrial purpose. We call it‘Industrial Blend Oil’in China, which is a mix of used cooking oil, gutter oil or other wastes.

     In China each province has their own policies or regulations on the management of waste oils, in regard to the UCO manufacturing bases, currently Sichuan, Hebei, Guangdong are the top 3 in China. Hebei claims to have the most UCO plants in China, particularly around Shijiazhuang City. Lots of UCO from North China, covering Beijing, Tianjin,Inner Mongolia etc, has flowed into Hebei area.Shandong has the largest refining capacity with most oil refiners (refineries), they mainly collect UCO from central and eastern China.Sichuan has been a major UCO refining base in western China since 2015 due to their unique cuisine habit. Sichuan is the home of hotpot food, in which lot of cooking oils are used. That's why they have more UCO than other provinces in China.Guangdong is next to South China Sea, and it has been the largest UCO exporter in China since 2016 thanks to its convenient transportation by sea.

    Here are the main UCO collectors with ISCC certificates and their locations here in Mainland China at present.

      As for the export destination, currently Netherlands is the largest export destination for China UCO, accounting for around 60.5% of all China UCO export in the first half of 2019. Korea comes next, followed by Spain, Hongkong, Thailand, and UK. Please contact us for further information when necessary.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Meihu Village,Yiwu -- the Largest Leftover Stock Market in China

      Buying brand new socks at 0.1 USD per pair, new jeans at 1-2 USD per piece, nice sports shoes at 2 USD per pair, nice stainless steel bottle at less than 1 USD per piece ... Is it true? Yes, it is true. Come to Meihu village, Yiwu, you will enjoy a feast of shopping in China, especially for those leftover stock importers worldwide.

Meihu Village, a small village located in Yiwu city, China, claims to be the largest leftover stock market at present. More than 50 different industries (covering shoes, clothes, hardware and other general commodities ) and more than 2000 leftover stock wholesalers are scattering over the small village, attracting thousands of clients home and abroad every day. In 2018,it claims to have an annual turnover of more than 300 billion RMB. For sure it is one of the largest leftover stock market in China now based on its sales revenue and scale. Here are some items they are selling in the stock market. 

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Chinabizservices: How to source China buyers, importers and distribu...

Chinabizservices: How to source China buyers, importers and distribu...:      China is a huge market for lots of items due to her large population and fast economic development. China has been the second largest e...

How to source China buyers, importers and distributors

     China is a huge market for lots of items due to her large population and fast economic development. China has been the second largest economy since early 2016 and is expected to be the largest economy by 2030. China is not only the largest exporter for lots of items,say,shoes,clothes, furniture,and elecronics etc but also China is the largest importer for lots high-tech and raw materials, say,chips,luxury goods, wines, fruits, soybeans and machinery etc. China is a huge market but the competition is also harsh enough, if you'd like to enter China market, you can source some qualified distributors and importers via following 5 ways:

1).CIIE (China International Import Expo)
CIIE is the largest import fair in Asia, the first CIIE was held in Nov, 2018, attracted more than 3600 enterprises from over 172 countries and areas on the globe. Please have a look at their website for details:
According to their official announcement, the first CIIE attracted more than 150,000 buyers, concluded a total import value of around 57.83 billion USD of goods, technology and service at this fair.

2).Industry Fairs
Every industry has their own industry fair in China, here an example for your reference:
CFDF (China Food and Drinks Fair) - or
Launched in 1955, CFDF claims to be the largest industry fair for food and drinks industry. CFDF is held twice per year and every fair, with the total exhibition area of more than 100,000 square meters, can attract around 30,000 enterprises and 150,000 professional visitors in China. Wine and spirits, traditional alcohols, food and drinks, condiments etc can all be exhibited here. For more industry fairs in China, please click here for details.

3).Internet Platform
Internet is the one of best ways for you to source buyers,importers or distributors now in China.
①. Search Engine
Google is the largest search engine on the globe, while Baidu is the largest one among Chinese communities, it accounts for nearly 80% of China searching market. With a right keyword, you can find out lots of potential buyers on Baidu or Google.
②. B2B Platforms
Alibaba is the largest B2B platform in China and they claim to have more than 10 million buyers online.
③. Social Network Platform
Wechat, a part of Tencent Group, is the largest social network platform in China, with more than 1.1 billion users as of Jan, 2019, among them 1.5 million of them are companies or suppliers, 80% of China top 500 brands have registered on Wechat.You can search hundreds of companies on wechat every day. Weibo is the second largest social network platform in China, with more than 0.45 billion users and tens of thousands of corporate users.

4).Customs Data
With a right customs code, you can find out enough importers via Customs Data. You can not only source suppliers from Customs Data but also you can find out lots of qualified buyers from Customs Data,sometimes you have to 'buy' the customs data.

5).Industry Wholesale Market
In China there are lots of industry wholesale markets,where you can find some qualified distributors or importers in person. Here are two examples for your reference:
Guangzhou Jiangnan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market
Started in1994. Guangzhou Jiangan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market has been the NO.1 market for imported fruits and vegetables, it claims to have an exhibition area of more tha 400000 square meters, with an annual import of 40000 containers of imported fruits at present.

Zhangjiagang Wood Market

Started in 1982, Zhangjiagang Wood Market has been the largest wholesale market for imported wood, logs and timbers. The annual deal reached 2 million m³ and account for 30% of China market. It's the No.1 log importer in China.

If you'd like to market in China, you are free to ask us any question related.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Chinabizservices: How to Source Chinese Suppliers

Chinabizservices: How to Source Chinese Suppliers: As an experienced sourcing specialist here in China, I'd like to share some experience in sourcing qualified suppliers or partners at ou...

How to Source Chinese Suppliers

As an experienced sourcing specialist here in China, I'd like to share some experience in sourcing qualified suppliers or partners at our end. Currently we have following major ways to source qualified suppliers or partners in China:

1).Industry Fair or Show
In China almost every industry has their own trade show or fair. So industry fair is one of the best ways for you to source and meet some qualified suppliers and exporters. Here is an example, if you are looking for Chinese fruits, you can simply attend IFRESH FAIR or Asia Fruit Logistica (, you will find out many qualified suppliers there.

Click here to find out more than 100 different industry fairs in China.

2).Industry Association
The next way to source qualified suppliers is through industry association, every big industry has their own industry association as well. Take CIMA (China Instrument Manufacturers Association: ) as an example, founded in 1988, the China Instrument Manufacturer Association (CIMA) is a nationwide, industry-backed and non-profit social organization integrating a myriad of leading renowned enterprises and research institutions. It has 1079 members and among which there are 987 manufacturers, 44 research institutions, 21 colleges and universities, and 27 relevant societies. The total member's production capacity accounts for more than 85% of China market. This is nearly the same case in other industry associations in China, each one must have some well-known factories or brands in their field.

Here is the list of a top industry associations in China for your reference.
China Vegetable Association:
China Fruit Association:
China Grain Association:
China Animal Agriculture Association:
China Cotton Association:   
China Agricultural Machinery Distribution Association:
China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association:
China Crop Protection Industry Association:
China Fisheries Association:
Please click here to know more about China industry associations.

3).Internet Platform
①.Search Engine -- Google and Baidu 
Google accounts for 92% of the global searching market. Baidu accounts for 80% of China searching market. Incorporated on January 18, 2000, With the world’s largest Internet user population—829 million as of December 2018—and a long way to go to reach Internet penetration levels of developed countries, Baidu has been the largest Chinese search engine on the globe, with a daily click record of 6 billion in 2018. You can find out hundreds of suppliers via Baidu with the right key words.

②.B2B platforms -- Alibaba, 1688, Made-in-China 
1688 is the largest wholesale market on the globe, with more than 10 million registered companies or factories online, covering more than 1709 different industries in China. Hundreds of industry clusters or manufacturing bases can be found on

③.Social Media -- Webo, QQ, Wechat, As of January 2019, The number of Weibo users is 337 million, among them 1.5 million are registered companies or factories in China. Currently there 1.04 billion weichat users, among them more than 30 million are corporate users, covering 50 different industries. 

4).Manufacturing Bases / Industry Clusters/ Industry Market
In China, almost each industry has her own industry market, where the buyers, sellers, factories and distributors can meet each other. Industry Market is the best place for businessmen to do market survey, source factories and look for qualified distributors etc in China. The industry market is normally located at the real manufacturing bases, for example, if you’re buying 'fireworks', you can go and source some qualified suppliers at Liuyang International Fireworks Market in Liuyang city, China, where there are hundreds of factories located.

Here is a list of some TOP and best industry markets in China:
Food Industry -- Jiangsu Jiangyin Food Market 
Food Industry -- Cixi Zhouxiang Food and Groceries Wholesale Market 
Food Industry -- Zhejiang Jiashan Business Centre
Seafood Industry -- Zhoushan International Aquatic Products City
Vegetable Industry -- Shandong Shouguang Vegetable Market
Website:  or
Agricultural Product Industry -- Changzhou Lingjiatang Market
Fruit Industry  -- China Fruit Wholesale Market
Website:  or
Agricultural Product Industry -- Zhangjiagang Qingcaoxiang Market
Foodstuff Industry -- Jiangxi Jiujiang South China Cereal Trade Market
Website:  or
Foodstuff Industry -- Zhengzhou Grain Wholesale Market

For more China industry market information, please contact STIN sourcing team for details.
5).Customs Data
The suppliers sourced at 'Customs Data’are mostly very qualified as they already did the right business with their clients worldwide. Say, with a right keyword, you can easily find out the top 100 exporters for agricultural-products in China. You have to buy 'customs data' in China sometimes. NO free data is available at my end.

Copyright: STIN Sourcing Team ( 

Saturday, 29 June 2019

How to use Industry Cluster information to faciliate your sourcing in China

 If you are importing or sourcing from China, youd better learn more about China Industry Cluster first for better results. The Industry Cluster, also known as competitive cluster, business cluster or Porterian cluster, was introduced and popularized by Michael Porter in The Competitive Advantage of Nations (1990).

 The Industry Cluster here refers to the phenomenon that factories, companies, sellers, raw materials and technologies from the same industry are concentrated in the same area or region. If 99% of the factories are making the same product in the same area, that is called Industrial Cluster. For example, if you are looking for fireworks, you can simply come to Liuyang city, which is the home of fireworks in China, where more than 400000 people engage in the fireworks business, covering raw materials, prodution, technology, shipping, package and quality control etc. The Liuyang-made fireworks account for more than 70% of China market and nearly 50% of the global market at present. You can find out hundreds of companies here for fireworks there. So a right industry cluster can make your sourcing in China easier and faster !

    Among the top 100 industrial clusters, around 80% are located in the coastal provinces. Most of them are located in Zhejiang, Jiangsu , Guangdong , and Shandong provinces, these 4 provinces account for 60% of the top 100 clusters. Sometimes for the same product there might be different industrial clusters with differnt quality levels, say, for Safety Shoes, China has 3 industryl clusters .Guangdong ( highest quality ), Wenzhou (medium quality) and Shandong ( low quality). For hair products, there are more than 3 different industrial clusters as well, Qingdao (high quality), Xuchang (middle), Yiwu (low quality). For clothes, you may find out more than 20 clusters all over China.

Here are some top industry clusters for your reference:
Button and Zipper Industry -- Zhejiang Qiaotou
Sweater Industry - Jiaxing
Fireworks Industry -- Hunan Liuyang
Website: N/A
Children Clothing Industry -- Zhejiang Zhili
Food Industry -- Jiangsu Jiangyin
Food Industry -- Cixi Zhouxiang Food and Groceries
Silk Industry -- China Wujiang Shengze   
Wool and Sweater Industry -- Zhejiang Jiaxing Tongxiang
Tel: 0573-8818300 or 8817336
Textile Industry --- Shaoxing
Leather and Fur Industry -- Zhejiang Haining
Auto Parts Industry --- Zhejiang
Others:  or 
Flooring Industry --- Jiangsu Changzhou
Ceramics Product Industry -- Foshan, Chaozhou and Liling
Textile Industry -- Shaoxing China Textile City
Website:  or
Textile Industry -- Guangdong Xijiao Textile City
Seafood Industry -- Zhoushan
Tie Industry -- Shengzhou China Tie City
Website:  or 
Hardware Industry -- Zhejiang Yongkang
Dangerous Chemicals Industry -- Tianjin and Shanghai
Website:  and 
Electronics, Phone and Digital Industry -- Shenzhen
Electric Element Industry -- Shenzhen
Watch Industry -- Shenzhen and Guangzhou
Stone Product Industry --- Shuitou
Website:  or 
Mold Industry -- Ningbo China Mold City  Dongguan 横沥
Website:   or 
Wig and Hair Product Industry -- Xuchang, Qingdao, Shaoyang
Website:  or 
Furniture Industry --- Foshan Lecong
Vegetable Industry -- Shandong Shouguang
Agricultural Product Industry -- Changzhou
Fruit Industry  -- China Fruit Wholesale Market
Agricultural Product Industry -- Zhangjiagang
Foodstuff Industry -- Jiangxi Jiujiang South China Cereal Trade Market
Foodstuff Industry -- Zhengzhou Grain Wholesale Market
Hotel Supplies Industry -- Guangzhou Nantian Hotel Supplies Wholesale Market
Chinese Medicine Industry --- Hebei Anguo East Medicine City
Chinese Medicine Industry --- Haozhou Chinese Medicine Trade Centre
Website:  and 
Pearl Industry -- Zhuji Pearl Market
Audiovisual Product Industry -- Guangdong Guangzhou
Website: N/A   Guangzhou
Pacakge and Print Industry -- Guangdong International Package Market

We have rich experience in sourcing all kinds of products here in China, please feel free to ask us any question related. More industry clusters, please click here

Monday, 10 June 2019

Chinabizservices: 1688 - the largest wholesale and sourcing market o...

Chinabizservices: 1688 - the largest wholesale and sourcing market o...: Lots of foreign clients ask us where local Chinese source suppliers in China at present,the answer is definitely According to the ...

1688 - the largest wholesale and sourcing market on the globe

Lots of foreign clients ask us where local Chinese source suppliers in China at present,the answer is definitely According to the recent market survey conducted by STIN company,92% of the small e-store Chinese sellers on Aliexpress, Amazon,Ebay and Taobao etc will source from 1688, the rest will source from the small factories owned by themselves or their relatives, 98% of Chinese sourcing specialists or buyers will source the suppliers on 1688, especially for small orders., which is a part of Alibaba Group, formally launched in early 2010 in China, has been the largest wholesale and sourcing market for all kinds of raw materials, industrial products, clothing, home appliances and other general commodities on the globe.

On their official website (, 1688 claims to have a number of 120,000,000 registered users, more than 10,000,000 companies (factories and wholesalers), with a wide range of 49 different industry sectors registered with, attracting 12,000,000 daily visits online.

We used to source or wholesale from local wholesale markets or factories in China but now you can wholesale almost any item online by simply clicking your mouse on Of course when come to a large order, you have to verify or audit your suppliers first as there are still lots of scammers online. is only a platform and they are not responsible for your losses in case you meet a professional scammer there. By the way if you would like to buy directly from, you may need a local agent to help you out as it's only for domestic users at present.

Monday, 15 April 2019

How to effectively source from multiple Chinese suppliers simultaneously?

    For the big buyers or importers, it's not difficult to purchase from multiple suppliers at one time because each supplier could at least fill up a 20 ft container, the customs clearance and logistics are comparably easier. But to those start-up companies,they usually test the markets with small orders, indicating that they need to purchase different products from different suppliers with trial orders at one time. In such cases, the domestic logistics management,lead time control, delivery time control, stocking, warehousing, and customs clearance etc are rather complicated.So how do we make an easier and more effective sourcing from different Chinese suppliers simultaneously when the order is not big enough?

    First of all what we need is a reliable and experienced Chinese partner or purchasing agent like STIN. The ones with direct export license will be much better as they can export and clear the customs directly upon request. An excellent partner or agent can well consolidate all your shipments at one time, coordinate the lead time and delivery time, arrange domestic logistics, control the business risks, arrange warehousing and clear the customs on time etc.

     Secondly, it's vital to control the lead time and delivery time of each shipment. The ones with longer lead time should be paid earlier. All the consolidated shipments shall be delivered to a designated warehouse in China. Any delay of one shipment will result in the delay of whole order, which may cause an unexpected stocking or warehousing cost in China as well.

    Thirdly, all the documents for customs clearance have to be prepared in advance for consolidated orders, each shipment may require different documents for customs clearance. For example, some products are made from wood, then a special fumigation certificate is required in order to clear the customs.

    Last but not the least it's necessary to choose the appropriate transportation way, whether to ship by sea, air or express, depends on the total shipping cost and the specific need from each client. STIN has rich experience in sourcing and consolidating different shipments for her clients in Mainland China, please feel free to ask us any question related.