Overseas factories will typically quote a production time of 30 – 40 days. The actual time to make your product might only be a week or two. The rest of the time involves ordering of raw materials, getting the staff and the production line ready, plus fitting it in around their other commitments.
If your product arrives by sea, then you can expect it to take another 3 to 4 weeks to get from the factory to your door. This includes time on the water, unloading and sorting, Customs clearance, Quarantine and local delivery.
If your shipment is small enough to come by air, then this part will typically take one week to get to you.
If this is the first time your product has been made, or it requires some tooling or moulds to be made, it will take extra time at the start of the process to make sure everything is being done the way you want.
Other countries have different holiday periods (eg Chinese New Year) and busy times that don’t coincide with ours. This means that sometimes the lead-time for ordering will be longer than normal.
Occasionally shipping lines will introduce a longer lead-time that what we expect. For people who are new to business, this just means having a little extra stock on hand to cover possible contingencies.
These are the kinds of issues that we will discuss with you at the beginning of the process to put strategies in place and minimise the effects.