Sourcing Packaging in China

The Perfect Packaging When You Need It

Whether you need branded, lightweight, heavy-duty packaging, or anything in between, Kanary can find the exact kind of packaging you need and can get it to you fast. Kanary has relationships with the best packaging factories in China, and we guarantee you'll be satisfied with what we deliver, regardless of what packaging you need.Kanary specializes in getting the right packaging for the right industry.

We source packaging for businesses industries like e-commerce, cannabis, food and beverage, or any other niche industry you operate in. Whether you need boxes, bags, tins, or bottles, we can get you the specific packaging that is perfect for your business.

China Packaging Sourcing: Step-By-Step


Kanary Discusses Packaging Specifics

Our team of experts discuss the specific kind of packaging you want and need. We may advise you to use different materials for your packaging, or a different kind of packaging design altogether, depending on your specific needs.


Packaging Supplier Search and Sampling

After we understand and have decided on the specific kind of packaging you need, Kanary begins the supplier search. Our team starts with a search of 30-50 suppliers (many of which are already in our packaging supplier network), which we narrow down based on quality, expertise, pricing, and lead times.

After we land on 3-5 highly-qualified suppliers, our team solicits samples (which we organize shipment for), and we work with you on any alterations or changes that you require.


Factory Inspection

As part of the vetting process, Kanary visits potential factories. We ensure that the factory is capable of production quality that matches your standards, has the capacity to meet your needs, and has the communication skills required for a successful order. 


Production Quality Control

Once you choose a supplier and production begins, Kanary continues to oversee quality control of production. Our team is positioned to catch issues early, quickly respond to problems, and keep production on schedule. 


Option A: Shipment for Domestic Fulfillment

After production is complete, Kanary takes the lead in organizing shipment for your packaging. This includes:

  • Organizing delivery to a fulfillment warehouse (for e-commerce packaging)
  • Planning and implementing logistics related to sea freight shipping for bulk packaging orders
  • Any other specific shipment that relates to your packaging needs


Option B: Shipment to Overseas Product Supplier

If you need packaging for a product that is being made in China, but your product supplier isn't able to meet your packaging demands, Kanary can help. We can organize shipment from a packaging supplier to your product supplier, and we can help make sure your products are packaged appropriately before they are shipped or fulfilled in customer orders. 

The Best Packaging at the Best Prices: by Kanary

Kanary is the best option for sourcing cost-effective, high-quality packaging from China. Regardless of why you need packaging, Kanary would love to partner with you to make sure you get the most out of what China manufacturing has to offer. To get in touch, fill out our webform, and our experts will be in touch about how to source your perfect packaging.

Words from our clients

I’ve been in this industry for a long time and I was surprised that Kanary was able to help find us machines for a 1/3 of the cost compared with US and European manufacturers. What I really enjoy with Kanary is that they constantly keep me in the loop and get back to me almost instantaneously. What’s also great is that they kept me in the loop with the shipping, customs clearance, delivery, and also arrange travels for engineers from the factory to install our equipment.  The quality has been outstanding and I’m in the process of building out a new facility with them.
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I’ve been in the construction industry for over 30 years. We’ve always bought from US distributors. I reached out to Kanary out of curiosity to see if we could find similar construction materials of high quality. I did not think they were going to make much progress and so I was shocked when they found the exact manufacturer that my distributors have been buying from within 2 weeks. They were able to make contact and have the factory send me samples within a week.  By connecting directly with the factory, we’re looking at savings of over 30%.
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We’ve done quite a few different packaging projects with Kanary in the past (Child-resistant packaging, glass jars, plastic bags, shipper boxes, etc.). We sent AI files to Kanary, who then worked directly with the factory's design team to make prototypes of the packaging. Our in-house designer is very particular about our designs and Kanary was really flexible and worked with us when our designers wanted to make changes in the packaging development process. They were able to manufacture different prototypes at different price points, which gave us options when making our final decision.
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Sourcing Packaging FAQs

Does Kanary source retail packaging?

Yes! We can help you find a supplier for retail packaging, and our graphic design services can help you create packaging that's an excellent reflection of your brand. 

Are there any packaging types that Kanary can't source?

Kanary can help businesses source any kind of packaging that is legally made in China and legally available in the U.S. If you've struggled finding a unique kind of packaging, we encourage you to contact us.

How do I manufacture packaging in China?

In order to manufacture packaging in China, you need to connect with a factory that specializes in the kind of packaging you need. To find a supplier, there's a few strategies you could follow:

  • Use Alibaba
    Alibaba is the world's largest B2B e-commerce platform, and it's where businesses can connect with a variety of different suppliers. Packaging suppliers are available on Alibaba, but it's important to properly vet suppliers before investing in resources to work with them.
  • Search Online
    Packaging factories often have an online presence, and you may be able to find and connect with them directly. Again, you'll want to be sure that you properly vet the supplier before committing large resources to them. 
  • Use a Sourcing Specialist
    A sourcing specialist (like Kanary) is a 3rd party that can search for, vet, and manage packaging factories. If you're inexperienced with vetting factories in China yourself, or you don't have the time or resources needed to find an ideal factory, then partnering with a sourcing specialist may be your best option.   

How does packaging work when ordering from China for FBA? 

Generally, the seller (which would be you) is responsible for ordering and delivering packaging to an Amazon warehouse when using Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) services. Amazon FBA has strict requirements for the kind of packaging allowed (and the material used for packaging), so sellers will need to make sure they understand packaging requirements before selling on FBA.

If you have questions about how to source packaging for Amazon FBA, or how to make sure that your packaging meets FBA requirements, Kanary would love to help. We regularly source packaging that businesses use for FBA, and we can make sure the process is straightforward and easy.

How do you import packaging boxes from China to the USA?

If you are bulk ordering packaging from China, there's several logistical aspects you'll need to consider:

  • Sea freight shipping: Generally, sea freight shipping will be the most cost-effective way to ship bulk orders of packaging from China to the U.S. That means booking a container to ship your products, and considering logistical strategies like consolidated shipping to lower costs.
  • Customs clearance: Once your products arrive to port, you need to be prepared to clear customs. This means having all the required paperwork accurate and submitted on-time, as well as making sure your prepared to navigate potential customs delays. 

How much cheaper is packaging in China?

While buying packaging from China is cheaper in general compared to other developed nations, how much cheaper is dependent on multiple factors, including:

  • Packaging material: Certain materials may be harder to source from China than other countries
  • Chosen supplier: Not all suppliers are created equal. You might end up negotiating poorly and paying more than you need to, or you may get a great price but end up with a terrible product.
  • Order size: Bulk orders will always get the best per-unit pricing, so if you aren't in a position to meet a factory's minimum order quantity (MOQ), it might end up being more expensive to partner with a China factory. 

Packaging in China can create huge savings for your business, but only if you do it the right way. That's why many businesses partner with a sourcing specialist (like Kanary) to make sure they get the most of what China manufacturing has to offer.

What is bulk packaging from China?

Bulk packaging from China refers to making a large-volume purchase for packaging materials directly from a China factory. Bulk packaging is usually pursued in China because it is often much lower, when the discounts on large volume orders along with the generally lower costs of China manufacturing. 

How do you get custom packaging from China?

If you need custom, unique packaging from China, you'll need to connect with a supplier that has the engineering capabilities (as well as the general willingness) to work with you to create custom packaging. Many packaging factories in China offer custom packaging as a standard service, but not all do. 

If you aren't used to directly working with China factories for custom products, then hiring a sourcing specialist, like Kanary, to serve as an intermediary on your behalf may be a good decision. A sourcing specialist can:

  • Help you find a supplier that has the engineering capacity to make your custom packaging
  • Negotiate lead times and pricing on your behalf
  • Supervise production of custom packaging
  • Help schedule bulk shipping

How is styrofoam made in packaging from China?

Exactly how styrofoam packaging is made in China will vary from factory to factory. However, there is a general process you can expect, which may help you navigate making specific shapes for packaging:

  1. First, the raw material for the styrofoam is prepared. This is usually polystyrene resin, though if there is a specific material you want, you can negotiate that with the factory. The raw material is "pre-expanded" to prepare it for proper molding.
  2. Next, the raw material is transferred to a mold. The shape of the mold will be based on your specific preference and needs. 
  3. After the styrofoam is molded, it is then cut and shaped based on your specific product needs.
  4. Finally, any finishing touches are applied to the styrofoam, where it is then prepared for shipment.

How much is a packaging box from China?

The cost of a packaging box from China is depending on a number of factors, including the materials, the design and size of the box, how many boxes are being ordered, the factor you choose, and how cost-effective you are able to ship the boxes. 

Does Kanary source e-commerce packaging?

Yes! Kanary can help source e-commerce packaging for online retailers. We can also help with branding concerns, general graphic design, and packaging design to help convey a feeling of quality and trustworthiness to your customers. 

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