6 Ultimiate Ways To Find Reliable Chemical Suppliers In China
1. You can always search for chemical suppliers by product keywords on Google
Google is the world’s most powerful search engine, there are tons of info shown in it every day if you search a keyword. If you are looking for a new product from a new supplier, it is very important to run a background check. we may have to post a new topic later: how to run a background check for chemical suppliers.
2. You can search for chemical suppliers by keywords on Alibaba
As we all know, Alibaba is a comprehensive B2B platform, second to none I suppose. Chemical suppliers on Alibaba are mainly trading companies, but there are also big manufacturers on it, such as Jiudian Pharma, who has been in there for over 5 years. As for suppliers’ reliability, most of them are reliable, Alibaba is doing a good job to keep those companies in leash.
2.1. Once a complaint is filed against the suppliers and the case is pretty severe, Alibaba can even close the suppliers’ e-shop and 5000USD yearly fee will be in vain. Alibaba will run a basic background check on suppliers before suppliers are allowed to start e-commerce on their platform.
2.2. There are buyers’ reviews on each transaction they made, good or bad, you can see for yourself. We can not say 100% of the good or 5-star remarks of reviews are trustworthy but come on, it at least says something. Chemical importers know how difficult each customs clearance for chemicals is and it is not easy to fake an international transaction of chemicals.
2.3. You can check membership years for each supplier, the longer, the more trustworthy they should be. But, there is always a but. But an over-10-year Alibaba supplier doesn’t necessarily mean they provide superior service, they were just there a little bit earlier.
2.4. You can check Transaction Values and Numbers for each supplier, those data also say something about their reliability.
Sorry, we almost forgot Made-in-china.com, you can also try MIC, but MIC’s specialties are not in chemicals, mainly on machinery or other stuff.
3. You can attend CPHI China and API China to know more chemical vendors
The exhibitors of API China are relatively more reliable than that of CPHI. Especially API China, the fair itself is for the Chinese domestic market, mainly direct chemical & pharmaceutical manufacturers are exhibiting in API China, only very few of the exhibitors are traders. Those traders even have better prices because of their strategic relations with big manufacturers. They will buy out all the goods in stock from the factory before prices go up when they get the information that prices may go up.
Why do we say API China exhibitors are relatively more preferable? Check the reasons below:
3.1. Exhibitors are mainly direct manufacturers, who have relatively better control over the lead time, quality, etc. As a result, the exhibitors are much less than that of CPHI China. Exhibitor Number of CPHI China can be 10 times that of API China if you want to deal with more reliable chemical manufacturers and factories, come to API China, and the chance of a bad choice is comparatively lower than CPHI :).
3.2. API China mainly targets Chinese trading companies and manufacturers. purchasing managers may discuss prices and quality for certain products from stall to stall with exhibitors. They sit down together, talk and maintain relations. To be frank, the chemical and API circle is very small and you get to know every factory for not very long. If one of the chemical suppliers is cheating, soon everybody will know, so all API China suppliers will try their best to maintain their good reputation.
For CPHI China, you can always find big manufacturers in W1, W2, E1, E2 Hall, also in other Halls with radiant decorations. But you will find more trading companies. Technically over 90% of the exhibitors on CPHI are trust-worthy. I can not guarantee you100%, as there must be some importers who had bad experiences with certain suppliers exhibiting there, just can’t exclude them all.
So If importers want reliable active pharmaceutical ingredients suppliers, come to China and visit more manufacturing facilities, then they will have more reliable suppliers in their hands to choose from.
4. You can search on those 5 chemical B2B sites below
This website lists many big and well-known chemical & API suppliers, most of them are trustworthy. You can search for products by chemical names or Cas Number and screen search results by supplier type, country and documentation on the left sidebar to choose your right supplier.
From this site you can see suppliers’ registration status, such as FDA/cep usdmf/edmf, etc Take bacitracin for an example, we type BACITRACIN and click search, you can see a page as below, Number of API suppliers, USDMF, CEP/COS, etc. Find details by yourself. Generally speaking, Chinese suppliers are more competitive.
Chemnet.com is part of www.toocle.com, of course, you can also search in Toocle.com. The key to use chemnet.com.cn is by Chinese, you can search by cas no, product name (in Chinese), then suppliers name will pop out. Mainly suppliers of chemnet.com.cn are factories, more intermediate suppliers than API ones. Around 2010 or earlier, chemnet was doing great, but through all those years, their paid members are lost little by little, as there are cheaper or even free chemical B2B sites. Plus, chemnet didn’t provide any attractive services to keep paid members to stay. Their business scope includes chemical advertising, building websites, web hosts and domain name services, etc.
chemicalbook.com is a rising star for a chemical B2B portal. Their main paid customers are reagent companies, small labs, traders, so you know order quantity is comparatively small. Chemicals are often sold in mg, g, 10g, etc. You can check the front page of the chemicalbook and you will see all their sponsored members are reagent companies. But their daily traffic is around 110tho.
Lookchem.com, hmm, I don’t know how to say it, but we are not a fan of their yearly fee, which is about the same as that of Alibaba, around 5000USD per year. Paid members mainly are trading companies, 3/4 approximately. importers and buyers can verify for yourself. Please note, their daily traffic is only 15tho, only 1/10 of that of chemicalbook.com.
5. Each country's Official FDA websites
Here below we will only list 3 symbolic sites: 1. Chinese FDA website, 2. US FDA website, 3. EDQM website. You can always check similar webs such as the website of the Indian FDA, Australian TGA, Japanese FDA, etc so you can find the registered and approved API suppliers in related countries.
This is the screenshot of the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration Website Search Interface, in this site, you are required to know Chinese character to recognize supplier names, to tell which is which. You can put in keywords either in Chinese or in English.
Suppliers you get from this website is 99% reliable. You may ask who is the 1%? Hmm, there are just manufacturers with bad reputations. Please note, all suppliers you get on the CFDA website are manufacturers, no traders.
We think all API importers should know the well-known US FDA, It is famous for its strict supervision on FDA Applicants. If you find FDA approved Chinese applicants on fda.gov, they are reliable, ok?.
The photo above is the screenshot of the FDA website search interface. You can search by Active Pharmaceutical ingredient, company name, NDC Number, etc. Happy hunting!
The photo below is the FDA certificate verification interface. If you are not sure of the FDA certificate authenticity of your supplier, you can verify it by the link of the photo.
Above is the supplier search interface of the EDQM website. Click on the photo link you will be redirected to the EDQM website to search suppliers for certain products.
If you find Chinese suppliers from edqm.eu, they are reliable, ok? Europe’s supervision on pharmaceutical manufacturers is as strict as the US FDA. If you have difficulties finding Chinese active pharmaceutical ingredients suppliers approved in EDQM, please click on the photo or edqm search interface.
6. Referral from suppliers you have worked with.
Last but not least, this is also an important way for you to find new reliable suppliers in China. Generally speaking, current Chinese suppliers know the chemical industry better than foreign importers and they can provide insightful ideas to verify the reliability of your new suppliers. So buyers and importers, be kind to your current suppliers that already win your trust, they are your hidden wealth. Sometimes they can arrange an attorney and file a lawsuit against your case of being cheated by Chinese suppliers in China.
Of course, there are other ways for you to find reliable suppliers, such as pay your potential suppliers a visit, audit the factory, have a sit-down conversation, etc. If readers have different or better ideas, welcome to leave a comment and let’s discuss together.
In our opinion, as the Chinese economy growing and internet popularization, there will be less and less room for cheaters in business. What we did is keep buyers and importers business as safe as possible. And we welcome you all to expose cheater to us we can list all cheaters on our website.
There is a page to expose cheaters in the Chemical industry, check if you are interested.
Anyway, in case you have difficulties finding reliable chemical suppliers in China or alternative chemical manufacturers, you are always welcome to contact us.