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1 If the shipping company or airline encounters some fire or explosion, it will be the whole aircraft’s cargo, and the serious loss of the whole vessel’s cargo, as well as the life safety of the staff.
2 The consignee will not be able to receive the goods on time or even receive the goods. The worst part is that the consignees whose goods just general goods jut ship with these dangerous goods, due to the illegal operation of some consignees, may cause their goods to be untimely or uncollectible. They will lose the goods. This is why you should always find a reliable Chinese shipping agent .who will really take good care of your goods.
3 Legal persons of freight forwarding will receive legal sanctions. And for the lifetime of the blacklist of each airline, cancel the booking rights from the carriers.
Bestforworld Logistics as a Chinese logistics supplier with more than 10 years of experience in the transportation of dangerous goods, we often receive inquiries from many importers and Chinese suppliers. Can you export dangerous goods for us, but my goods do not have MSDS? Or they said that our suppliers do not have proof of dangerous goods packaging.
Our answer has always been NO! even if sometimes the shipper and the consignee will pay us a large additional service fee, but our principle is still rejected.
We will advise them to choose a supplier with a certificate or choose another option to ship.
Delivery the dangerous goods do not only need the professionalism, but also the responsibility and social merits, which the shipping agent you use needed.
Buying cosmetics, beauty and personal care products from suppliers in China can be extremely lucrative – and we’ve seen a surge in interest from Startups all over the world in recent months.
However, venturing into the cosmetics and personal care space can be complicated. Many of these products are strictly regulated in practically all developed markets, such as the US, Europe, and Australia.
In this article, we explain what e-commerce sellers must know, before importing beauty and care products from China, including the following:
a. How to find the right manufacturer
b. Mandatory safety standards and labeling requirements
c. How to sell cosmetics and beauty products on Amazon
d. Trade Shows in Mainland China and Hong Kong
e. Questions & Answers
f. List of cosmetic and care products manufacturers in China
There are only two supplier directories that really matter; Alibaba.com and Globalsources.com. There you’ll find thousands of manufacturers and trading companies for all sorts of beauty products.
When you source suppliers in this space, you must look for the following:
Cosmetics are strictly regulated in all developed markets, including the European Union, the United States, and Australia.
To import cosmetic or personal care products, such as makeup or hair care products, you need to verify that the products don’t contain excessive amounts of restricted substances.
In addition, the product must be correctly labeled and even registered with the authorities.
All of this must be in place before you import the products, or the customs authorities may seize and destroy the entire shipment upon arrival.
Below follows an overview of relevant regulations in several markets, where we compare them on the following factors:
In the EU, the importer is responsible to ensure compliance with the following regulations:
As an Importer, you are required to verify that the product doesn’t contain restricted substances and chemicals. In addition, the production methods must also comply with the standards laid out in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
GMP sets requirements for both quality assurance, to prevent contamination, and the environmental impact. In short, anything that can cause harm to the consumer renders the product as non-compliant.
For you, as an importer, this means that you must submit the product both for lab testing, and verify that the supplier is GMP compliant. Hence, you cannot buy from any supplier you find out there, as not all are GMP compliant.
But the regulations don’t stop here.
All imported cosmetics and personal care products must also come with a technical file, and carry all the mandatory labels. In addition, the products must also be listed on the EU Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP), before you can start selling them.
In the United States, cosmetics and personal care importers must comply with Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). Both acts are administered by the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).
The FD&C Act regulates chemicals and other substances, while the FPLA covers packaging labeling requirements.
However, the FDA doesn’t require cosmetics importers to obtain approval, before placing a product on that market.
That said, it’s up to the importer to make sure that the product is safe, and verify that the product doesn’t contain restricted chemicals and other substances.
In Australia, cosmetics are regulated by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). This category includes, for example, the following:
All cosmetics importers must register with NICNAS, and the products must only contain ingredients that are already listed (or apply for a pre-approval).
Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only. You should consult a professional for legal advice before attempting to import any product. These regulations may have been misinterpreted by the writer, or changed, since the date of publication.
Many accessories, such as makeup brushes and scissors, are not defined as cosmetic products. As such, equipment and accessories may not fall under the same regulations as makeup and hair care products.
That does, however, not mean that these products aren’t regulated. Depending on the product and market, the following may be required:
Notice that additional regulations, such as CPSIA and EN 71, may apply to children’s products..
Amazon restricts two related categories; Beauty and Health & Personal Care. In order to start selling products that fall within these two categories, you need to obtain an approval.
To obtain approval, you must submit documents proving that the products are compliant with all applicable regulations in the target market.
Hence, you must prove that the products comply with US regulations if you sell on Amazon.com, or EU regulations if you sell on Amazon.de or Amazon.co.uk.
Such documents may include test reports, that are valid for your specific batch of products. Amazon may reject any test report that is issued for a previous test report (i.e., before your products were manufactured) – even if the same manufacturer is listed.
And, of course, you cannot use a test report from a different product, to prove that your products are compliant.
There is no way around this.
In addition, Amazon may also require that you provide a brand license document (or trademark registration, if you own the brand) and supplier invoice.
Some products are also prohibited on Amazon, such as the following:
Amazon also prohibits certain substances. A full list of prohibited products and chemicals can be found here.
The Canton Fair is held every spring and autumn in Guangzhou. Cosmetics and beauty equipment buyers should consider visiting the 2nd phase of this massive trade show. These are some of the products you will find:
Lipsticks, Makeup Bags, Make-Up Brushes, Make-Up Mirrors, Skin-Care Creams, Hand Creams, Sun Creams, Hair-care Products and Accessories: Shampoo and Conditioners, Nail Beauty Supplies
You can see the full product list here, and learn more about the Canton Fair in this article: Canton Fair: The Ultimate Guide.
The HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo is held yearly in August. As all other HKTDC trade shows, you can expect a large number of high-quality suppliers from Mainland China, but also other countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
This fair is held in Hong Kong S.A.R, so you don’t need an invitation letter or visa to attend this one. Visit this page to get an overview of the products and suppliers.
The China International Beauty Expo is held yearly in May, in Shanghai. This trade show is both for foreign buyers looking for local cosmetics and beauty equipment manufacturers – and brands looking to find local buyers.
As this expo is held in Shanghai, you must apply for a visa before you can attend.
The main challenge when importing cosmetics is compliance with all applicable product regulations. As mentioned, far from all suppliers can manufacture products that comply with the strict regulations in the United States, the European Union, and other developed markets.
In addition, lab testing can cost thousands of dollars per product. At least when it comes to makeup, face masks, skincare, and other chemical products.
This is perhaps why there are very few private label makeup and skincare brands, as the barriers of entry are high.
First of all, avoid ‘chemical products’ with high lab testing and certification fees. Instead, you should source lower-risk products, such as hair salon equipment and makeup accessories – that are less strictly regulated.
This may, for example, include makeup brushes, scissors, mirrors, bags, and hair clips.
That said, these products are often covered by substance regulations and labeling requirements. Yet, the cost of ensuring compliance is not nearly as high as skincare and makeup testing.:
Because it’s not their job. At best, they can provide test reports from previous orders, but it’s always the importer that is responsible for ensuring that all imported products comply with all applicable standards and regulations – in the home market.
The factories that do manage compliance on their own, or hire a consultant to do it for them, will of course not be satisfied with selling their products at a factory price.
Instead, they will launch the product overseas on their own, or with local partners, rather than selling to importers, who take home most of the profits.
Yes, most suppliers allow their customers to brand their products with a private label. However, keep in mind that private labeling is not changing the fact that you are responsible for ensuring that the cosmetics or care product is compliant.
No, absolutely not.
Wholesale products are goods made for the domestic market in China. Such products don’t comply with European and US product regulations, including chemical restrictions and labeling requirements.
Why is that?
Because cosmetics and beauty products made for the domestic market in China, is simply not made to comply with overseas markets. Pretty obvious when you think about it.
Hence, you should never import cosmetics, or even non-chemical accessories and equipment, from online wholesalers or drop shippers.
Which regulations apply to hair extensions?
That depends on the type of product, but normally around 500 to 1000 pcs, per product. While wholesalers may offer MOQs as low as 5 to 10 pcs per product, such products are non-compliant and may even be dangerous.
The production time is normally around 30 to 45 days. However, keep in mind that lab testing can take an additional 1 to 2 weeks.
The beauty and care industry is very diverse and includes everything from chemical processing plants and R&D facilities, to smaller workshops and manufacturers producing makeup accessories and other related products.
In China, you can find manufacturers within the following categories:
Manufacturers in the beauty and care space are primarily located in China’s most developed provinces, including Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu.
Some factories have sales offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, but most companies located in the two cities are traders – without their own production facilities.
We are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. We have selected these companies based on their claimed product scope, history, certification, and capabilities.
Guangzhou Ausmetics Daily Chemicals was founded in 1998 as a manufacturing enterprise that engages in the development, design, and manufacture of a broad range of cosmetics for the face, lips, eyes, body, and hair.
The company offers OEM and ODM cosmetic and personal care products services to the customers.
These products can be customized according to the functions, which include the series of anti-aging, face lifting, whitening, skin-lightening, and more.
Other than customized skincare products, the company also provides after sun and tanning products, deodorants, hair waxes, and shaving care products for men.
According to the information displayed on its website, the production capacity of the company reaches 6 million pieces a month and round to 80 million pieces a year. These products are exported to more than 40 countries and regions.
Location: No. 1 Jinxiu Rd., Guangzhou Economic & Technical District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Guangzhou Choice Cosmetics Factory is a cosmetics product manufacturer founded in 2007 in Guangzhou. The company offers OEM services for makeup products such as foundation, concealer, lip balm, mascara, and eyeliner. Choice Cosmetics is able to provide full customization services including formula design, packaging, and logo design.
For eye makeup, the ODM and customizable products include eyebrow powder palettes, eyebrow pencils, and eyelash conditioners. The company also provides vegan and gluten-free mascara, especially for sensitive eyes.
For face makeup, the ODM and customizable products include BB cream, CC cream, and concealers.
For lip makeup, the ODM and customizable products include lip gloss sets, moisturizing lip creams, lipsticks, and lip primers. Also, the company has developed non-toxic lip gloss for kids and pregnant women.
Location: Hehe Building, No.93, Jiangxia Dong Yi Road, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Shenzhen Mola Cosmetics is a professional OEM make-up product producer with a factory based in Shenzhen. Mola engages in the technical development, customized formula research, production, and delivery of more than a hundred models of cosmetic products covering eye makeup, face makeup, and lip makeup.
Mola is especially focused on the development of various types of eye shadow, such as eye shadows with shimmers, eye shadows with glitters, and matte eye shadows. Clients can choose to customize the eye shadow palettes in more than 40 colors, which are able to create various make-up styles, matching the different seasons of the year.
These eye makeup products include 4-color neon eye shadow palettes, 12-color donuts custom makeup palettes, and 35-color sparkling chameleon eyeshadow palettes. Customers can also choose to mix and match colors in different numbers.
The production capacity differs from product to product. For eye shadow palettes, the production capacity is around 5,000 pieces per month. For lip glosses, the production capacity is around 50,000 pieces per month.
Location: No.1407, Chuangke Building, Huanguan South Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Established in 2016, Ningbo Eyecos Cosmetics is a professional manufacturer in designing, developing, and manufacturing eyeliners and eyebrow pencils.
Ningbo Eyecos Cosmetics offers comprehensive OEM services for private labels, wholesalers, and retailers. Customers can choose eyebrow pencils and eyeliners in gel or liquid, with customizable colors, length, and packaging.
Currently, the manufacturing facility of the company is close to 18,000 square meters, with more than 280 staff working on the site, yielding to an annual output of 50 million pieces.
Location: No. 1-1, Expressway Link, Moushan Town, Yuyao, Zhejiang
Cosme Creative Cosmetics is a professional cosmetics manufacturer and cosmetics contract manufacturer that was established in 1996. The company currently has two factories, one in Xiamen and one in Tainan.
The company has developed its own formulas for a comprehensive range of beauty products and skincare products, including lipsticks, lip balms, and eye shadow pens.
According to the official website of Cosme Creative Cosmetics, the company has cooperated with CLARK Pharmaceutical Laboratories and Merck Pharmaceuticals from the United States to develop lip care and facial care products that are especially for Asian skin.
Also, the company claims that it can provide a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for many of its raw materials. Other add-value services include product packaging artwork design and logo design.
Location: No. 10, 12 Road, Gaoqi South, Xiamen, Fujian
Yiwu Kasey Cosmetics is a professional private label cosmetics manufacturer with a factory located in Yiwu. The ODM and OEM products of Yiwu Kasey Cosmetics include lipstick, lip gloss, eye shadow, mascara, and eyeliner.
All the above-mentioned products can be fully-customized in formulas, tones, and other elements.
For eye shadow products, the customization options include glitter, luminous, matte, and metallic. Other customization options for face makeup and lip makeup products include oil-based, water-based, vitamins A and E contained, and more.
According to information on the website of Yiwu Kasey Cosmetics, all the materials used to produce cosmetic products are acquired with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Currently, the production capacity of Yiwu Kasey ranges from 20,000 to 50,000 pieces per day.
Location: A4-41 Jinfuyuan, Chouzhou North Road, Yiwu, Zhejiang
Founded in 2004, Shenzhen Fashion Beauty Technology is a professional manufacturer of electric hair care products, mainly hair straighteners and curling tongs. The company accepts ODM and OEM orders from private labels, retailers, and wholesalers. These products include 1 inch and 2-inch flat iron, hair curling iron, and hair curling wands.
Clients can customize the barrel sizes from 13 mm to 32 mm, which are intended to create a variety of waves and styles, such as frizz-free style, tousled curls, or corkscrew curls.
Currently, Shenzhen Fashion Beauty Technology has a factory of more than 8,500 square meters, employing more than 150 employees.
Location: Building 6E, Huaifeng Road, Huaide Community, Humen Town, Dongguan, Guangdong
Suzhou DreamsTrip Science & Technology is a manufacturer founded in 2006, that specializes in designing and producing steam warming pads for eyes, waist, belly, insoles. These products are intended to relieve fatigue, pain, and increase blood circulation in certain areas of the body in order to achieve therapeutic purposes.
Customers can choose formulas and different flavors for the heating pads, such as lemon, lavender, rosemary, roses, and other types of herbs for the pad fillings.
Location: No.888, Chenghu Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
Now that we’ve clarified what is classified as a cosmetic product, let’s get back to the rules and regulations.
More than 1,300 different substances are completely prohibited from use in cosmetic products – so unfortunately it would be impossible for me to list them all in this blog post. Instead you will have to refer to the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations for a full list.
Once again, there are far too many substances that are restricted for use in cosmetics for me to list them all here (more than 250 in total). These restrictions vary depending on the specific substance. For example, it could be restrictions on the maximum amount allowed to be used as part of the ingredients or it could be additional warning/labelling requirements for certain substances.
For example, hair dyes intended only for professional use may legally contain hydrogen peroxide, however the maximum amount allowed is 12% and the following instructions have to be included on the product and its packaging:
“Wear suitable gloves. Contains hydrogen peroxide. Avoid contact with eyes. Rinse eyes immediately if product comes into contact with them.”
Furthermore, only specific substances are permitted for use in cosmetic products as colourants, preservatives and UV filters.
All of this information is specified within the regulations itself, so please refer to that for full details.
This is another extensive part of the Regulations and one that a lot of EU cosmetic sellers fail to fully comply with.
The following information needs to be stated on the product container as well as the outer packaging (that means BOTH, not one or the other) in English and clearly and legibly:
Name and Address of the Responsible Person
As stated earlier, the responsible person is the one who made the product or who the product was made for or who first imported it into the UK. It is NOT enough to simply put the manufacturer’s details if they’re not based within the EU as the responsible person needs to be established within the EU.
A PO Box is accepted as a postal address, so I would suggest setting up one if you’re operating from a residential address, as you don’t want that information displayed everywhere.
The Country of Origin
If the product is manufactured outside the EEA (European Economic Area) then the country of origin needs to be specified.
The Function of the Product
If it’s not obvious from the presentation, a description of the product’s function needs to be given – e.g. hair shampoo.
Reference for Identification
The product has to be able to be identified and traced, if needed, and therefore you need to display the manufacture batch number or another specific reference number.
Product Life Expectancy
If the life expectancy of the product is less than 30 months (i.e. if it will become unsafe to use within that time or if it will no longer fulfil its intended purpose within that time from the date of manufacture), then it needs to be labelled with the words “best used before” along with the relevant date (showing the month and year or day, month and year).
If the life expectancy of the product is more than 30 months from the date of manufacture then it must be labelled in months or years using the period-after-opening symbol, as specified in the EC Regulation:
Lastly, any necessary precautions that need to be taken to ensure the product fulfils its life expectancy and is maintained in a satisfactory condition for use need to be stated. For example, “store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight”.
Precautions in Use
I mentioned this briefly when talking about potential requirements for restricted substances – and these are also part of the labelling requirements. What exactly you need to state depends on if and what restricted substances have been used but these warnings for safe use are normally only applicable to professional use products.
Unlike the other labelling requirements, the ingredients list only needs to be on the packaging and not necessarily the product itself. A full list of ingredients needs to be given, in descending order of weight. This means that whatever ingredient makes up the most of your product will have to be listed first.
Also, every ingredient has to be listed using its “common name”, as set out in the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI).
If you thought the requirements so far have been difficult, here’s where the real work is!
When it comes to cosmetic products, the responsible person is required to create, update and keep a product information file at the registered office/address detailed on the product packaging. This information file has to be kept for 10 years from the date of the last sale for that product and has to be in a readily accessible format in case it’s requested by enforcement authorities or in the case of a medical emergency.
The product information file needs to be written in English and is required to contain all of the following information:
Yep, now you can see just how extensive and difficult these requirements are when it comes to cosmetic products!
And sadly, we’re not quite done:
As part of this EC Regulation, if you are the responsible person, then you need to register with the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS) to obtain a unique login for your business and then you must provide detailed information for all the cosmetic products you offer for sale via the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) BEFORE you start selling them.
This information must include:
And there you have it!
I think 4 & 5 are enough to put just about anybody off from importing cosmetics from outside the EU to sell within the UK!
But just in case – let me add one final question:
What happens if you fail to comply with the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations?
Well, your goods will be seized and destroyed (and you won’t be compensated) and you can face prosecution. If convicted you’ll be fined up to £20,000 and face up to 12 months imprisonment.
So it’s not just about losing your eBay account here… this is much more serious than that.
But I know what you’re now thinking and this is actually something I wanted to talk about specifically.
What about all the sellers out there who AREN’T following these regulations?
I think it goes without saying that there are countless sellers offering cosmetic products for sale on eBay who are not complying with many, if any, of these regulations.
In fact, if I go now and order something from an eBay seller, I’d be very, very confident that they won’t even meet the packaging and labelling requirements – never mind all the product testing and safety reports and the record keeping.
But my answer to this is – who cares?
There are countless eBay and Amazon sellers who don’t play by the rules and do things illegally, that doesn’t mean that you have to as well!
All of this is irrelevant to you and I would never advise any of my blog readers to do business like this. Focus on doing things properly and creating a REAL business that you can rely on and that will provide for you for years to come.
Okay good, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get back to Arron and his dilemma.
Well, what I would really suggest you do is contact UK/EU manufacturers. The UK itself, as well as Germany and Poland, are great options for such products and not only will you be sure everything is 100% compliant (you also remove many of your legal responsibilities as you’re no longer the responsible person) you’ll find that pricing is often as good as China anyway!
In fact, what I would really suggest is attending TRADE SHOWS. This is one of my favourite sourcing methods and in my opinion one of the most under-utilised .
So head to some trade shows, make a trip out of it and meet some real, genuine suppliers. You can speak to them about OEM orders or even custom formulations as I don’t suggest going down the branded route when it comes to cosmetics…
As is often the case when it comes to branded items, the margins are razor thin. Really the only exception to this is if it’s a Chinese or Korean brand (for example, Konad for nail art and BlueSky for gel polishes) and you deal with them directly, as there are a lot of fakes for these brands as well. But overall, you’ll see a lot more success creating your own brand of products, exactly as Arron plans to do.
But in order to really be successful with this, you need to look the part. Appearance is EVERYTHING when it comes to cosmetics!
You need to have an amazing brand, with a logo and packaging design that scream quality.
And I would always suggest using a professional photographer for your product pictures, otherwise you simply won’t be able to compete.
To add extra value in what is an incredibly competitive marketplace, ensure you also have real life images that show your product in use and ideally create some step by step tutorials, guides and videos on how to use your products to their full effect!
If you do that and create a brand that people love, you can create a hugely successful and profitable business in this niche.
BUT you need to do things right and play by the book, sticking with reputable and genuine EU suppliers.
Otherwise you may find your £5k disappears very quickly.
All the best Arron and I hope you’ve found this post useful. As always, if you have any questions or comments then don’t hesitate to post below in the comments sections and I’ll personally get back to you within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.
Otherwise, have a great weekend everyone and I’ll see you on Monday