Experience First-Hand How to Expertly Source Merchandise from Asia

Join us for an 8-day*, experience-based immersion program that will provide insights into global trade and international alliances.

  • Participate in tours of manufacturing facilities.
  • Expand your cultural understanding.
  • Gain important knowledge about the regulatory and business climate affecting global trade. Discover how business has changed in recent years due to new environmental and social policies, modernization and wage increases, and initiatives like One Belt One Road to expand commerce beyond the Chinese borders.
  • Explore how relations between the USA and China are impacting trade.


Who Should Participate?

Store directors, managers, and buyers who want to learn first-hand how to set up sourcing channels with Asian manufacturers.


Where Will You Visit?

Shanghai, China (PRC), Guangzhou, China (PRC), and Hong Kong. You’ll travel to factories, meet with local government and commerce officials, and be immersed in the culture to better understand how business is conducted in China.

You will also attend The 126th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in Guangzhou, the world’s largest buying show.

Register by July 1, 2019** to be part of this exclusive experience. Participation is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

*11-day program if the Optional Pre-Institute program is selected

** Initial deposit of $1,500 is required by July 1, 2019. Contact indiCo for additional costs and trip details. Each participant must have a valid passport with a minimum of 4 blank pages available for visas. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months past the trip date, or at least through May 2020. Passports must be in hand and available for the Chinese Visa process no later than July 1, 2019.




What Will You Learn?

You’ll learn how direct importing can benefit your independent store and increase revenue to your campus, either through setting up your own sourcing channel or collaborating with other attendees to develop an import program. You’ll also gain knowledge of:

  • Chinese manufacturing culture, services production, and import terminologies
  • Government regulations related to import/export
  • Taxes, tariffs, and other import fees
  • Options for direct import or co-op import
  • Resources available to search for products, suppliers, or agents
  • Private label, sample, and prototype development
  • Social compliance audits, product compliance consulting, and product testing
  • Shipping, logistics, and customs procedures

All hotels, meals, transportation within Asia, and other incidentals are included within tuition and fees. Depending on space availability, a spouse/partner registration is available upon request.

Institute leaders will guide and assist participants in securing Chinese Visas and Canton Fair credentials. The ratio of leaders to participants is 1 to 3 with enrollment limited to 12 participants. Participation is granted on a first come first served basis.

As a graduate fellow, you’ll be eligible to participate in other special programs that foster industry and international collaboration.