Lighting imports from China

Update date:
21 May 2024
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Date of publication:
03 Nov 2023
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Lighting is one of the most frequently imported product categories from China to Europe. Most chandeliers, light bulbs, LED lamps and other lighting products come from China. There, you can find a very wide range of different types of products at very good prices. Many companies also choose to creation of own brand through OEM productionThis is a very common practice and many lighting companies do it in this way. This is a very common practice and many lighting companies do it this way.

Customs duty on import of lighting from China

When importing lighting from China to other countries, including Poland, there are customs regulations that impose duties on various types of lighting products. Below are examples of duties on certain product categories:
Portable electric lamps designed to be powered by their own source of energy (for example, dry batteries, accumulators, generators) (5.7%)
Light emitting diode (LED) lamps 3.7%
Tungsten halogen filament lamps 2.7%
Incandescent lamps - 2.7%
Cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) for backlighting flat panel displays (0%)
Lighting or visual signalling equipment of a kind used on bicycles (2.7%)
Diodes, other than photodiodes or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) 0%
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs), including laser diodes 0%
7% arc lamps.

How do I find a reliable lighting supplier from China?

To find a trusted lighting supplier from China, it is advisable to use popular shopping portals such as Alibaba or 1688. These platforms offer a wide range of products from different sellers, allowing you to find the tools you want at attractive prices.

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Lighting fair in China

The China Lighting Fair is an extraordinary event that attracts the attention of industry professionals around the world. It is here representatives of major companies and manufacturers present the latest lighting trends and innovations. Not only is it an excellent opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technologies, but also to establish business partnerships and exchange experiences. The fair is a barometer for the entire industry, reflecting the dynamic development of the lighting sector in China. With a wealth of offerings ranging from energy-efficient solutions to futuristic designs, there is something for every lighting import company.
Here are some examples of lighting fairs that take place in China:

Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition
LED China Shenzhen
GETshow Guangzhou
Asian Elenex Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Lighting Fair
Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo

Requirements for importing lighting from China into Poland Importing lighting from China into Poland

It is essential to comply with European regulations on the introduction of products from outside the European Union into the European market. Ensuring consumer safety and environmental protection requires that imported lighting meets certain standards and requirements.
In order to introduce lighting into the Polish market, it is necessary to prepare an EC Declaration of Conformity and to affix the CE marking on the products. The EC declaration is a document confirming the compliance of the product with the New Approach Directives. The CE marking indicates that the lighting in question meets safety and quality requirements.
Once the product has been tested, a detailed test report, known as a 'test report', is created. This document allows the CE certificate of conformity to be obtained from the certification body. Having both of these documents enables the manufacturer to finalise the process by issuing a declaration of conformity and marking the products with the CE symbol.
Specific directives such as LVD (Low Voltage Directive), EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) also apply to electric lighting. The LVD specifies the requirements for equipment operating within the voltage range of 50 to 1000 volts AC or 75 to 1500 volts DC. The EMC Directive regulates the immunity of equipment to electromagnetic fields and their ability to emit interference. The RoHS Directive sets out rules on the content of harmful substances in electrical equipment.
Duty rates on imported goods can be a volatile issue, so traders should check the applicable customs regulations carefully to avoid unpleasant surprises. It is also a good idea to monitor regulatory changes and adapt to them to minimise the risks associated with importing lighting from China.

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