EU or China? 8 reasons to choose steel suppliers from the CEE region
In the search for suppliers of steel construction, apart from the CEE region (Central and Eastern Europe), above all, China is a production location. The manufacturing costs are temptingly low, but there are a few pitfalls to keep in mind:
1. delivery time
Sending steel constructions by sea from China to Europe limits you significantly in production planning. The delivery time from port to port is about 4 weeks, in addition there is the time for land transport, loading and customs clearance.
2. production follow
Many Steel construction suppliers from the CEE region, about Poland or Hungary are reachable from Germany or Austria as part of a day trip. As a result, you can be personally on-site for important production steps, such as leak tests, weld inspection or pre-paint inspection. The production support in China pays off only with very large orders, since the travel costs are considerable.
Depending on the product code, customs duties are incurred for deliveries from China. Added to this are the formalities of customs clearance. The respective import duties can be found in the Taric database of the EU determine.
For Chinese steel suppliers, you usually need to provide all production documents in English. Even then, however, there may still be different interpretations, so that a precise discussion of the production steps in the first order is very advisable. In the near foreign countries, you can usually communicate well in English and many suppliers have German-speaking employees. Furthermore, companies in the CEE region are already familiar with the work processes and know the expectations of their customers.
5. Special purchased parts
The market for buyparts in China is very large and all well-known suppliers of industrial buyparts are represented in China. Nevertheless, it may happen that the available components do not fully correspond to those in Europe or that certain suppliers are not available for special components, which are only required in Europe. For some manufacturers, there are also quality or design differences that are often not recognizable at first glance and by the part labels.
6. Supplements to the steel supplier
In order to provide suply parts, eg special alloys or precision parts, these must first be imported to China and declared accordingly for re-export. Experience has shown that this procedure is very complicated and can lead to unplanned delays. In addition, you rely on having a competent contact person for customs clearance at your steel construction supplier. The additional parts also increase your delivery times and planning effort accordingly.
7. Standards and special standard parts
Components commonly used in steel structures such as beams, mold tubes or plates may differ in composition and geometry from European standards in China and should therefore be examined on a case-by-case basis. Of course, parts are also made in China in the same form but for economic reasons, it is often advisable to switch to local profiles in cooperation with the respective steel supplier.
8. security of supply
Mainly for reasons of air-raid protection, in China, especially in winter, it often happens that the government temporarily closes non-compliant production facilities or increases the requirements. In this case, there may be significant order delays. Unfortunately, it is not easy for outsiders to understand whether a particular supplier meets all requirements and the measures are sometimes taken on very short notice. So far, many companies have been tolerated, but the pressure of the administration is increasing.