In recent years, pet supplies on e-commerce platforms like Amazon have boomed. There’s a wide range of pet products, including daily essentials like dog collars and toys. Cats’ clothes are also trending with repeat purchases. Many people source pet products for resale from China, the manufacturing hub of pet supplies. In today’s post, I will tell you:
China's pet food industry is mainly in Hebei and Shandong provinces.
Hebei -- Pet food hub, leading in the main pet food manufacturing.
Nanhe District, Xingtai City, Hebei, holds a dominant position in China’s pet food industry, contributing to 60% of the production and sales volume. It stands as the largest pet food production base in China, with thousands of tons of pet food products delivered here every day.
Apart from main pet food such as dog and cat kibble, and pet snacks, the industry chain extends to pet clothing, daily consumables like grooming tools and accessories, etc. Let’s take pet chains as an example. It’s easily produced – a local couple can make over 200 pet chains in a day at home.
Shandong -- China's 2nd largest pet food production hub, specializing in pet snacks.
Shandong, a well-established breeding hub, leverages material advantages in pet food production. A comprehensive supply chain has been developed, with Qingdao, Linyi, and Weifang hosting numerous pet food enterprises. Shandong, primarily focused on pet jerky snacks, exports 80% globally.
By the way, Pingdu City in Shandong is China’s largest tofu cat litter production base. The cat litter production and sales in this city account for 1/3 of the Chinese market share. The remaining 2/3 of cat litter is manufactured in Ningcheng County, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, where abundant bentonite resources, a crucial raw material for cat litter production, supply 1/5 of the world’s cat litter.
The primary pet supplies manufacturing and wholesale centers in China are Yiwu, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
Yiwu -- China's largest & most comprehensive hub of pet product suppliers.
Yiwu market is China and the world’s supermarket. Here gathers:
Pet accessories, toys, and other pet supplies factories in Yiwu.
Abundant supplies in Zhejiang, including manufacturers of pet supplies raw materials (e.g. textiles, boards, plastics, rubber, and metal), and pet supplies processing and packaging factories covering hundreds of product categories and thousands of products in toys, food and cleaning, clothing, feeding utensils, beauty tools, pharmaceuticals, and health supplements throughout the entire industry chain.
Pet products are highly concentrated in Yiwu International Trade City District 5. You’ll find everything you can think of, from common pet cages to smart pet collars, automatic retractable leashes, trending grooming tools, electric clippers, and even novel pet toys and accessories, etc. Additionally, there is a considerable stock clearance of pet products, generally around half of the production cost. However, the variety and types of pet items in stock are limited.
Guangzhou and Shenzhen -- Another 2 major pet supplies industry belts, focusing on mid-to-high-end markets.
Guangzhou and Shenzhen are located in the Guangdong industrial cluster. Adjacent to Hong Kong, where the pet industry started in the 1960s, the Guangdong pet product industry has also developed. Currently, the industry chain is well-established and comprehensive, excelling in intelligent pet products, and various pet toys based in Chenghai District in Shantou — the “World’s Toy Capital”.
Compared with pet supplies in Yiwu, pet products from Guangdong boast better texture and higher quality. However, the prices are higher than those in Yiwu. For instance, a simple electronic dog training toy in Chenghai may cost twice as much as in Yiwu. If you are targeting the mid-to-high-end market, then pet product manufacturers and wholesalers in Guangzhou and Shenzhen would be more suitable.
Guangzhou hosts several wholesale pet product markets, with the largest being Qingping Wholesale Market, covering an area of over 12,000 square meters. In Shenzhen Dongmen Old Street, you’ll find a wide variety of pet product wholesalers. This is an international pet specialty market serving global customers, with half of its offerings targeting customers in markets such as Europe and North America.
JingSourcing VS Alibaba VS Google search
When sourcing pet supplies, buyers should consider sourcing agents or trading companies, rather than manufacturers, even for large orders. Because factories typically specialize in specific subcategories of pet products. For instance, pet food factories can’t produce items like dog leashes or kennels. To diversify their pet product range, some will source some pet items from different factories.
Searching on Alibaba and Google for pet products is a mainstream option for purchasers. There is a vast number of Chinese suppliers offering various pet products. Compared to Google, Alibaba is safer because the platform provides trade assurance services. However, the quality of products and service capabilities among suppliers can vary significantly.
As overseas buyers, you need to be extremely meticulous in evaluating suppliers, including but not limited to their product lines, locations, business history, responsiveness & professionalism to your inquiries, product quality, etc. This process will drain your time and energy. Furthermore, it’s only after you’ve truly collaborated with a supplier that you can determine their reliability.
Buyers often encounter difficulties when sourcing pet product suppliers, especially regarding prices.
Many clients of JingSourcing, a leading sourcing company, had found suppliers on Alibaba or Google but encountered various issues. Eventually, they turned to us. Here I share one of our clients’ real cases.
We had a client who wanted to customize a cat cage, similar to the image below. Upon receiving our quotation, he did not respond. But a year later, he reached out to us again. He told us that Alibaba suppliers provided very different product prices, from a few dollars to over ten dollars, and he found some cheap suppliers to make cat cage samples but ended with unsatisfactory custom effects and quality. So he wanted us to help him.
We explained the price differences between our quotes and the cheaper ones from Alibaba suppliers. Actually, our cat cage manufacturing technique and details were entirely different from the ones he got from Alibaba suppliers. Because the cathead shape is cut from a single board, and all wood is painted to prevent corrosion. The client was satisfied with our cat cage sample, which matched his desired effects and quality. He placed an order and sold well, leading to reorders several months later.
Using JingSourcing to wholesale and customize pet supplies is the best choice.
Our head office is just opposite the Yiwu Market, the largest and most comprehensive pet product manufacturing and wholesale hub in China. We have established long-term collaborations with suppliers in the Yiwu market and have also integrated resources from Hebei, Shandong, and Guangdong. These suppliers have all passed our on-site factory audits, including evaluations of equipment, scale, and product compliance certificates.
At JingSourcing, you’ll access a wide variety of pet supplies at highly competitive prices, 15% cheaper than Alibaba and Google suppliers. Moreover, we can work well for your custom pet products and packaging, with MOQs friendly to startups and small businesses.
Equally important, we can save you quality concerns. For larger quantities, many of our clients opt for AQL sampling inspection. Besides that, 1 by 1 quality inspection is available. As for defective pet products, we will help you replace them for free if you choose our Pro Plan and use our selected suppliers.
Additionally, we can consolidate and ship your pet products at the best rates, saving your shipping costs – a significant part of overseas sourcing expenses.
Let JingSourcing make it easy for you to source pet products in China.