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Top U.S. Holidays That Rely on Overseas Manufacturing

It seems that most of our holiday gifts, decorations, and technology still primarily come from various Asian manufacturers. Imported goods remain a staple component in the U.S. economy despite current tariff concerns. In reality, Christmas toys and other holiday gift products simply wouldn’t be the same without overseas manufacturing!

But it isn’t just Christmas that we can thank outsourcing for. Below is a list of the most popular celebrations that we observe here in the U.S. where many of the products are a result of successful overseas manufacturing.

Halloween

Between festive decorations, costumes, and plastic pumpkin containers, the spookiest sector of America is China-made. This is because overseas manufacturing is typically more affordable than mass-producing goods in the U.S.

Practically every item you pluck from the shelves is an imported product. The vast number of Asian manufacturers, the availability of raw materials, and the large workforce all help make products much more affordable.

Christmas

As we approach the last quarter of the year we know that Christmas is right around the corner. And it’s nearly impossible not to mention this popular holiday and the vast number of celebratory products associated with it. What most Americans may not know, however, is that one city in China manufacturers nearly 60% of the world’s Christmas products. That city is called Yiwu, and most businesses consider it the only place in the world where it’s Christmas year-round. Located in the Zhejiang province of China, Yiwu manufacturers about 30% of Christmas products for the U.S. alone.

So, from the plastic plates that you use to set cookies out for Santa, to the artificial trees, LED lights, and the Nativity figurines, overseas manufacturing is responsible for much of it. And the nation of China also remains a leader in children’s toy manufacturing. So, thanks to Asia’s mass production capabilities, we can satisfy everyone on our list, whether they were naughty or nice.

The Fourth Of July | U.S. Independence Day

Imagine Independence Day without the beautiful display of fireworks at the end of the night. Doesn’t seem like much of a holiday without this time-old tradition, does it? The primary reason we’re able to enjoy fireworks each year is thanks to the low cost and minimal regulation of firework production overseas.

But that’s not all. Most of our American flags and Independence Day décor are also Asian-made each year. Overseas manufacturing is also the reason we’re able to record the firework shows on our smartphones!

How USA Companies Succeed with Overseas Manufacturing

Asian manufacturers specialize in plastics, electronic devices, woodworking, metals, clothing, and much more. This is why Americans imported more than $505 billion in products from China in 2017 alone.1

Yet, those who look for an overseas manufacturing liaison partner tend to experience the most success.

So, if your company has experienced challenges in the past, or you’re still learning to navigate through the process, it may be time to consider consulting with ITI Manufacturing. We have over 45 years of experience with helping USA companies successfully manufacture products offshore. And we like to use our manufacturing expertise and solid offshore partnerships to help your company benefit.

Whether you need to manufacture holiday products, or anything else, speak with one of our experts for more information and a no-obligation quote. To share more about your outsourcing needs, call us toll-free at 888-574-6823.

Statistical Reference:
  1. https://ustr.gov/countries-regions/china-mongolia-taiwan/peoples-republic-china
By |2019-10-29T20:39:11-06:00October 29th, 2019|Chinese Manufacturing|

About the Author:

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Mike Stewart joined ITI in 2002 and is Vice President of Business Development. He has a BA in Business and Journalism from SFA University. Before joining ITI Mike sold, installed, and trained businesses in comprehensive business computer systems in the medical and automotive industries and served as Executive Vice President of a video news magazine production company.