From my 8+ years experience in the paper roll industry and from my recent observations, I see an increasing number of importers buying thermal paper rolls from UAE, particularly Dubai. Based on my experience, it is much more advisable to buy your thermal paper rolls from China, not UAE. In this article, I will explain why.
The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran. In 2013, the UAE’s total population was 9.2 million. The UAE is situated in the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia; it is in a strategic location along the southern approaches to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for the world’s crude oil.
Because of its location, UAE is becoming the commercial hub of the Middle East, and possibly even the world. Dubai is the economic & trading center of the UAE, as Shanghai is to China. This is why many buyers come here to obtain their paper roll products.
3 Reasons for Using Chinese Thermal Paper Suppliers
Many UAE paper roll suppliers simply import the paper roll products from China, then mark up the price for resale. The top 3 markets they import are China, Malaysia, India.
- It is cost-effective. China can produce these products with much lower labor costs than other countries and can deliver 2 to 3 times faster. For example, a standard 20-foot shipping container of thermal rolls can be completed in China in 5 days, while it takes 15 days or more in UAE.
- Lower transportation costs. UAE has only one large port: Dubai. China, on the other hand, has many ports such as Shanghai, Shenzhen, Qingdao, etc. and many of these rank among the world’s top 10 busy ports. Also, China has a very extensive highway network. Delivering goods from central China to an eastern port takes less than 1 day.
- China’s manufacturing history. China is a worldwide manufacturing center for all kinds of products. From socks and baby clothes to electronics to large industrial machinery, China is able to manufacture it. In the paper roll industry, we buy our factory production equipment right here in our domestic market. UAE cannot do any of this. Products you buy in UAE are simply imported from overseas and marked up for resale.
So when you buy paper roll products from UAE, you’re not only paying a higher price, you’re probably buying it from China anyway. There is no such thing as “UAE thermal paper”! Clearly, it makes sense to buy paper roll products directly from China, instead of paying a higher price for the same thing from UAE.