Tariff-savvy sourcing of quality wood components

We have been sourcing wood components from suppliers in China, Taiwan and Vietnam for 40+ years, ensuring that we meet the specific and evolving needs of our customers. Whether it’s a tariff-free price you are after, a specific wood species or a particular colour to be matched, we can supply the quality wood components you need. Our sources offer formaldehyde-free products and top coatings that are Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) to ensure they are 100% compliant with Proposition 65, CARB laws, Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)- Title IV, Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer’s Association (KCMA) standards, and where needed, other major international environmental standards on wood components including FSC compliance.

Our process

Product Specification Phase:
  • We work with our customer to create drawings of the component and establish finish color, sheen, performance requirements, anticipated volume and required lead times. We then determine the best source for fabricating the part.
  • An information package which may include drawings, specifications and product-comparable samples is prepared and sent for quotation.
Sample Phase:
  • Once the quotation has been accepted, a sample is produced for client review.
  • Revisions are made as needed and final production samples are produced for final approvals and project kick-off.
Quality Control:
  • Comtrad’s rigorous supplier approval and audit process ensures that products are delivered on time and in compliance with customer specifications, local regulations and applicable quality standards.
  • Comtrad also works with respected global, third-party testing agencies for further compliance verification where required by our customers.
Delivery:
  • Inventory availability and delivery flexibility are key to the success of most custom projects.
  • Comtrad works with its customers to establish and maintain strict delivery timelines. Whether the requirement is for direct shipment or stocking programs, single purchase or inventory replenishment based on just-in-time forecasts, Comtrad can handle it all, and takes the risk out of overseas sourcing in the process.

LET’S TALK

We can source any chair parts for you. Speak to our experts about your particular needs.

Fabrication capabilities

Our wood fabrication capabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Quality sorting
  • Color matching
  • Pre-machining
  • Dovetailing
  • Grooving
  • Cutting
  • UV protection coating
  • Wood grading (i.e. knot size, color consistency, stave width)
  • Carving
  • Custom packaging
  • And more

Items custom produced to order

Here are some examples of wood components that we can custom source or fabricate:

  • Ready-To-Assemble Furniture
  • Handles, knobs, feet and legs
  • Rails and corners
  • Drawer material (solid or plywood)
  • And so much more

Notable projects

Re-sourcing to a low Tariff Jurisdiction While Maintaining 100% Quality

We have been sourcing quality wood components from China for decades. However, the recent trade war between the US and China has resulted in significantly increased costs. Our customer was reluctant to change suppliers because they were very happy with the quality of the product they were receiving.

With our knowledge of global sourcing and supply we anticipated trade imbalances in the markets we operate in, which is why we began establishing relationships with suppliers in Vietnam many years ago. Our foresight meant we had a source for carved wood components lined up for our customer, while other sourcing companies were still trying to get their foot in the door. We suggested that our customer consider Vietnam as an option. 

Result: The new Vietnamese supplier quickly delivered the quality craftmanship and colour matching that consistently met our customer’s expectations – and all at an even better price.

In the current environment of trade uncertainty, we have become even more valuable to our customers due to our well-established supply chain across Asia.