About Us

About Us

The Importing Club of Australia

“The Importing Club of Australia is growing in reputation in China by offering contacts to Chinese factories without the factory having to pay commission, thus ensuring its members get direct access to Chinese factories with the best possible prices”

The Importing Club of Australia was created in 2010 by founders Ian Schoots and Adam Paterson. In that time the Importing Club of Australia has grown rapidly to include its own office in China solely for the benefit of current members as well as a large network of industry contacts and experts.

The Importing Club of Australia runs free to attend workshops all over Australia for anyone thinking about how to import and to demystify the system of importing from China.

At these workshops the Importing Club of Australia offers paid membership packages that include a range of services to assist anyone safely begin an importing business. Usually there are a couple of different membership options to suit different budgets and business types. There is absolutely no obligation to enroll for membership of the Importing Club of Australia if you attend one of these workshops.

The Importing Club of Australia also runs closed “Members Only” events where they delve deeper into selling products using Internet Marketing techniques that few people know about.The Importing Club of Australia Head Office is based in Melbourne and can be contacted during working hours for all enquiries. If you would like to visit our office, please ensure you make an appointment by phone beforehand.


“After having reached great success in the world of importing Ian decided to try something new and show people how to change their life and find a new exciting direction…

“I was faced with a crisis many years ago after injuring my back playing cricket. I couldn’t work and the bills started to pile up. In the end it forced me to make a change that I have never regretted. I went to China and found a supplier and the rest is history as they say.”

“As you probably already know I have made alot of money importing my own products to sell here in Australia but I wanted to spend more time with my family and my beautiful wife Nana, whom I owe a very large degree of my success to. If it wasn’t for her encouragement I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. I am totally grateful to have found such a perfect partner in life”

“Another reason is that I want to have a positive influence on people and their lives. I understand the pressure of business only too well.”

“I came up with the idea of the Australian Importing Club one day when it dawned on me that people need an honest organisation that is genuinely trying to make a difference in their lives. So my path has been changed once more and now I educate whoever wants to learn how to change their lives for the better.”“I love it when someone comes to me with a big smile and tells me about how their first container arrived and how exciting it was to unpack it. I love hearing it because I know that feeling and I can see it in their eyes… Business is fun again!”


Adam began his rapid rise to success at the early age of 18 managing a very busy retail business. Unfortunately, due to the stress of his work and lifestyle his health was affected.

Adam decided that he had to make a change and work elsewhere, which eventually led him into business for himself. Shortly after he joined forces with his close Uncle, Ian Schoots and they successfully began importing their own line of products…

“In just our 6th month we turned over $30,000 purely online. The profit on that $30,000 was $20,000. I had never ever experienced that sort of margin, what a feeling!… I almost felt guilty for making that sort of money so easily.”

“Next we imported some Hair Accessories for my wholesale business. My Gross Profit Margin went from 40% to 60% pretty much overnight, so instead of selling $100,000 worth of stock and making $40,000 I was suddenly making $60,000… per month. So if I was to not improve the sales of the business at all, that’s an extra $240,000 a year”

In 2 years since adding import lines to my business and “on the side” importing ventures I have total financial freedom. My life is balanced between work, family and friends and I travel regularly with my partner. I have time for everyone. I even have time for my passion and play in a professional cover band once a month.“If you asked me how to change your life, especially if you are in a retail or wholesale business already or maybe you simply want to start a business and get out of the rat race…”

Sam Patton

Amazon Marketing Strategist

Sam is a digital marketing consultant specialising in Amazon. Since 2009, Sam has been in the digital marketing, product design and development industry assisting Australia’s top marketers. He’s worked with some of the largest Amazon analytics companies on the planet and helps importers sell more products on Amazon.

Kerry Fitzgibbon

Facebook Marketing Strategist

Kerry Fitzgibbon is Australia’s leading Facebook marketing expert. She works with business owners all over the world to help them create scalable, sustainable income streams using Facebook marketing. Her main focus is on using Facebook to make money – not just to make friends.


AIC China Sourcing Manager

With 15 plus years of experience with Chinese Supplier identification, there isn’t much that Jason Li doesn’t know about International Trade. He has a vast knowledge of Chinese Supply Chain and high-quality industry contacts throughout China.

From an early age, Jason has worked for international companies around the world and is now an integral part of the Australian Importing Club managing the China Branch Office. The knowledge and experience Jason brings to all of the Australian Importing Club members are invaluable and he is a very approachable person so there is never a doubt for our members confidently moving forward with the perfect Chinese Supplier.