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How do you know if a supplier is a trading company?

How do you know if a supplier is a trading company?

September 4, 2020

How do you know if a supplier is a trading company? Red Flags will arise when doing your due diligence in investigation of a business to make sure your supplier is not a trading company. This article is second in a series Why should you assume that all potential suppliers are middlemen? … and we are going to talk about how do you know if a supplier is a trading company? Assuming that you want to go factory directly and…

What pressure can the court in China apply to help you recover funds?

How can the court in China apply pressure to help you recover money?

August 28, 2020

You won the court case but the loser hasn’t paid you the court appointed damages. What pressure can the court in China apply to help you recover funds? Have you won a court case in China recently but the losing party won’t pay the court appointed damages? If yes, then this article is for you!   If the losing party fails to execute the verdict from the court, the plaintiff or winning party can apply to have enforcement by the…

Regulations Compliance | Doing Business in China: Regulatory Compliance (Starter Strategies)

Doing Business in China: Regulatory Compliance (Starter Strategies)

August 25, 2020

Doing Business in China: Regulatory Compliance (Starter Strategies) Doing Business in China: Social & Regulatory Compliance: Strategies & Templates | Code of Conduct & realities … Introduction: (Doing Business in China) In this blog post contains excerpts from a 1 hour seminar on Compliance issues. We’ll talk about a code of conduct, social compliance and how to limit your exposure when sourcing overseas in China. It even gives some templates for what key documents and systems should look like. God…

Why should you assume that all potential suppliers are middlemen?

Why should you assume that all potential suppliers are middlemen?

August 18, 2020

  First off, assume all potential suppliers are middlemen until proven otherwise.  If someone says “Yes, I own a factory,” you don’t necessarily believe it.  You want to find some proof.  And then in another session we’re going to talk about how to verify who actually owns the factory.  Maybe it’s a cultural issue, maybe it’s linguistic, and I don’t think most of the sellers are trying to trick you or lie to you.  Maybe they don’t realize they’re lying…

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Using China Bilingual Contracts to protect your interests - an effective & affordable tool to enforce quality, price & lead time. Top 10 lessons for Supplier Contracts- learned the hard way during 20 years in China

Using bilingual contracts to protect your interests in China

August 12, 2020

Using China bilingual contracts to protect your interests-even during a trade war! An effective & affordable tool to enforce quality, price & lead time. Top 10 lessons for Supplier Contracts- learned the hard way during 20 years in China Introduction: In an earlier blog post “Trade War Strategies: Preventing your suppliers from violating your patents” we covered how to set up multiple layers of protection with the focus on the first…

What Requirements Do I Need to Transfer Trademark Rights in China?

What Requirements Do I Need to Transfer Trademark Rights in China?

August 5, 2020

Target Audience: Would you like to transfer your China trademark rights to a new owner?  This article will introduce the required documents and the timeline when transferring your registered trademark rights. The trademark original owner is known as the assignor, while the assignee refers to the one who accepts the trademark. Transferring of trademarks shall be done according to legal procedures and anyone who transfers his registered trademark to any…

China Lawsuits: How to freeze assets of a Chinese Company

China Lawsuits: How to freeze assets of a Chinese Company

July 23, 2020

If you have unresolved issues with your business partner in China and are planning to file a lawsuit, you should seriously think about using the court system to freeze the assets of the target company (before they have a chance to disappear)! Dispute Resolution: What are the options? Jump right to litigation? Unless you are sure you have an “open & shut case” and all negotiations with the target company…

Parts 5 & 6: Can you make money importing PPE? How to ensure the products make it from the port to your inland destination point?

PPE Parts 5 & 6: Can you make money importing PPE? How to ensure the products make it from the nearest port to the final destination?

July 5, 2020

PPE Parts 5 & 6: Can you make money importing PPE? How to ensure the products make it from the port to your inland destination point? Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of people are looking into buying PPE from China for supply as the world scrambles to source equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Can you make money importing PPE? Introduction to…

PPE Part 4: Can you import Chinese made PPE into your country?

PPE Part 4: Can you import Chinese made PPE into your county?

July 1, 2020

PPE Part 4:  Can you import Chinese made PPE into your country? Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of people are looking into buying PPE from China for supply as the world scrambles to source equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Can you import Chinese made PPE into your country. Introduction to our series on buying PPE from China during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

PPE Part 3: Does the Chinese seller actually have the ability to export the PPE out of China?

PPE Part 3: Does the Chinese seller actually have the ability to export the PPE out of China?

June 28, 2020

PPE Part 3: Does the Chinese seller actually have the ability to export the PPE out of China? Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of people are looking into buying PPE from China for supply as the world scrambles to source equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Confirm that your supplier can actually export the PPE out of China. Introduction to our series…

Force Majeure clause during the Covid-19 pandemic

Question: Will China suppliers exploit the Force Majeure clause during the Covid-19 pandemic?

June 24, 2020

Note: This article was written in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, however the topics covered are relevant for any readers wishing to understand how a Force Majeure clause works in China. Why I am worried about a Force Majeure clause in Chinese contracts Besides the obvious concern for the human costs if infections spike and the virus isn’t fully contained, when I look at my China supply…

PPE Part 2: How to confirm if the supplier can actually make the PPE you want to buy.

PPE Part 2: How to confirm supplier can actually make the PPE you want to buy.

June 21, 2020

PPE Part 2: How to confirm if the supplier can actually make the PPE you want to buy. Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic. Looking into buying PPE equipment from China during the Covid-19 pandemic. Confirm that your supplier can actually make the PPE. Perform your due diligence to ensure the seller can make the products you want to buy. Introduction to our series on…

PPE Part 1: The dangers of buying PPE from “your guy’s” “China guy” Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic.

PPE Part 1: The dangers of buying PPE from “your guy’s” “China guy”

June 14, 2020

Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of people are looking into buying PPE from China for supply as the world scrambles to source equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Introduction to our series on buying PPE from China during the Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of buyers are looking to China for supply as the world scrambles to source personal protective equipment during…

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