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How to find and verify a supplier in China

How to find and verify a supplier in China

May 10, 2022

Here is how we answered a question about how to find and verify for a Chinese supplier for a potential European client. As the answer is applicable to a wide range of products, I decided to blog about the Q&A. Question about finding a supplier in China Does your company provide recommendation on reputable companies for purchase of medical machines in China? Mike’s Short Answer: Thanks for your email. I am afraid we don’t find suppliers for you, but if…

Establishing Net Terms: reality of buying on credit - China suppliers

Establishing Net Terms: reality of buying on credit – China suppliers

April 11, 2022

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources. Here is how we answered a question about importing phone accessories from China, but the answer is applicable to just about any businessperson that wants to buy on credit from China, so I decided to blog about the Q&A. I’m a small importer (less than $100K per year) based in…

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Establishing Net Terms: The Realities of Buying on Credit from China suppliers

January 18, 2022

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources. Here is how we answered a question about importing phone accessories from China, but the answer is applicable to just about any businessperson that wants to buy on credit from China, so I decided to blog about the Q&A.   I’m a small importer (less than $100K per year) based…

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When Do China Suppliers Go On Holiday for the Chinese New Year?

January 14, 2022

Here is an edited discussion (to protect identity of parties) regarding a question about how the Chinese New Year Holiday impacts the supply chain of electronics sourced by a US company, but the answer is applicable at a national level for a wide range of products, so I decided to blog about the Q&A. Here is an edited discussion (to protect identity of parties) regarding a question about how the Chinese New Year Holiday impacts the supply chain of electronics…

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Payment Methods & Counterfeit Products from China II

January 11, 2022

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources.   Here is how we answered a question about importing diving knives from China, but the answer is applicable to a wide range of products that are highly regulated as they are dangerous if not used safely, so I decided…

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China Sourcing: Shipping Drama & Supplier Selection

December 10, 2021

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources.   Here is how we answered questions about shipping from China and how to find a supplier of computer components, but the answers are applicable to a wide range of products, so I decided to blog about the Q&A. The…

Prototyping and Product Development

Prototyping and Product Development Dangers in China

December 7, 2021

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources.   Here is how we answered a question about building prototypes and launching test order from China, but the answer is applicable to a wide range of products, so I decided to blog about the Q&A.   I need a…

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Supplier Payments: Dangers of sending money to a 3rd party or Hong Kong sister company.

December 1, 2021

I have seen situations where the buyer takes the seller to court because the product had bad quality or was delivered late, but the case was lost because (even though the buyer had clear signatures on the invoice, PO, and warranty terms) the mainland supplier claimed that the PO was never activated because no funds were received to their corporate account. They say “how can we be help liable for an order that was never paid for?”. 

 

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Supplier Payments and Bank Transfer Headaches: What is the zip code for Hong Kong?

November 30, 2021

Here is an edited discussion (to protect identity of parties) regarding a question from a US buyer regarding how to answer questions from his local bank when sending money for the first time to the Hong Kong Bank account of a Mainland China supplier What is the Hong Kong postal/zip code?   “I’m getting ready to send a bank transfer (TT) from my Bank (HSBC) to the Hong Kong bank…

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Importing from China: Documents, Paperwork, Certificates & Compliance

November 29, 2021

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources. Here is how we answered a question about importing LED light bulbs from China to India, but the answer is applicable to a wide range of products, so I decided to blog about the Q&A.   Can I Import LED…

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China Sourcing: Making Safe Payments and Expectations about Credit

November 25, 2021

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources.   Here is how we answered a question about importing motorcycle part from China, but the answer is applicable to a wide range of products, so I decided to blog about the Q&A. I need motorcycle spare parts on credit.…

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Payment Methods & Counterfeit Products from China Part.1

November 23, 2021

I’m honored to serve as the primary content curator for Global Sources’ knowledge center.  I also volunteer to lead the China Sourcing “ask the experts” help desk for Global Sources.   Here is how we answered a question about importing cognac from China, but the answer is applicable to a wide range of products, so I decided to blog about the Q&A. I am interested in ordering Hennessy cognac, for…

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Due Diligence and QC are important. Contracts are Essential.

November 19, 2021

Executive Summary: Initial productions runs in China are particularly challenging as there are so many unknowns. Distance and language complicate transparency.  This is the story of a US buyer who did everything right in terms of due diligence and quality control.  But for reasons beyond his control, the entire order was defective.  They had the foresight to create a bilingual contract with the supplier.  Without the contract, this would have…

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Dispute Resolution in China: Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, Court Action

Here is an edited discussion (to protect identity of parties) regarding a question about dispute resolution in Guangdong Province involving electronics sourced by a US…

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demand letter china

What is a Demand Letter and how is it used in China to solve disputes?

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Vietnam vs China: Sourcing 2021 and Beyond

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China Shipping 2021 and Beyond: Delays, Dangers and Best Practices

Shipping rates continue to rise, experts expect the situation will remain problematic beyond Christmas and Chinese New Year. China Shipping 2021: Background and why we…

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What To Do When You Find Your IP being Knocked-off on Alibaba?

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Freight Costs From China Continue to Escalate

If higher prices, increased raw material costs and IC chip shortages weren’t enough to make you pull your hair out, if you’re doing business in…

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Be An Exciting But Honest Potential Customer

I mentioned in my previous blog that it’s not a good practice just to say “What’s your lowest price?”. 4 tips on How to be…

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Common Mistakes and Tips when Visiting Trade Shows and Factory

In this blog post, I’ll share with you the common mistakes that new buyers often make when visiting trade shows for the first few times.…

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Biggest Red Flag

What is the Biggest Red Flag When Looking for the Right Type of Supplier at a Trade Show?

Today’s blog post, I will expose how two very common scams can unfold when you are doing business in China.  While both these scams have…

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Common Scams when doing business in China

Common Scams when doing business in China

Today’s blog post, I will expose how two very common scams can unfold when you are doing business in China.  While both these scams have…

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Tips and Practices to Avoid Scams

Tips and Practices to Avoid Scams

In my previous blog, I was talking about The 3 Most Common Scams. So you might be thinking “Oh my God how do I protect…

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The 3 Most Common Scams You Should Know

Here are a few examples of the most common scams targeting foreign buyers. Scam #1: “The Classic” This is where the scam artist convinces the…

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