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How do you know if your sourcing project is a good fit for China?

Would your sourcing project get past Mark Cuban’s feasibility audit?

By AsiaBridge Law / December 9, 2020

How do you know if your sourcing project is a good fit for China? Last month, I posted an article “Starting a Business in China: How and Where to Start” and in that article it gives information on how you familiarized the business law in China and the relevant operating requirements when starting a business…

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Starting a Business in China - Is your sourcing project a good fit in China

Starting a Business in China: How and Where to Start

By Mike / November 5, 2020

Right now, small and medium sized entrepreneurs can work on starting a business in China (P.R.C.) with more confidence than ever. The Chinese government has committed itself to the protection of foreign partners’ investments, profits and legal rights. These guarantees protect against nationalization and uncompensated takings.   Whether you want to start an import-export store, boutique…

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

Doing Business in China: Regulatory Compliance (Starter Strategies)

By Mike / 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…

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Why should you assume that all potential suppliers are middlemen - production experience? Don't fall for the Bait and Switch Strategy!

Why should you assume that all potential suppliers are middlemen?

By AsiaBridge Law / 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…

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

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

By AsiaBridge Law / 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 to import Chinese made PPE as the world scrambles to source equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Can you import Chinese made PPE into your country.…

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Force Majeure clause during the Covid-19 pandemic

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

By AsiaBridge Law / 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…

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VAT Leak in China Manufacturing: Planning for Value Added Tax Rebate

VAT Leak in China Manufacturing: Planning for Value Added Tax Rebate

By AsiaBridge Law / March 7, 2020

  In an earlier post on the Chinese Value Added Tax (VAT) system we raised the subject of a “VAT Leak” and talked about the need to pay close attention to the VAT rebate, especially when consolidating freight from multiple suppliers in China.  Here is an excerpt: Why is it important to understand the VAT…

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Coronavirus & VAT in 2020: “In times like these…” Mark Twain answers

Coronavirus & VAT in 2020: “In times like these…” Mark Twain answers

By AsiaBridge Law / March 5, 2020

“In times like these, it is important to remember there have always been times like these”. – Mark Twain China Sourcing, Coronavirus & Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2020 In this blog post, we will answer the following questions: Why is it important to understand the VAT system in China if you source made-in-China products?…

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How the VAT Rebate System works in China manufacturing

China’s Value Added Tax System: How to navigate VAT and negotiate a price when sourcing

By AsiaBridge Law / February 27, 2020

China’s Value Added Tax (VAT): How to navigate the system and negotiate with suppliers like a pro  Buying in China? Complexities of the Value Added Tax System China’s Value Added Tax (VAT) and VAT Rebate system is complex and very confusing.  But if you are buying from China, understanding the basics of how the system…

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Coronavirus: Alarms & Opportunity for China Sourcing; Wuhan aftermath!

Coronavirus: Alarms & Opportunity for China Sourcing; Wuhan aftermath!

By AsiaBridge Law / February 17, 2020

  The Coronavirus appears to have slowed down significantly with factories and the manufacturing infrastructure coming back online. Cautious optimism post Coronavirus. In today’s blog post, I’d like to look at the Coronavirus in terms of its impact specifically on the China sourcing industry.  For example, if you are importing products that are made in…

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How a Business Advisor can complement Legal Counsel

By AsiaBridge Law / December 2, 2019

Having both a local Chinese Lawyer and an International Business Advisor can complement your Legal team to not only save you money, but also offer deeper insight than hiring just one or the other. Force Majeure – a clause found in a contract to remove liability for natural and unavoidable catastrophes. Having both a local…

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PRC Business Formation

HK and PRC Business Formation: Holding Companies, WOFE’s, Offshoring and Other Key Issues

By AsiaBridge Law / February 27, 2018

Common Question: I am setting up a HK LLC because I hear I can operate tax free, do I need to file my taxes each year in HK? I’m also thinking of setting up a company in China to help w sourcing. At what volume does it make sense to set up my own company…

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China Sourcing: What Are Reasonable Payment Terms?

By Mike / May 18, 2017

Negotiating Payment Terms: Medium Sized Orders The following blog post is to give some tips if you find yourself negotiating reasonable payment terms for the first time with a supplier. The target audience are buyers who are purchasing between 10K USD and 100K per given order. If you are larger, you may wish to explore…

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How to structure office hours in your Chinese company

By Mike / June 17, 2015

Client writes in to ask about labor laws and how to set up the office hours for his Chinese staff. As this question gets asked a lot, here are some basic points for your reference: Just wondering if I could borrow your brains and experience and get some advice on a decision that’s been on…

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Is it Legal & Safe to Hire a Freelancer in China?

By Mike / April 25, 2015

Questions & Answers (Hire a Freelancer in China) Q: More and more websites (like oDesk.com, Elance.com Freelancer.com) in English and Chinese are connecting international business people w Chinese freelancers to project work on a part time and sometimes full time basis. What do the Chinese HR laws say about this? A: Technically, this transaction is not…

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Choosing Your Business Vehicle: Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises

By Mike / April 26, 2013

An English Speaking Chinese Lawyer Explains about WFOE (WOFE) in China Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOE) (sometimes written as WOFE), usually take the form of limited liability companies and the liability of the foreign investor in respect of the WFOE is limited to the amount of capital it agrees to contribute.   The risk (sometimes…

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Don’t Be Fooled By a Local Partner

By Mike / March 27, 2013

Chinese don’t trust other Chinese that they don’t know.  Why are foreigners so trusting? Asks an English Speaking Chinese Lawyer Doing business in China is not easy. However, a local partner may help you navigate the Chinese business landscape easier. With a good partner you won’t have to worry about most of the headaches that come…

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How Much Tax Do You Have to Pay?

By Mike / August 26, 2012

After a long long discussion, Law of the PRC on Individual Income Tax (“IIT Law”) has finally been promulgated at June 30, 2011 and here is an answer to your question of “How Much Tax Do You Have to Pay?”. According to Chinese law, two types of expats should pay Individual Income Tax (IIT) For…

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