Alternatives to Alibaba

B2B (business-to-business) online shopping services allow companies to cooperate easily. The term B2B indicates the act of selling online goods between companies. Offers from Chinese suppliers can generally be found on popular websites such as Alibaba and other equally noteworthy online platforms. In this article, we will discuss the various lesser-known alternatives to Alibaba in the Chinese market.

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Importing solar panels from China to the European Union

The increasing demand for solar panels in the EU led to abolishing anti-dumping duties on photovoltaic (PV) modules from China in 2018. What’s more, the value of their VAT has also been lowered. Since then, the interest of European importers in solar panels from China has been growing as well, making the European Union its primary market for this sector. We present all you need to know about importing solar panels from China to the European Union.

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SDS Safety Data Sheet

The SDS Safety Data Sheet (formerly known as MSDS – Material Safety Data Sheet) is a document required for all types of substances that are considered dangerous. Usage of goods containing such substances without the SDS is prohibited in all professional environments. The obligation stems from Art. 31 of the REACH directive – regulation (EC) no 1907/2006. This lengthy document includes descriptions of hazards of a given substance or chemical mixture, as well as a description of physiochemical data of the product. It also warns the user about the dangers of particular products and includes advice about safety precautions. Before you start importing such goods, make sure to check whether the supplier provides the Safety Data Sheet.

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McDonald’s in China

For quite some time now, there has been a visibly growing fascination with the West in China. It is especially evident amongst the younger generation that incorporates Western fashion, lifestyle, and cuisine into their everyday life. The well-known fast-food chain McDonald’s is one of those Western brands that has managed to enter the Chinese market successfully. In fact, McDonald’s is currently one of the most popular fast-food chains in this country. Therefore, it might be interesting to see how McDonald’s in China has evolved over the years, as well as how the Western brand managed to maintain its popularity over time.

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Import home decor from China to the US

Accessories for interior decoration are gaining popularity among importers of goods from China. Chinese online shopping websites offer almost any type of such items, including mirrors, paintings, frames, pillows, blankets, bedsheets, curtains, and many more. The profitability of their import is due to the relatively low price and low duty rates for these products. How to import home decor from China to the US? 

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Traveling to China – preparations. What should you know?

Traveling to China requires some preparations beforehand. It is important to get ready both on the business front and on the cultural one. We can help you start by introducing some aspects which will make preparations for the journey easier. What should you remember, what should you pay special attention to, and what should you avoid?

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AQL norm

When importing commodities from China, it is useful to know what the AQL norm is. It is the most popular inspection standard for goods, required by law in some countries. When using the service of a company that is checking our commodity, you should know the ropes; on what criteria are samples chosen for inspection – what is the quantity and with how much precision the inspection is done.

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HTS Code

The HTS code, or the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, is a code used to classify and define products in international trade. Each code has between 8-10 digits, the first 6 being an HS code, also called the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. The code is used by all members of the World Customs Organization (WCO). The HTS is explicitly used for imports and exports in and out of the United States.

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Quality checks in China

Quality checks are conducted to obtain the highest possible quality product by monitoring at various production stages. When importing, the first step should always be to verify the potential business partner. You should make sure they have their factory, and if they do, where it is located. It would be best to be confident that the product will be of the best possible quality. To ensure the goods are manufactured according to your specifications, you should have an inspection conducted. What types of quality checks are done in China? When should such inspections be done?

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Importing Push Bubble from China

The toy industry is growing rapidly, and manufacturers continue to meet consumer demands by constantly designing new gadgets. Recently, a sensory toy called Push Bubble, also referred to as Pop It, Bubble Pop or Fidget Toy, has appeared on the market. Its main feature is its anti-stress effect, which makes it suitable for both kids and adults. What is this new toy, and what are the requirements for importing Push Bubble from China?

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