Goods without CE marking

The CE marking is mandatory for many product groups. It is a manufacturer’s or his authorized representative’s declaration that the product meets the requirements stated in the New Approach directives. Machinery, toys, medical devices as well as all devices that generate electromagnetic interference are subject to the legislation on CE marking in the EEA. However, there is plenty of products that do not need CE marking. Below we list goods without CE marking.

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Cost of living in Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, is a city often visited by tourists. This is the second (after Shanghai) city in terms of population in China, and, in addition, one of the four separated cities, bordering with the Hebei province and the separate city Tianjin. Beijing is the largest cultural, educational, and political center of the country, which often becomes the reason for visiting the city by numerous tourists fascinated with China. The city is worth seeing and even staying for a little longer. How does life in Beijing look like? What is the cost of living in Beijing? Read further to find out.

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Products that need CE marking

The Member States of the European Union decided to lift trade barriers to stimulate mutual trade and to establish a common policy with non-EU countries. Thus, the single European market was created. One of the main obstacles was national requirements regarding for example product quality and safety. In order to allow the free circulation of goods, it was necessary to harmonize national systems in such a way that in every State Member, the requirements would be the same. So, the New Approach directives came into life. The directives state the basic safety principles for products to be placed on the single European market. The CE marking is the manufacturer’s declaration that the product complies with the directives. Below we list which products need CE marking.

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Tmall – how to sell on Tmall?

The dynamic development and openness to cross-border sales have made Chinese e-commerce dominate. Europeans are buying on a large scale from Chinese e-commerce platforms, and the Chinese are increasingly willing to open up to cross-border shopping. Selling on Tmall, the largest e-commerce platform in China, can be a hit for those interested in exporting to China. By 2018, more than 14,500 international brands from 63 countries were selling their products on Tmall Global. 80% of them were introduced to the Chinese market for the first time.

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Days off in China

International cooperation requires adaptation to the circumstances of both countries. Entrepreneurs dealing with Chinese businesspeople should be particularly aware of the irregular calendar of Chinese holidays. Those traveling to China should also be mindful of the dates of public holidays. Also, understanding how the work schedule in China looks like might come in handy. That is why it is worth knowing the days off in China.

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User manual and importer’s obligations

A user manual can be quite a troublesome matter for many importers. The root of the problem is mostly the lack of knowledge about products that require such instructions. Not attaching a user manual may result in the goods being held in customs and exposing you to otherwise avoidable costs. When should an importer attach the user manual? In which language should it be issued, and what is the legal base? Check the most important issues related to the user manual and importer’s obligations.

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Canton Fair 2020

Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, many events such as conferences or festivals have been canceled or postponed. The situation is no different with trade shows. Nevertheless, the organizers are looking for ways to make some of them happen, even if not in a stationary form. As a result, the Canton Fair in 2020 will take place online. It is the biggest and most important trade show in China, and has been held continuously since 1957.

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How to buy on Alibaba

Alibaba is a well-known shopping platform, operating on B2B principles (transaction between two or more businesses). It is different from transactions between enterprises and individual clients, referred to as B2C. Alibaba.com belongs to the Alibaba Group, which was founded in 1999 in Hangzhou by Jack Ma. The group is currently one of the largest companies globally, and the platform itself is a top-rated sourcing site. The article below will explain how to buy on Alibaba and what is worth paying attention to.

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Keqiao – textile production area in China

It would be unimaginable to live in a world where textiles are non-existent. We dress up and decorate our surroundings with fabrics. Around 83% of the globally produced textiles come from China. The largest production area of fabrics in China is in Keqiao. A quarter of global textile production is sold there on the wholesale market. When choosing a Chinese textile manufacturer, it is worth going to such a market to get to know the products, and then pay a visit to the factory of the company you are interested in. These types of visits can be combined with participation in trade shows, where you can also compare offers. Remember to choose the date of visit wisely –it should not be on the same day as the most important Chinese holidays, which usually don’t fall on the same date every year.

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Bankruptcies of Chinese factories

China has returned to work after coronavirus. Factories operate as usual and fulfill importers’ orders. However, not all companies managed to survive the hard period of downtime caused by the epidemic. In this regard, we want you to pay attention to the increased bankruptcies of Chinese factories. Half a million companies have already been closed. Be careful when cooperating with Chinese factories and remember to verify them.

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