Contract with a Chinese supplier

Thanks to the commonness of online B2B services, trading with China is getting easier. However, it results in entrepreneurs thinking that it is enough to order goods via the internet without going through any additional formalities. Unfortunately, when importing from China, we can come across many pitfalls. Therefore, one should always remember about protection measures such as partner verification or a commercial contract. In case of any problems with a contractor or goods, the contract with a Chinese supplier will allow us to assert our rights.

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CE and test reports – what is important?

One of the critical issues in the import process is recognizing whether the goods you want to import are subject to directives and what requirements they should meet. If respective documents confirming compliance with the specified standards are not attached, the goods are likely to be held up in customs. Consequently, the goods cannot be placed on the market. However, the products could also be detained if your contractor sent counterfeit certificates that supposedly confirm the product’s compliance with EU requirements. Check what to look for in CE and test reports.

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What is a GOTS certification?

GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification is a worldwide leading standard concerning soft goods. It focuses on individual stages of the entire production chain of products made of natural fabrics. Its main purpose is to promote producing goods in accordance with respect for the natural environment, defining the criteria for its protection. We present details related to GOTS certification and answer the question of why it is worth to obtain such a marking. 

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FDA – Food and Drug Administration

Manufacturers and importers must consider numerous product safety regulations in their operations. This applies in particular to such goods as food, medicines, cosmetics, and medical devices. Within the European Union, compliance with EU directives is of utmost importance. In turn, in the United States, these issues are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This article discusses the scope of the FDA’s activities and its correlation with other markets.

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FCC

In times of globalization and the necessity to adapt goods to the requirements of the international market, it is essential to be familiar with relevant certificates. Each marking is proof that a product meets specific technical and safety standards specified in national legislation. With regard to the electronics and telecommunications industry, one example of such marking is the FCC certificate.

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Chinese invoice

Commercial invoice undoubtedly plays a crucial role in import as well as the export of goods. It constitutes the basis of posting transactions, calculating tariffs, or in accounting. Moreover, the Chinese invoice is one of the documents that are indispensable at customs while importing. In the process of trading with China, in most cases a pro forma invoice is not accepted.

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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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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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