What is Alibaba Trade Assurance?

Buying products from Chinese vendors via websites such as Alibaba always involves some risk. You do not contact the seller directly, and what is more, you can rely only on photos when it comes to the appearance of products. In order to lower the transaction risk, it is worthwhile to familiarize yourself with the Alibaba Trade Assurance service. It is the free-of-charge buyer protection offered by Alibaba.com. On its basis, buyers are entitled to refunds if shipments are delayed or the goods do not meet the specified requirements.

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TARIC – How to Use the System? A Step by Step Guide

When importing goods from outside of the European Union, including China, you should check the customs tariffs. The TARIC system might be of great help in doing so. In this article, we explain step by step how to use the TARIC system and what information in addition to the duty rates can be found there.

TARIC, which is the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities, is a system operated by the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union. It integrates all the legal provisions of the European Union Member States that are related to customs tariffs for industrial and agricultural articles.

TARIC can be very helpful when you decide to import or export goods. Although the rates are constantly changing, you can easily find the current ones in the system.

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T/T payment

Suppose the samples you have received from the supplier meet your expectations, and you plan to place a large order. After signing the contract with the supplier, it is time to transfer the funds. There are several methods of transferring money; one of them is a T/T payment. It is often used when the contractor is from China. What is a T/T payment, and what is the risk of this method?

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Import from China to the EU step by step

Import from China is quite a complicated process; novice importers have to ensure they take care of many things. Starting from finding the right supplier in China, verifying the company, signing the contract, getting to know the EU standards like CE certification, organizing transport, and finally carrying out customs clearance in the destination country. These are just some of the importer’s obligations. In the following guide, “Import from China to the EU step by step,” you get to know how to import goods from China to Europe from A to Z.

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Solar panels manufacturers in China

China is the absolute leader in the production of photovoltaic panels. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in 2017, the Chinese market accounted for half of the global demand for solar energy. Approximately 60% of the world’s production of the PV panels took place in China. The article below will present the largest solar panels manufacturers and production areas of PV panels in China. 

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Import of seasonal products from China

Among all goods imported from China, a large part is taken up by the import of seasonal products, manufactured on the occasion of holidays or various types of events. Despite the great interest, many people do not acknowledge the large number of risks resulting from importing such items. Before starting the import, it is worth familiarizing yourself with the possible dangers and knowing how to protect your business.

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I received low-quality products from China. Was it a fraud?

China places importance on the quality of its products. For a long time, the “made in China” quality had been associated with mediocrity, but it has already changed. Importers have become used to buying exclusive quality products from China at low prices. However, it still may occur that a contractor sends goods of poor quality or inconsistent with the description. Is it a form of Chinese fraud? How not to be deceived when importing from China and how to ensure that the quality of the products will meet your expectations?

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Import on CIF

When it comes to importing from China, you should carefully choose the most suitable Incoterms 2020. In terms of imports from China, the most popular Incoterms are the FOB and CIF rules. Import on CIF seems to be a very convenient solution since most of the obligations are placed on the seller. As the importer, you do not have to worry about concluding the contract of carriage from China and must only wait for the goods to arrive at the port of destination. However, importers that choose the CIF terms are usually unaware of the additional costs that await once the goods reach the port of destination. It is hard to oversee the costs of unloading goods. After that, import on CIF basis does not seem so favorable anymore.

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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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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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