The Chinese government is making life easier for foreign entrepreneurs trading with China. It made an announcement declaring it will translate Chinese trade-related laws and regulations into English. The reason is to help people around the world understand China trade-rules.
Are you looking for some good blogs to read about China? Look no further! We’ve scoured the Web and found the most interesting, most must-read China-related blogs.
We’ve prepared a mixture of the 10 best Chinese blogs (actually 13, it was hard for us to pick the best 10), which we recommend to everyone. Our list ranges from business blogs to some expats blogs. Check out what we consider to be the top 13 best blogs about China. The blogs are listed in random order.
Canton Fair in is the biggest, best-known sourcing fair in China, also known as the China Import and Export Fair. Held twice a year in Guangzhou (Canton), it attracts more than 500,000 visitors to both the spring and autumn fairs.
Importers from more than 200 countries and regions from all over the world attend to visit more than 22,000 exhibitors from all over China and overseas. It’s the “must visit” trade show for almost every importer from China. So if you already import from China and are looking for new Chinese suppliers or just want to start your import business, it’s the best fair to attend.
In our complete Canton Fair Guide, we’ll try to answer the most frequently asked questions about the trade show.
People often ask about companies from Hong Kong and if they have the same rights to operate in China as, for example, companies registered in Beijing or Shanghai? In a word: No. Hong Kong, even though it is controlled by China, is an SAR (Special Administrative Region), and it has a separate legal, economic, and monetary (Hong Kong Dollar) system.
Do you run or plan to start importing from China but do not know whether your Chinese business partner is a legally registered company? This is a common problem when doing business with Chinese companies, especially when you do it through the Internet and use B2B portals like Alibaba.com. The question seems peculiar, but still not enough people ask themselves about it. Surely it would possibly avoid a lot of scams if the importer had access to this apparently trivial information about a supplier from China.
So how can you check if a Chinese company exists?
We have already written how many Chinese scams can be avoided by confirming the existence of the company in People’s Republic of China. A common mistake commited by businessmen who imports from China is to assume that if there is a website there is probably existing registered company. Unfortunately, often it is not. The statement “The company for certain exists, because it has got a website, the address and all, there are even pictures of the factory” is a sign of naivety. Scammers often copy the contents of the pages of existing Chinese companies, often with the address, photo and logo.
If you are trading with China it is worth to ask your business partners to send basic documents in order to reduce the risk of possible fraud. At the beginning it is worth to determine whether the company has a valid legal registration in China. The basic documents you should ask for is a business license (business license). Every legally operating company must possess this licenses, this document fits on one side of a double paper so there is no problem with scanning and sending it to us.
Usually in China, during the official holiday period, all official and governmental sectors are closed. There are some exceptions in the private sector, but most factories also stop work. When your company does business with China, it’s important to remember that, in China, holidays and festivals are different than those in the USA or Europe, and there might be fewer, but the business breaks are much longer!
Guest post by Maciej Brzozowski representative of Port of Hamburg
One of the megatrends in economy of the last few years is outsourcing and concentrating on a key competences by the companies, while leaving less relevant matters to the proven business partners. It concerns not only the producers considering the “make or buy” problem, but also trading and service companies. Even the army uses outside companies for facility security service. In case of import from China, the thing we easily hand over China is organization of shipment to the country, because who would be better at it, if not the company operating in a region that’s called the world’s factory.
Guest entry by Piotr R. Gajos, a Product Assessment Specialist of RiskCE
I’d like to thank my colleagues from www.ExamineChina.com for inviting me to post a few entries on the “CE marking” topic. I liked the idea even more because of a mystery this topic still poses for a lot of people, which in case of importing goods from China can put a company at risk of huge expenses and troubles with an unwanted product.