Mid Autumn Festival 2015

When you plan your business trip to China in September, you should remember that a major Chinese Holiday is coming, the Mid Autumn Festival also known as the Mooncake Festival.

The Moon Cake Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it’s the second grandest and best-know festival after the Spring Festival in Greater China. During the festival all Chinese celebrate the middle of the autumn season. The day is know as Moon Festival due to the fact, that during these days of the year the moon is the brightest and roundest.

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Importing from China – Tips Tools and Resources

For those who already import from China or for anyone who is thinking about starting to import from China, we’ve prepared a list of useful websites, free resources, and tips to use when it comes to trading with Chinese suppliers. Some of our resources are well know, but we included them in our guide due to the fact that many entrepreneur or companies have never done business in China, and everything is new to them.

importing from china

Importing from China is a whole process. Even buying online is not the same as buying on eBay or Amazon. No matter whether you plan to buy a whole 20′ container or just 2 pieces of a product from China, you will encounter the same problems finding a reliable supplier from China, verifying your potential partner, transporting your products from China, and dealing with duty rates and customs procedures.

So we recommend the following tools and websites to improve your importation from China.

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Top 10 China Blogs

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.

top 10 china blogs

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A complete Guide to Canton Fair

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.

Canton Fair

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Does companies from Hong Kong have the same rights as ones registered in Mainland China?

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.

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How can you check whether a Chinese company exists?

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?

Chinese Company

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Does the website prove the existence of a Chinese company?

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.

 

Chinese Scams

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Verification of the Chinese company – the most important document which should be checked if you plan to import from China.

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.

 

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