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.

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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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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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Port of Hamburg – China logistics

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.

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What is, and what does the CE marking on a product mean?

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.

CE Marking

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B2B platforms in China – FAQ

Doing business online with the Chinese may seem as a big chance. In ordinary cases, online business is savvy, cost effective and easy: we save a lot of money, which would otherwise be spent on plane tickets, negotiations or onsite checks, so, in case of ordering simple, mass-produced goods, why bother? Obviously there are some risks, but some may say that if our potential partner has a status of a “golden supplier”, than what could possibly go wrong? Well, many things: it is not as easy as buying a book on Amazon.

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iPhone 6 from China

Today Apple presented the new iPhone model. This time the Cupertino based company released two new smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. Many Apple users are happy to have the choice between two different size of the new phone. The iPhone 6 will have a 4,7 inch screen and the bigger iPhone 6 plus a 5.5. Those phones will be available in 115 countries just in 10 days.

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But why do we describe the new iPhone?

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Polypropylene from China

Polypropylene China Scam

Do you plan to import Polypropylene from China? As we’ve seen it in dozens of the same cases by now, we decided to write a warning about a very popular China import Scam: import Polypropylene from China Scam. The scheme is really simple, you order tons of polypropylene from unverified Chinese company (found in Google or Alibaba), and you got bags of worthless sand or other useless product instead (after you paid thousands of dollars – an avrage order worth ca. 28000 USD). How it is possible? There are few factors involved, we will try to explain it in this short blog post.

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