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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Keqiao – textile production area in China

It would be unimaginable to live in a world where textiles are non-existent. We dress up and decorate our surroundings with fabrics. Around 83% of the globally produced textiles come from China. The largest production area of fabrics in China is in Keqiao. A quarter of global textile production is sold there on the wholesale market. When choosing a Chinese textile manufacturer, it is worth going to such a market to get to know the products, and then pay a visit to the factory of the company you are interested in. These types of visits can be combined with participation in trade shows, where you can also compare offers. Remember to choose the date of visit wisely –it should not be on the same day as the most important Chinese holidays, which usually don’t fall on the same date every year.

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Bankruptcies of Chinese factories

China has returned to work after coronavirus. Factories operate as usual and fulfill importers’ orders. However, not all companies managed to survive the hard period of downtime caused by the epidemic. In this regard, we want you to pay attention to the increased bankruptcies of Chinese factories. Half a million companies have already been closed. Be careful when cooperating with Chinese factories and remember to verify them.

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Importing single-use gloves from China

Disposable gloves come in handy in many situations. Single-use gloves are used for hand and arm protection, mainly in household cleaning, medical, forensic, automotive, scientific, food service, and industrial applications. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we see a great interest in importing single-use gloves from China. Therefore, we have prepared a guide for importers.

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Zhili. Children’s clothing production area in China

Children quickly grow out of their wardrobe and shoes, which is why there is a huge demand for children’s clothes and accessories. China is the largest producer and exporter of clothing. In 2017 the value of the Chinese children’s clothing market was USD 26 billion. Zhili, known as the “city of children’s clothing”, stands out as the main children’s clothing production area in China. When thinking about importing this type of goods, it is worth looking into the offers of many manufacturers presenting their products in wholesale markets. Meeting the factory representative can be followed by visiting the factory. It is also common practice to participate in trade shows, for example in nearby Shanghai. It should be remembered, however, that such visits should not be paid during the most important Chinese holidays, which usually don’t fall on the same date every year.

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Importing medical masks from China

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for medial masks increased immeasurably. The production of masks has quickened up, though there is a current shortage in some hospitals. There are also little to no masks for employees in the service industry. Most masks are made in China, in total at least 50% of global production. Therefore, the import of medical masks from China is a big topic. Factories in China are working at full capacity to cover unexpected demand.

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Rapid coronavirus tests from China

Due to the rapidly growing coronavirus epidemic (SARS-CoV-2) worldwide, it becomes necessary to detect infected people as early as possible. In this case, rapid tests for the presence of coronavirus come to the rescue. It turns out that coronavirus tests can be imported from China. They are widely available on all kinds of Chinese sales platforms, such as Alibaba or Made in China. Great interest in this kind of product and exceptional situation cause that risk of fraud is incredibly high. 

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Importing beauty industry products from China

Recently, there has been a growing interest in Asian cosmetics, including Chinese ones. Several years ago, it would be difficult to come across an aisle in a drugstore containing cosmetics from this part of the world. Now, it is very common for a drugstore to have a dedicated section for Asian cosmetics. Aside from cosmetics, a lot of beauty industry products are imported from China. What are the crucial points when importing beauty industry products from China to the United States of America?

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