Thanks to the commonness of online B2B services, trading with China is getting easier. However, it results in entrepreneurs thinking that it is enough to order goods via the internet without going through any additional formalities. Unfortunately, when importing from China, we can come across many pitfalls. Therefore, one should always remember about protection measures such as partner verification or a commercial contract. In case of any problems with a contractor or goods, the contract with a Chinese supplier will allow us to assert our rights.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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?Continue reading
Commercial invoice undoubtedly plays a crucial role in import as well as the export of goods. It constitutes the basis of posting transactions, calculating tariffs, or in accounting. Moreover, the Chinese invoice is one of the documents that are indispensable at customs while importing. In the process of trading with China, in most cases a pro forma invoice is not accepted.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading