Find a Manufacturer in China

By Mike Genung | April 5, 2017 | China, China Sourcing, Manufacturing in China

It is no secret that China has become an extremely important trading partner for the United States. Indeed, the International Trade Association (ITA) reports that the U.S. imports nearly twice as much from China as it does from any other country. For American companies, Chinese manufacturers may be the ideal source. These manufacturers can provide […]

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The 2017 Chinese New Year, and Sourcing from China

By Mike Genung | January 6, 2017 | China Sourcing

                by Mike Genung We’re almost at that time of year again when the longest holiday in China hits. Homes and restaurants will be decorated in red, the color which means good fortune in China. Celebrations and feasting abound, with plenty of toasts and alcohol. Gifts are given; […]

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The Hanjin Bankruptcy and You

By Kelly Leggett | September 20, 2016 | Business Topics, Importing

  The ripple effects of the South Korean Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd bankruptcy are being felt across the globe.  As Korea’s biggest shipping group and the world’s 7th largest, they has 230 branch offices in 60 different countries and a fleet of more than 140 container ships which transported over 100 million tons of cargo […]

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Importing from China – ISF Entry

By Kelly Leggett | September 7, 2016 | Business Topics, China Sourcing, Importing

If you are new to the importing from China, there is a lot to learn about the process!  Today we are going to take a look at ISF Entry. In January 2009, U.S. Customs implemented the “Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements” (ISF 10+2), where a set of data needs to be filed with U.S. […]

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Golden Week in China

By Kelly Leggett | August 30, 2016 | China

  The term Golden Week refers to two week-long holidays in China.  The first Golden Week is linked to the Chinese New Year in January or February with the date changing each year as it is tied to the lunar cycle.  It is also referred to as the Spring Festival and is the busiest of […]

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Shipping Terms: CIF vs. FOB

By Kelly Leggett | August 25, 2016 | Business Topics, Importing

  The International Chamber of Commerce coined INCOTERMS in 1936, which was revised in 2010.  Incoterms are simply international commerce terms. There are 13 incoterms and each one represents an agreement that governs the shipping responsibilities of sellers and buyers within international trade. This system was put in place so as to facilitate orderly international trade through […]

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Branding & Marketing

By Kelly Leggett | August 16, 2016 | Business Topics, Product Development

  Let’s say you have come up with a great product, you’ve secured a manufacturer and they are set to start production.  A great product doesn’t always mean success in the market place.  Branding and marketing are crucial! The success of most businesses is dependent upon mastering the art of branding and marketing.  In fact, […]

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Stainless Steel Water Bottles from China

By Kelly Leggett | August 3, 2016 | China Sourcing, Importing

By estimates, Americans purchase some 51 billion water bottles per year. That is nearly 1 billion per week! Of that number, around 25 % are being recycled. Imagine a water bottle filled a quarter of the way with crude oil. That is how much oil it took to manufacture that one bottle.  Now expand that […]

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World Record Glass Bridge!

By Kelly Leggett | July 20, 2016 | China

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge This month marks the opening of highest and longest glass bridge in the world at 430 meters long (1,410 feet) and 300 meters high (984 feet) in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in the Hunan Province of China.  And if that is not enough, this bridge also offers the highest bungee […]

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