Why It is Hard to Find a Chinese Factory

By Mike Genung | May 8, 2017 | Manufacturing in China

Many American companies want to get their products made in China. According to World Trade Organization (WTO) data, the United States imports nearly $500 billion per year worth of Chinese-produced goods, far more than from any other country. However, even though China has a reputation as a country that manufactures everything, it is often surprisingly […]

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Do I Have to Mark My Product as “Made in China”?

By Mike Genung | | Importing

Under United States law, a product’s ‘country of origin’ must be properly marked. That being said, these requirements are by no means simple. Many different federal agencies regulate products coming into the United States from China. Indeed, depending on the specific nature of your products, they may be subject to regulations promulgated by any combination […]

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What to Look For in a Chinese Manufacturing Company

By Mike Genung | | Manufacturing in China

Do want to get your products made in China? If so, there are many Chinese manufacturing firms that offer services that are well suited for your needs. However, finding the right manufacturer in China can be an extremely difficult process. Indeed, we have heard horror stories of American business people who have had products made […]

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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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