Product Recall: What Importers & Manufacturers Need to Know

When we began importing products from Asia a few years ago, I distinctly recall my excitement about our new venture: this business, I thought, would be easy money. I imagined our company to be an air traffic controller, directing incoming products from China to soon-to-be customers after a quick layover at our warehouse. But I was naïve. The bewildering complexity of the process gradually became apparent as we encountered unexpected curve balls with each new transaction. It never ceases to amaze me how little we know: there are always new obstacles of which every new firm should be made aware, yet are not made aware. As an import firm, we are legally responsible for all liability associated with the manufacture and use of our products.

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Going to a trade show in China, Part 1 : Getting there

Tool of the trade

Probably the most important decision that you will make prior to coming to China is what tradeshow you will attend while here. In China alone there are thousands of shows every year. From the huge bi-annual fairs in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong to smaller regional and industry specific fairs that are held all over the country, the options are almost endless. How to choose between so many?

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