I would like to import solar panels but I don’t know if there are any custom duties in South Africa.  What is FOB?  Can I import any small containers less than twenty feet? While we can provide information on China export issues, I am afraid we don’t have information on S. Africa import duties. But…

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How does one return faulty watches to China?  I want to return the defects to an alternative factory who is willing to assist with the repair, not to the original supplier who walked away from their faulty goods. We have been warned with horror stories about returning watches through Chinese customs.  Is this possible and…

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Do e readers need to be CE marked for use in the UK ? What will the import duty be ? Our focus at the CSIC is on China side issues and while we have helped over 200 production classifications, I am afraid I don’t have experience with e-readers going to the UK. But I…

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  Per reader request, when there are changes to the import/export rules and taxes, I will use this forum to post the latest information that impact sourcing professionals.   In a July blog post “33 Import duties disappear!” I explained how this adjustment will impact China sourcing. As a follow up, here is the detailed…

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How reduced import tariffs in China help foreign buyers When China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) they committed to a schedule to reduce trade barriers and reduce duties and taxes.  For the most part, China has lived up to their promises. In many cases, in the effort to reduce soaring inflation at home, the…

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Summary: Post explains why China sourcing professions need to care about Chicken, Tires and WTO rulings. First some good news As China is now a full member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) trade disputes are mediated by the WTO. This is a large step towards “rule of law” at a global level and helps…

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China’s Ministry of Finance announced in June that the country will cut or completely eliminate tariffs on 33 commodities, ranging from fuel to textiles.   What does this mean for the sourcing industry?   1.  If you happen to be buying from a supplier that used one or more of these 33 commodities as the…

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