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3rd Party Assembly and VAT planning

Quoted FOB and EXW by the Chinese supplier.  Who pays the VAT in these circumstances? Who can apply for the refund? Marisa in S. Florida writes in to explain her...

What do MOB and FOB Mean?

Thanks for your email to CSIC. You asked “I need to know what the meaning of MOB & FOB. If I bought item from supplier, how about the charges of shipping? “...

Shipping Cost Responsibility and Sampling Fees.

What is the cheapest and most reliable method of shipping products I import from china to the US? Is the buyer responsible for shipping costs or can they be shared by...

Tips from a Chinese lawyer about incoterms

New buyers often confuse incoterms w payment terms. I hope you don’t make the same mistake. Let me explain. The Incoterms rules or International Commercial terms are a...

Importing with CIF trading terms: what are the risks?

We are importing a shipment from HK – the trading terms are CIF. We have been told that the risk passes to us when the container is in the ships hold but we are...

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