Don’t be Fooled by a Foreign Partner

Doing business in China is not easy. However, a local partner may help you navigate the Chinese business landscape easier. With a good partner you won’t have to worry about most of the headaches that come with the climate. A local partner can help you understand the law of the land, Chinese culture, especially with…

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Last Payment Escrow. Now They Want Direct Pay.

Is it ok to send payment straight to sellers account, last time I ordered with this company I sent payment with Escrow, this time they asked me to pay straight to their bank account? Is this a good or bad idea? I would be very concerned if the account they are asking you to pay…

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VAT Smoke and Mirrors.

Some exporter in China may use a higher than actual selling price, with the attempt to have more tax drawback. Some of my vendors are also found out by local customs office during export clearance. They are processing trade factory in nature and buy and sell is governed by contract filed with customs office. My…

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Can a small buyer get 90 day credit?

“Are there any suppliers from China or anywhere else for that matter who would be willing to give 60 to 90 day credit from small startup online stores?” Small is a relative term. But since most factory-direct orders to China are above 10,000 USD per shipment, and assuming you are under that threshold, then unfortunately,…

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They Didn’t Ship My Order

I have order goods of 150$ from Sz-mingXXX Industrial Co., Ltd. (Contact person was Dana XXX) after I received quotation and chatting on msn I order 150$ electronic. I paid then through western union as they told me it will be sending next day. But still I haven’t receive anything when I try to chat…

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5 Good Questions Buyers Should Be Asking

1. What are the best ways for a small buyer to avoid scams and find reliable suppliers in China? 2. How can I make sure my China supplier complies with local & international labour laws and regulations? 3. What is the normal practice for requesting samples from manufacturers in China? 4. I want to become…

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Currency Policies in India

I am from Mumbai, India. I am a small merchandiser. If I Import some merchandise from China, how can I pay them? For example, how much foreign currency would be made available to me from India’s government? In what form? Cash / DD / bank transfer? Please let me know in detail or who will…

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