Best of the Asia Quality Blog

Asia Quality Control Blog

January opened Asia Quality Control’s blog with a series of cautionary tales. AQF kicked things off with a comparison between the ‘Western New Years’ celebration and the Chinese New Year celebration.  Later, AQF summarized some of the dangers the sourcing world faced in 2012.  They gave us a big shock with a letter from a…

Read More

My Goods Are Stuck in China Customs.

I have been exporting toys from China for 3 years. I currently have a 20′ and a 40′ allegedly being held by customs in China and our agent says they want a 13,000$ so called “fine” for them to come off the wharfs and on to a ship. I just refuse to pay. We have…

Read More

Sourcing freight forwarders from China to Australia

I would like to source freight forwarders in China for export from China to Australia. This would be only a small amount of freight, maybe a couple of times a year. Could you please help me with some suggestions? ANSWER: It is hard to make a recommendation because so often the ideal partner depends on…

Read More

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 being charged for insurance to delivery port Southampton. What risk passes to us and what risk stays with the seller –…

Read More

Making use of 3PL Service Providers

Like an agent that plans your entire vacation from door to door, freight forwarders can take care of every detail of getting your goods from the factory to your warehouse. More than any other single reason, you want to avail yourself of their services because they will coordinate all the logistics for you for less time and money than you could ever possible do yourself. Just make sure that in choosing one you find someone that fits with you specific needs.

Read More