Case study on the dangers of hidden outsourcing by Chinese suppliers.   This is a real case but some details have been changed to protect identities of buyer and factory.   Earlier this year I was brought in on a project to support a buyer who received from their supplier in China toys with sharp metal…

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I am in the retail business of toys, running my own toy shop in Jaipur (Rajasthan) India. Please tell me the procedure to import baby products. Can I order goods in small quantity like 10 or 6 items of each product? And is it necessary to get the import license? ANSWER Let’s look at your…

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We are starting up a new business venture around toy action figures. We are looking for a manufacturer and are considering China. How do we downselect to the best candidates? Are there local intermediaries who can work on our behalf with the manufacturer? ANSWER: First off, congratulations on your new business. As you are dealing…

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