How to Make Telegraphic Transfers (T/T) to Chinese Suppliers

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Telegraphic Transfer (T/T) is the most common way to pay manufacturers in China, and elsewhere in Asia. That said, Telegraphic Transfers are irreversible once the payment is made, and the bank is not responsible for ensuring that you don’t get scammed or pay to the wrong account.

In this guide, we explain what can go wrong when paying Chinese suppliers by Telegraphic Transfer, and what you can do to prevent common issues.

Overview

  • Bank account details
  • Paying the right company
  • Payment fraud risks
  • Transaction fees
  • Payment records and documents
  • Using Wise.com
  • Paying using a Hong Kong account
  • Alibaba telegraphic transfer options

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List of Quality Control and Inspection Companies in China

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Quality control is a mandatory part of the process when importing products from China, regardless of the order volume. Hence, finding the right quality control partner is crucial. In this guide, you will find some of the leading quality inspection companies, with offices in China.

We compare them based on capability, pricing, and customer focus – to help you choose the right partner for your quality assurance needs in China.

Listed Companies

  • Sofeast Limited (Qualityinspection.org)
  • QIMA (Formerly Asiainspection)
  • Asia Quality Focus
  • Bay Source Global
  • InTouch Manufacturing Services
  • V-Trust
  • SGS
  • KRT Audits
  • HQTS
  • Pro QC International
  • ATI
  • Tetra Inspection
  • China Inspection Service
  • STC Group
  • Bureau Veritas InSpec

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Buying Private Label Products in China: A Complete Guide

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Importing private label products from Chinese manufacturers is often seen as a faster and easier way to launch new products. This is sometimes true, but only if done correctly. In this guide, I share everything I have learnt about manufacturing private label products in China – including which products are better suited for private labeling, specifications, making design changes, quality control, compliance, and much more.

This is covered
  • What is private labeling?
  • Product categories suited for private labeling
  • Product categories not suited for private labeling
  • Creating a private label product specification
  • Making design changes to private label products
  • Logo and labeling costs
  • Logo and printing specifications
  • Product packaging
  • Quality inspections for private label products
  • Private labeling products and safety standards
  • Questions & Answers

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How to Find a Design Freelancer for Your Customized Products

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In the age of Amazon brands, Aliexpress and Wish, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to succeed with generic private label products. Creating unique, custom designed, products is the only way forward for smaller E-commerce businesses that can’t compete on price alone.

Yet, while many E-commerce businesses have great ideas for custom designed products they want to bring to market, they lack the in-house design expertise, or budget, to turn their visions into practical 3D design files and technical drawings.

But, as I explain in this article, the creation of a custom-designed product is not nearly as complex or difficult as you might think. Continue reading How to Find a Design Freelancer for Your Customized Products

What’s the Difference Between OEM and ODM Products?

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Many suppliers on Alibaba.com, and other supplier directories, claim to offer Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) products. In this article, we explain what OEM and ODM mean in the context of manufacturing in China, and other Asian countries.

Whether you decide to get an OEM or ODM product manufactured impacts the entire process, from supplier sourcing and RFQ to product samples and manufacturing. Continue reading What’s the Difference Between OEM and ODM Products?

Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) Requirements in China: A Complete Guide

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The Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) requirement sets the minimum number of units that you can buy from a supplier. For example, an MOQ of 500 pcs means that you cannot order anything less than 500 units of a certain product. The MOQ requirement can therefore be an obstacle for small buyers, especially as it tends to be set on a per-product basis rather than on a per order basis.

That said, there are ways to reduce the MOQ requirements, while also allowing the supplier to keep a fair profit margin. This, and much more, is explained in this guide covering everything importers must know about MOQ requirements in China.

Overview

  • MOQ Examples
  • What is the Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)?
  • How to confirm the MOQ requirement
  • Minimum Order Value (MOV)
  • MOQ and COVID-19
  • Why the MOQ exist
  • Different types of MOQs
  • How to reduce the MOQ
  • MOQ in China VS Vietnam & India
  • Issues when buying below the MOQ
  • MOQ reduction strategies

MOQ Examples

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Chinese New Year 2021 : How Importers Can Prevent Disaster

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The Chinese New Year (CNY) of 2021 starts on Friday, 12 February, and officially lasts for 7 days in Mainland China. While many of us who work in Asia are painfully aware of the Chinese New Year, and the coming disruption to all production, many importers and Amazon sellers are caught completely off guard.

As if the rush to get your shipments in time for Christmas was not enough, you now have to make sure that your goods are ready well before your supplier closes the shop for CNY 2021. During this holiday, all factories are shut down, without exception. This year we also have the COVID-19 factor to take into consideration.

While the official holiday only lasts for about a week, most factories are closed for an entire month, with disruptions lasting even longer. This time of the year is especially risky for businesses importing seasonal products, such as outdoor furniture and swimwear.

Article Overview

  • How importers can prepare for CNY
  • Why and how CNY disrupts manufacturing in China
  • How to avoid delays to the CNY
  • CNY 2021 timeline and dates
  • Lunar holiday disruption in Vietnam and Southeast Asia
  • How COVID-19 may impact CNY 2021

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Global Recycling Standard (GRS): What Importers & Manufacturers Must Know

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Recycled materials are used to manufacture everything from apparel to phone cases. These days it seems like every single supplier can ensure that their materials are “eco friendly”. But, how can you be sure that the materials are actually recycled?

That’s where the Global Recycling Standard (GRS) comes in. In short, GRS helps importers and manufacturers ensure that their materials are recycled, and also comply with certain standards concerning chemicals and environmental practices.

Keep reading this article written by Shufen Lee, to learn what you must know about Global Recycling Standard (GRS) and how it can help your efforts to make your products more sustainable. Continue reading Global Recycling Standard (GRS): What Importers & Manufacturers Must Know

Using Eco-Friendly Materials When Manufacturing in Asia: A Complete Guide

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Looking for ways to make your e-commerce product more eco-friendly? You’re not alone. I estimate that roughly half of the customers we work with today have some sort of ‘eco’ dimension as part of their product concept.

After all, if Adidas can make shoes from recycled ocean plastic, then I guess anyone can?

While I wish it was that simple, it does take more than a cool website and good intentions to make your product more eco-friendly.

Keep reading, and learn what it takes to use eco-friendly materials when manufacturing products in China, Vietnam and other countries in Asia.

It’s not as easy as you might think.

List of Eco-Friendly Materials

Shufen Lee, an independent research collaborator with Asiaimportal (HK) Limited, contributed to this article. She did extensive research to create a list of various types of eco-friendly materials.

  • Recycled materials
  • Natural materials
  • Bio-plastics
  • Organic cotton
  • Wood and paper
  • Types of Eco-Friendly Materials

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US-China Trade War Tariffs: An Essential Guide for Importers & Amazon Sellers

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Like many others, I assumed the US-China trade war would be a short affair. I envisioned some deal involving mutual trade concessions taking place in a matter of weeks.

How wrong I was.

Now we are facing the prospect of a decade-long trade war, that will possibly mark the end of an era. Given that the United States is our main market, in terms of users, the trade war has a severe impact on our business too.

I’m not here to discuss which side is morally right or wrong. But I do have an obligation to share my views of how the US-China trade war may impact small businesses in the US, importing from China.

  • Why the trade war could massively benefit Chinese sellers
  • Which products are affected by the new tariffs?
  • Which products are not affected by the new tariffs?
  • What does this mean for US importers?
  • Will China or the US win the trade war?

The trade war also comes with some unintended consequences, that have the potential to backfire massively. Continue reading US-China Trade War Tariffs: An Essential Guide for Importers & Amazon Sellers