Trading Companies in China: A Complete Guide

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Everyone wants to stay away from Trading Companies and go directly to factories when buying from China. That said, it’s not always clear when the trading ends and the manufacturing begins. In this article, I aim to explain what a trading company is, and how they differ from manufacturers.

Further, I also cover the different types of trading companies, some of which are good and some of which are less so. Continue reading Trading Companies in China: A Complete Guide

List of Rapid Prototyping Companies in China

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Looking for a rapid prototyping company before you enter production? In this article, we list lading rapid prototyping service providers based in Mainland China and Hong Kong:

  • Esun
  • HLH
  • 3ERP
  • 3D Printing Lab
  • VPrint 3D
  • Kai Gong
  • Deep Mould
  • SuNPe
  • Vowin

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid Prototyping enables you to quickly, sometimes in a matter of days, create a physical product model. This model can serve as a proof of concept, or even for functionality testing, before you invest in more expensive tooling such as injections molds.

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List of Quality Inspection Companies in India

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Shifting production to factories in India? Then it’s in your best interest to reach out to one of the quality control firms listed in this article – ready to send out their agents to factories located across the great subcontinent.

Is it necessary to book a quality inspection when importing from India?

The risk of quality issues is always relatively high when outsourcing production to other countries, India included. Once the goods are shipped there’s no turning back, as there’s no simple legal or economically viable way to either request a refund or return the goods.

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List of Quality Inspection Companies in Vietnam

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About to place your first order with a factory in Vietnam? Then you should contact one of the quality inspection companies listed in this article to verify that your products match your requirements – before it’s too late.

Keep in mind that the risk of quality issues is not lower in Vietnam compared to other low-cost manufacturing countries in the region.

Company Overview

  • Sofeast
  • Quality Control Inspections Vietnam
  • Vietnam Quality Control
  • OFCO Group
  • AS International
  • Vinacert
  • QIMA

How much does a quality inspection in Vietnam cost?

Most companies charge between US$350 to US$400 per inspection in Vietnam. This is significantly higher than in China, where an inspection sometimes can be booked for less than US$200.

While labor costs are lower in Vietnam, the supply chain service industry is not nearly as developed or competitive as in China. Continue reading List of Quality Inspection Companies in Vietnam

Importing from China to New Zealand: A Complete Guide

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Thinking about importing goods all the way from China to New Zealand but don’t know how to start? In this article, you will learn about the importing process from China to New Zealand:

    • New Zealand Product Safety Standards
    • Labeling Requirements
    • Import Taxes
    • Import Licenses and Permits
    • Selling on Amazon from New Zealand

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List of Hardware Accelerators in HK and Shenzhen

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Hardware Accelerators, such as HAX and Brinc.io, provides the brains, muscles, and capital to bring innovative ideas into commercial products. In this article, we explain how Hardware Accelerators operate, and what differs them from sourcing agents and manufacturers.

In addition, we also list leading Hardware Accelerators in Hong Kong and Shenzhen:

  • Hax.co
  • Brinc.io
  • Highway 1
  • Shenzhen Valley Ventures
  • Hong Kong Design Incubation Programme
  • iDM-Square Hardware Accelerator
  • ReadWrite Labs

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List of Product Photo Companies in China & Hong Kong

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Looking for an Ecommerce or Amazon product photo studio? In this article, we list product photography studios in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

In addition, we also explain how much you should expect to pay, how to submit samples, and why you shouldn’t ask your supplier to take free product photos for you. Continue reading List of Product Photo Companies in China & Hong Kong

Costs When Importing from China: A Complete Guide

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Calculating profit margins directly on a unit price is not a wise decision. When importing from China, there are many costs to take into consideration, and I’m not only referring to shipping and import duties. Buying products from Chinese manufacturers is much like flying with a budget airline. No extras included.

You get what you pay for.

They provide machinery, labor and (hopefully) manufacturing expertise. You provide the rest, including things that a buyer would normally take for granted.

Need a customized component or material substance analysis? That’s on you, not the supplier. Businesses importing from China must manage, or pay someone to manage, critical parts of the supply chain, including product development, quality inspections, tooling and laboratory testing. In this article we explain what costs you need to keep track of, when buying from Chinese suppliers. Continue reading Costs When Importing from China: A Complete Guide

Alibaba Request for Quotation (RFQ): A Complete Guide

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Learn how we can help you gather price and product data from Asian factories

The free Alibaba RFQ service enables you to receive quotations from multiple suppliers, in a matter of days. All you need to do is to fill in a form and click on the submit button.

If used the right way, Alibaba’s Request for Quotation service can help you save hours of work, as you don’t have to contact suppliers one by one.

But as always, you need to use it the right way.

In this article, you will learn how you can save time and money using the RFQ service while making sure that you provide enough information for the suppliers to calculate an accurate unit cost.

In addition, you will also learn what to look for once you receive the quote.

How can the Alibaba RFQ service help me?

Alibaba.com is the world’s largest supplier directory. Even the most obscure product search can result in hundreds of suppliers.

It can take forever to shortlist suppliers and contact them one by one.

Even worse, many of them don’t even reply.

Now, what if you could turn the table, and let them come to you? That’s the idea behind Alibaba’s RFQ service.

In essence, you add product information, and a number of suppliers will submit quotes based on your requirements.

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REACH Compliance & Restricted Chemicals When Importing from China

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REACH is an EU regulation restricting chemicals, heavy metals and pollutants in all products. Products that contain excessive amounts of restricted substances, such as lead or AZO dyes, are illegal to import and sell within the single market.

In this article, I explain how you can determine if REACH testing is necessary for your products, and the steps you must take to properly ensure compliance. That’s why we invited Compliance & Risks, based in Ireland, for help.

In addition, Compliance & risks – a leading product compliance company based in Ireland – answers some of the most common questions importers have about REACH.

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