Customs & Taxes When Importing from China: US, EU, UK, Australia & Canada

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Understanding import duties, port charges, VAT, and other taxes is crucial when importing products from China, especially in a time when trade tensions are at an all-time high. However, each country or market has its own import duty rates and customs value calculation methods.

In this article, we explain what every Importer must know about import duties, customs valuation methods, and other taxes when importing products to the following countries and regions.

  • United States
  • European Union
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom

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BSCI and Sedex Audits in China: What Importers Must Know

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Importers are facing more pressure from customers to ensure that their products are, at least to a certain extent, ethically produced.

However, actively monitoring working conditions in a country far away, costs millions of dollars. In other words, ensuring social compliance in China is out of reach for any company that’s not on the Fortune 500. That’s where BSCI and Sedex come in.

In this guide, we explain what importers must know about BSCI and Sedex audits, including rating systems, finding audited suppliers, and much more.

Overview

  • What is BSCI?
  • What is Sedex?
  • What does it mean when a supplier BSCI or Sedex audited?
  • Is it risky to buy from non-BSCI or SMETA audited suppliers?
  • Where can I find a sample BSCI or SMETA report?
  • How do I know if the audit report is valid and authentic?
  • How can I find BSCI or SMETA audited suppliers?
  • Can we find BSCI and SMETA audited suppliers on Alibaba?
  • Are BSCI and SMETA audits common among suppliers in China?
  • Can our company pay to make a supplier BSCI or Sedex certified?
  • How much does a BSCI or Sedex audit cost?
  • Why are not all suppliers BSCI or Sedex audited?
  • Can BSCI and SMETA audits be conducted in any industry?
  • Which companies offer BSCI audits in China?
  • Which companies offer Sedex SMETA audits in China?

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Permits and Licenses When Importing from Asia: A Complete Guide

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Importing certain types of products requires that you first obtain a permit or license. Failing to obtain the necessary permits and licenses can be disastrous, as it can result in your cargo being seized by the customs authorities.

Keep reading, and learn what you must know about import permits and licenses in the European Union, United States, Australia, and many other countries.

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Made-in-China.com Guide: Product List, Wholesalers & More

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Made-in-China.com is a Nanjing-based supplier directory, that some may see as an Alibaba.com clone. That is not accurate, as Made-in-China.com launched in 1998, one year before Alibaba.

That said, Alibaba is by far the largest supplier directory today, both in terms of suppliers and services. Still, Made-in-China.com remains a top 5 supplier directory, and certain buyers prefer to source suppliers on this platform.

In this article, you will learn more about their product categories, supplier verification, payment options, and other services.


Q&A with Chris Georgiou (Made-in-China.com Business Development Manager)

We reached out to Chris Georgiou, Business Development Manager at Made-in-China.com, to ask some questions about their platform and online expos.

How does Made-in-China differ from Alibaba.com?

Both are the leading B2B e-commerce platforms in China. Made-in-China.com was founded in 1998 and Alibaba.com was launched in 1999.

In terms of the supply chain differences: Alibaba.com has suppliers from other countries besides China on its website, but Made-in-China.com only works with Chinese suppliers. So, we believe Made-in-China.com has a deeper understanding and focus on the Chinese market.

As for the industry differences, both are comprehensive sourcing platforms but Made-in-China.com has more advantages in industries such as manufacturing & processing machinery, industrial equipment & components, construction & decoration, auto parts industry, etc., while Alibaba.com has advantages in light industry and daily use.

What kind of buyer services does Made-in-China.com provide?

There are a host of tools and services ranging from matchmaking to supply chain development, and secure transactions. These include ‘VR’, the ‘3D Interactive Showroom Outing’, ‘Online Payment Service’, 11 language websites, and video sourcing meetings. For example, the ‘3D Showroom Outing’ is an immersive self-navigating replica showroom tour with direct merchandise links.

As for inspection, all members have free access to the third-party audit reports of over 20,000 senior member suppliers with on-site factory inspection conducted by professional specialists from SGS, Bureau Veritas, and TÜV Rheinland.

This August, Made-in-China.Com will also be hosting its largest ever Smart Expo, with features specifically designed to restore the offline Expo experience as much as possible.

What features can visitors expect at the Expo?

This service utilizes 360° panoramic displays, 3D, and VR to simulate the setting of the traditional offline exhibition hall.
In the Smart Expo, buyers can feel the offline expo experience, contact suppliers directly, digitally sign a letter of intent as well as make payments without traveling to China.

Moreover, this August, visitors will be able to quickly build trustful relationships with over 3,000 suppliers with new e-business cards, communicate in their preferred language across 8 multi-language halls, as well as place instant orders on a range of light industrial products.

In addition to a variety of promotions such as free samples, shipping, and coupons, visitors can utilize a tailored matchmaking service for face-to-face multi-lingual video meetings.

Which product categories is Made-in-China specialized in?

We are a comprehensive website covering 27 industries and over 40 million products. And we have more advantages in industries such as manufacturing & processing machinery, industrial equipment & components, construction & decoration, auto parts industry, etc.

You are a matchmaker, but does Made-in-China.com platform provide any payment functions for those buyers who would rather not pay the supplier directly?

We are an integrated trade platform helping buyers achieve a full-circle sourcing journey. For those buyers who are concerned about payment safety or would prefer to pay online, Made-in-China.com offers a secure payment Escrow and inspection service, which will hold the payment until the buyer’s agreed point of release.

Do you have different tiers of membership?

Yes, all membership is free. However, businesses who update their basic business information can become ‘Star Buyers’, who are clearly distinguishable to our suppliers. Large and professional buyers are eligible to join the ‘Diamond Club’.

How will membership of these clubs improve members’ sourcing journey?

‘Star Buyers’ and ‘Diamond Club’ members will benefit from ‘Free Sample Requests’, ‘Discount Coupons’ and ‘Waived Fees’ for specialized services as well as networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Our ‘Select Sourcing Connect’ will handpick 2-5 suppliers according to the buyers’ sourcing requirements and host a private video Zoom meeting between them.

With travel to China not currently practical, our bespoke ‘Personal Showroom Tour’ will take ‘Diamond Club’ members to the factory of their choice, and live stream for them as they tour the showroom and discuss with the supplier directly.

‘Diamond Club’ members will also have access to a ‘Special Request for Quotation Channel’ (within 24 hours) and also receive one-to-one bespoke support during each step of the procurement journey from a ‘Personal Sourcing Assistant’.

Apart from medical equipment, what trends in inquires have you seen since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the work-from-home economy to grow significantly. According to data from Made-in-China.com, the inquiries for small household appliances, fitness equipment, home decoration, and household products witnessed large growth.


Made-in-China.com Product List

Made-in-China.com cover the same categories as most other directories, but with more of a focus on industrial and construction products, rather than consumer goods:

  • Machinery
  • Electronics
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Construction
  • Auto & MC Products
  • Sporting Goods
  • Furniture
  • Agriculture
  • Textiles
  • Bags & Cases
  • Packaging

Can I find Wholesalers on Made-in-China.com?

Yes, there is an entire section dedicated only to wholesalers. However, my impression is that the MOQ is as high as for ‘make to order’ products.

In other words, you will not be able to buy small volumes from listed wholesalers – which for most buyers is the whole point of even considering a wholesaler, rather than a factory.

Made-in-China.com vs. Alibaba.com

15 years ago, Made-in-China.com and Alibaba.com may have been equal. Today, however, Alibaba.com is by far the largest supplier directory, in terms of listed factories and trading companies.

In addition, Alibaba.com is also the leader in providing trade services:

  • Trade assurance
  • Book shipments
  • Book quality checks

Another big advantage for Alibaba is the fact that they are not exclusively focused on China.

You’ll find thousands of manufacturers and wholesalers from Vietnam, Thailand, India and other countries on Alibaba.

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Made-in-China .com was founded in Nanjing in 1998 – 1 year before Alibaba.com launched.

Made-in-China.com vs. Globalsources.com

Global Sources, which goes back all the way to the early 1970s, operates the second-largest supplier directory, Globalsources.com.

Many buyers prefer to source electronics, toys, and certain other categories they are focused on. That being said, their main advantage is the annual Global Sources trade shows, where you’ll find some of the best manufacturers in Asia:

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Mobile Electronics
  • Lifestyle
  • Fashion

How does Made-in-China.com compare to this?

They have a really good trade show calendar, showing upcoming trade shows in Asia, Europe, and the United States. But they don’t have their own trade shows as far as I am aware.

What kind of supplier information can I find on Made in China?

Made-in-China.com suppliers are often third-party verified, for example by TUV, which can help you assess if a supplier is qualified or not.

This is what you’ll find on Made-in-China.com:

  • Business type (i.e., Manufacturer)
  • Main Products
  • Number of Employees
  • Year of Establishment
  • Management Certification (i.e., ISO 9001:2015)
  • Product test reports/certification

In addition, you can also find product images, specifications, factory images, and uploaded certificates.

Are Made-in-China suppliers more reliable than others?

No, they are not more reliable, or qualified, than suppliers listed on any other supplier directory. Nor are they any less ‘reliable’ than any other directory.

That being said, I don’t think there are any ‘reliable’ or ‘great’ suppliers, anywhere. Instead, the key is to find manufacturers that are qualified to make your specific product.

The key is to implement the quality assurance process, stretching from creating a clear product specification sheet, to supplier sourcing and final quality inspections.

In that sense, there’s no difference between Made-in-China.com suppliers and those listed on other supplier directories.

Do they integrate payment options?

Yes, Made-in-China.com has an Escrow system allowing buyers to pay by card or bank transfer.

After the buyer receives their order confirmation from the supplier, they can click the “Complete Purchase” button and subsequently submit payment online via their Virtual Trade Room.

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Can I book shipping via Made-in-China.com?

There is a logistics section, but at the time of writing, you cannot get live quotations or book shipping directly on the platform.

There are plenty of listed, exclusively Chinese, shipping companies on Made-in-China.com, that can be contacted via a message form.

Conclusion

Made-in-China.com is much more than just another Alibaba.com clone. While smaller, and not as sophisticated when it comes to trade services, Made-in-China.com is home to thousands of qualified manufacturers in a range of industries.

Payment Methods when Importing from China: A Complete Guide

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About to pay a manufacturer in China? How and when you pay your supplier has a major impact on the outcome. If managed the right way, your payment method of choice can reduce the risk of scams, delays, and quality issues. In this guide, we explain what importers must know about bank transfers, letter of credit, supplier credit, and trade financing.

We also cover payment services, including PayPal, Alibaba Trade Assurance, Neat Commerce, and Payoneer.

Payment Method Overview

  • Telegraphic Transfer (T/T)
  • Letter of Credit (L/C)
  • Supplier Credit
  • International Trade Finance Services
  • Alibaba Trade Assurance
  • PayPal
  • Neat Commerce
  • Payoneer

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  • Payment terms
  • Payment scams
  • Currencies

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List of Sourcing Companies in Australia: Top 9 Agencies

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Sometimes it actually makes sense to start looking for a sourcing agency closer to home, rather than trying to find the right partner in China, Vietnam, or India. In this article, we list some of Australia’s leading sourcing companies.

You will also learn how you can benefit from working with an Australian sourcing company, rather than one that’s based overseas.

Listed Companies

  • Hornet Group
  • Australian Sourcing Group
  • Strategic Sourcing Australia
  • China Direct Sourcing
  • Quantum Business
  • Agile Sourcing
  • Fidèle Sourcing
  • Sourci
  • Sourcing For Australia

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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.

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  • 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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Importing from China to Australia: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import products from China to Australia? In this guide, we cover the basics that all Australian importers must know about product safety standards, labeling requirements, shipping options, and, the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

In addition, you’ll also learn how to calculate import duties, import processing charges, and Goods and Services Tax (GST) when importing from China.

Overview

  • Product Regulations & Safety Standards
  • Shipping from China to Australia
  • Goods and services tax (GST)
  • Import Duties
  • China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)
  • Import Processing Charge
  • Customs Value (CVAL)
  • Import Licenses and Permits
  • Total Import Tax Cost Calculation

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