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
  • Pro QC International Ltd
  • 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

Customs & Taxes When Importing from China: US, EU, 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 have 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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Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) – Why It’s Required by Chinese Suppliers

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The Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) requirement sets the lowest quantity of a certain product (e.g. 500 pcs) that a supplier is willing to sell. If the importer cannot reach the MOQ requirement, then the supplier is not willing or able to enter production.

In this article, I explain why the MOQ requirement exists, and what you can do to reduce the number of units you need to buy.

What is the Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)?

The MOQ requirement is the minimum number of units you need to order from a supplier. It can be set per order, per product, per material or per color. For example, if a supplier sets their MOQ at 500 pcs, then you must purchase at least 500 pcs before they can accept your order.

How do I find out the MOQ of a supplier?

The MOQ is often specified on the suppliers Alibaba page, or website. You can also contact them directly to ask for their MOQ.

Keep in mind that the MOQ is fluid, as it varies depending on a range of factors. In addition, there are also different MOQs to keep track of, not just one.

What is the Minimum Order Value?

A Minimum Order Value is the lowest value of goods a supplier is willing to sell on a per order or product basis. If the Minimum Order Value is set at US$5000, then they will not accept orders below this figure. That said, manufacturers almost exclusively set a minimum quantity rather than a minimum value.

1. Low-profit margins require larger volumes

Most Chinese manufacturers tend to operate on razor-thin profit margins. Often as low as 3 to 4%. Low-profit margins require the supplier to produce a large number of products in order to break even. Continue reading Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) – Why It’s Required by Chinese Suppliers

Canton Fair Autumn 2019: The Ultimate Guide

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The Canton Fair is the longest-running and the largest trade show in Mainland China. Think of it as the ‘offline version’ of Alibaba.com, and you’re getting close. In this guide, you will learn everything importers must know about the Canton Fair:

  • Why should I visit the Canton Fair?
  • Canton Fair Products and Phases
  • Canton Fair Dates 2019
  • Traveling to the Canton Fair
  • Visitor Registration
  • Visa Requirements
  • How to get an invitation letter

As a bonus, I also explain how to prepare and attend the Canton Fair, and manage follow-ups.

  • Why you must prepare a product specification before your visit
  • The questions you must ask each supplier at the trade show
  • How to follow-up with the suppliers after the trade show

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VAT on Imported Goods from China: A Complete Guide

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Imported from Asia to the EU, or selling cross-border? In this guide, we explain what importers, Amazon sellers, and cross-border e-commerce companies must know about the Value Added Tax (VAT) in the European Union.

We also collaborated with Alex Wyatt from SimplyVAT and Dr. Matthias Oldiges from KMLZ, two of Europes leading experts, to create this comprehensive VAT guide.

This is covered

  • VAT calculations for European importers
  • VAT rates in EU member states
  • How and when to pay VAT
  • VAT registration for EU companies
  • VAT registration for non-EU companies
  • VAT when dropshipping products
  • VAT when selling products online within the EU
  • VAT registration when selling from overseas to the EU
  • VAT when selling on Amazon

What is Value Added Tax (VAT)?

The VAT is a consumption tax in the European Union. In B2C transactions, VAT is always included in the price. If you, for example, buy a product online from an EU based online store, the price you pay includes VAT.

The seller can then subtract the VAT paid on imports, from VAT added on top of the sales price.

Below follows an example:

  • Sales: $10,000 (Including VAT, 20%)
  • Expenses: $5,000 (Including VAT 20%)

This allows us to make the following calculation.

  • Sales VAT: $2,000
  • Paid VAT: $1,000
  • Total: $2,000 – $1,000 = $1,000

Thus, I would need to pay a VAT of $1,000. If I’d spent more on VAT than I added on top of my sales, I would instead get money back from the state.

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Alibaba Supplier Scams: 3 Common Types & How You Avoid Them

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None of these scams are unique to Alibaba.com. On the contrary, Alibaba.com verifies all Gold Suppliers and offers far more supplier data than any other B2B supplier directory.

Alibaba.com is in many aspects the safest way to source products in Asia, as long as you have a risk management process in place.

That said, Alibaba cannot monitor every single email and WeChat conversion between suppliers and buyer’s on its platform. There are rogue employees out there, and hackers breaking into suppliers email accounts.

In this article, I explain how you can avoid 3 different types of scams, and the measures Alibaba has taken in recent years to make their marketplace safer. Continue reading Alibaba Supplier Scams: 3 Common Types & How You Avoid Them

List of Sourcing Companies in Malaysia: Top 9 Companies

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Looking for new suppliers in Malaysia? In this article, we list sourcing companies offering product sourcing services covering textiles, furniture, industrial goods, and many other products that Malaysia can offer importers.

Listed Sourcing Companies

  • GenuineProducts.Asia
  • Dimason Sourcing
  • Asia Sourcing Company
  • ALH Global Group
  • Endevor Trading Sdn Bhd
  • JLC Sourcing and Services Ltd
  • AsiaCommerce
  • Wuerth Industrial Services Malaysia
  • AsiaBuyer

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List of Furniture Manufacturers in Thailand: Top 12 Factories

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Looking for your next furniture manufacturer in Thailand? In this article, we list some of Thailand’s leading furniture factories producing everything from bamboo and rattan furniture to high-end wooden pieces.

Listed Manufacturers

  • AD ASIA Manufacturers Co., Ltd
  • PLATO
  • Euro Design Furniture
  • Asalon Co., Ltd
  • iBalDesigns
  • Eiwlee Industrial Co., Ltd
  • Gerard Collection
  • SARNN
  • Corner 43 Decor
  • KONGKA Manufacturer Co., Ltd
  • Rockworth Public Company Limited

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List of Jewelry Manufacturers in Thailand: An Overview

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Thailand is home to jewelry manufacturers and wholesalers, offering everything from 925 stainless steel jewelry to bamboo accessories. In this article, we list some of Thailand’s leading jewelry suppliers.

Listed Manufacturers

  • Choon Jewelry Company Limited
  • Intercontinental Jewellery
  • Thai Jewelry Manufacturer Co., Ltd
  • Spokes Jewelry Services Limited
  • Atelier Quadrature
  • Lydesign Co., Ltd
  • Orogems Manufacturing Ltd
  • Lofty Bamboo
  • Royal Sal
  • Prouwi
  • Orio Jewelry Wholesale Thailand
  • Shiro Limited

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List of Clothing & Textiles Manufacturers in Malaysia

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Looking for a new manufacturing base for your latest clothing designs? While Malaysia is often overlooked as a manufacturing destination for textiles, the Southeast Asian country has a long history as a textiles manufacturing hub in the region.

In this guide, we list some of Malaysia’s leading textiles manufacturers, many of which are based in and around Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

Listed Manufacturers

  • K&Z Enterprise Sdn. Bhd.
  • Body Work Apparel Sdn Bhd
  • Lelitex
  • AG Apparel Industries Sdn. Bhd
  • Nyok Lan Group
  • Hing Fong Garments Sdn Bhd
  • Rightway Apparel
  • KH Group
  • Sherwood Protective Apparel Sdn Bhd
  • Lippotex
  • Whitex Garments Sdn Bhd
  • Classita (M) Sdn Bhd

Listed Products

  • Sportswear
  • Sleepwear
  • Knitwear
  • Men’s suits
  • Underwear
  • Lingerie & bras
  • Polo shirts
  • Babywear
  • T-shirts
  • Workwear
  • Fabrics
  • Seamless wear

What do I need to prepare before contacting any of the listed suppliers?

Clothing and textiles manufacturers rarely design their own products. Instead, they rely on you, the buyer, to provide a complete techpack:

  • Sewing patterns
  • Size chart
  • Bill of materials
  • Care label file
  • Logo files

As a small customer, you have to be an ‘easy customer’. Without a techpack, you shouldn’t expect a single reply from any of the suppliers in this list.

Can I expect lower prices compared to Chinese factories?

Malaysia has no advantage in terms of labor costs. Malaysian workers earn on average about as much as one in Mainland China.  Further, Malaysia is less self-sufficient when it comes to fabrics, zippers, velcro and other components – which are often actually imported from China or other countries in ASEAN.

As such, you should not expect any price cuts when sourcing clothing manufacturers in Malaysia. That said, the country still has a highly competitive clothing and textiles manufacturing base standing on its own merits.

Another benefit is that English is an official language in Malaysia, making it far easier to communicate with your suppliers.

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