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6 posts worth reading about QC & Quality Assurance in Asia

September 25, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

Here is an insider’s look at important issues relating to quality control and auditing in Asia.

The inspection agency Asia Quality Focus (AQF) has a blog called the “quality control blog” which is written by their team to share experience and know-how about quality assurance and how to source safely in

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What payments methods and terms should I use to pay a supplier?

September 21, 2014 Ask the Experts Q&A

A reader recently wrote in to ask: “what method of payments do Chinese suppliers prefer ? “


Chinese suppliers prefer 100% in advance via bank transfer (or better yet- cash) and they would be very happy if you don’t bother to use a contract or PO.

Some buyers are crazy enough to do

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Can my China supplier’s liability insurance cover me if there is a recall in USA?

September 14, 2014 Ask the Experts Q&A

How do suppliers in China supply liability insurance to cover the buyer in case of a recall? Please advise what options are available?


Unfortunately, it is very rare for a Chinese supplier to have coverage for liability in the USA for example. I see from your website that you have various

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How not to lose money when sourcing from China

September 7, 2014 Ask the Experts Q&A

Thanks for your question. You wrote:


I need help or advice on how not to lose money in buying after sending LC, to be sure the contents of the box or ship is as per agreed same and quality of products that we agreed

paying after proof of shipping doesn’t protect

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Smart phones and computers from China

September 3, 2014 Ask the Experts Q&A

I would like to place an order to buy computers and smart phones from Chinese suppliers, many of them had sent me their price list but not a single one is willing to use an Escrow company, all of them require a payment in advance and I’m concern that they

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Compliance in China. Challenges of Transparency, Interpretation & Enforcement.

August 24, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

Compliance is one of the biggest challenges facing foreign companies operating in China.

While there is a law/policy/regulation/suggested standard promulgated by Beijing for almost every aspect of doing business, for the typical Western owned company operating in China, the problem is two-fold:

Interpretation and enforcement of the law varies greatly not only

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3rd Party Assembly and VAT planning

August 21, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

Quoted FOB and EXW by the Chinese supplier.  Who pays the VAT in these circumstances? Who can apply for the refund?

Marisa in S. Florida writes in to explain her situation and ask her VAT questions:

Hi Mike,

I have your book and also have heard you speak at the seminars in Miami

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