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Purchase Orders or Purchase Contracts?

December 14, 2013 Uncategorized

Chibridge’s blog recently wrote at length the exact difference between purchase orders and purchase contracts.  What’s really the difference?  The difference is specifics.  Contracts tend to be more specific than a purchase order.  Purchase contracts you can constantly re-use, especially when it’s already bilingual, only thing to be careful of

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Best of Fall at Asia Quality Focus [AQF]

December 12, 2013 Articles, Featured

September, October, and November saw a lot of great content pumping out of Quality Control’s blog.  We’ve compiled the best.  Be sure to check them out for the best tips on inspections, audits, and smart sourcing.

Difference between audit and inspection

The AQF Quality Team illustrates the difference between an audit and

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QC: OK to be picky. But be professional.

December 10, 2013 Another China Blog, Blogs

“Excuse me- I think there’s something wrong with this in a tiny way that no one other than me would ever be able to pinpoint.”

In the cartoon the guest may very likely not be invited back to the establishment. 

If you are not professional in your inspection and assessments

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B/L (Bill of Lading) manipulation scam

December 3, 2013 Another China Blog, Blogs

I recently received the following letter from a buyer in Ireland who is being abused by her China supplier.  As this situation is far from uncommon, in order to help other buyers, I am including key parts below.

(Note: the B/L is the paperwork needed to release the goods into the

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Sean Connery vs. the…what?

November 26, 2013 Another China Blog, Blogs

Counterfeit DVD’s are still widely available in China. I don’t advise you buy them because the quality is horrible and it’s wrong from an ethical perspective.  Plus you can get in big trouble when importing and exporting across international borders.

I think the producers of the counterfeit DVD below were trying

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New BBQ. Protecting IP. Working with factory on distribution.

November 19, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

I am designing a new BBQ.  How do I protect my design so that nobody will copy it?  Plus how do I sell the idea to somebody to manufacture it as it will be the only type in the world.

I am happy to let you know that we have covered

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How is VAT applied on a domestic transaction in China?

November 12, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

If I buy parts (EXW) in China and send them to another supplier in the same province for assembly into the final product prior to export, are they subject to local VAT?


Yes, generally speaking, when components, semi-finished goods and even finished goods are sold from one company to another in

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