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Learn how to protect an idea for copycats

November 5, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

How can I protect my design my name and my logo with a Chinese supplier? I would like to avoid the same product being copied and sold by the same supplier or another one!


I am happy to let you know that we have covered this topic extensively and I

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What are the main issues when sourcing?

October 29, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

There are certain issues like QC, supplier verification and payments that apply to all products, including fabric.  Here is a list of short videos which cover each of the main items, compliments of and

Video 1: Finding Suppliers

Video 2: Evaluating Suppliers

Video 3: Negotiations

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Why am I paying 6% for VAT?

October 24, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

As of 1st August, we (in Australia) are being charged 6% VAT for all export clearance formalities and freights prepaid in China. We pay the Chinese Freight Forwarder or the Shipping Line the VAT, and they in-turn would be paying the Chinese Taxation Office. We will also be paying tax

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How to lower my exposure to risk when sourcing?

October 15, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

We have to make a 30% down payments to some suppliers in China against orders. How can it be secured and how to guarantee delivery of goods?

The answer to your question has two parts.

How to find the right supplier in the first place to ensure they are

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Can I get a VAT rebate on my China purchase?

October 8, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

I have been doing research about VAT returns in China, the more research I do the more confused I seem to get, please help me! I am trying to export construction material from China in to Mongolia and get the VAT return. So far I have understood that in order

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Why is my domestic supplier charging China VAT?

October 1, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

To whom (or rather on which invoice) is VAT payable when purchasing from a UK supplier manufacturing goods in China which are being supplied ex-works? We have purchased goods from a UK supplier, which are manufactured in China. Our UK supplier has been unable to ship in the required time

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Can I get compensation for a missed delivery?

September 24, 2013 Ask the Experts Q&A

We were told the delivery of the shipment on our order was 30 days and it made 60 days. are we allowed any compensation, how can we claim it? of course the supplier is unwilling saying he is not the shipping company. our contract was clear buy and deliver from

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