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Import Duty Explained

Introduction: When you ship products to another country, recipients are asked to pay additional duties and taxes before the shipment is delivered. Governments tax shipments from other countries because they want to: Protect domestic companies from foreign competitors Control the flow of certain products Raise revenue through taxes Duties and taxes on shipments are legal Read More

Import Duty and Tax Explained

Introduction: When you ship products to another country, recipients are asked to pay additional duties and taxes before the shipment is delivered. Governments tax shipments from other countries because they want to: Protect domestic companies from foreign competitors Control the flow of certain products Raise revenue through taxes Duties and taxes on shipments are legal Read More

China Supplier asking for your EIN number?

The US Internal Revenue Service use EINs to track and collect duties and taxes. An EIN, or Employer Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, is a sequence of nine numbers. Locating an EIN If you are unsure of your Employer Identification Number, you can locate it easily. Contact the Internal Revenue Service and request a Read More

Dealing with Shipping Delays

Dealing with Shipping Delays Reduce the negative effects of shipping delays on your business and protect your brand reputation when dealing with late deliveries. In January 2019, FedEx shipping delays hit 12.87% of deliveries from Canada to the US, while UPS shipping delays hit 16.16% in the same period on the same route. The same Read More

What is Blind Shipping?

What is Blind Shipping? Blind Shipping is the ‘blind date’ of the business world. With imports, it occurs when your overseas factory and your end-user are completely unaware of each another. Blind Shipping, first and foremost, protects your business from supply chain predators. Keeping Chinese suppliers and end-users completely separate is the key-value proposition. A Blind Read More

Coronavirus and International Shipping

Coronavirus and International Shipping Concerned about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on international shipments? We here to help you navigate, so we’re pulling together as many details as possible to help figure out how shipments may be affected. The main takeaway is that production, shipping, and fulfilment from China will be majorly affected due Read More

Express Shipping from China: Reduce Your Costs

It’s normal to expect shipments from China to be delivered quickly, reliably and affordably. Realistically though, shorter delivery cycles get in the way. Shipments seem to always be up against challenging delivery dates. While it’s tempting to have a factory do your shipping, it will negatively your business, especially if they ship to your customers. Read More

Top Tips: Best Express Courier Options from China

Which Courier should I choose? Buying from China inevitably means using express air couriers. Factories get late, 100-piece orders aren’t shipped by sea or air cargo. The need exists for sending or receiving samples, commercial documents, small orders and delivering products for date-specific events. Express shipping can be as fast as next day delivery. Lower Read More

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Importing from China – Best Practices

Importing Best Practices RULE #1 Don’t look for the lowest possible price Don’t be tempted! Significantly lower prices should raise a flag. NO such thing as the lowest price in China. Factories figure out how to reduce material quality to lower prices or to meet buyer targets. These factories are generally non-compliant for health and Read More

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Common Import Sea Freight Problems

WHY SO MANY DELAYS? Common Import Sea Freight Problems Importers can tell you that things can go wrong very quickly with ocean shipments. The majority of which are beyond their control. Things go wrong at the factory, at loading docks, at sea ports both in China and elsewhere. The list of ‘why did this happen’ Read More

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