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Quality control: What is the AQL?

Most of the inspections made in Chinese factories are prepared and conducted by inspectors who follow the AQL standard. This standard defines the accepted defects limits according to the client’s expected quality, hence the name, Acceptance Quality Limit (previously Acceptance Quality Levels).

Update on the Coronavirus & what importers should do now (sourcing!)

Situation in China as of February 19, 2020 The name of the virus changed, it is now called the COVID-19. The official numbers from the Chinese authorities show that the spreading of the virus is slowing down and the number of people recovering from the COVID-19 is constantly growing – Data & map. China is […]

Best Furniture Exhibitions in China

China is indeed the biggest source of furniture manufacturers in the world. Unfortunately, there’s no yellow pages that lists all the best furniture factories in China (yet). So, how does a furniture buyer find its suppliers?

CoronaVirus and its impact on Chinese factories

As you might be aware, China is fighting a serious battle against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The virus originated in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, in the Hubei province, and has since been found, in much fewer cases, in every province in China. The virus has also been detected in patients abroad (France, […]

144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong

On May 1st, Guangdong has extended its visa-free transit stay to 144 hours, that’s 6 days!
Passengers from 53 countries or regions transiting through Guangdong to a third country or region can now easily apply for a few days stay at their arrival.

UK plans to cut most tariffs

The British government is planning a backup plan in case of a no-deal Brexit by reducing to zero all tariffs on 87% of imports.
In the aftermath of the rejection of the Brexit agreement by the House of Commons, the government has detailed the new customs regime that would be set up temporarily, for a maximum of 12 months, in case of…

Trade truce between US & China

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have concluded a temporary 90-day ceasefire to reduce trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
The truce was concluded following a very ambitious working dinner held on the sidelines of…

Order Now or Die Trying

The world’s biggest holidays are coming and the way you plan it will influence the impact it has on your own business. The three months leading to the Chinese New Year are critical and a good preparation in necessary. That preparation starts now, in November.

2018 US China Trade War

Stock markets across the globe had a blood bath in the past three weeks with key indices tanking somewhere between 3% to 5% owing to fears of an escalated US China trade war. Trump administration’s withdrawal from 144-year-old Universal Postal Union, the treaty which helps to set universal postal rates, fuelled this fear.

Focus on the furniture at the Canton Fair

The Canton Fair, being the biggest b2b event of China, has a lot to offer and it can be overwhelming. Visitors can find pretty much everything they need here, whether it is for a new business ideas or to improve their supply chains.

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