Saturday 19 Jan 2019

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Taxes and VAT

In addition to customs duties and tariffs, you’ll also have to account for taxes that go along with international shipping, in particular, VAT (value-added tax). If you’re based in a VAT country, then you’re responsible for reporting and paying the …

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What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule?

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Code System is an international classification system that classifies imported goods according to a standardized code. Every type of product is assigned a

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Customs Brokers

Because customs laws are highly complex, it’s a good idea to work with customs professionals to ensure your products get into your country smoothly. In the United States, customs

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Import and Export Laws

Whenever you conduct an international transaction through Alibaba.com, you’ll have to deal with the import-export laws of your country and your supplier’s country. Import-export laws are highly complex –

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Payment Options

To pay your Alibaba.com supplier, you can use one of several payment options. Wire transfers (also called T/T or telegraph transfer) are the most popular payment option on the

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Realistic Quality Control

Not every Alibaba.com manufacturer will agree to such strict quality control protocols.  In fact, most probably won’t.  For small orders, most won’t even bother with such a demanding

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Quality Control

Quality control is almost always the biggest challenge when you work with foreign suppliers – whether thru Alibaba.com or otherwise.  Chinese manufacturers, in particular, have a bad reputation

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Customized Contracts

If you or your suppliers have specific demands that differ from the TSA (Transaction Services Agreement), you’ll need to explicitly state them in writing in a separate contract. For

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What is the Transaction Services Agreement (TSA)

Alibaba.com’s Transaction Services Agreement (TSA) is a long formal legal document that every member must agree to when he registers with the site. You can find the TSA at:

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Pro Forma Invoice

After you and your Alibaba.com supplier have agreed to the major terms of your deal, he will typically prepare and send you a pro forma invoice (see Figure

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