Monday 20 Nov 2017

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Shipping: Freight Forwarding

Freight forwarding companies deliver your products to your doorstep. Some freight forwarders, such as FedEx or UPS, can handle all aspects of the import-export process, from picking up your products at your supplier’s to delivering them to your doorstep.  These …

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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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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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Building Relationships – Guanxi

Building good working relationships with your Alibaba.com suppliers is very important, especially in Asia, where relationships can be as valuable as money.  In China, relationships (guanxi) are virtually

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An Independent Introduction to Alibaba.com

If you use a foreign supplier in your business, or if you do business in China, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Alibaba.com.  Based in China, Alibaba.com

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Budgeting on Alibaba.com

It’s a good idea to set your budget before using Alibaba.com.  Knowing how much money you can spend (and risk) will help you focus as you search for

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