Exporting food products in China: Labeling and customs inspections

exporting food product in China labeling

Exports in China

China’s increased wealth has led to an clear increase in consumption of imported food and agricultural products. Chinese imports of U.S. food and agricultural products increased from US$12.1 billion in 2008 to US$25.9 billion in 2012. EU Food and Drink Exports to China is rising as well. This makes China the largest export market for agricultural products.

Entering the Chinese market requires leaving the premise that the sale of foodstuffs is constantly protected by detailed safeguards regarding security, health and information on the food product. In light of this, the entrepreneur who sells food products to buyers abroad must pay strict attention to the conformity of the products, to current regulations and necessary importation procedures. Continue Reading →

Singapore’s E-Commerce On the Rise

Singapore E-commerce

The following article and infograpghic is provided by Katie Paterson, of Dutch online coupon company, Flipit.com.

In 2009, Singapore became the first country in Asia to be affected by the global recession, directly due to their prominent trading with various developed countries that had already been severely affected [1]. However, Singapore rapidly recovered from this economic slump, emerging from their brief period of crisis economically stronger than before. Contrary to plausible predictions that the recession would negatively affect consumer activity, online spending in fact experienced an impressive increase less than a year following the recession.

Indicative of this, Dutch online coupon company, Flipit.com have provided the following infographic, which shows online spending figures in Singapore rising rapidly immediately following the stock market collapse. The rate of retail e-commerce growth in Singapore is a clear indication of their strong recovery, as spending has risen from under $1 billion (SGD) in 2009 to around $3.5 billion in 2014, with spending still expected to increase further to $4.4 billion by 2015 [2]. Continue Reading →

Canton Fair – China’s biggest trade fair for exporters and importers

Canton fair

The canton fair, located in the city of Guangzhou, is China’s biggest and most famous trade fair. Foreign business owners visit the fair on bi-annual basis, with hopes and dreams to find reliable Chinese suppliers or importers. Previously, a great majority of the visitors attended the fair to search for Chinese suppliers. But times are changing and nowadays you can find a decent amount of foreign exporters who visit the fair.

In 2007, the organizers created the international pavilion where foreigners can exhibit and promote their products. In this guide, I present the international pavilion and explain how you can exhibit your products there. If you plan for sales expansion in Asia, I recommend you to visit the canton fair and to continue reading this guide.
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How the biggest Swedish startup platform was created – Interview with Anders Hassis, the co-founder of Swedish Startup Space


The global startup scene has literally exploded the last years and people of all backgrounds want to take part in it. I’m not an exception, in fact, I wouldn’t meet Anders Hassis if I wasn’t a keen follower of the startup community.

Anders is an entrepreneur and a developer who co-founded Swedish Startup Space in February 2013. The website works as a platform for startups that want to discover other companies, market themselves or share experiences with other startups. Let’s have a look at what Anders has to say about the startup scene and how his own company was established.
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Singapore e-commerce – The practical guide for small business owners


People might question why I choose to write a blog post about e-commerce in a small country like Singapore. China’s e-commerce market is growing faster and receives more media exposure for sure. Though, one shall bear in mind that Singapore is a well-developed country and it’s easier to manage businesses there from many aspects. In this article I present how you can start an e-commerce business in Singapore today.
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Exporting wine to Korea – How to get started


Are you an exporter of wine, but never thought about exporting wine to Korea? In this blog post, I present the increase of wine consumption in Korea and how you can prepare for profitable exports there. Literally speaking, the imports of wine has skyrocketed since 2000 and the trend won’t change for a long time to come. There are no incentives why you should turn your back to this fact when you can get a decent market share in Korea as well.
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Let’s meet Emma Palmér, the CEO of Fangsi House of Quality, CSR & Logistics

Emma Palmér is the CEO of Fangsi, a Swedish owned company established in 2009. Fangsi is your helping hand in Asia and work with quality assurance, supply chain management and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in the textile industry.

Fangsi has grown fast and can show an impressing list of clients, including well-known Swedish companies. Thanks to its presences in both China and Sweden, Fangsi maintains a close customer relationship and performs on-site visits in Asia. Let’s have a look at Emma has to say! Continue Reading →

JIS Marking – What it really means and why you need it when exporting parts to Japan


Imagine a scenario where you finally managed to ship that goods worth 10000 USD to Nagoya. Long time off work has finally paid off, but all of a sudden you get terrible news. The goods are rejected and seized by the Japanese Customs. In the best case, the goods are sent back, in the worst case demolished. I keep my fingers crossed that you will never experience a situation like this. But, it’s not rare for Western business owners to face these kind of issues when their products can’t meet required certification standards.

This article is dedicated to business owners who plan for exports to Japan, but never heard about the JIS-mark. In this guide I present valuable information concerning application processes, product categories that need the JIS-mark, testing and costs. But let me start with an introduction of the JIS-mark.

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Shipping to Japan – The short guide that presents the best freight option for your products

Shipping to Japan

To initiate exports to Japan is not always an easy task for small business owners who long for increased sales in the far East. If you plan for exports to Japan, I recommend you to read this short guide. I guide you through the benefits of using different freight options and present the import procedure to Japan. Let’s start with the latter one.

Export/import procedures to Japan

The Japanese Customs provides valuable information on their website. You can find information regarding certification, application procedures when exporting/importing goods, FAQ and lists that show goods with prohibition. Continue Reading →