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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 →

CIQ – China Inspection and Quarantine services


Do you plan to export commodities in China, but not heard about CIQ? Then I recommend you to read this blog post. CIQ is the organ that can reject imports of your products to China, if you can’t comply with the standards required. If that’s the case, additional time and costs emerge as the Chinese customs stores your products until you provide the documents needed. In worst case, the goods might be demolished or sent back.
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AQSIQ – One of the major quality management institutes in China


In recent years, China has implemented stricter import regulations due to various reasons. The increased number of imported goods, domestic scandals and adoptions of Western standards are just some of them. Exporters often lack sufficient knowledge about governing organs that introduce these new regulations and standards. In this article, I present one of the biggest quality management institute in China.

The institute is called AQSIQ (The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) and grants approval for imports of a wide range of products. Moreover, it controls inspections, quality controls and has a great power in decision making. Continue Reading →