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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 →

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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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 →

How you can prepare for exports to China – The short guide


To start exporting products to China shouldn’t be a hard task if you are confident, motivated and well prepared. However, business owners sometimes fail to success as they lack clear business plans, are not mature to embark an emerging market or don’t seek help from a third party. In this article, I present essential information that will diminish your risks to fail when you export to China.

Finding Chinese customers

According to a survey on Businessweek, 46% of Americas small business owners don’t export because they don’t know how to start. That’s sad, as around 97-99% of Americas industrial life consist of small business owners. China has a huge and growing middle class and you can find customers there, it’s not impossible. In this article I present some of the most common ways to find Chinese customers. Let me start and present two major trade fairs that are held on an annual basis in China. Continue Reading →

China standards & certification processes

China certification

Before you start exporting to China, your products must undergo a series of applications and tests for quality assurance and final certification. As you, I understand the importance to comply with the regulations and standards required. Even though we see a trend of internationalization of Chinese standards, there are still unique regulations that foreign companies must follow.
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Exporting clothes to China – The complete guide

Export clothes to China

In the past, most Chinese people bought their clothes exclusively from domestic brands. This trend is changing and the demand for Western clothes increase rapidly. It’s inevitable when bigger retailers like H&M can offer serious warranties and prices that compete with local Chinese companies’. Foreign companies see great opportunities for expansion when the Chinese people pursue better quality and social status. In this article I explain how you can start exporting clothes to China.
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Hire a distributor in China – A great way to save time and money

China distributors

Finding overseas customers is not always an easy task, in particular for small businesses with a solid local or regional customer base. Moreover, to embark the Chinese market demands razor-sharp focus, thorough planning and hard work. A way to simplify the process is to find a local distributor. In fact, it’s rare for foreign companies to manage exports solely by themselves and you can save plenty of time and money by hiring a distributor. Recently there’s been a great upswing in numbers of distributors numbers of distributors operating in the Chinese market.
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Global trends in manufacturing and international trade that will change E-Commerce

During the 19th and the greater part of the 20th century, manufacturing was heavily concentrated to the West. Since the 1970s the center of gravity has shifted to Asia. Today we are once again standing the verge of what some people call “the 3rd phase of the industrial revolution”. These mega trends are going to change the way we view manufacturing and will impact modern business models, especially e-commerce. Continue Reading →