How to Export Clothes & Textiles into China: A Complete Guide

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The middle class is growing fast in China. Nowadays people are focusing more and more on how they can penetrate the Chinese market, rather than finding cheap manufacturing.

It’s important that you are up-to-date as the market changes quickly, not only due to the fact that the Chinese find most of their products online, but also due to a stronger appreciation of foreign brands.

A product that gets increasingly popular is clothing. If you only sell locally, in the European or the American market, you’ll miss a lot of opportunities to earn decent profits in the Chinese market.

In this guide I explain all the essentials you need to know if you plan to sell clothes in China. Continue reading How to Export Clothes & Textiles into China: A Complete Guide

Exporting food products in China: Labeling and customs inspections

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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 Exporting food products in China: Labeling and customs inspections

Singapore e-commerce – The practical guide for small business owners

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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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How the biggest Swedish startup platform was created – Interview with Anders Hassis, the co-founder of Swedish Startup Space

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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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Let’s meet Emma Palmér, the CEO of Fangsi House of Quality, CSR & Logistics

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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 Let’s meet Emma Palmér, the CEO of Fangsi House of Quality, CSR & Logistics

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

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

Global trends in manufacturing and international trade that will change E-Commerce

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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.

Reshoring

Three decades of outsourcing to Asia has cost America and Europe dearly. In the 90s and 00’s when “everybody was doing it”, plenty of businesses fell for the lure of “The China Price” that promised vastly improved profit margins. It worked out for some companies, especially large corporations such as Apple and WalMart, but never ending quality issues, delays and high shipping costs drove the profit of small and medium size businesses nearly to zero. These are the trend that drive reshoring:

  • Rising wages in China.
  • Higher shipping costs.
  • Higher demand for domestically made products in America and Europe.
  • Appreciation of the CNY (Chinese Yuan).
  • Depreciation of the Dollar and Euro.
  • Low Cost Automation.

Low Cost Automation

Automatic and semi-automatic Manufacturing robots are becoming affordable even for small businesses and this trend will certainly reduce the number of workers required to operate a factory. This can offset the cost advantage of outsourcing and presents a number of huge benefits:
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