China Import & Business News: 2009

The World's Fastest Train

The Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway with the world's fastest train journey with a 350-km-per-hour average speed, started operation Saturday.

Two passenger trains rolled out the Wuhan Railway Station and Guangzhou North Railway Station at about 9 a.m. and reached the terminals within three hours, compared with the previous 10 and a half hours.

The service between Wuhan, a metropolis in central China, and Guangzhou City, a business hub in the southern Guangdong Province, was put into trial operation on Dec. 9, reaching a maximum speed of 394.2 km per hour.

A 600-member delegation from Xianning City boarded the train at 10 a.m. at Xianning North Station to promote tourism and attract investment in Guangzhou. Nearly two hours later, they had to take off winter coats on arrival of Guangzhou where the temperature was about 20 degrees Celsius at noon.

"We have long been waiting for the service to start," said Zheng Zengjin, manager of Yaochi Hotel of Xianning and a delegation member. "Previously, we had to suffer the tired and crowded journey as the train ride took more than 10 hours."

"It is really good news for us to have so comfortable and fast ride," he said. "As the travel becomes more frequent, we expect closer cooperation between the Pearl River delta and less developed regions such as Xianning."

In 2004, China hailed the completion of the rail line from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, both in Guangdong Province, with a speed of 160 km per hour. Now the speed more than doubled within five years, said Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of designing the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed line.

The average speed of the high-speed railways is 243 km per hour in Japan, 232 km per hour in Germany and 277 km per hour in France, he said.

Source: Xinhua

China began to build the world's longest bridge

China on Tuesday began construction of the world's longest cross-sea bridge linking its southern economic hub of Guangdong province to Hong Kong and Macao, a move widely expected to bring economic ties closer.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang attended the inauguration ceremony in Zhuhai, Guangdong, and launched the project.

"The construction of the bridge is a milestone event," he said at the ceremony, five days ahead of the 10th anniversary of Macao's return to Chinese rule.

"It is a move for Hong Kong, Macao and the Pear River Delta region to cope with global economic downturn, boost investment and inspire people," he said.

"Meanwhile, it can also further increase the links and promote economic cooperation between Hong Kong and Macao, and between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao," he said.

"It is of great significance to maintain the long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao, and enhance overall competitiveness in the region," he said.

Li also urged construction authorities to work with a strong sense of responsibility and sense of mission, and build a landmark in the region and a model of cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao in the field of infrastructure construction.

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, chief executive of the Hong Kong special administrative region (SAR), Edmund Ho Hau Wah, chief executive of the Macao SAR, and Chui Sai On, the incoming Macao SAR chief executive, also attended the inauguration ceremony.

During a meeting with the three officials, Li said he hoped the two SARs could further enhance cooperation with Guangdong to seek mutual benefit and common development by drawing on one another's advantages.

Li vowed all-out efforts of the central government to continue to support the Hong Kong and Macao SAR chief executives and governments to govern by law.

He urged the SAR governments to closely watch changes in the global economic and financial situation, consolidate the stabilizing trend in the regions' economies, and promote the long-term prosperity and economic development of Hong Kong and Macao.

The Y-shaped Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge will have a total length of almost 50 km, of which about 35 km will be built over the sea, making it the longest cross-sea bridge in the world, said Zhu Yongling, an official in charge of the project construction.

It will be built according to the six-lane expressway standard with a vehicle speed limit of 100 km per hour.

"It is designed with a service life of 120 years. It can withstand the impact of a strong wind with a speed of 51 meters per second, or equal to a maximum Beaufort scale 16 (184 to 201 km per hour)," Zhu said.

"It can also resist the impact of 8-magnitude earthquake and a 300,000-ton vessel," he said.

The entire project was estimated to cost almost 73 billion yuan ($10.7 billion), which would be shared by authorities on the mainland, and in Hong Kong and Macao, he said.

During construction, they would take into consideration the protection of the ocean environment and marine life, such as white dolphins, he said.

"We will control the construction noise and turbidity of seawater, and prevent oil pollution," he said.

The construction would take about six years, he said. On completion, it would take about half an hour to travel from Zhuhai or Macao on the west bank of the Pearl River to Hong Kong on the east bank, compared with the current three hours, he said.

Source: China Daily

Nonwoven face masks

Today i would like to give some information about, single-use face masks. As it is winter-time, which means flue-time, the demand of face-masks is very high. And of course, not to forget is the swine-flu !

Here some information about the products, which we can supply, directly from a Chinese manufacturer:

Ear-loop, Latex Free; 2-ply; 20g+25g;
Green,Blue,White color;
Size of face mask: 17.5x9.5cm ± 0.5cm
Price: USD 0.79/box(50pcs) FOB Shanghai by sea
Packing: 50pcs/box, 40boxes/ctn(41.5*37.5*32cm)
Quantity in one 20'fcl: 22500 boxes(50pcs/box)

Ear-loop, Latex Free; 3-ply, 20g+20g+28g; Green,Blue,White color;
Price: USD 1.05/box(50pcs) FOB Shanghai by sea
Packing: 50pcs/box, 40boxes/ctn(52x38x30cm)
Quantity in one 20'fcl: 18880 boxes(50pcs/box)

For more information you may contact us:

106th China Canton fair is approaching

The traditional Canton fair will start on 15th October, for the 106th time. The new thing is, that the dates of the 2nd and 3rd phase has changed. 2nd phase is 23-27 October and 3rd phase will be held on 31 October-4 November.

If you thinking, of importing any goods from China, Canton fair is the best opportunity. You can meet many Chinese manufacturer and their newest products. You can buy some samples and test them, when you are back home.

First of all you should check the program of Canton fair, to visit the right phase. Next step would be applying the Chinese visa. Then booking the flight. You have 2 opportunities for the arriving airport. Hongkong or Guangzhou.

For the hotel, i would recommend you to stay in cities arround Guangzhou. Because the prices in Guangzhou are very high, during Canton fair. Foshan, Dongguan or Shenzhen would be available. Me prefer Shenzhen. Its a nice city and 150km far from Guangzhou. With the fast train, it takes only 55 minutes.

What should you bring with you? Many many business cards, samples of product and comfortable shoes:)

For assistance at the Canton fair, you might arrange a tutor with good English skills. Because only few Chinese exhibitors speak English fluently. The daily rates are about 100-150 usd.

If you want it, more professional and more comfortable, you might choose one of our VIP Canton fair packages.

We would assist you for this awesome fair. And you would be able, to start your China import business, immedately.

We wish you a pleasant stay in China and a successful start for your import project!

Ling Zhi, the miracle mushroom from China

This month i would like to introduce a herbal medicine, which has miracle effects against tumors. I gave it to 2 cancer patients, which are my relatives. New tumor-building stopped! They feel better and have appetite again:)

Here the excact information from the manufacturer:

999 Ganoderma Lucidum Spore oil soft capsule

I. About the Product

999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule was jointly researched and developed by 999 Enterprise Group and Nan Jing University of Chinese Medicine, which is a new generation of immunization proactivator with the curative effect of improving the immunity, anti-tumor genesis, tranquility, heart-effective, adjustment of blood fat, reduction of blood sugar, suppression of asthma, protection of the liver, anti-anoxia, and anti-senility. By fully utilizing the magic curative effect of Ganoderma Lucidum which is highly regarded by the Chinese traditional medicine, this product can be used not only as a subsidiary treatment of cancers and tumors, but used as an every-day drug for longer life and fitness as well.

As is proved by modern research, the main healing ingredient of Ganoderma Lucidum is its triterpenes. But triterpenes is found concentrating in the spores of Ganoderma Lucidum and not easily digestible (spores of Ganoderma Lucidum are actually germinal cells). This accounts for the fact that ordinary Ganoderma Lucidum products are under performing in terms of the curative effect. 999 Enterprise Group, hand in hand with Nan Jin University of Chinese Medicine, successfully turned out this soft capsule of Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil by means of advanced processing and abstracting facilities, such as low-temperature abstraction, ultracentrifuge abstraction, and overcritical carbon dioxide abstraction. By using high-quality spore cell-cracked powder of red Ganoderma Lucidum (≥98% of cell cracking rate), the content of triterpenic acid is raised to as high as 43mg/g,thus raised the biological utilization of the healing ingredients of Ganoderma Lucidum.

II. Quality Merits

1. Scenic Habitat: 999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule is made of high-quality Ganoderma Lucidum grown in the GAP planting base in the primary forest in the Da Xing An Ling Mountains of Hei Long Jiang Province. This area is marked by high oxygen content, pure water and soil, primitivism of ecosphere and non-farm pesticide use.

2. High-quality Culture: 999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule is made of Korean Red Ganoderma Lucidum grown on logs —which is credited with the title Ganoderma Lucidum No 1. This type of Ganoderma Lucidum is characterized by long growth periodicity, density of constitution, sugar richness, high accumulation of triterpenes. The Ganoderma Lucidum cultures have undergone the state-level appraisement conducted by the Microorganism Research Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

3. Purity: Ganoderma Lucidum used for this capsule are exclusively grown on logs under a simulated wild condition without any other accessories (such as cotton seed hulls, fertilizers, hormones and additives). The content of heavy metal is extremely low – 5 to 9 times lower than the state standard.

4. Advanced Technology: By the technology of clinker aggregate of short logs, 999 Enterprise Group collected Ganoderma Lucidum spore powder with strict control over the temperature, humidity, oxygen, density of carbon dioxide, light, and nutrition. Ganoderma Lucidum cultivated in this way are large, rich in healing ingredients and with good biological utility.

5. Easy Absorbency: 999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule is more easily absorbed than powder products; even the soft capsule itself is made of natural animal bone glue. This is to be purer, easily absorbed and more effective for patients with weak constitution status or malfunction of the stomach.

III. Analysis of the Curative effect

1. Ultrahigh Anti-tumor Effect“999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule” can activate the immunity cells in the human body, thus increase the curative effect of actinotherapy and chemotherapy; reduce the side effects caused hereby. Curative effect of this capsule is 20 times higher than that of cell-wall-cracked spore powder and 40 times higher than conventional spore powder and 1000 times higher than red Ganoderma Lucidum!

A. “activate” immunity cells for anti-tumor Effect
As proved by modern medical research: cancer patients’ (particularly intermediate and late cancer patients) immunocompetence has a dramatic decline as a result of secretion of inhibiting factors, surgeries, actinotherapy and chemotherapy. Immunological cells become weaker in terms of the clean-up of cancer cells (such as macrophage, death T cells, NK cells, inactivation of immune response, reduction of immunity cell synthesis and secretion). “999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule” can elevate the immunity by enhancing the power of macrophage and Nk cells and T cells as well. It can also promote the increase of lymphocyte cells and resist factors that are suppressive to immunity cell increment (such as stress, radiation, drug). Conventional Ganoderma Lucidum products are not capable of the anti-tumor task for their low contents of healing ingredients.

B. Enhancement of Actinotherapy and Chemotherapy Effect
Triterpenes, a High-density chemical compound, and other healing ingredients as polysaccharides in “999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule” can enhance the effect of actinotherapy and chemotherapy.
* In the course of actinotherapy, the use of this capsule can prevent cancer cells from DNA prophase synthesis to DNA synthesis phase; increase the sensibility of cancer cells to radioactive rays; increase the complete remission (CR) rate of actinotherapy.
* By comparison between actinotherapy and actinotherapy plus this product, it is obvious that the latter can increase the kill rate of cancer cells by 86.16%, and the suppression rate of cancer cells by 88.3%.

C. Sharp Reduction of the Side-effects of Actinotherapy and Chemotherapy
* Chemotherapy drugs and radioactive rays have their effect on the wandering nerves which exist in the human brain and entrails. This is to produce a stimulating signal which will go to the vomiting center and cause the patient have a sense of nausea. Besides, actinotherapy and chemotherapy can cause malfunctioning of the stomach marked by adominal pain, satiety and loss of appetite. This product has a tranquilizing effect on the nerves system and can relieve the disgust of adominal pain, satiety, and loss of appetite.
* Obvious effect on the activation of hematopoietic and growth factors (HGFS). Rapid increase of gametocytes (particularly leukocyte) and blood platelets.
* Has an effect of relieving the myocardial ischemia: by the betterment of metabolism of heart cells, as well as by the increase of the nutritious blood flow in the heart. This is key to the protection of the heart against myocardial ischemia and will reduce the side-effects on the heart cause by the treatment.
* Triterpenes compounds in this product can relieve medicamentous liver lesion or immunological liver lesion; lower transaminase; repair liver cell tissues, and give a liver protection.
* Rapid erasure of the free radicals and active oxygen massively accumulated as a result of actinotherapy and actinotherapy. Repair the harmed tissue cells.
* By raising the threshold of pain, the latent phase of pain reaction can be extended and thereby increase the body’s tolerance of the pain. In this way, pain caused by the treatment can be drastically reduced.
* This product gives good protection to metabolism of hair sacs and skin cells. It can relieve the side-effects caused by the treatment to the skin, such as rashes, chromatosis, alopecia and Raynaud’s disease.
* It gives strong anti-histamine of cells so as to relieve the anaphylactic reaction (such as rash and itch, and angioedema). By this, the clinical effect of anti-allergic reaction is achieved.

2. Symptom Relief of Chronic Diseases

Healing ingredients such as triterpenes compounds and Ganoderma Lucidum polysaccharides in “999 Ganoderma Lucidum spore oil soft capsule” can increase the immunity; relieve symptoms of hypertension, hyperglycemia, hyperglycemia and hepatic dysfunction. Every-day use for fitness, this capsule can bring about obvious increase of physical strength and quality sleep within five days. Long-term use of this capsule can give the skin brightness and blush. Physically weak people can be energetic and youthful again!

A. Increase of Immunity

* Healing ingredients in this product can activate immunity cells, increase the secretion of immunity cells, and thereby, strengthen the immunity of the body.
* The amount of B lymphocyte and its antibody IgM can be increased; increase the irritability of B lymphocyte, so as to strengthen immunity of the body fluid.
*Resist the suppression effect on the immunity of T lymphocyte caused by stress. By increasing energy metabolism of the cells, the synthesis of nucleic acid and protein and be strengthened, and can obviously increase the fissiparity of the lymphocytes. Thereby the immunity of the cells is strengthened.
* Increase the amount of immunological cell IL-2 and interferon. Obviously increase the amount of immunological cell IL-2, IL-6 and necrosis’s mRNA expression.

B. Liver Protection and Anti-Fimbriation

* Liver Protection: reduce the harm done to the liver by chemical (or toxicants); strengthen the liver metabolism of drug (or toxicant).
* Decrease the amount of serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT), so that the activity of dismutase and the amount of reduced glutathione will be drastically increased, which are liver-protective heyperoxides. At the meantime, the increased fatty peroxide (MDA) will be brought down.
* Relieve the cellular infiltration of inflammatory cells in the hepatic lobules so as to promote liver cell regeneration.
* Reduce the amount of body fat to prevent fatty liver: obviously reduce the amount of triglyceride lipase, which is increased because of the harm done to the liver.
* Anti-fimbriation of the liver: tested on the mouse who was cut off the bile ducts, this product can reduce the amount of collagen in the liver and relieve morphological changes of the liver fimbriation.
* Suppress the hepatitis virus from duplicating: lab tests with this product for its suppressive and reductive effects on hepatitis B virus (HBV) and polymerase (HBV-DNAP) find out that: the in vitro suppressive effect on HBV-DNAP is 60%, and the reduction of the duplication of HBV-DNAP is 40.6%. Fed to ducks infected with HBV, this product can reduce the duplication of virus in 10 successive days of use. When used for viral hepatitis, the overall effectiveness of this product is 73.1% to 97.0%and the clinical cure rate is 44.0% to 76.5%. Major curative effects include: normalization or relief of symptoms of hypodynamia, loss of appetite, feeling of repletion and heptagon; by liver function test, it can be seen that the degree of serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) is decreased, and the tumescent liver and spleen are either recovered to the normal or decreased in size.

C. Effect on Blood Pressure Adjustment

To reduce blood pressure by optimizing the microcirculation, this product suppresses the central sympathetic never and the angiotension converting enzyme, which is a angiotension. By oral medication, this product can cause obvious changes in the patient’s microcirculation, with the density of capillary loops, the diameter and the circulation speed of red blood corpuscle increased. Increase of microcirculation and reduction of both the contraction pressure and the diastolic pressure of the heart will not affecting the heart rate. By the treatment criterion set up at the conference of the “Three Diseases” (hypertension, coronary heart disease, and diabetes), this product has the best curative effect on the 1st stage hypertension, with the overall rate as high as 83.3%, and 46.6% of effectual rate (in a 15-day course of treatment). For the treatment of 2nd stage primary hypertension, this product should be used jointly with hypertension relieving pills to relieve subjective symptoms, and to stabilize the blood pressure. The effect of this method is obviously better than that of the control group (in a 1-month course of treatment).

D. Effect on Coronary Disease and Hyperlipemia

This product can expand the arteria coronaria and increase the blood flow by 62%. It can obviously reduce the coronary resistance and oxygen difference between the arteria and the vein as well as reduce the consumption of oxygen by the heart muscle—which is a key point to protect the heart from myocardial ischemia. It can optimize the electrocardiogram changes of the heart suffering from myocardial ischemia: the elevated ST range will decrease to normal and the depth of the reversed T waves will be reduced. Triterpene compounds of Ganoderma Lucidum are similar to the intermediates of lanosterine which is found in the biological synthesis of cholesterol. Triterpene compounds of this kind can prevent the stomach and the intestinal canal from taking in cholesterol; it can also suppress the rate-limiting enzyme (knows as HMG-CoA) in the process of cholesterol synthesis, and thus control the synthesis of cholesterol.

The curative effects of this product on coronary disease and angina pectoris are related with its effects on such aspects as strengthening of the heart function, elevation of resistance of the heart muscle to ischemia, the increase of blood flow in the coronary, reduction of the blood thickness, suppression of the aggregation of blood platelets and the prevention of thrombus. The effectual rate of this product against coronary disease and heart-stroke is 24.1%, with the overall rate at 79.1%; the rate of electrocardiogram changes of the heart suffering from myocardial ischemia is 18.6%, with an overall rate at 59.2%. Blood-fat decrease is >20mg/100ml, which accounts for 73.7%. It varies between ±20mg/100ml, which accounts for 23.3%. With this product, senile patients get better appetite, sleep and physical strength in addition to the relief of the original symptoms. Long-term use of this product can reduce the amount of blood fat, serum cholesterol, triglyceride lipase and β-lipoprotein.

E. Relief of the Symptoms of Cough, Sputum and Asthmoid Respiration in the Respiratory System

* This product is equality effective on cough, sputum and asthmatic respiration cause by chronic bronchitis, and is particularly effective on asthmatic respiration. The overall effectiveness is as high as 87.5% and 48% of the clinical symptoms are gone.
* This product has a good effect on asthma, with an overall effectiveness at 80%, and the rate of obvious effect and recovery at 46.7%. It is equally effective on patients who are described by the Chinese medicine as a type cold of insufficiency. The overall curative effect is 97.6%.

F. Reduction of Blood Sugar

This product can obviously improve the activity of liver glycosidase, phosphofructokinase, glucose-6-phosphate and glycogen synthesis. It can reduce the activity of the liver glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenises (G6PD), and thus reduce the amount of liver sugar, to speed up the metabolism of glucose, and to help the periphery tissues and the liver make better use of the glucose.

F. Relief of Nervosas

This product has an obvious effect on nervosas and insomnia, with an overall effectiveness at 87.4% to 96.0%, and an obvious effectiveness at 46.0% to 90.0%. Usually, obvious effect comes 2 to 3 days after taking this product, and the sings of this are better sleep, relief of disappearance of headaches and dizziness, renewed vigor, enhanced memories and strengthened physical power. The best effect comes from the patients who are of the insufficiency of blood and energy.

The curative effect of this product on patients of nervosas and insomnia is related with its tranquilizing effect, and this is also in keeping with the description of Ganoderma Lucidum in the Chinese medicine, which says ”tranquility”, “increase of intelligence” and “good memory”. In light of the characteristics in the treatment of nervosas, it is more like the effect of what is called “restoration and strengthening of the body”, which means the recovery of the disturbed metabolism of the neuroendocrine, and the better sleep comes as a result of the removal of the vicious cycle caused by nervosas and insomnia.

F. Anti-senility

One of the causes of senility is the reduction of the amount of oxidation inhibitor (such as the he peroxide substance known as dismutase) which comes from the defensive endogenous free radicals. Polysaccharides contained in this Ganoderma Lucidum product has an obvious SOD activity and can clean up the free radicals in the body, and thereby prevent them from doing harm. And senility is thus postponed.

Exporting to China - 10 Steps to find the Chinese buyers (ezine article series)

Many business women/men are dreaming about selling their products or services to China. Is it really possible, even for small business owner to succeed in the Chinese market? YES it is!

If you start on your own, you need to work very hard for 3-4 years, to achieve success in China export business. But according my experience, if you follow these easy 10 steps, you may shorten this time to 1 year.

1- You must have a website with informative content about your product and company. My advice: add a Chinese language option. Most business owners in China don't speak English.

2- Advertise on Chinese business directories. Much more powerful, if the ad is in Chinese.

3- Find possible buyers from search engines and contact them via e-mail. Introduce yourself, your business and your company. If possible in Chinese language additional.

4- After you found some possible buyers, you should build relations with the owners, general or import managers of these companies.

5- Exchange samples to understand the buyers real needs.

6- If you participate on any international trade fair, you should inform and invite your possible Chinese buyers. Even you think they will not visit your booth, but they will see that you are in international business and this will make them more confident about your products or services.

7- You should participate at least at 1 big international Chinese trade fair, which is popular for products or services, like yours.

8- You should visit each possible buyer. Calculate at least 1 day for each company. In China, usually the business decisions made during dinner.

9- If you don't speak Chinese, you should arrange a tutor with good translation skills for these meetings.

10-Promise them, that you will seriously consider, having a representative office in China and they don't need to worry about the after sales service.

The above 10steps are to ease your way, to successful business with China. Of course it needs some investments and efforts to achieve success in China. But what is for free today? If you need more free information, you might visit my blog or our company website. Don't hesitate to contact me for professional assistance in China.

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Launch Your China Business Within 10 Days (ezine article series)

China Canton fair is a great opportunity for small to mid-size business owners, aiming to start their import business from China. But how and where to start? Here is a checklist and some advices, things to do before arriving in China, for visiting Canton fair.

  • identify the right phase from the organizer's fair-schedule, to be able to locate the right suppliers for your item at the fair. Canton fair has 3 phases, each phase is 5 days.

  • Book your flight ticket to Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Flights to Hong Kong are more common.

  • Book your hotel in Guangzhou, Dongguan or Shenzhen. Guangzhou is very expensive.We prefer to stay in Shenzhen.

  • Apply your visa for China.

  • Identify and locate your possible suppliers. Make a list with their booth numbers.

  • Prepare at least 200 business cards and some other PR material of your company.

  • Prepare a passport picture. You will need it for the Canton fair badge.

  • Prepare some samples, you would like to show your possible suppliers.

  • Search for a tutor. It is necessary for the communication with the Chinese suppliers. Only few can speak and understand English properly. You might test his/her English level first. Don't be to stingy, choose the best.

If you want to start your China import business as soon as possible, i would recommend you to cooperate with an import consultant like us. They can organize your whole China business trips or your fair visits, like Canton fair. It is the most secure way to launch your China Business. For more details, you are welcome to visit our website or blog.

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China Import Business - How to Achieve Success For SBO's (ezine article series)

China is still the biggest manufacturer and exporter. Even in economic crisis times, China is still an important business partner to hundred thousands of small business owners, all over the world.

Many of them made some imports, using b2b websites or other online directories. Some have never been to China, but found the right supplier and could set up a successful relationship. But many couldn't achieve their big Chinese dreams. Even some have lost money, in huge amounts. Because of the high failure rate, the majority of midsize and small business owners, even didn't attempt to import from China.

Yes, it is really risky to import from China. Especially, if you don't have your own team in China. As this may causes too high of expenses for a small business owner, there is another cost effective solution:

To cooperate with an import consultant. It is vital, to have an experienced professional, as a partner in China. Understanding the local business mentality and in first line your needs, is the most important key -to success. Advise: Choose a consultant with western origin, who can show some international references.

This kind of professionals, can prevent any misunderstandings between you and the supplier. Solve any possible problems, that can be caused by manufacturer side. They can be your eyes on the whole procedure, till your goods are shipped. And not forgotten, it is possible that you want visit China and your suppliers, which is important for long term cooperation. In this case your consultant will organize all your trip and assist you, visiting present and new Chinese suppliers.

China Trading - Dealing with Letter of Credit

Here is a brief introduction of L/c:

A Letter of Credit should be China importers most used international trade payment term. By opening a Letter of Credit it promises payment, provided the seller complies with the terms and conditions inside the Letter of Credit. The Irrevocable letter of credit can't be canceled or varied without the approval of both parties. This type of L/c, is the most common and preferred one, in China.

A bank issues a letter of credit (L/c) on the behalf of buyer or importer under the following conditions:
a) When an importer is importing items to its own country.
b) Any purchasing, where products from the country is sold to another commercially.
c) When an exporter from China is executing a contract outside his own country, importing items from a third country to sell to the second party.

These 3, are the basic, to obtain a letter of credit in present day of trading.
There are certain charges and payments, related with this sort of trading terms. The issuing bank charges the applicant costs, for opening a letter of credit.

The fee depends on the credit of the applicant, and primarily consists of:

A) Opening Charges: This comprises of promise and procedure charges for the time of the letter of credit.

B) Retirement Charges: This is to be remunerated when the time of letter of credit ends. The bank offering the letter, analyzes the bill according to UCPDC (Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits), and tax charges based on cost of goods.

There are some risks also, that are connected opening this kind of account:

• Basic risks : Financial position of the Importer, the products involved the exporter, national and foreign exchange risk.

• Quotation can be another important risk factor, related with all forms of international trade. All banks evaluate their risks on the above mentioned criterias, before issuing a letter of credit.

Best Chinese Manufacturer Directory

This is a really good question:) Ok, many of you will say or Everyone is representing his/her own experience. Some really are/were lucky, in finding a reliable supplier. But some have experienced "nightmares".

As a professional import consultant and sourcing expert, i made a deep research and rated the directories, according my knowledge. I hope it will help all new-starters (and some disappointed veterans).

#1 :
With the most members (paid and free), it is still the biggest directory. No wonder, it has the most visitors and it is the most popular China manufacturer directory. It is very user friendly and always updated. But be aware of the "scammers" ! Even paid members with 1-2 years "gold supplier" labels, can be one of them.

Whois info: Corporation-Room 2403-05 Jubilee Centre Wanchai Hong Kong SAR
" Corporation" owns about 517 other domains.
Visitors by Country: China 43.4% India 10.8% United States 9.2%Indonesia 2.6% Pakistan 2.6% Great Britain (UK) 1.9%
Visitors by City: Beijing 11.3% Shanghai 6.2% Shenzhen 5.1%Hangzhou 3.4% Guangzhou 3.2% Madras 1.5%

#2 :
It is not only a directory for mainly Chinese manufacturer and trading companies. They sell also physical catalogs and sourcing reports. The paid advertisers are more professional and reliable (my personal opinion). Amount of member is much less.

Whois info:Trade Media Holdings Limited
c/o 4718 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 108 Phoenix, AZ 85032 USA
Visitors by Country: United States 26.5% China 15.7% India 12.5%
Great Britain (UK) 3.6% Indonesia 2.6% Australia 2.5%
Visitors by City: Shenzhen 6.6% Shanghai 4.8% New York 2.5%
Madras 2.2% Bombay 2.1% Beijing 2%

#3 :
According to the amount of members, it is the second biggest directory, after An advantage here would be, that the gold suppliers are visited at least 4 times (according to their statement). Easier to find reliable suppliers.

Whois info: Ningbo HuiMei Information & Technology Co.,Ltd. Room 407 Chuangye Building NO.66 Yanshi Road
Ningbo National New & HiTech Industrial Development Zone - CHINA
Visitors by Country: China 30.7% United States 19.2% India 8.5% Iran 3.1% Australia 2.8% Indonesia 2.6%
Visitors by City: Beijing 11.7% Shanghai 4% Shenzhen 3.9% Hefei 3.7% Wuhan 2.5%Guangzhou 2.4%

Conclusion: All 3 directories are great sources, especially to professionals. I mean "professionals" of sourcing in China. New starters may read my previous article, which was also published on

Blogger's Choice Awards (Off topic)

I am sorry for writing "off topic" again! But look at the picture, the race is hot:)

Blogger's Choice Awards is the most popular user-generated blog voting site on the planet! As you can also see from the banners, on our right, we are nominated for 2 catagories:


And our "twin" blog in turkish language is nominated for:


Please do support us, too! Votes for our 3 nominations.

The registration, to be able to vote, is very easy! It takes 4-5 minutes, including voting. register here
You can discover, vote and nominate other blogs, too.

Thank you in advance!

Blog Directories Submission (Off Topic)

It is really "off topic", but i had to write an article about blog directories.

After searching the web preciously, i found 2 sources, which allowed me to subscribe to almost the best blog directories on the www.

Except 2 of them, i submitted my blog for free! I will not mention these blog directories (you can see them clearly on the pic), but i would like to say some words to the admin of super blog directory(the only directory, which rejected my submission 2 times):
"look at this picture, sbd will be never listed in my blogs again" (i am really disappointed).

Anyhow, i listed the best (most popular) free blog directories on this blog, for my visitors and followers. You can choose which ones you like. I like them all and our traffic is increasing, day by day:)

Thanks to all free blog directories , allowing us to promote our blogs!

P.S.: soon we will submit to eaton and botw:)

5 Big Mistakes Made - Importing From China (ezine article series)

Mistake 1: Never take sourcing too easy.

Finding suppliers from b2b websites is getting more difficult. Take advantage of professional sourcing companies. You may read my article "china manufacturer sourcing", if you want go your own way.

Mistake 2: Don't communicate on line.

Be sure that your supplier understood 100% what you want. Communicating through e-mails is more effective and reliable, than chatting with some programs like "trade manager" or "messenger". Most of the sales representatives in Chinese companies are using translation programs. And anyway Chinese people are used to say "okay" and "no problem" in most cases. Let them confirm your order by e-mail.

Mistake 3: Don't fear some costs for the cargo of samples.

Secure your order by confirming with samples. If you want to order o e m, you should send a prototype or formula with exact specifications. The manufacturer will ask you for possible mold and material costs. Negotiate a pay-back after reaching a certain amount of order. Re-confirm by receiving samples, they have produced according your wishes.

Mistake 4: Never ask for CIF prices at first.

Request quotes on FOB basis. Its easier calculation for the supplier and you have the control of shipping your goods with your own forwarder. Cheap solutions from manufacturer side, can cause delays and damages of your goods.

Mistake 5: Never decide for the supplier, before you have visited their factory.

China may be far away, from your country, but it is a must for a smooth and long term relationship with a Chinese manufacturer. As you will make the far way to China, you should consider to visit at least 4-5 suppliers, before you decide. You may need assistance from consulting companies, who are western origin with local experience. They can organize all the meetings in China and assist you with translation, during factory visits.

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China Manufacturer Sourcing (ezine article series)

How to source for a reliable Chinese supplier? There are many ways to do it. Like, b2b websites offering suppliers, some with labels like "gold supplier". These are only paid members, which can be done by any company. There is absolutely no guarantee that they are reliable.

Another way would be, to visit trade fairs in China and meet the suppliers directly. According my 6 years China experience, I know that 70% of the exhibitors are trading companies. Only if you have a well organized schedule, you will be able to find the right suppliers, out of thousands exhibitors. Now, I will tell you some secrets, how professionals do sourcing. The best way to source on line, is to search through search engines. Put in your product and search. Usually, you will find the b2b websites in the top results. No problem, go on and search there. Make a list of 4-5 factories, which you can find common, on most b2b websites.

Check their own websites. A serious supplier should have a website in English language. Compare the contact information. If they are same like on the b2b websites, go on to search the "who is" info. Are the websites registered with the same company name, go on in searching again in Google, but this time, only with full company/factory name. Check at least 20-30 results. After all this, you now know, that you have found some serious suppliers. Its time to contact the suppliers. Write a detailed, common inquiry with easy English. Send it to all as one mail. Let them see that you contacted their competitors, too. It will be like an open bid, enjoy it!

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Solution for H1N1 "swine flu" comes from China

A Chinese solution for H1N1 "swine flue" is the indoor air purifier B-785.
Here are some specifications(all information is according to the manufacturer's declaration):


Input voltage: 110V-230V±10% / 50Hz (as customer's request)
Rated power ≤58W
Negative ion ≥8.0×106 ions/cm3 (4 generater heads which can be cleaned easily)
Filters: HEPA + Activated carbon + Photo Catalyst filter+Fibre filter
LED color screen
Ultraviolet light: 6W (254nm)(Quartz tube)
Air sensor: odor sensor
Remote controller
Sleep mode
Anti-bacteria Rate: ≥90% , Purification Rate: ≥99.997%
Airflow rate: 180m3/(sleep) 230m3/H (low) 320m3/H (medium) 365m3/H (high)Noise: 24dB(sleep) 30dB (low) 37dB (medium) 45dB (high) (Do not include circumstance noise)
HEPA working period: 1 year (Based on working 8 hours everyday)
Efficient area: 46 square meters(500 square feet)
Product dimensions: 610 X 345 X 215 mm
CE, GS, ETL, CETL approved!

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Secret pictures of a Chinese "Nike" factory

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China Canton fair (disaster)

The 105th China Canton fair was disappointing. As you can also see, from the pictures, the 1st phase of Canton fair was shocking empty. And i guess, that the number of new visitors, was not more than 15%! May this is reflect the future export-rate 2009? Hard times coming, for many Chinese manufacturers, i can say!
Anyway, life and business must go on:) The good point of less visitors was, i did spent only 2 days on Canton fair. The sourcing success on our side was %90. We found some new supplier with innovative products. Our clients from Turkey and Georgia enjoyed our fair-assistance and were proud, to place their 1st OEM orders, from China- directly! From my personally side was it the last Canton fair visit.
Our Consultants will still assist our clients, but i will focus on specific trade shows in Shanghai and of course; Expo 2010 !

Raw Cotton and Polyester DTY yarn urgent inquiry !

we are sourcing for our client from turkey. Both types from countries without anti-dumping regulation. Client has very good L/C reputation. Quantity target is 200MT per 45days. Please only best offers! contact Mr. Remo: ceo[at]

105th Canton Fair - China's biggest export fair

I am sure everyone heard about Canton fair. It is the world 2nd biggest and China's biggest export fair. Since last year it is held in 3 phases and 2 times a year. Canton fair attracts millions of foreign importers, from all over the world. The Pazhou complex in Guangzhou will host Canton fair; from the 15th to 19th april (first phase), 24th to 28th april (second phase) and 3rd to 7th may (third phase).

We from Hengyi Consulting, are assisting companies, small to mid-size business owners and individuals for this awesome fair. Our multi-lingual consultants will guide you through Canton fair and assist you in finding the right supplier. Our experience in organisation will make your stay; a pleasant vacation and successful business trip.

Also visit our company website, to see our special VIP packages for Canton fair!

Gong xi fa cai !

Nearly 1,000 toy exporters shut down in south China in 2008

Product recalls, rising production costs and the global financial crisis caused almost 1,000 Chinese toy exporters in just one province to shut down last year.
According to data released Saturday by Huangpu Customs, 922 toy exporters in Guangdong Province closed operations in 2008.
That leaves the area with 2,167 toy exporters compared with the 3,089 that were operating in late 2007.
Dongguan, the province's leading toy base, had more than 4,000 factories and some 2,000 suppliers at its peak in 2001.
The numbers began to drop about two years ago.
Rising prices for raw material and labor, along with stronger Chinese currency raised production costs by 25 percent for most companies, according to Li Zhuoming, head of the Guangdong Toy Association.
Large quality recalls by international toy giants, including Mattel Inc., also hurt the industry as Western countries raised standards to ensure toy safety.
The financial crisis compounded the situation as consumption fell and fewer orders came in.
Just in Dongguan, about 20 percent of the small toy factories closed last year, according to Huangpu Customs.
China is the world's largest producer and exporter of toys, with Guangdong alone contributing about 70 percent of the overall output.
In 2008, Guangdong exported 6.1 billion U.S. dollars worth of toys, up 3.6 percent from 2007. The growth rate for 2008, however, was 19 percentage points smaller than that in the previous year.

(Source: Xinhua News Agency)

Off topic: Heading Chinese New Year

188 million people in China, will travel by train only, during holidays, for the chinese new year celebrations.
Many days before the 25th january, the offical start of the holidays, millions of people; began to queue at major trainstations. Most of them are factory workers, heading home, somewhere in the countryside. After 1 year hard work, they are happy, to see their family, again. As to the far distances in China, most will spend half of their vacation, on coaches or trains.

We, from HENGYI Consulting, wish all chinese people a Happy New "Ox" Year and safe traveling !

(Picture source: Xinhua News Agency)

China Import Export Rates Declined Again

China's exports and imports declined for a second consecutive month in December, reflecting weakening external and domestic demand amid the financial crisis, customs officials said Tuesday. Exports fell 2.8 percent year-on-year to US$111.16 billion, while imports fell 21.3 percent to US$72.18 billion, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said. The rates of decline for exports and imports accelerated from November. Exports fell 2.2 percent year-on-year in November, the first monthly decline since June 2001. The previous decline, a much smaller 0.6 percent, reflected slumping U.S. demand after the tech bubble burst. In December, exports fell 3.3 percent month-on-month, while imports fell 3.6 percent. The trade surplus was US$38.98 billion, down from November's record high of US$40 billion. Total trade for 2008 was US$2.56 trillion, up 17.8 percent from 2007. The total included US$1.43 trillion in exports, up 17.2 percent, and US$1.13 trillion in imports, up 18.5 percent. The full-year trade surplus was US$295.46 billion, up 12.7 percent, GAC said. The European Union remained China's top trade partner last year, with bilateral trade of US$425.58 billion, up 19.5 percent. The growth rate, however, was lower than the 27-percent increase in 2007. Trade between China and the United States, the second-largest trade partner, rose 10.5 percent to US$333.74 billion. Japan remained China's third-largest trade partner, with bilateral trade of US$266.79 billion, up 13 percent.

(Source: Xinhua News Agency)

China Import Export Growth 2008

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