Import Advice: Visiting the Canton Fair

Kathy Creaner - Friday, March 03, 2017

At the Canton Fair you can buy everything from buttons to bulldozers. With sessions held twice a year, in Autumn and in Spring, the Canton Fair draws people from all around the world to Guangzhou in China for three weeks of serious international trade. Visitors attend one, two or three phases of the fair, each of which runs for five days, with exhibitors moving in and out on the three days in between phases. During each phase products are on display in three areas comprising 16 multistorey halls in total and as well as in a number of outdoor areas. Go to full article

What you need to know about exchanging business cards in China

Kathy Creaner - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

If you are new to doing business in China you may wonder why it's important to know how to exchange business cards properly. In Australia, business cards are exchanged casually. In China, the exchange of business cards is a formal matter. As it's one of the first things you'll do when you meet a prospective business partner, you'll want to do it well so that you create a good first impression. Go to full article

5 top travel tips to get you around China on your next wholesale buying trip

Kathy Creaner - Thursday, January 26, 2017

When you travel to China as an importer, you are likely to be visiting trade shows, wholesale markets, supplier showrooms and factories. While your suppliers will be more than willing to help you by assisting you with transport, knowing how to confidently find your way around on your own will allow you to get the most out of your trip. Go to full article

Five things an importer must know about lead times and Chinese Public Holidays

Kathy Creaner - Sunday, January 22, 2017

Have you heard the cautionary tale about the importer who lost a large amount of money because their Chinese supplier missed a deadline? Or the one about the sudden drop in product quality after three or four orders? We all hear the horror stories and we all hope that our own importing business will not suffer a similar fate. Go to full article

Import Advice: What to do when you are confused by importing jargon

Kathy Creaner - Monday, January 16, 2017

Understand Importing JargonIf you are new to importing you may find yourself overwhelmed by the multitude of industry terms in use, particularly acronyms such as IFF, LCL, FOB and OEM (International Freight Forwarder, Less-than Container Load, Free On Board and Original Equipment Manufacturer). Go to full article

What New Importers Ought to Know About Checking Suppliers' Credentials

Kathy Creaner - Sunday, December 11, 2016

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Import Advice: Learning how to take advantage of ChAFTA

Kathy Creaner - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Graham and I recently attended a breakfast seminar where we learned more about ChAFTA, the China Australia Free Trade Agreement. Lynne Grant from hunt & hunt lawyers, provided us with valuable advice about how to take advantage of ChAFTA in our business. Go to full article

How to build a relationship with your Chinese supplier that increases trust

Kathy Creaner - Friday, December 27, 2013

One of the first questions we are asked by people who are considering importing from China is "How do you know you can trust your supplier?" Our advice to new importers is to take the time to build trust in your supplier. Go to full article