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Why You Will Never Find the Best Manufacturers on Alibaba

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When it comes to sourcing products and materials from China, many people look to Alibaba, the world’s largest B2B marketplace. There are lots of products to choose from, ranging from consumers goods, materials and everything in between. The thing is, would you trust the same marketplace, where someone can source replicated high-end consumer goods such[...]
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From Made in China to Made in Southeast Asia — Why Are Companies Moving?

The next AirPods you buy for your iPhone won’t likely have the label ‘Made in China’ on the packaging. Ever since the trade war began, tariffs on various products like handbags and electronics have risen. The rising costs for labor in China are influencing businesses to consider other alternatives, and this leads to companies moving[...]
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How Australia Benefits From the Free Trade Agreement with Indonesia

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Last August 31, 2018, Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised a free trade agreement between the two countries. They said that the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) would be finalised by the end of 2018. But what does this mean? What are the effects? What does the agreement cover?[...]
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Why Does Apple Manufacture in China?

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If you take a look at the back of your iPhone, iPad, or any Apple product you have, you’ll see ‘Assembled in China’. Many people wonder why Apple has chosen to outsource all of its production overseas, specifically to China. Many believe Apple are just out to make tons of money and that’s the sole[...]
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What do Trump’s Steel Tariffs Mean for Australia?

Australia has an established relationship with the United States. But on the other hand, China is Australia’s top trade partner. Our economy greatly depends on both countries.  All this talk of a potential trade war could have Australia in-between two allies. But are Trump’s steel tariffs really a big concern for Australia? What will happen?[...]
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Why We No Longer Fear ‘Made in China’

For many, ‘Made in China’ is the same as cheap and lousy. It’s become a stereotype. However, this was not always the case. In the past, people viewed Chinese products positively. Products like tea and furniture were considered unique. It was high-quality and offered cultural value. But when China started to mass-produce for so many[...]
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How the Canton Fair Changed Global Trading

Since its inception in 1957, the Canton Fair has long been a symbol of the strength of China in producing commodities. The fair boasts of thousands of exhibitors, nearly 25,000 to be precise, consisting of various kinds of enterprises as well as scientific research institutions and foreign trade companies. All these add up to a[...]
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FREE Sourcing Cheat Sheet

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Sourcing for products overseas has been one of the go-to moves for most young entrepreneurs today. Products abroad are comparatively cheaper than the ones from the home base. Reduced costs of labor and materials make up this benefit. This statement especially holds true when sourcing from the East; more specifically, in China. For years now,[...]
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What to Keep in Mind When Choosing an Overseas Supplier

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Are you looking to start a new business venture, and need some guidance on the steps to follow when choosing an international supplier for your business? If yes, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. In this article we’ll tackle the necessary basics to cover before you finally put your signature down with an[...]
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5 Things You Need to Know About International Freight

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International freight is important to our global society and to businesses. It ensures that goods that are sought after arrive intact. This is especially true if you or your business deals with risky raw materials. Risky freight does not only limit itself to corrosive acids or other dangerous items. Risky materials include items that are[...]
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