Manufacturing contracts when manufacturing in multiple countries
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Manufacturing Contracts When Manufacturing in Multiple Countries

The Shift in Global Manufacturing Contracts Tensions between China and the West have prompted US and European companies to diversify their supply chains and to re-examine their manufacturing contracts. Companies that manufactured their products in China under single contract systems are now adapting to work with factories worldwide. Previously focused on a single country, these

private equity China
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Xi Jinping is Coming to Town

Xi Jinping’s U.S. Visit If you have been paying attention to the headlines, you know that China’s Xi Jinping and US President Joseph Biden are meeting in San Francisco this week. They last met in person a year ago at the G20 Summit in Indonesia. The US and China at national levels have continued to

Aluminum Extrusion Lawsuit AD/CVD United States
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New AD/CVD Petitions: Aluminum Extrusions from 15 Countries

New AD/CVD Petitions: Aluminum Extrusions On October 4, 2023, antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions were filed against Aluminum Extrusions from fifteen countries, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.  The petitions were filed by

Friendshoring. Moving manufacturing from China friendshoring
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How to Protect Your IP When You Move Your Manufacturing Out of China

Bye-bye China Manufacturing With no sign of peace breaking out any time soon on the US-China trade front, an increasing number of businesses are turning their eyes toward alternative manufacturing destinations, such as Vietnam, Thailand and Mexico. Such relocations present all sorts of new and  different headaches, but I suspect that before long many folks

Vietnam international lawyers
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China’s Loss is Vietnam’s Gain

The international lawyers at my law firm have been increasingly fielding inquiries from companies looking to diversify their supply chains away from China. Many of these companies are looking to move their China manufacturing to Southeast Asia. To help our clients moving to or already in Southeast Asia, I recently went to Vietnam, Indonesia, and

China versus India for IT outsourcing
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Emerging Market Outsourcing: The Basics

About a decade ago, I gave a speech on software outsourcing at a major software event. Last week, I found my outline for that speech and this post is based on that outline, revised and updated. It is largely based on my experiences and what I have learned from talking with clients and other businesses

Moving your manufacturing from China to Mexico
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Nearshoring to Mexico: The Key Questions to Ask

Issue Orientation As the US relationship with China deteriorates across the political, military, economic, and trade dimensions, US companies with manufacturing operations in China are increasingly seeking out strategies to diversify supply chains, mitigate compliance risk, minimize duty exposure, reduce costs, and manage uncertainty. Though several approaches have been pursued since the inception of the

Paper Shopping bags duties
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New AD/CVD Petitions: Paper Shopping Bags from Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Malaysia, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam

On May 31, 2023, the Coalition for Fair Trade in Shopping Bags, consisting primarily of Novolex Holdings (“Novolex”) and the union workers at the U.S. paper shopping bag manufacturing facilities, filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against Paper Shopping Bags from nine countries. China is the largest exporter of the subject shopping bags,

Web3 and blockchain
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China (and Other Nations) May Be Winning the Blockchain Race Against the U.S.

I recently read a great article in Politico by Brandon Possin, a U.S. foreign service officer (and friend of my colleague Fred Rocafort) who is currently stationed at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. Possin also has significant blockchain-related credentials. In U.S. Diplomat to Washington: You’re Becoming Obsolete in One Big Area of Tech Policy, he

International product sourcing
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Thinking the Right Way About the New China Sourcing Environment

I have recently been helping a company source and develop a new product in China. This post contains the questions that have arisen during that process, along with my answers. 1. What is the right way to think about China sourcing now? A. Use Supply and Demand to Your Benefit The future will be rough,