China NNN Agreements

China NDA Agreements: Still Worthless After All These Years

Why NDAs Are Useless for Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China Since we started this blog, we have emphasized the importance of using NNN Agreements for China, and not Western Style NDA Agreements. Most companies now understand this, but twice in the last few weeks I have had to tell an American company that it

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No Product from China Despite Having Paid for It

Paying Chinese Companies for Product that Never Arrives Two to three times a week, my law firm will get a query from a company that paid for Chinese product and received absolutely nothing. The below is a good example of what we just keep getting. This is an e-mail (modified to hide any possible identifiers)

Guide to choosing your manufacturer

The Three Keys to Not Getting Ripped Off When Manufacturing Overseas

The Frustrating Reality of International Manufacturing Disputes (and How to Avoid Them) Hardly a week goes by at my law firm where one of our international litigation lawyers does not get a call or an e-mail from a company exploring its options for pursuing its overseas manufacturer (usually based in China, but not always) for a

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New AD/CVD Petitions: Certain Epoxy Resins from China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand (AD/CVD)

On April 3, 2024, antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions were filed against imports of certain epoxy resins from China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.  The petitions were filed by the U.S. Epoxy Resin Producers Ad Hoc Coalition, consisting of two U.S. producers, Olin Corporation and Westlake Corporation. Epoxy resins are used in

Moving your manufacturing from China to Mexico

Mexico vs. China on Manufacturing Risks

Manufacturing Risks in China vs. Mexico: A Comprehensive Analysis When weighing where to manufacture your products, comparing risks between locations is crucial. China and Mexico both offer advantages, but a deeper analysis reveals clear differences. In this post, I delve into the risks associated with manufacturing in China and Mexico, two of the world’s most

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The Many Benefits of Visiting Your Overseas Factory

Why a Trip to Your Overseas Factory is the Secret Weapon You Didn’t Know You Had Imagine shaking hands with the person who crafts your product, touring the bustling factory floor, and uncovering hidden opportunities for innovation. This isn’t a scene from a dream; it’s the reality of visiting your overseas manufacturer. For many businesses,

A primer on China manufacturing agreements

How to Avoid China Manufacturing Problems: A Primer

China Manufacturing Problems are Increasing Imagine investing millions of dollars into a product launch, only to receive defective or unusable goods from your Chinese manufacturer – a scenario that could cripple your business. Unfortunately, this nightmare is increasingly becoming a reality for many companies that rely on China manufacturing, without proper safeguards. The increasingly tense

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Why Your International Manufacturing Agreements Need a Good Bill of Materials

The Crucial Role of the Bill of Materials Manufacturing agreements between product buyers and their manufacturers typically come with all sorts of clauses dealing with choice of law, indemnification, time of delivery, failure rate, price, payment, and various other contractual provisions. The Bill of Materials can often make or break the success of a manufacturing

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Decoding U.S. Tariff Classifications: A Comprehensive Guide

Decoding U.S. Tariff Classifications – A Comprehensive Guide For businesses involved in international trade, effectively navigating U.S. custom regulations can lead to significant cost savings, compliance benefits, and a smoother trade process. A key component of this process is understanding tariff classifications. What is a Tariff Classification? Tariff classification assigns a unique code to every

International product sourcing

Chinese Manufacturers Go Abroad: New Business Relationships for a New Era

Last week, I spoke at Brigham Young University’s annual China Conference, which is now in its eighth year under BYU professor Peter Chan. This year the conference’s theme was Peace Together: Continuing a Culture of Collaboration. Professor Chan has become a good friend over the past few years since I started attending the conference. He