Service Update – Corona Virus

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Update on the commercial situation in China on 19 February 2020  The effects of the corona virus outbreak (or COVID-19 as it’s now called) continue to be felt across China.  There are however some positive signs.  Both the number of new cases and the number of fatalities is falling and has done so for the…

Service Update – Corona Virus outbreak

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Wednesday 12 February 2020 Following a government ordered extension to the Chinese New Year Holiday businesses were expected to re open yesterday 10 February.  However due to the on going virus outbreak this has not been straight forward.  In some areas including Hubei the virtual lockdown continues making it impossible for factories and businesses to…

A reflection on China

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My annual visit to China was as usual eventful and full of surprises.  The pace of change in China never ceases to amaze me and this time was no exception. Reports the economy in China is slowing are undoubtedly true but one should not underestimate the size and power of the economy here. The economy…

Roasted Chestnuts in the fireplace?

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Now the general election is over we can turn our intention to Christmas.   The tree lights are on as we sit in front of the log fire with some chestnuts generally roasting on the fire perhaps? Surely one of those evocative Christmas sights and aromas.   But stop if you will and spare a moment to…

Some positive news on trading in the era of Brexit

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As yet another deadline for Brexit approaches the uncertainty for UK businesses continues.  As a result the value of Stirling plummets to new depths and the costs of imports increases.  Every way you turn the message seems doom and gloom, from suggestions of food and medicines shortages to queues of lorries stretching from Dover to…

Another Happy Customer

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The week starts with news of a successful delivery of fork lift trucks and electric pallet trucks to one of our customers.  Single large items of Machinery like this come with particular challenges from choice of the right product, ensuring the product is suitable for use in the UK and checking all the relevant certificates…

Top Ten Pitfalls to Avoid When Trading With China

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We often get approached by clients who have tried sourcing and buying products from China but have run into difficulties .  Many are new to this but some have been buying from China for years.  We see some common threads and many of these problems are easily avoided by careful planning before you start searching…

Concerned about wide currency fluctuations during these uncertain times?

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One important issue one always needs to consider when trading overseas is currency exchange rates.  Most businesses desire a stable exchange rate between their currency and the currency their supplier or customer uses.  This was always promoted as one of the major advantages of monetary union within the Euro zone.   Stability allows companies to plan…

How will Brexit affect trade with China?

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With the 29 March deadline now upon us amazingly we still don’t know what form Brexit will take, or indeed if it will happen at all. This has caused well documented problems for many businesses. For businesses which trade overseas this is a particular problem today. There are many ships on the high seas today…

Last chance to buy before Chinese New Year

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It’s that time of year again and Chinese New Year is rapidly approaching.  On 4th February (New Year’s Eve) China will shut down to celebrate New Year.  This is the biggest event in the Chinese calendar and the entire country shuts down for two weeks with many factories shutting for 4 weeks. If you need…