China Outbound: Setting Up a Trading Company for China, ASEAN and India

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Our Latest Round-Up of Business News Affecting China-Based Businesses Investing in Asia

In this edition of China Outbound, we provide a range of resources for expanding your import/export business beyond China and into India and Vietnam. These include an overview of the complex economic drivers at work between China, ASEAN and India, as well as an analysis of Sino-Indian manufacturing dynamics. From here, we move into practical business intelligence, with procedural guides to choosing a sourcing vehicle for China and Vietnam and trading with Vietnam. Lastly, we cap things off with an expert commentary on manufacturing quality standards across Asia.

Wage Comparisons and Trade Flows Between China, ASEAN and India

As the cost of manufacturing in China continues to rise, the search for ever-more competitive products becomes increasingly important. While higher incomes in China have an upside, the reality is that a combination of rising wages, welfare and operational costs is encouraging the Asian supply chain to move.

What China Wants From India – Manufacturing Capacity

Chris Devonshire-Ellis explains how China now recognizes that it needs India’s emerging young workers to satisfy its own consumption demands.  In the new emerging Asia dynamic, the China-India trade space is set to become one of the most explosive over the coming decade. 

Choosing a Sourcing Model in China and Vietnam

China and Vietnam are two of Asia’s most appealing destinations for sourcing. Here, we discuss how ‘indirect’ and ‘direct’ sourcing platforms function in both and discuss some of the HR and compliance issues that foreign companies should be aware of.

An Introduction to Vietnam’s Import & Export Industries

With its rising costs, China is no longer the go-to destination for many businesses, and Vietnam has arisen as a serious competitor. Recent trends show that the number of orders shifting from China to Vietnam has seen a significant increase.

How to Establish a Trading Company in Vietnam

In this article, we examine the processes involved with setting up a trading company in Vietnam to engage in import and export activities as well as domestic distribution.

Understanding Vietnam’s Import and Export Regulations

Once an investor has set up a trading company in Vietnam, it is important that its management gains a strong understanding of the country’s import and export regulations and procedures. 

Quality Standards in Asia: Regional Differences and Long-Term Trends

A typical assumption made by purchasing managers is that quality standards applying to products made in Asia for export are similar to those of the West. However, there are strong differences between the quality control standards in different countries and between purchasers, both on the demand and the supply sides.


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