Sourcing Tips /

Asia Sourcing Dangers of 2012

anonymous production 250x139 Asia Sourcing Dangers of 2012Asia Sourcing Danger #1: Supplier email hacking

We are seeing more and more Asia sourcing professionals falling for the scam where a 3rd party hacks the supplier’s email and convinces the buyer to send money to a private account. In November of 2012, a French company sent a deposit of 29K USD to what they believed to be the supplier they had been dealing with for many years. By the time the buyer and factory realized they had been scammed, the 3rd party closed the bank account and disappeared with the money. Continue reading

Quality Control Tips /

RoHS 2 Regulations in 2013

RoHS 2 regulations have been very important for the past 6 years since they were introduced in 2006. (Check out our past article about why it is important to have this lab testing done while importing: RoHS compliance: Put the odds in your favour)

This time we will talk about the new European Union RoHS Directive known as RoHS2, which was adopted by the European Council in 2011. The new directive attempts to address the issue of non-defined/non-approved/non harmonized compliance marks and reduce confusion by authorizing the use of the CE mark. Continue reading

Quality Control Tips /

AQL Inspection: An Historical View

AQL inspection standards history 300x243 AQL Inspection: An Historical ViewAcceptable Quality Limit (AQL) is the standard used by many Quality Control Inspection firms to determine a proper sampling size and the number of allowable defects. While we previously wrote a post on it, explaining how to use the standard, we often hear importers wondering, what exactly is the AQL standard and from where did it derive? Continue reading

China /

Chinese New Year and Production Delays

chinese new year production 300x224 Chinese New Year and Production DelaysHappy New Year from AQF! While most of the West has just come back from more than a week of holiday, your suppliers in China are preparing for an equally significant celebration of the Chinese New Year. In 2013, the New Year falls on February 10th. It is important to be aware of the effects on production delays that this holiday brings! Check out some suggestions from last year: Continue reading

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Product Safety: China & Europe Collaborate

product safety CE europe china 300x212 Product Safety: China & Europe CollaborateIn order to sell your products anywhere in the world, you generally need to prove that they meet the product safety standards and requirements of their destination marketplace. For example, you will need to acquire the CCC mark (China Compulsory Certification) in China and the CE (Conformité Européenne) mark in Europe. Continue reading

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