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Trade Expert Fredrik Gronkvist is hosting a live ask me anything (AMA) to help you get started importing products from Asia. This is a rare opportunity to join an open discussion and ask Fredrik anything you'd like related to import-export.
Alibaba.com Insights
Mar 28
2 min read
This region is both China’s and the world’s lighting capital, with the town of Guzhen serving as a production and sourcing hub for the industry. Since 2014, Guzhen has seen rapid growth in B2C, wholesale and B2B trade both domestic and globally.
Alibaba.com Insights
Apr 8
1 min read
The room is full of men. They sit cross-legged on the floor around the edges of a sprawling carpet, tired from a day toiling in the desert sun. In the middle of the room, her head covered in a black-and-white kufiyah, Scarlett Chen is doing business. She sits at a squat and rough wooden table, talking to the village leader about a well.
Alibaba.com Insights
Mar 25
2 min read
The main benefit of an SLI is federal regulatory compliance! Prior to your goods being exported, Foreign Trade Regulations require a freight forwarder to transmit certain information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on your behalf. To efficiently gather the required authorizations to act on your behalf and the information needed to be transmitted, the trade community developed a SLI.
Alibaba.com Insights
Mar 22
2 min read
Importing goods to the United States? Make sure you've got the correct permissions to bring goods into the country with this practical advice by international trade attourney Jennifer Diaz.
Alibaba.com Insights
Apr 17
3 min read
CBP encourages trademark owners to not only register their trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but also to record their trademark with CBP. The cost of recordation is only $190 and provides trademark holders substantial benefits like CBP acting as your own personal trademark infringement policeman at the border. Deckers was able to assist CBP in comparing Zheng’s merchandise bearing the UGG logo with the recorded UGG word mark and determine that Zheng’s merchandise was counterfeit.
Alibaba.com Insights
Apr 2
2 min read
In an effort to combat risks and have a stronger trade posture in the e-commerce environment, the CBP released its e-commerce strategy. The new e-commerce strategy addresses the growing volume of imported small packages and the challenges it presents for the U.S. economy and security. The strategy includes efforts to educate the public and trade community to ensure they understand their responsibilities as importers to comply with customs regulations.
Alibaba.com Insights
Apr 2
3 min read
Choosing the right supplier for the first time can be a huge challenge. Fortunately, import expert Fredrik Grönkvist has a checklist for narrowing down your supplier search on alibaba.com.
Alibaba.com Insights
Mar 30
3 min read
The global plastic bag and sacks market is predicted to grow with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 3% during the period of 2016 to 2024, growing steadily from its value of US $18.2 billion in 2015. The development of customized products to suit customers' preferences and acquisition of unorganized players are two key strategies adopted by the market leaders to maintain their stronghold over the fragmented market. Plastic bags remain as a common form of packaging as they are very convenient for consumers. Growing demand is driven by rising disposable incomes, advances in biodegradable plastics and increasing demand for consumer goods at grocery stores.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 28
4 min read
The global fluid-handling pumps market is forecast to be worth US $84 billion in 2018, demonstrating robust growth from its 2015 value of US $64.4 billion. Moving forward, the market is predicted to grow steadily with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5% between 2016 and 2020.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 28
3 min read
Hardly any of the products we use could exist without the chemical industry, from the food we eat to the buildings we live in. The chemicals industry as a whole is therefore a massive business; sales in North America alone reached almost US $1 trillion in 2014 and the industry is forecast to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 3% until 2020. Looking forward, the chemical industry is positioned to profit from a wide range of trends, from sustainability to e-mobility, from commodity demand surges to major changes in consumer behavior.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 28
3 min read
According to Grand View Research, the global fasteners industry will be worth US $104 billion by 2020 and US $120 billion by 2023. This robust growth and increasing demand for fasteners is being driven by a growing demand for automobiles, aircraft, electronic appliances, industrial machinery and medical equipment. Economic and industrial growth in countries including the US, China, Brazil, Russia, Poland and India will further increase the demand for fasteners.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 28
3 min read
The global pulp and paper market was valued at US $1,190 billion in 2017 and output increased by 1.4%. However, the year 2015 saw worldwide demand for graphic paper (which includes office paper) decline for the first time, and the decline in demand has been most pronounced in Europe and the US. The fall in demand for paper is being caused by digitization, where traditional office documents that were once printed on paper are now being stored on computers. This trend of digitization is set to continue as more applications for computers in the business environment are invented and more educational resources move online.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 27
3 min read
The global bicycle market is expected to be worth US $34.9 billion by 2022, with a forecast CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 2.7% between 2017 and 2022. The future of the market looks good with opportunities in the e-bike, road bike, mountain bike and children's bikes sectors. The predicted growth in the market is being driven by increasing health consciousness among consumers, increasing environmental concerns, increasing traffic congestion, rising fuel prices, and government programs promoting cycling.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 26
3 min read
This $44 BN industry is growing worldwide driven by a number of recent consumer trends such as personalized gift-giving and environmental awareness.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 25
3 min read
Some importers see a sample, approve it, and ask the supplier to launch production. This might be appropriate for some standardized items such as computer wires, but for most consumer products it is a dangerous process.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 13
2 min read
If you purchase customized or made-to-order products, you need to look for the right source. Switching suppliers down the road can be difficult—getting the development and the production right can take more than six months for a new factory—so it’s important to find a good supplier to begin with.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 13
2 min read
The LED lighting market is set for strong growth with a predicted CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 13% between 2017 and 2022. The LED market was worth US $26.09 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach US $54.28 billion by 2022. The benefits offered by LED lights over more traditional incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps are a major factor driving the rapid market growth. These benefits include greater energy efficiency and brightness, and a longer lifespan; all highly desirable for the consumer.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 12
3 min read
Importing from new suppliers can be risky business! Here are 5 tips from sourcing expert Fredrik Grönkvist at China Importal.
Alibaba.com Insights
Feb 8
2 min read
The Chinese New Year is coming up, and for importers dealing with tight schedules and tighter budgets this can be a nightmare. Here are some tips from sourcing experts for avoiding costly mistakes during China’s largest holiday.
ChinaImportal
Feb 7
2 min read
Not sure what to make of the MOQ for a product listing on Alibaba.com? Here are some top tips from sourcing expert Fredrik Gronkvist for proceeding with your order once you've started narrowing down your supplier list.
ChinaImportal
Feb 2
3 min read
Operating between suppliers in Asia and overseas buyers, we here at China Importal often see the same common mistakes made over and over—by both sides.
Chinaimportal
Jan 14
2 min read
This whitepaper by Alibaba aims to deliver meaningful answers to questions surrounding foreign trade for SMEs. We hope it gives context to leaders and entrepreneurs about how Alibaba empowers global businesses through our trade ecosystem.
Alibaba.com Insights
Dec 12
1 min read
Global trade is on a growth trajectory that will see it shape the way both large enterprises and small startups do business in the next few decades. Aligning your business model and strategy to embrace and accommodate future global trends will help ensure you remain globally sustainable for years to come.
Alibaba.com Insights
Dec 4
2 min read