Archive for July, 2009

Manufacturing History

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009:

One could say manufacturing began about 7,000 years ago when ancient humans started producing various articles made of stone, wood, ceramics and metal. From these simple beginnings, manufacturing has progressed over the millenniums into the automated factories we see today. Before high-quality, mass production in the modern factories we see today could become reality, countless inventions, both great and small, were necessary. One of the most important was the the steam engine invented by James Watt in 1769. It was far more practical and efficient than any other steam engine previously produced. For the first time, people had a reliable, […] Read More →


Tuesday, July 28th, 2009:

What is outsourcing? Outsourcing has traditionally referred to the delegation of a firm’s responsibilities, such as manufacturing and administrative tasks, to an outside third party. In recent years, the definition of outsourcing has expanded, and companies have increasingly utilized entities located overseas to meet their outsourcing needs. Reasons for outsourcing: Outsourcing enables individuals and companies to delegate repetitive or unfamiliar tasks so they can concentrate on their core business. It also enables them to access labor sources, resources, technology and ideas they would not normally have access to. This process can greatly aid in specialization and efficiency as well as […] Read More →

How to Compute Customs Tariffs

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009:

Please follow the procedure below to obtain an estimate of the tariff on your product if you are importing into the US. This is only a guideline. You will need to contact U.S. Customs to obtain an exact rate. For countries other than the U.S., please check the links at the bottom of this page. 1. You will first need to obtain a tariff number. You may be able to obtain it by going directly to the HTS Schedule in step four below, but it will probably be easier to first go to the Customs Ruling Online Search System (CROSS) […] Read More →

Shipping Times

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009:

Before manufacturing, it is important to research shipping options to find the most suitable and cost-effective way to ship your goods from the factory to their next destination. Most international shipping is now based on shipping containers. Shipping containers have greatly increased the ease and efficiency in which goods are handled. They have also substantially reduced shipping costs and have revolutionized shipping and international trade. Twenty or forty-foot containers are used for most shipments. Whenever possible, the quantity of goods ordered should be adjusted to best utilize container space. A full container load (FCL) is the most cost-effective way to […] Read More →

Asian Manufacturing

Monday, July 27th, 2009:

The following is background information on Asian manufacturing in developing economies. This information represents some of the factors that determine where we will manufacture your products. China China is the top manufacturer in the developing world. In 1979, market reforms began in costal regions. Since that time, China has gradually emerged from isolation to become the factory of the world for many products. Although China started with products of low value and quality, it has rapidly improved its infrastructure, manufacturing know-how and skills to become the producer of many high tech products of superior quality and exceptional value. China’s manufacturing […] Read More →

Manufacturing Sourcing and Sampling

Monday, July 27th, 2009:

Before beginning production, a sample should be made to confirm the quality of the manufacturing, flush out potential problems and ensure the factory understands the exact product specifications. First and foremost, a sample gives a good indication of the quality of the manufacturer’s work. The sample process allows the purchaser to weed out low-quality manufacturers before investing significant time and money in them. A factory unable to produce a quality sample should be immediately dropped. A sample also ensures the manufacturer understands the purchaser’s exact specifications. Even when a manufacturer and a purchaser feel they have reached an understanding, language, […] Read More →

Manufacturing Quality Control

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009:

Ensuring quality control is a critical issue when sourcing from China and other developing countries. There is no simple solution to this problem and addressing it takes multiple strategies. The quality of Chinese and other Asian goods has improved in recent years as these firms gain more experience and move up the manufacturing food chain to higher value products. However, serious differences remain in how quality is perceived. Developing countries, many of which have a legacy of planned, isolated economies, generally do not have the same ideas about quality that are taken for granted in richer nations. Therefore, it is […] Read More →

Customs Clearance

Sunday, July 19th, 2009:

When importing into a country, there are various terms, regulations and procedures an importer should be familiar with. The following is a guide of various issues to be aware of when importing. Read More →

Commercial Letter of Credit

Friday, July 10th, 2009:

Payment is almost always made with a commercial letter of credit, except for various small orders. Letters of credit allow a bank to act as an uninterested party between the buyer and seller. They have been used for centuries and are becoming a vital, ever-increasing instrument of international trade. They aid both parties by enabling the buyer to prove they can make payment and by reassuring the seller that payment will be received. Before placing an order, it is important to understand how letters of credit operate. There are four major parties involved when issuing a commercial letter of credit […] Read More →

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