Contract Manufacturing in China

  Contract Manufacturing in China is a decision taken by thousands of companies in recent years. China has become the “factory of the world”. Hundreds of thousands of foreign companies have decided to move production to China and hire local companies that manufacture all kinds of products, at competitive prices, which are then sold on world markets. The relationships between the ... Read More »

Joint Venture contract checklist

Though there is no legal definition, a Joint Venture is essentially a relationship between two or more parties sharing risks and rewards in a particular business enterprise. The joint venture is usually undertaken through the medium of a joint venture contracts or through a limited liability company. The checklist that follows covers 20 of the most usual matters that parties ... Read More »

What is a trading company?

Trading companies  are specialists that cover all export and import operations and procedures. A trading company buy products in one country and sold them in different countries where it has its own distribution network. This kind of companies mostly work with high production volumes of products such as raw materials, chemicals, generic pharmaceuticals, etc. The activities of a trading company ... Read More »

How to Use International Trade Statistics

When a company decides to sell (export) or buy (import) its products in international markets is essential to know the statistics of international trade of that product that can be obtained freely on The Internet and in a few minutes. This information is really useful to design the international marketing strategies and negotiate operations. In this article we always refer ... Read More »

Doing Business 2013 World Bank Survey

The tenth edition of the famous and prestigious annual survey conducted by the World Bank which analyzed and evaluated 185 countries of the world according to 10 criteria for doing business. The criteria evaluated are: Starting a Business. Dealing with construction permits. Getting electricity. Registering property. Getting credit. Protecting investors. Paying taxes. Trading across borders. Enforcing contracts. Resolving insolvencies                             . ... Read More »

Keys to Negotiate in Iran

  Despite its nuclear dispute with the western countries (especially with the United States) Iran is an economic power (No. 17 in the ranking of world GDP) with significant purchasing needs specially in industrial products. Here are some keys to negotiating with Iranian companies. Islamic religion in Iran (Shiites with a minority of Sunnis) plays a major role in society ... Read More »

Africa New Opportunities for Business

This report by from the Economist Intelligence Unit examines the potential risks and challenges of the African continent for doing business. Among others the report treats the following topics: Reasons for economic growth in Africa. The consumption boom. Foreign investment flows. Investments from China. Besides the great opportunities offered by Africa, there are also risks as existing inflation, infrastructure crisis ... Read More »

The Chambers of Commerce in International Trade

The Chambers of Commerce are organizations whose main objective is to promote business in a certain geographic area (country, region or country). The first Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce) was established in 1599 in the french town of Marseille. The concept caught on and expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries, with chambers opening in New York (1768), Calcutta ... Read More »

Exporting to Europe Guide

The Guide Exporting to Europe gives a complete overview of the European (EU and EFTA) region, providing with the basic knowledge that exporting companies need in order to decide whether or not it would be interesting to start exploring export possibilities for Europe in a specific sector. This guide is a co-publication of CBI and SIPPO and among others treat ... Read More »

Business Etiquette in Japan

The Japanese monarchy is the world’s oldest (dating back to 660 BC). This explains and justifies the rigid traditions and customs of Japanese society, probably the most ceremonial culture of the world. In this article we offer some tips on business etiquette in Japan: The business culture is very formal. People are addressed by Mr or Mrs followed by their ... Read More »