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Dangerous Goods Supply Chains – After Tianjin

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The accident in Tianjin has had multiple repercussions for hazardous goods supply chains inside China, as well as into and out of China. The main impacts are as follow:

CONTINUING CLOSURE OF TIANJIN PORT TO IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF DANGEROUS GOODS

At this moment, Tianjin harbor remains closed to all imports and exports of goods with ”UN Number” hazard identification; regardless of whether these cargoes are liquids or solids. As the key portal for exports of chemicals from the industrial heartlands of Hebei Province and further afield, the idea that the harbor would simply close seemed very unlikely, but this is exactly what has happened. For chemical enterprises based within the catchment area of Tianjin harbor, the extra cost of diverting their cargoes via Qingdao or Dalian ports is ruinous, adding many thousands of RMB per container in cost. This comes as a serious and threatening extra burden to enterprises that are already operating on razor-thin profit margins and it can surely not be too long before this eventually forces them out of business. Handling fees inside Qingdao harbor are approximately double that of all the other harbors in China, as a result of its highly complex and careful storage requirements (themselves arising from a fire which took place in the harbor several years ago). So, the cost burden is amplified for those forced to export via Qingdao.

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New Container Weight Verification Rule – Perspectives from China

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In less than 6 months, the new container weight verification rule will take effect; however, in checking with my relevant China-based supply chain contacts (export manufacturers, freight forwarders and shipping lines) no one expects much to change, and there’s only a moderate awareness of what SOLAS even means.

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The Hidden Costs Of Sourcing From Inland China

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As costs continue to rise in Eastern China (namely, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces), the procurement manager may feel compelled to comparison-shop from alternate vendors in other parts of China or Southeast Asia.  However, it is often a mistake to simply compare the price quote based on the per unit ex-works price.  There are many hidden costs and variables which should be taken in to account when comparing a price quote for what appears to be the same widget from, say, Changzhou, Jiangsu versus that of Fuling, Chongqing.  This short essay is intended to educate and forewarn you of some of those potential increased costs and risks to your procurement program. 

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PTL Group bringing the Chinese social media tips to Tel Aviv Google Campus

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Many Israeli companies for some time now have worked within the BAT kingdom, and realized it has big challenges when it comes to branding. In China the censorship of information has built an ecosystem that today we call the Chinese Digital Media ground, and to that mix we include Baidu as the most used search engine tool. How we perceive messages and execute projects is different than in the west, and the only way on how to master the use of these channels to reach the Chinese audience starts with opening your company accounts and crafting messages in Mandarin simplified characters.

It is a fascinating world that reaches a large audience, and when done properly, can expose your Brand to thousands of prospects. So let us start with a few tips on how to accomplish this while sitting from your headquarters in Israel with a team on the ground. These tips were shared in our past Digital Marketing seminars in Tel Aviv.

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Chinese New Year

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We welcome another year in our lives while leaving the Sheep year behind. For those who are unaware, in 2016 we will be celebrating the year of the Monkey. Those born under this particular sign are characterized by their intelligence as well as their versatility. To top that off, they are extremely honest and their gentleness allows them to construct long-lasting business and personal relationships. On the not-so-positive side, monkeys might come off as impulsive with a slight tendency to look down upon others. So if you were born either in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 you might relate to the above description.

 However, what will 2016 bring upon us?

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