Importing from China? Don’t neglect the certification requirements.

Frederik Grondvist

China has lowered the bar for companies to do business on an international scale. While neglected by many importers, product certification compliance is not to be taken for granted when importing products from China. In this article I’ll explain why this is the case, and what you can do to improve your odds.

Commission opens gateway to China for European small and medium size enterprises

Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, has launched the Centre for European Union Small and Medium Enterprises (EU SME Centre) in Beijing on 5 November. Funded by the European Commission, this new venture will provide information, advice, training and matchmaking opportunities for European SMEs wishing to export to or invest in the Chinese market. 25% of Made in China Toys Are Not Phthalate Free

According to an investigation of AsianInspection, 25% of toys made in China are still not phtalate free. AsianInspection announced the results of an inspection of 35 randomly selected toys on their website today. These toys were destined for European and American markets.

EU-China Trade: Facts and Figures

China is the single most important challenge for EU trade policy. EU-China trade has increased dramatically in recent years. China is now the EU’s 2nd trading partner behind the USA and the biggest source of imports. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner. China is set to be the biggest national exporter in the global economy in 2009. China now accounts for about 9% of world trade in goods. Total bilateral trade between the EU and China was worth €326 billion in 2008.

EU and China to hold high-level economic and trade talks

The European Commission and the Chinese government will tomorrow continue their close working relationship with high-level economic and trade talks in Brussels. EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton and Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan will chair the second meeting of the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED). A further eight EU Commissioners and a total of 12 Chinese ministers or vice-ministers are set to participate in far-reaching talks aimed at strengthening the trade and investment relationship in order to speed recovery in the current economic crisis.