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Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

Just a quick reminder that June 9th 2016 is Dragon Boat (Duanwu) Festival in China. While the official national holiday is only one day, typically all offices and factories will by closed for three days, so expect limited response from your colleagues in China from 9th-11th.   ETP is open for business however, so feel free to get in touch if you have any enquiries. info@enterthepanda.com   In the meantime, don’t forgot to...

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The Blacklist

The Blacklist

After years of sourcing, recording, researching and reporting, ETP has an extensive list of companies that we have identified to have been involved in and partaken in scamming their customers or mishandling their orders. We have a database of over 3500 companies worldwide reported for fraudulent, scamming behaviour and mishandling of orders. To ensure that they are not trying to contact you or are already doing business with you, simply...

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Shipping Rates Between Asia and Europe Going Up, Way Up! – GRI (General Rate Increase) from 1st March 2012

Some of you may not have heard about the GRI from 1st March 2012 from almost all shipping carriers yet. But you will likely feel the pinch when you notice shipping prices for containers almost doubling after 1st of March. Here is what is happening and what we’re being told:   Where & What? The increases will be applied as follows: Origin Range: From All Asian ports (including Japan, South East Asia, Colombo...

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2012 1st QTR Manufacturing Outlook – The Effects of ‘Stagflation’ and Migration

As we read and see more and more in the news that Chinese exports to ‘developed’ countries are considerably reducing it is a time to be very wary about quality. While there is still strong growth from ‘emerging’ markets such as Africa and South America, the reduction in exports from the larger Western markets creates a pressure and strain on all the factories that rely on these orders to maintain their budgeted and normal...

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For all the Cows! (we are what they eat)

Recently I wrote about a little tree cone I found in my Mengniu yoghurt and how it bugged me to the point of never wanting to buy that product again. Today I read about how Wang Xiaoshan, a columnist, published a microblog post calling for Web users to boycott all Mengniu products. This was because it was found in October of this year that some of Mengniu’s products were contaminated with over double the national permitted level of...

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China Daily European Weekly – Cover Story – December 2011

The following is an excerpt from a China Daily European Weekly cover story entitled “Little to Cheer About”. It deals with the effects of the economic downturn on consumers, retailers and Chinese suppliers. David Bartram of China Daily spoke with Enter the Panda about our experiences on the ground here in China. To read the full article click here. “There has certainly been a notable tightening of the purse strings this...

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