How Determining the Right Tariff Classification Can Affect Your Business

You’ve gotten your product manufactured overseas and managed to save a few bucks too by doing it across the water. Great. But that’s only the first (admittedly large) step. The next big challenge is shipping the product back to the U.S. without losing all those saving to unexpected high import duties. Amongst the current political talk regarding trade, it is more important now than ever to pay close attention to how the import process can affect you and your goods.

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All About Transferring Tooling

If you’re already manufacturing a product, you understand how important tooling is. But what happens if your factory isn’t quite working out and you want to head to greener pastures? Or you’re ready to move production overseas? Do you have to start from scratch or can you take your tooling and molds with you? To answer that, we’ll start from the beginning.

So what exactly is tooling? Tooling is an essential part of the manufacturing process. Simply put, it is the designing, engineering, and creation of the tools that are needed to manufacture your product. This can include any needed molds as well. The quality, precision, and characteristics of tooling all determine how the finished piece will turn out as well as the speed, accuracy, and repeatability of manufacture.

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Why Does Chinese New Year Affect the Supply Chain?

Chinese New Year (CNY) is an important time of year for many people in China. Much like the Christmas holiday in the U.S., it is a time for celebration and family, though on a larger scale. It’s the largest Chinese holiday of the year, and business calendars in the country reflect that.

If you have ever outsourced product from China or utilized a supply chain that extends overseas, you have likely at least heard of the impact the holiday can have on the manufacturing industry. But for those that have ever wondered why the impact occurs, we’d like to give you a bit of insight into Chinese New Year.
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The E-BI Story

The New Year is often considered a time of reflection, looking back on where we have been, what we have accomplished, and looking forward to where we are headed in the future. Most of you likely know E-BI as a global contract manufacturing solution. To E-BI’s founder, president, and CEO, Dr. George Wang, the company’s core value is simply to help clients worldwide to achieve their dream of engineering and manufacturing their product(s). Over the last 18 years, Dr. Wang and his team have succeeded in making countless product ideas a reality. But the real gift is seeing the success of each product and the impact is has made on the lives of our clients.

“I couldn’t be anything like a stock broker because you don’t achieve anything but a number. What affect does that have on the world?” George has said.

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Material Mentor: Thermoplastics

Plastic is a widely used material in manufacturing, both in products and packaging. It is energy efficient and relatively easy to manufacture in comparison to alternatives. However, there are countless different types of plastics that are used in different types of application. In general, plastics can be grouped into two main families: thermoplastics and thermosets. The main difference between these two types of polymers is that thermoplastics soften and become pliable above specific temperatures (upon heating) and solidify again upon cooling, whereas thermosets always remain in a permanent solid state once they have been molded. Today we will look at the thermoplastic group.

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5 Myths About Chinese Factories

The things we read or hear about in the news and media typically play a large part in shaping our perceptions about certain issues. They put generalizations in our minds about what a place or experience is like without us ever having tried it ourselves. This can be great to shed light on issues that we may not otherwise have been aware of, but it can also be misleading. The media tends to favor stories that shock and awe. You may hear stories about a factory accident, but you won’t necessarily hear about the factory that prides itself on its flawless safety record and employee well-being on a daily basis. Unfortunately many people get the wrong idea about what foreign manufacturing industries are really like. We’re here to shed some light on some of these topics.

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