How many times have you seen a “Made in China” label on a product? Chances are your answer is “a lot”. This product information isn’t just a courtesy to the customer. It’s legally required for products imported into and sold in the U.S. But what actually determines country of origin? What really makes something “made” in China, versus say, “assembled” in China?
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.
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.
What is the cost of international logistics?
International logistics is quite different from those of familiar domestic shipping because the cost includes the fees of goods going through the border of at least 2 countries twice. The goods have to exit one country, and then enter another one. The cost is then further complicated by Continue reading “How to Reduce International Logistics Cost”
Many products use materials sensitive to heat and moisture. Extreme heat or humidity could damage materials such as adhesives, and chemical compounds used in products. This raises the question: can the conditions of ocean freight containers damage your products during shipping? Continue reading “Are Ocean Freight Containers Safe For My Product?”