FAST AND RELIABLE REPORTS ON CHINESE COMPANIES
At iChinaCo, we research and verify the legitimacy of Chinese businesses (trading companies, suppliers, wholesalers, manufacturers and factories), connecting you with trusted and reputable firms in China.Verify Now!
Let's face it...
It's risky searching for a firm in another country to manufacture and deliver a product to you. Language and poor information regarding the country's laws and regulations are two big barriers. However, the real risk is lack of knowledge of the firm or individual you're considering to hire. What do you really know about their reputations, history, or ethical nature? That's where iChinaCo can help!
... is to help English-speaking companies thoroughly vet Chinese businesses and the individuals representing them. Ultimately, we help firms make educated business decisions to positively impact their bottomline.
Getting started is simple
You provide to us a copy of the front and back of a Chinese business card. With that bit of information, we are able to fully investigate firm and individual. Within days you have a comprehensive report with an accurate picture of the company -- what they actually are (a manufacturer vs. a trading partner), what they are actually licensed to manufacture, their reputation (lawsuits) and so much more.
How does iChinaCo provide such accurate reports?
We have Chinese nationals working for us in China. Because they are citizens, they have access to research tools only afforded to Chinese subjects.
What risks do we help you avoid?
So you may be wondering, "That's great, but how can iChinaCo really help?" Well, check out these stories below to learn how doing your research with iChinaCo before agreeing to work with a Chinese firm can save you lots of time, money and heartache.
They took my money, and I never heard from them again!
An Australian firm decided they wanted to move manufacturing of their pet products over seas. While attending a trade show they met a Chinese manufacturer. They like his sales pitch. They thought, “Wow, what a great price! We can save thousands.” They agreed to hire the manufacturer. They paid a large deposit and then… never heard from the individual again.
Bait and Switch still happens?!
A Canadian firm was consistently being undercut in price by a local competitor. Leadership decided something had to be done. They made some calls, met some folks and ended up selecting a Chinese manufacturer that promised they could deliver the same high-quality product for a fraction of the price. It sounded great! However, when the product finally arrived it was not what they expected. In fact, it fell horribly short of their expectation. The color was wrong, the quality of the material was awful. Selling it would hurt the firm’s well-known, high-quality brand. They spent months trying to resolve the quality issue. In the end, they realized the manufacturer just simply didn’t have the expertise to deliver the product. The issue was never resolved and they just had to eat the loss.
They stole my trademark!
A Swiss-based firm didn’t realize how popular their luggage had become in China and neglected to register their trademark there. This opened the door for an unscrupulous Beijing company to steal the Swiss trademark. How? Simple. The Chinese business registered the trademark as it’s own and began selling the product. Now the Swiss firm is suing the Chinese company. They want to be able to sell their own product to the fastest growing middle class demographic in the world, which currently totals 784 million people. However, it is unlikely the Swiss firm will ever obtain the right to their own trademark in China.
Lead paint, the EPA and insult to injury
A U.S.-based toy company was excited to lower cost on their die-cast toy train by having them manufactured in China. Months later, once the toys were on the market, the company learned the manufacturer utterly failed to comply with EPA lead regulations. The manufacturer had used lead paint. In fact, the lead content was so high the toys had to be recalled AND a remediation firm had to be hired to safely dispose of the toy.
There was absolutely nothing we could do.
A U.K. intellectual property attorney said it well, “The laws in China seem to work against foreigners. Unfortunately, if a Chinese business doesn’t deliver your order, misrepresents itself, produces a shoddy product, uses unsafe materials or outright steals your intellectual property, there is little to no recourse in the Chinese court system. Do your research. Protect your trademark. You firm’s success is truly at stake.”