A most excellent post on the importance of protecting your supply chain from Dan Harris of the (most excellent) China Law Blog. If you are not a subscriber, you should be. He is kind enough to link to my post yesterday, “Sheer Import Genius“.
The importance of contracts and compartmentalizing your supply chain cannot be overstated. You have invested too much to build the business. Don’t give it away because you are too lazy or too cheap to do the work to protect that investment.
The other day, a really savvy client of ours stopped by the office. This company has been doing business in China for a long long time and it has non-disclosure/non compete/non circumvention agreements with all of its Chinese suppliers and US Buyers I mentioned the above conversation (no names or other identifiers, of course) and we talked about the benefits of the contracts his company has both in China and in the U.S. He then reminded me that this was also one of the reasons his company had set up its own trading companies in China. This company gets its product from about a dozen different Chinese factories, but the records in both China and the United States all point to the U.S. company’s own trading company as the exporter. This company has never had a problem with its customers going around it.
PassageMaker can help you secure your China supply chain. Our “Black Box” Assembly Center is a far less expensive option than setting up your own trading company. If you still want your own presence in China, we can help you with our Factory Formation service. Give us a call, and when you need a lawyer in China, you could do far worse than Mr. Harris.