Danger Signs

There are a lot of well-established Chinese companies (both state-owned and privately owned) looking for solid relationships with overseas suppliers, customers and partners. However, like you can find anywhere in the world, there are some bad guys out there too.

Be careful when you see the following danger signs:

- They insist that your senior executive travel to China immediately to sign the contract with them in person and request money prior to the trip to pay for a reception in your honor, and/or, once in China, they request money or goods to “grease the wheels” with local officials.

- They insist to pay you later.

- Their telephone numbers are always busy or never answered during business hours.

- They have no English speaking staff although they claim they have been in the import/export business for years.