With around 1.3 billion potential consumers, foreign investors have long considered China to be an important retail market. However, despite a relatively comprehensive set of national rules governing distribution activities, China is best thought of as a combination of many smaller markets. Consumer tastes and preferences vary from region to region, and logistics costs may make it hard to establish and maintain a nation-wide distribution network. Getting the right commercial operations in place is crucial for success. But without solid legal foundations, commercial success can be very short lived
This article explores the different models for selling your products in China (including through cross-border e-commerce) and navigates you through the legal and regulatory regimes on product distribution in China.
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