China News

We know the Chinese market and its culture, here we share the topics that we think are most relevant about China and the economic situation, which we think can help you make decisions.
15 de March de 2021

When will transportation costs go down?

Just a quick update on this post we wrote analyzing the situation of transportation market, and explaining why the container prices were skyrocketing and how we saw the situation. Here is the current situation (averange prices that WE pay for containers, which is not necessarily the market price): We are […]
29 de January de 2021

Raw material prices about to rocket up?

The weeks before the Chinese New Year holidays are always demanding, but this year beats them all: Big increases in raw material prices Soaring CNY/USD exchange rate Record beating container prices These three factors affect the price directly. But not only that, as Chinese factories will close for 3 weeks […]
1 de December de 2020

Why are containers so expensive lately?

Now that it seems that Covid situation is improving and we can finally relax a little bit and get back to business as usual, shipaggedon is here (cool name but sadly not mine, New York times gets the credit). To make it short, good luck these days if you want […]
11 de November de 2020

Why is the chinese yuan appreciating?

The exchange rate between the chinese yuan (CNY) and the US dollar (USD) has reached USD0.15 today. Since May, it has appreciated by 8%. This is bad for chinese exporters, because when they mostly get paid in USD. So when they change to CNY, they get paid 8% less. So […]
6 de October de 2020
China's lost opportunity GISP

China’s big lost opportunity

Back in 1999 when I first went to China, I made a bet with one of my Chinese friends. He was always saying that by 2020 China would overtake the US as the world leader. Given the situation back then, with China a third world country and the US the […]
23 de June de 2020
Concepto Cara en China y Trump

Face and Trump’s Chinese Coronavirus

These last weeks, Mr Trump is not talking about coronavirus anymore. Now he is talking about the Chinese virus, or the Chinese coronavirus. This small change will have huge consequences. One of the most important aspects of Chinese culture is Face. It’s difficult to translate because we don’t have this […]
23 de March de 2020
Mercados de China

Wuhan Coronavirus and wet markets

If you have been to a wet market in China, you can not be too surprised when they tell you that the Wuhan Coronavirus, the new pandemic spreading through China, did originate in one of these markets. There is a lot of talk about the wet market in Wuhan, but […]
2 de October de 2019
hong kong

Just back from Hong Kong

As I explained in my last post, I have spent some days in China and Hong Kong visiting our offices, factories and some raw material and component suppliers. I had read a lot about the situation in Hong Kong before the trip, and all my Chinese friends and suppliers were […]