You were emailing with your overseas suppliers about the new orders. The supplier was replying with their bank information. You were arranging the payment via wire transfer…
Vietnam Country Manager
MBA in Grenoble Business School (TOP 6 French Business School)
5 year experience in Quality Control industry
Multiple languages speaking (French, English, Spanish, Mandarin)
Feb 20, 2020
Using your phone to pay is now a daily gesture and the main mean of payment for most Chinese. In 2018, around 83% of all payments were made via mobile payment modes.
This is definitely very convenient, you practically don’t need cash anymore in the Middle Kingdom.
But on the other hand, today some shops won’t even accept cash, taxi drivers barely keep any change, most apps only accept mobile payment (Didi - the local Chinese Uber -, food delivery, etc). A very frustrating situation for foreigners traveling in China for business trips. Until recently, only local Chinese cards were accepted.
Rest assured dear buyers and business travelers, some solutions now exist for you!
Since November 2019, Chinese payments giant WeChat Pay and Alipay (the 2 biggest phone payment platform) have now been enabled for foreign visitors to pay for goods and services in China. Foreigners can now directly connect their international credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express).
So you now know what you have to do before your next business trip to China.
Feel also always free to come and visit us during your next business trip for any Quality Control questions and projects!
Last but not least, we recommend you setting up your WeChat wallet or AliPay before going to China. Indeed, these services often require you to receive a confirmation SMS text to the local phone number linked to your card.
Sometimes clients ask how we actually work at the factory.
Our slogan says: “Helping buyers sleep better”, and we have been bearing it in mind as a guideline when performing our job. We regard it not only as our slogan, but as a goal we are trying our best to achieve each inspection we conduct...
It is said there are hundreds of inspection service providers in China nowadays. Some of them, as big as SGS, Intertek or Bureau Veritas, are multi-national giants with more than 100 years history. Some of them, as small as self-employed inspectors, that have only 2 or 3 staff all together.
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