Found this article from China Importal. It's called China Export Licenses and Permits: A Complete Guide and it really fascinated us.
It offers up some fascinating nuggets of wisdom. This one was particularly thought-provoking:
There are manufacturers, that to this day, lack export licenses. These tend to be smaller manufacturers, without direct exposure to other markets.
In many cases, they act as specialized subcontractors, only focused on making a certain kind of material, component or processing for a larger – and more export-oriented – manufacturer.
Check out the rest of this article from the website linked below…