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Shandong Linxu Materials Co Ltd
Shandong Linxu Materials Co Ltd
16th Floor, Shounuo City Light building A, Huaiyin District, Jinan City, Shandong Province, China
Initial contact with the supplier:
Online Supplier Directory
Type of product(s) being purchased:
Steel Bars Specs 1.2379 Laminated In Annealed State
Value of the Purchase Order when the incident occurred:
25,001 to 100,000 USD
Destination market of order in question:
Type of Complaint(s):
Scams & Other Unethical Activities
Stage of relationship with the supplier at the time of the incident:
Our initial inquiry was on 5th Feb 2023 on Alibaba to which the company rep Vicki Liu replied that they can accommodate our requirements and asked for whatsapp for easier communication which made sense. I asked for all relevant COC and ISO and inquired if they produce an MTC. Certificates were provided ( which can also be found on their numerous website addresses ) and also confirmation that MTC will be provided upon completion of manufacturing informing on the chemical composition signed and stamped officially. We placed two separate orders at a week distance, the initial for 6 tonnes followed by another for 24 tonnes, both for STEEL BARS spec 1.2379 LAMINATED in ANNEALED STATE. For piece of mind we asked for acceptance of Letter of Credit as payment method upon container being loaded on vessel and all original documents being provided as per specific instructions to our corresponding bank Santander Hong Kong.
The MTC was provided signed/stamped with chemical composition as expected for the specs orders ( 1.2379 steel ), Packing List also detailing the materials / steel bars as per specs and dimensions ordered, commercial invoice, copy of B/L, Certificate of Origin issued, signed and stamped by governmental organization (China Chamber of International Commerce Guangzhou) dated 28th March 2023. I reiterate that all official documents were signed and stamped by competent authority with the goods described within as we requested, ie Steel Bars 1.2379 laminated and in annealed state in bundles of different dimensions. We received some photos ( which i requested ) of the materials loaded inside the container and at a glance they seemed fine. Original documents were sent to our Santander Bank HK by manufacture/exporter’s bank Chouzhou via intermediary bank China Construction bank.
Upon receipt and verification all details seemed in order so money was released. Fast forward to containers arrival Valencia port. Upon unloading the steel bars from the container into our home facility damage and faults were noticed ( steel bars had holes drilled into them in various places and at the bottom they were welded together and not separated and obviously had been loaded as such so the welding would not be visible upon inspection ). Upon specific testing it was deemed that the material was nothing near what was ordered and instead of steel 1.2379 ( with a high content of Cr ) we had been delivered simple iron. Not STEEL but IRON.
Obviously we immediately tried to contact the manufacturers but all our messages until now have remained unanswered. Furthermore upon receipt of full payment Vicki apparently left the company ( i was informed by her personally that “tomorrow i leave for another city and company” and I was passed onto Evelyn Liu ). We tried to get in touch with Vicki via Alibaba and now she appears as working for the same company but in Vietnam. Avoid this company at all costs ! Scammers, forgeries going to the lengths of issuing original and official documents with inaccurate and totally false details, probably bribing local officials to receive the certificates of conformity and MTC. All was done INTENTIONALLY and the fact that they are not willing to discuss / negotiate / find a solution but prefer to keep silent is a teller.
Be very careful and aware as even L/C do not fully protect you and certain companies will go to extreme lengths of faking and forging and bribing to scam customers. This particular company has numerous websites well put together, they have experience of over 25 years in manufacturing of steel products yet they still use scamming tactics for financial gain.
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