The moment I sent USD 1,300 full payment to Nanning Cheng-Tong lmp & Exp Trading Co.,Ltd., they immediately stopped replying to my emails and phone calls. I even sent my friends, but they seem to be untraceable.
I was looking for a Chinese supplier of scrap copper and aluminium and found this suppliers and started to negotiate. After they sent me photos and proforma invoice, I went to China, Tianjin to visit their warehouse and check the goods. I paid 40% advance.
Thereafter I made the full payment, after that they sent me the original Bill of Landing. A few days later, I called the shipping line to check the cargo, and it turns out that they have another BL with a different description on it!
The supplier in question is an “outdoor signs” producer; with signs I mean the stuff we usually hang outside the shops, lighted and branded with the logo of the shop.
In march we started to distribute about 450 signs and after 3 months, on the first distributed ones the orange color of the sign started fading. The writing, printed in 2 colors: orange and blue, after 3 months the blue color was perfect, but the orange color was completely faded, no more visible.
This Chinese supplier requested 30% advance. Then as soon as the merchandise was supposed to be ready to deliver, they requested balance payment in order to load shipment and issue BL. After 4 weeks since the supposed loading date, we have no evidence of the delivery of merchandise!
The part we were looking for is EOL, therefore we asked a few quote, this supplier provide a very cheap price, I wasn’t sure to proceed, my management agreed and we proceeded.