Sheffield lab supply company secures support for China export

Sheffield lab supply company secures support for China export
Datech Scientific Director, Linda Matthews with Chamber International export adviser, Robin Finnis

Chamber International has exported sophisticated laboratory equipment from Poland to China on behalf of a £1 million turnover business based in Sheffield.

Logistics specialists at Bradford’s Chamber International identified a Chinese company able to act as importer when it emerged that Datech Scientific’s customer could not to do so under Chinese trade procedures.

A Vulcan Fusion Machine – widely used for the preparation of fused beads for XRF analysis – was being exported by laboratory equipment supply and service company Datech Scientific to the Tianjin branch of a British-based global contract laboratory company.

“Our UK customer already used the Vulcan fusion machines and wanted to arrange the supply of an instrument to their Chinese branch in Tianjin, nr Beijing, as a matter of some urgency,” said Linda Mathews, Director of Datech Scientific.

“We are agents for the equipment manufacturer, PD Instruments, Krakow, Poland and offered to export the equipment to Tianjin on our customer’s behalf.

“However, I found the logistics of such an export rather daunting and time consuming, so contacted Chamber International, who we have already used in the past for more complex assignments.

“Chamber International managed the exporting and associated risk, taking the headache away from me and ensured a trouble-free delivery which both we and our customer were very happy with.”

Robin Finnis, logistic specialist at Chamber International, added: “We collected from Krakow and sent the fusion machine by airfreight after arranging for a local Chinese company to act as our agent and pay import duties and taxes for Datech Scientific’s customer and deliver to them.

“Having to adopt this approach is not unusual for China and I’m pleased that it ensured the safety and speedy delivery of this crucial technology for Linda Matthews and her team at Datech Scientific.”