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Contract Manufacturing in International Trade

Meaning of Contract Manufacturing, according to the Dictionary of International Trade (Global Negotiator): Contract manufacturing in international markets is used in situations when one company arranges for another company in a different country to manufacture its products; this is also known as international subcontracting or international outsourcing. The company provides the manufacturer with all the specifications, and, if applicable, also with the materials required for the production process. This type of contract sets out the requirements, which the manufacturer must meet concerning the quality of the products, certification, quantities, conditions and dates of delivery, etc. It also establishes guidelines for the inspection and testing of the products set forth by the company which contracts out the manufacture, or by its own clients. Furthermore, it also outlines modifications to orders, as well as guarantees and compensation in case of breach of contract. Since the process is essentially outsourcing production in foreign markets to a partner that privately brands the end product, there are a number of different companies and industries that can make use of this type of contract. Model of International Contract Manufacturing.

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