Many Chinese companies that provide credit to foreign businesses do so because their invoices are insured by Sinosure.  Sinosure is a massive China-based export and credit insurance company.

Foreign companies sometimes face Sinosure when they have failed to pay their Chinese supplier for product. When that happens, Sinosure usually steps in and threatens to sue.   

We have worked with a number of companies in dealing with Sinosure and those experiences, coupled with numerous consultations with Chinese lawyers who know and understand Sinosure, have convinced us that the following is typically true:

  1.  Sinosure is not unreasonable. If you are not paying your Chinese supplier because your supplier gave you bad product, Sinosure will “listen.”
  2. If you are not paying your Chinese supplier because you are having cash flow problems, Sinosure will not listen.
  3. If you are not paying your Chinese supplier because you are a deadbeat, Sinosure definitely will not listen.
  4. If you are not paying your Chinese supplier because your Chinese supplier gave you bad product, you should do whatever you can to provide Sinosure with documentary proof of the bad product and documentary proof of the damages you have incurred due to the bad product.

What have your experiences been with Sinosure?

Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog ( Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.