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This webinar is TODAY, but it is NOT too late for you to sign up and attend . We start at 8:30 PT/11;30 ET so come join us as we discuss how to navigate the buying of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from China. If you — like so many others — are looking to secure PPE for any reason, this webinar is for you.

As first responders struggle to meet the daunting challenge of COVID-19, those tasked with procuring masks and other PPE for their use are facing their own challenges, many of them connected to the industry’s over-reliance on Chinese supply. China’s factories are overwhelmed by requests for new orders, and in this sellers’ market they can afford to be intransigent when it comes to specs, payment terms, inspections, and other important matters. Logistics are also increasingly complicated, as carriers deal with border restrictions and the sheer volume of mostly one-way cargo traffic.

Adding to these challenges are the impromptu middlemen, who although in some instances well-meaning, are often unfamiliar with PPE and with international transactions. This complicates importers’ efforts to successfully navigate the increasingly complex regulatory labyrinth, as both China and importing countries make rules on the go and often in conflict with one another.

There are important political dimensions as well, with China looking to make the most of its “politics of generosity” by prioritizing shipments to friendly nations and government authorities in places like the US anxious to avoid getting caught up in bad deals.

All these things (and many more) making sourcing PPE from China a very risky endeavor. Our law firm is advising many companies, charities and even countries from around the world that seek to source and import Chinese PPE. So we know a thing or two about PPE sourcing because we’ve seen a thing or two about PPE sourcing and in this webinar we will lay out in clear terms the things you can and should be doing to reduce your PPE sourcing risks.

Join Harris Bricken attorneys Dan Harris and Fred Rocafort and experienced medical supply chain professional Dan Pak, Vice President, Supply Chain, at Hartford Healthcare (where he is responsible for procurement, strategic sourcing and contracting) on Thursday, April 23 at 8:30am PT/11:30am ET to discuss what PPE buyers can do to navigate these treacherous waters.

Among other things, we will discuss the following:

  1. How to reduce your purchasing risks.
  2. How to reduce your risks by learning more about the legitimacy and reputation of the company from which you are looking to buy medical products.
  3. How to reduce the risk of your products being held up at customs.
  4. How to draft a contract that will reduce your risks, including risk reducing contract terms.
  5. How to use quality control to reduce your risks.
  6. The government documents you need to know about and review.
  7. Countries other than China from which to source PPE.

You will not want to miss this unique opportunity to gain insight from attorneys dealing hands-on with these challenges. The webinar itself will be approximately 45 minutes, followed by up to 45 minutes of questions.

This webinar be put on by HB conferences (which, despite sharing our initials, is not a part of our law firm — it is a very experienced, very high quality legal events company) and will cost $145 until April 17 and $175 thereafter.

REGISTER HERE Today!

If you have any questions about this webinar or you want to submit questions for discussion during the webinar, please email firm@harrisbricken.

We look forward to “seeing” you there.

For some of what we have written on sourcing PPE from China, we encourage you to check out the following:

And for some of the media attention we have gotten on PPE related issues, please check out the following news articles:

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

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network. 

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

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His 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.

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

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is 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 Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses 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.