Non-export tooling is prototype tooling built in China. Tooling will often be built to non-standard specifications using local Chinese steels. It will have a stated tool life. At the end of the tool life a new tool will have to be purchased in order to produce more parts.
The most important part of "Non-Export Tooling" is the non-export part. The tool is considered proprietary and typically will not be allowed to leave the tool builders facility. That means you cannot change molders for any reason using this tool.Why would I want Non-Export tooling?
Non-export tooling is sometimes substantially cheaper depending on the configuration. It is a good choice for short run or limited production parts, as well as prototype parts.