In the times of internet, you are able to access a huge amount of information and therefore it seems to be a valid question to ask why do you need a China sourcing agent when importing products from China? Why bother to look for a middle man if I can go ahead and find the suppliers myself? This is essential a very good question that wondered by lots of first timers who are importing from China or those FBA sellers who are intended to purchase products in bulk from China for Amazon sourcing. However, this is also a very important question that should be addressed before you start your business journey in China since the different nature of international trading set it apart from most of the sales we encounter on a daily basis. As an experienced China sourcing agent in the manufacturing industry for quite a while, I am happy to share my own experience and some insight from my perspective, and hopefully it will shed some light on this topic, which is also kindly requested by Social Media like Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and the question-and-answer site Quora.
Sourcing is the very first step in the whole supply chain but it turned out to be the key to success for most business. There are many well-established platforms when it comes to sourcing products or suppliers in China. Alibaba is the one of the few among them where you can find suppliers given certain key words.
However, it is not an easy thing to verify their credentials due to serious issues in scams and frauds. This is because among some of these websites there is no such a rigorous verification process for a supplier’s profile.
In general, Alibaba is a good place to look at at first for general information. You’d be extra careful to place an order from a supplier in Alibaba without knowing them in the first place. The ideal situation will always be to do business with the suppliers with verified credentials.
A good alternative might be seeking a professional sourcing service from a product/supplier sourcing agent who understands your industry and the market. Please be reminded there’s much more to international trade than just making sales and therefore a qualified agent offers much more than a middle man what you would typically think of in other business case.
Finance, logistics, regulation and tax of international trade is far more complex (multi-bank, transnational letters of credit,multi-modal transport, export and import declarations, documents, certificates, and duty, transnational sales tax, etc. for instance). All of this requires specialized knowledge that many manufacturers fails to provide.
Further, very often some production can takes up to a few months to accomplish and the manufacturing process can also be very complicated. Each part of the production line needs to be placed under scrutiny to ensure the quality. Without an appropriate quality control personnel to monitor and follow up the order on a regular basis in China, it is very likely the factory produces the wrong product or it turns out that the quality is terrible. Many times for face or a myriad of other reasons, the factory won’t tell you the real situation. There is very little thing you can do because normally when you find out from the other part of the world the timing to fix the problem might be gone. And that’s just if the factory is manufacturing a standard product. If they are manufacturing a customized product, then things are getting much, much more complex.
Without a trustworthy agent as your reliable partner in China, you are going to bear the consequences of all these things above at your own risk. That’s why most famous international companies like to work with a China sourcing company instead of directly with factories. With a very fair amount of service fee, it can truly saves most of the buyers from such a hassle and risk to screw up the whole project.
If you are following me till this far, I hope it by now I have answered your question on why do you need a China sourcing agent. And this is what we are here for. Our company China SourceLink is a leading China sourcing company based in Shenzhen positioning overseas customers to source reliable suppliers or products or to outsource their R&D work to China. If you have any question regarding sourcing or outsourcing to China in general, feel free to contact us in the contact section for free consultations.
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China Sourcelink is a leading original design manufacturer and a contract electronic manufacturing services provider for electronics product development and Printed Circuit Board manufacturing and assembly that has base both in United States and China. We develop (design, conceptualization, prototyping, tooling), we manufacture (procurement, fabrication, quality control, assembly) and we manage the supply chain (warehousing, packing, fulfillment and logistics) for innovative electronic products on behalf of our customers.
Vertically integrated with our procurement and logistics divisions, which manage a network of thousands of reliable factories and partnered with leading courier companies, we are now also a leading China sourcing agent who are able to provide complete and tailor-made supply chain solutions for a wide range of industries, such as solar energy, lighting, fabrics and textiles, building materials and more, which involves the steps such as sourcing, prototyping, manufacturing, logistics, and warehouse.
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