5 methods of how to look for a good Chinese sourcing agent?

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5 methods of how to look for a good Chinese sourcing agent?

1. Search on Google and you get a long list. However, if they are good at SEO (ranking on the first page), it still doesn’t mean they are the best in their work.

You need to evaluate by responding speed, sourcing ability, product pricing, service fee, and experiences, especially if your agent has knowledge of products and manufacturers.

2. Upwork

Sourcing agents (not only individuals) offer their services as a freelancer on freelancing platforms such as Upwork.

It is a good option as you can see their rates and working experience if you want to import small numbers of products.

3. LinkedIn or Facebook

You can search for the keywords of “China sourcing agent” , and review their profiles to assess their experience and expertise. Or search for from group, there are many active groups with the topic of “China Sourcing”.

4. Trade Shows

Attending trade shows in China can also be a good way to meet sourcing agents and manufacturers. You can network with other business owners and industry professionals, and get a sense of the market and available services.

5. Friends or familiar recommendation

Ask for people from your business contacts who have experience in sourcing from China. They may be able to recommend a reliable sourcing agent based on their own positive experiences.

Alibaba/Made-in-China/GlobalSourcing platform will help you find manufacturers, not agents (although you might end with an agent playing it as a manufacturer… most agents in there say they’re manufacturers, but actually they’re not, keep an eye)

However, it is not an easy thing to verify their credentials due to serious issues in scams and fraud. This is because, among some of these websites, there is no such rigorous verification process for a supplier’s profile. Therefore there are debates on whether is alibaba safe and legit.

Sourcing is the very first step in the whole supply chain but it turned out to be the key to success for most businesses, so take your important first step carefully, and wish you success.

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