What does the Chinese sourcing agent do?


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What does the Chinese sourcing agent do?

When it comes to importing from China, please be reminded there’s much more to international trade than just making sales, and therefore a qualified agent offers much more than a middleman which you would typically think of in another business case.

Finance, logistics, regulation, and tax of international trade are 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 rich knowledge to provide.

Further, some productions can take up to a few months to accomplish very often and the manufacturing process can also be very complicated. Each part of the production line needs to be placed under scrutiny to ensure quality. Without an appropriate quality control personnel to monitor and follow up on the order on a regular basis in China, it is very likely the factory will produce 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, everything should be late, that’s just if the factory is manufacturing a standard product. If they are manufacturing a customized product, then things are getting 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 an agency instead of directly with factories. With a very fair amount of service fee, it can truly save most of the buyers from such a hassle and risk to screw up the whole project.

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