With the internet being full of people claiming to be original Chinese manufacturers, why should businesses wanting to procure products from China resort to using the services of a sourcing agent?
Let’s accept it – it is extremely difficult to authenticate the reliability of the people making tall claims sitting thousands of miles away on the internet. That’s why the best way to buy the products manufactured in china is to use the services of a sourcing agent.
What is a Sourcing Agent?
Sourcing agents are representatives located in a particular country, in this case China, which help small businesses buy from the local manufacturers from that country.
How can a souring agent help me?
A sourcing agent acts on your behalf to ensure smooth procurement of products ordered. They visit the manufacturing plants, do background checks to verify the credibility and reliability of the manufacturer and make suitable arrangements to ensure the timely delivery of right goods to you.
What if I don’t use the services of a souring agent?
You run a high risk of putting all your money at stake if you are not using the services of a sourcing agent. There is a probability of getting delayed orders, defective goods and different from the specifications ordered. There are numerous tech savvy frauds using the internet that are just waiting to lure businesses into their trap.
Without a good sourcing agent, you might enter into a business relationship with a fly-by night operator or a manufacturer with low quality products. Another problem is the cultural and language barriers which are a big problem when dealing directly with Chinese manufacturers. The delays and issues at the factories which may crop up cannot be handled through mail by sitting miles away.
It is also extremely risky to make payment through the non-secure payment methods used by Chinese manufacturers.
That’s why many companies take up the services of a good sourcing agent to get value for money. They eliminate the hurdles like background checks, quality assurance, payment and Customs issues and ensure smooth procurement.