Learn how to prevent losses when sourcing in China
SBL recommends the China Sourcing Service Center (CSSC) as a resource for finding reputable companies who can help in the following areas:
Scam Avoidance & Supplier Verification
Red Flag Assessment for Scams!
For a comprehensive review of the supplier’s website, physical address, business license, quotation and bank account to expose any red flags click here (425 USD all inclusive).
Simple Factory Audit
On-site review of the supplier’s facility and quality control system to confirm the likelihood they can produce the product you wish to order (425 USD all inclusive).
Technical Audits, Background Checks & Investigation
Outsourced Project Management & Advisory Services
Customized Advisory Services
Retaining a CSSC Certified Sourcing Advisors™ is the ideal option when you are willing to do the heavy lifting of project management, but want a seasoned China advisor on your team. Starting at 450 USD.
Outsourced Import-Export Management
Literally “outsource the sourcing department” of your company.
Legal Services, Contracts & Intellectual Property (IP) Registration
Purchase Orders and Contracts
A customized, bi-lingual contract can usually be arranged for a few 100 USD.
Patent and Trademark registration is straight forward and affordable. Fees depend on the complexity of the project but at usually less than 1/3 the costs of a similar project in US or Europe.
Having China-based, English speaking legal counsel on retainer is a cost effective way to avoid pitfalls and ensure your business strategy is sound. Retainer fees start as low as a few 100 per month.
Intellectual Property (IP) Protection
Black Box Manufacturing
Semi-finished goods or components can be shipped to the assembly & inspection center where inspection, final assembly and/or custom packaging is performed under a secure US-managed system but at local labor rates. While the client has total visibility as to the identity and pricing points of all entities in the supply chain, the “Black Box” keeps the suppliers at arm’s length from sensitive information.
Tool & Die Steward
The Tool & Die Steward looks after your molds, tooling, jigs and such by storing them at a secure facility between production runs at your factory.
Advanced IP Monitoring
At periodic times during the year, staff will look for infringement via the supplier’s website and online profiles/ review domestic and international web directories known as hot beds for counterfeits/ visit the factory and trade show booths/ monitor the patent office for the registration of competing patents/ + additional techniques that can be disclosed with the client in private. Fees depend on the complexity of the project but start at 275 USD per month for the basic package.
The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing
300 pages of sourcing strategies, templates, procedures and best practices based on over a decade of experience and the operations manual of a successful sourcing agency in China. Available on Amazon for 58 USD or visit the author’s website for bonus material.
China Sourcing Academy
The brand new way to learn everything about sourcing in China! Visit www.ChinaSourcingAcademy.com for more details. Different versions of the 20 hour course start from a few 100 USD only.
Pre-Shipment Inspection (QC 1.0)
On-site confirmation that product produced matches what you ordered in terms of quality, lead-time and order size. Cost to buyer: 398 USD (all inclusive) or ZERO USD if you following certain methods of transferring the cost of 3PQC to the supplier!
3rd Party 100% Inspection & Customization
When a random inspection is not enough, 100% inspection can be arranged.
Quality Assurance Planning & Implementation Consulting (QC 2.0)
QA experts create a comprehensive plan to monitor quality & reduce defects in your supply chain. The process pays for itself as the savings that result from reduced defects quickly outstrip the initial consulting fees.
Import Compliance (safety & regulatory) Planning & Implementation Consulting
Compliance consultants clarify the applicable regulations and standards, create a comprehensive plan to monitor compliance in the supply chain and thus significantly reducing the importer’s legal exposure. The typical project starts at 3,500 USD.
Contact the China Sourcing Service Center (CSSC) directly for more information.