Endorsed Service Providers & Their Fees

Getting Started:

This comprehensive document lists all the available services and fees offered by our endorsed service providers.  After reviewing the list, simply contact CSSC for an introduction to the service provider.  To ensure an accurate introduction, when contacting CSSC, please list the specific service you need using the exact service titles as found in red on the list below. Once introduced, communication/invoicing/provision of service will be handled directly between you and the service provider.

We are able to provide the introductions free of charge thanks to the occasional donations from the service providers and the people we help.  Those donations help cover the costs of our website and publications but are not required.

Disclaimer:

CSSC uses reasonable care and skill and employs methods it considers appropriate to select or remove companies on our endorsed service providers list. As the service providers’ levels of service and pricing may be subject to variance over time, in requesting an introduction to a service provider via this website, the parties agree to indemnify CSSC & its staff from any and all possible claims for loss, damage or expense of any nature resulting from the cooperation between the introduced parties.  CSSC shall have no liability for any indirect or consequential loss (including loss of profits).

If for some reason you are not fully satisfied with the service of the introduced service providers, please contact CSSC immediately so that we can look into the situation and remove the provider if they are no longer offering professional services.

Note on Currency/ Services Provided:

  • Fees are listed in RMB but usually payable directly to the service provider in a currency of your choice at the day’s exchange rate.
  • The exact fee structure and details of the service should be negotiated between the introduced parties.

Full List of Services Provided by the CSSC’s Endorsed Service Providers

 

Sourcing Agents, Supply Chain Mngmt, Project Mngmt & Advisory Services

Sourcing Agent

The sourcing agent recommended by CSSC is affordable & honest, with over 20 years of engineering, project management and product development experience.  Based full-time in South China since 2003,  he helps clients find and manage suppliers in China & Vietnam.

He only take on a few new projects each month as the agent will personally be involved in every aspect of the sourcing to ensure the clients receive the best price, quality, lead-time and service.

This agent charges a small upfront fee to review the project and create a strategy to achieve the client’s desired goals. Once the strategy is in place, a commission (between 3 and 10%) is applied to the value of goods or services he is managing on your behalf.  The larger the project, the smaller the commission.

Factory Process Improvement Consulting

Do you want your manufacturer to improve significantly, be it in quality, capacity, or cost? They will probably  have to upgrade their systems and processes. Unfortunately, few manufacturers in China try to learn from best practices in or outside their industry.

Solution: A team of consultants train middle managers and operators in the new approach and provide them technical guidance along the way. Here are a couple of examples:

Applying Lean manufacturing tools and techniques has allowed typical Chinese factories to reduce their variable costs by 20-60%.

Implementing a preventive maintenance program to accompany automation ensures the new equipment stays up as expected.

Virtual Assistants/ Virtual Sourcing Teams

Literally “outsource the sourcing department” of your company. Clients are welcome to outsource their entire import/export department or just a few functions. Based on the clients’ needs and language preferences, each project will be assigned a single Account Manager (AM) who will coordinate as many Support (SS) as required. The AM’s are customer service specialists serving as a central point of contact in Asia responsible for communications with the client. The SS are well trained local staff with professional experience in one or more functional area such as strategic sourcing, purchasing, engineering, QC, law, HR, tax or logistics.

The client sets the agenda. The AM assigns and manages the SS who are responsible for advancing that agenda.

This service is provided by PassageMaker.  Minimum fee of 13,800 RMB.  Please visit their short welcome video for more information.

Freelance Advisors

CSSC Certified Sourcing Advisors™ make themselves available up to 4 hours each month for conference calls and/or email communication at a set time each week, but they don’t get involved in actually managing the vendors for you.

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.     At a minimum, CSSC Certified Sourcing Advisors™:

are based in China full time, native speakers of English, Spanish, French and Portuguese (at time of writing).

have significant and relevant business experience

graduated from the China Sourcing Academy with honors

have trained under the direct supervision of China Sourcing Academy (CSA) founders

Fees range from $500 to 2500 USD per month, depending on experience of the advisor

Verification & Due Diligence

Supplier Identification and Price Research

Need help finding a good supplier in China? Having trouble getting an accurate quote or making a professional comparison among potential vendors? It’s true, Chinese get a lower price from Chinese factories. Put our Chinese researcher and negotiators to work for you! Flat fee. No hidden commissions or factory kickbacks!

Visit Supplier Identification & Quote Research service page for service details and fee structure. Fees range from 850 USD to 3250 USD depending on the complexity of the research.

Corporate Assessment (CA): Stability, Reputation & Assets of a Chinese company

This report is particularly of value if you are:

Thinking about entering into a business arrangement with a Chinese company to buy or sell goods.

Exploring a JV or investment partnership with a Chinese entity.

Considering litigation against a Chinese company. If a company doesn’t have assets, it’s not worth the effort to fight and win only to remain uncompensated!

Due Diligence reports are provided by www.AsiaBridgeLaw.com, visit here for sample reports and more information.

Red Flag Assessment (RFA): Risk, Scams & Fraud in a given transaction

The Red Flag Assessment (RFA) is the ideal tool for clients who are buying from Chinese suppliers.  The RFA will help you source safe, avoid scams and confirm that the terms of the deal are fair.

Due Diligence reports are provided by www.AsiaBridgeLaw.com, visit here for sample reports and more information.

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

Contact us with your needs and we’ll have an endorsed service provider present you with an appropriate service package. Pricing available upon request. Starting at 625 USD

Legal Services

Purchase Orders and Contracts

A well-worded, bilingual contract show suppliers you are a professional, serious about IP/Quality/Lead-times and significantly increases your chances of success should you enter into a court case with a supplier who has broken the terms of the contract.

This service is provided by www.AsiaBridgeLaw.com, visit their rate sheet to get started.

IP Registration

China is a first-to-register rather than first-to-market system.   Patent and Trademark registration is straight forward and affordable. Once registered you will be surprised at how level the playing field is should your encounter violations and seek the involvement of Chinese courts. Fees depend on the complexity of the project but are usually less than 1/3 the costs of a similar project in US or Europe.

This service is provided by www.AsiaBridgeLaw.com, visit their rate sheet to get started.

General Counsel

Having China-based, English speaking legal counsel on retainer is a cost effective way to avoid pitfalls and ensure your business strategy is sound. Counsel is not only there to get you out of the occasional crisis but the General Counsel service is designed to help clients improve the day-to-day running of their businesses. When the client needs support our lawyers and support staff are ready to help immediately. No need for lengthy contract negotiations or wasted time getting the lawyers up to speed.

If you are importing, exporting or based in China, General Counsel can assist in the following areas:   Drafting various legal documents, Negotiations with Chinese based entities, Contract review & creation, Legal opinion, Government relations,   Intellectual property protection, Regulatory compliance, Corporate governance, Labor law, Tax codes, Mergers & acquisition, Due diligence, Litigation, Crisis management & Other areas.

This service is provided by www.AsiaBridgeLaw.com, visit their rate sheet to get started.

Logistics

3rd Party Logistics (3PL)

Logistics agents can coordinate the global flow of goods.  3rd Party Logistics (3PL) service included:  freight forwarder, customs broker, freight consolidation, land/sea/air cargo, duty assessments, documentation compliance and other services.   When contacting CSSC, please be specific about your products, volume per shipment, number of shipments, desired method of transportation, point of origin, destination and other information which will help us find the most suitable agent for your specific project

Intellectual Property (IP) Protection & Monitoring

Advanced IP Monitoring

After your IP is registered, how to monitor the supplier to ensure your IP is being respected?     At periodic times during the year, investigators 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 488 USD for the basic package.

Black Box Manufacturing

Due to Intellectual Property concerns, buyers can be hesitant to give a Chinese supplier too much information about assembly specifications, packaging & branding. Solution: 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. Shipping costs are reduced through freight consolidation and quality control issues are dealt with on-the-spot long before the item is shipped out of China.

A full warranty is provided and every assembly/inspection project utilizes an industry-leading, bi-lingual, ISO compliant, “Product Quality Manual (PQM)” which defines in intimate detail the quality standards, inspection methods and the assembly process.

This service is provided by PassageMaker.  Please visit their short welcome video for more information. Here is a link to the black box assembly service.

Tool & Die Steward

Most buyers of customized products manufactured in Asia are wise enough to contractually own their tools and dies. But how to ensure proprietary tooling is not being used supply the competition? What happens if the supplier goes out of business and tooling is liquidated before you are aware of the situation? Is tooling being maintained and stored professionally?   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.

This service is provided by PassageMaker.  Please visit their short welcome video for more information. Here is a link to the Tool & Die Steward.

Angel Investment/ Support for Startups

For a select group of startups in need of seed money or venture capital, in exchange for equity in the business, revenue share and a seat on the board, CSSC’s sister company AmAsia provides the following: China expertise/ supply chain guidance, Full access to our network of suppliers, retailers, clients, distributors, investors, banks, engineers, inspectors, logistics providers, legal/ tax/ accounting experts + Business mentorship from seasoned experts.

Visit www.AmAsiaVentures.com for details.

Buyer Education

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 (www.SourcingInfo.org/book) for bonus material.

China Sourcing Academy

CSA – The China Sourcing Academy, is an online training course created by Mike Bellamy and Professor Neale O’Connor designed to help professional business people who meet the following profile:   1. know their product and sales channels back home but wish to learn about China sourcing from presenters who are based in China and have a proven track record of success. 2. Desire a China-direct (ideally factory-direct) relationship with sellers and not afraid to travel overseas in the interest of building better business. 3. Plan to place medium to large sized orders. 3. Have customers who are serious about price, quality, lead time and/or the protection of Intellectual Property. 4. Business owners and HR managers who wish to use outsource training and validation that staff have achieved a certain level of China business understanding.   Visit http://www.ChinaSourcingAcademy.com for details.

Quality Assurance & Regulatory Compliance

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: 425 USD (all inclusive). Volume discounts available.

3rd Party 100% Inspection & Customization

All buyers have concerns about their Asian supplier’s ability to achieve targets for quality, lead time and compliance (social/safety/regulatory).   When a random inspection is not enough, 100% inspection can be arranged. Semi-finished goods or components can be shipped to our warehouse in China where inspection, final assembly and/or custom packaging is performed under a secure US-managed system but at local labor rates.   Client has total visibility as to the identity and pricing points of all entities in the supply chain. Shipping costs are reduced through freight consolidation and quality control issues are dealt with on-the-spot long before the item is shipped out of China. Warranty on workmanship provided and every project utilizes an industry-leading, bi-lingual, ISO compliant, “Product Quality Manual (PQM)” which defines in intimate detail the quality standards, inspection methods and the assembly process.

This service is provided by PassageMaker.  Please visit their short welcome video for more information. Here is a link to the 100% inspection service.

Quality Assurance Planning & Implementation Consulting (QC 2.0)

QA experts not only create a comprehensive plan to monitor quality & reduce defects in your supply chain, but they can work with your suppliers, on the actual factory floor, to implement the plan! The process pays for itself as the savings that result from reduced defects quickly outstrip the initial consulting fees. The typical project starts at 6,500 USD

Import Compliance (safety & regulatory) Planning & Implementation Consulting

Compliance consultants not only clarify the applicable regulations and standards, but can also create a comprehensive plan to monitor compliance in the supply chain, significantly reducing the importer’s legal exposure.   The typical project starts at 3,500 USD

Translation & Interpretation

Interpreters

Assist with real-time cross-cultural communication during your China trips.

Translators

Provide off-line English to Chinese or Chinese to English translation.  Other languages available.

Warning: When engaging translators and interpreters in China, be very careful.  There are 2 common problems:

The translator is getting a hidden kickback from the supplier.

Many translators come from the tourist industry and may not have the skill set for business negotiations.

When engaging interpreters/translators, be aware of these issues and plan accordingly.

Additional Service Areas (available upon request)


 

 

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