CSSC founder, Mike Bellamy, explains the history and vision behind the service center:
“Back in 2011 I wrote a book called “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (available here and on Amazon) and created a serious of video tutorials at The China Sourcing Academy. Visiting with my readers and students it became clear that many China projects were ending in failure because the wrong partners were selected for sourcing agents, logistics, inspections and legal support.
In order to help introduce legitimate, affordable & professional service providers to my readers and students, I offered to share my internal list of endorsed service providers. This PDF list was made up of companies that I felt comfortable introducing to my readers because these service providers successfully supported me at some point during my 20 year career in Asia.
As the list grew and became more refined, we realized it would be easier to manage in the form of a website and I decided to make the list open to the public. Once it went public, other trade directories and major websites like Alibaba, Global Sources and Tradesparq, began listing me and my list as a resource for their networks too, and the platform continued to grow.
I’m very proud that each year 1000’s of international buyers are introduced to professional service providers via our website. 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.
I personally review each and every service provider on my list. But if for some reason you are not fully satisfied with their services, please contact me immediately so that I can look into the situation and remove the provider if they are no longer offering professional services.
I hope you find this website of value!
Originally from Upstate New York, Mike moved to Asia in 1993 and is a China advisor to both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.
Recognized as an expert on China sourcing, he has been interviewed by WSJ, CNBC, Bloomberg and profiled in the Financial Times’s article “A foot in both cultures”.
A featured presenter on China business issues at seminars, trade shows and corporate events across the globe, Mike is the author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (available on Amazon). His work at the China Sourcing Academy substantially expands upon the concepts introduced in his guidebook.
Back in 2002, Mike started a sourcing agency with 1 client and 1 employee working out of his small apartment in Shenzhen. That sourcing agency grew into PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions. At their peak, they had just under 200 employees in China and were responsible for managing a global supply chain valued at almost 200 million USD. Mike retired from day-to-day operation in China in 2016 but remains on the board of advisors at PassageMaker, AsiaBridge Law and is a share holder in Tradesparq and AmAsia Ventures.
He received a double degree in Diplomacy and Economics from the American University in Washington DC and went on to gain an International MBA from the University of South Carolina. Mike spent two years as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar researching Japanese factory management & quality control in Tokyo and Osaka.
Mike studied Chinese in Harbin & Beijing in the 1990’s. He currently spends Winters in Thailand & Summers at the family homestead in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Mike is married and has two daughters.