Most Commonly Asked Questions about Sourcing in China

In the past year of 2013, I've received thousands of emails which asked about questions about sourcing and manufacturing in China. Today I will share 3 of the most commonly asked questions as well as the answers.

How to Effectively Conduct a Background Check of the Factory?

A company check is very necessary when you first start to work with a factory or manufacturer in China.

There are many places where you can find potential partners, including Alibaba and TradeKey. But after finding a list of candidates, how to verify heir legitimacy?

A usual approach is to work with a company check service provider who will conduct a background check of the company on your behalf.

This is the most effective way.

Best Tips on Not Being Scammed?

Working with a manufacturer from the other side of the world is always risky. So how to reduce the chances of being involved in scams?

The safest way is to hire a company check company to conduct a comprehensive background check as well as an onsite check at the factory.

Other common practices include requesting sample products, visiting the factory in person and requesting references.

How to Protect Yourself When You Find Yourself Being Scammed?

This is the unluckiest event when you are doing international trade. Being scammed means financial loss or even legal issues.

If you have conducted a company check before the scam happens, there is a good chance that you can track the company down and take actions to protect yourself.

However, if you didn't, then there is very little you can do to get your money back. What's worse, the embassy staff is usually not helpful at all.

So again, I'd like to stress that a company check or visit in person is very necessary, before you work with your manufacturer in China.


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