“Sorry But We’ll Deal Directly With The Factory”

17 Jan
Who's Watching Over Your Cargo?

Who's Watching Over Your Cargo?

If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that one. There are so many things that can go wrong in a transaction with a factory that’s 7,000 miles away and speaks a different language.  For the past 20 years or so Asian factories have been beat up by foreigners who are intent on squeezing every penny of profit out of the deal and on top of all that thinks payment in 90 days is perfectly ok.  So going wrong they do, over and over again.  I won’t say the Chinese are without fault in all this cause they for certain are just as responsible as the buyer who is throwing all caution to the wind.

My point is without going on and on is the amount of money lost if this was your container full of cargo would pay for the services of an agent representing you in China for many years.  An experienced agency would use only good carriers and would also make sure your cargo was insured.  Of course you could just leave that to your factory to give you that delivered to your door price.  They’ll find the cheapest carrier, no insurance and the shipper normally would pay you a few pennies on the dollar for your loss.


Don’t do it, get your self an agency who you’ve checked out and who is a registered company in a Western Country and speaks you language.  If something were to go wrong at least you’d be able to reach them with litigation.  Successful litigation with a Chinese shipper or factory would fall under the 80/20 rule.  I’m sorry to say that the 80 % are the ones that fail for Westerns that file them.

You can always go it on your own later after a few years of experience so consider it an insurance policy that well worth every penny you invest in it.

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