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FAQ: How is PassageMaker different from a sourcing agency, contract manufacturer or trading company?
PassageMaker started as a sourcing agency/ contract manufacturer almost 20 years ago and has evolved into a provider of outsourced manpower. In short, our clients assign PassageMaker to recruit, hire, train and manage dedicated teams for them, on the ground here in China. Team members can be based in our China offices and/or assembly center/warehouse. The team members in the office generally focus on finding supplier (sourcing) and managing vendors (supply chain management) while the team in the warehouse conduct final assembly/custom packaging/inspection.
PassageMaker offers two fee structures:
- If the client manages the tasks assigned to the team, then a fixed retainer is applied. The team can be as small as 1 person or as large as a few 100. But projects need to be large enough to keep at least 1 full-time employee busy in order to meet our minimum project scope.
- If the client wishes to have PassageMaker manage the team, then a commission is applied on the value of goods/services coordinated in China on behalf of the client.
Minimum Order Size/ Minimum Project Scope
If your project is stable, your order size is over 100,000 USD per year and you need at least 1 person full-time in the China, then PassageMaker is good fit. Fill out the short questionnaire and we’ll get you a quote.
But not everybody has a stable or large project, so feel free to contact us and we’ll recommend a suitable sourcing agency. The agents charge a small set up fee (500 to 1500 USD) to find suppliers and a commission (5 to 10% depending on volume) to manage the supply chain for you.
For projects under 100,000 USD per annum a sourcing agent is probably the best fit. But as PassageMaker’s commission is much lower than the typical agent, the PassageMaker model is more cost effective than the sourcing agencies for medium to large projects.
Consider the following resources designed to help you successfully source from China, if your budget doesn’t allow you to engage PassageMaker or an agent.
The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing (also on Amazon)