How Much do Sourcing Agents Charge?

I am an agent for Indians who mostly import.  I have many Clients who are interested in purchasing products in China. Already, I’ve done many projects like hotels, hospitals, apartments e.t.c.. with a company in China.  I would like to know what is the percentage of payment given to the agents?

You have to be real careful using an Agent as many are hustlers who say they work for you, but really work for the factory.  An honest buyer representative will charge between 3 and 10% of PO value depending on order size. QC is an additional fee usually involved for a few 100 USD per day, most small to medium sized order only need 1 day per inspection per order.

Here is a link to pdf that explains how to find the right agent:

Let me know how things work out for you.

Question answered by Mike Bellamy, host of “Ask the Experts” at the China Sourcing Information Center.

Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions ( )




  1. James Wilson on April 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm


    Excellent article ! Thanks for sharing !

    The sourcing agents may charge different from different countries.


  2. James Wilson on November 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for the share.It is great to know about the charge of the sourcing agent.

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