Vietnam is quickly becoming a serious manufacturing alternative to China, especially for American importers caught in between the US-China trade war. That said, Vietnamese suppliers are not as easy to find on Alibaba.com or Globalsources.com.
As such, many importers turn to Vietnam based sourcing companies, with local knowledge and supplier networks.
In this article, we list some of Vietnam’s leading sourcing agencies, most of which are located in Asia’s fastest-growing manufacturing hub – Ho Chi Minh City.
- AGS Vietnam
- Create Global
- Sourcify (Vietnam)
- Dragon Sourcing
- Modern Sourcing
- Vietnam B2B Direct
Do I need a sourcing company when importing from Vietnam?
You can of course attempt to source Vietnamese directly, using Alibaba.com or even a Google search. However, Vietnamese suppliers tend to have a rather small online footprint, making them harder to find.
Those that do have a larger online presence tend to be larger suppliers, which tend to have little interest in working with small buyers.
Vietnam based sourcing companies can bridge that gap, using their local network and expertise to match you with a qualified supplier. I’d say that, on average, sourcing agents provide more value in Vietnam, compared to more developed manufacturing countries like China.
What can a sourcing company do for me?
Their primary objective is to identify local manufacturers, qualified to make your product. In addition, sourcing agents should provide the following information about each supplier:
- Sample cost
- Production time
- MOQ Requirements
Further, the sourcing company should also provide information about the manufacturers:
- Company name
- Contact person (name, email, and phone)
- Office address
- Factory address
- Company certification (e.g., BSCI or ISO 9001)
Sourcing companies refusing to provide supplier information are not actual sourcing companies, but traders. There’s a big difference between the two.
Further, sourcing agencies don’t stop at supplier introductions. In most cases, they provide the following services:
- Factory tours
- Trade show tours
- Quality control
- Supplier background checks
- Lab testing (via a third party)
- Logistics (via a third party)
Some companies offer these services as an all-inclusive package, while others charge based on project milestones or individual services.
Sourcing Company Overview
Almenide Global Sourcing (AGS) is a leading sourcing agency based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They work as product sourcing agents who help their clients to find, select and bargain their products at the best rates.
AGS Vietnam consists of a team of 10 people which include product merchandisers and qualified members. They source a diverse range of products that meets high-quality standards at economical prices. These include:
- Household Products
- Outdoor and indoor furniture
- Food products
The services they provide involve concentrating exclusively on sourcing and order execution, transparency for partners by directly linking them to vendors and consolidating buying power.
According to the company, it’s certified by BRC, FSC, GMP, and IFS. AGS has multiple well-reputed clients such as cDiscount, AchatSource, score Jumbo, Maison Sarah Lavoine, and several more.
Address: 215B37, Nguyen Van Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Create Global is unique in the way that they are primarily specialized in furniture – which is one of Vietnam’s top industries. This gives Create Global unique capability to offer not only supplier sourcing and quality assurance services, but also design and product development.
That said, they are open to all sorts of projects, and their in-house design expertise is not limited to one single category.
- Product development
- Production & quality control
- Drop testing
- Packaging development
- Factory audits
- Catalog development
Address (Singapore HQ): 531A UPPER CROSS STREET 04-98 HONG LIM COMPLEX SINGAPORE
Founded by Nathan Resnick in 2017, Sourcify is headquartered in San Diego, CA, and a leading digital supply chain management company. Brands use their online platform to oversee production runs, keep track of suppliers and pricing, and much more. In late 2018, Sourcify also expanded to Ho Chi Minh City.
Here are some of the brands using Sourcify:
- Original Grain
- Relentless Drive
Address (San Diego HQ): 3000 Upas St. Suite #207, San Diego, CA 92104, United States
Seditex is a sourcing agency that was founded in 2000 with Its head office based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Seditex offers a wide range of sourcing services its clients. These include:
- Factory introductions
- Factory visits
- Factory assessments
- Consulting for factories
- Consulting for investors
- Employee training
- Quality control inspections
The quality control inspections at Seditex involve a three-step process. The first step involves a pre-production meeting. This includes checking components, risk assessment, whether production is on time, etc.
The second step is an in-line inspection. The last step is a final inspection carried out just before the goods are given a green light for shipment.
Seditex covers a wide range of product categories:
- Machinery tools
- PP bags
Seditex also serves many international brands and well-recognized companies like Savcan and Smitcare.
Address: Hoang Anh River View A01-03, 37 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, Quan 2, Ho Chi Minh 713000
Founded in 2004, Dragon sourcing is a procurement service provider that helps clients import goods and services from expanding, low-cost, and developing markets like Brazil, China, India, Turkey, and Vietnam. The head office of the company is based in Hong Kong with several other offices in different cities around the world, including in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Dragon Sourcing agency is involved in the sourcing of a wide range of products and services. Their products include:
- Industrial items (Finished products, Processed Technologies, Industrial plastic)
- Do it yourself items
- Laboratory items (Consumables, Equipment)
- Finished goods for retail
- Chemicals and food ingredients (Food and animal nutrition, Pharmaceutical, Pesticide)
- Promotional items (such as gifts and glasses)
- Construction materials
- Production equipment
- Raw materials
Consists of local and foreign qualified quality control personnel and other staff, Dragon Sourcing helps buyers with feasibility studies for businesses, hands-on procurement operations, transparent processes, guaranteed quality, and on-time delivery.
Apart from Vietnam, Dragon Sourcing has offices in a number of countries such as the United States, Germany, France, Italy, and several others.
Dragon Sourcing has a large number of clients in many different industries. For example, their clients for food and beverages include British Foods, British Sugar, Smithfield, United Biscuits and several other international brands.
Hong Kong Office (Regional): 10/F., Guangdong Investment Tower, 148 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong (SAR)
Modern sourcing is a product sourcing company based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They claim to provide the best quality products at competitive prices for their global clients.
Modern Sourcing can connect buyers with more than a hundred local manufacturers in Vietnam, for both OEM and ODM product sourcing.
The sourcing company has a wide range of products and services to offer. The categories include:
- Garden and outdoor living
- Indoor furniture and home products
- Backpack and camping
- Fashion Apparel and accessories
- Toys and Beach
They’re currently working with some of the well-known global brands. Some of these include Deo Design, Plum furniture, Alphabet, Vario Sports, FSC and Macedon Ranges.
Address: 6th floor, 27b Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dakao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Vietnam B2B Direct
Established in Ho Chi Minh city in 2004, Vietnam B2B Direct is a product sourcing and manufacturing company. It is also a procurement service and trade solutions provider to foreign companies.
Vietnam B2B Direct offers a diverse set of services under four broad categories:
- Product sourcing and finding manufacturers
- Manufacturing at cheap rates
- Importing and distribution of consumer goods
To enhance client satisfaction, B2B Direct offers services such as full supply chain management and providing a representative agent or buyer for low-cost manufacturing projects.
The company has worked with a number of world-renowned clients including RexNord, Mattel, Libbey Inc, Spend Less Shoes, Nutifood, and several more.
Address: 2A / 20 Bach Dang Street, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
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How do I find the best Vietnam sourcing partner?
This depends on your products and buying power. Here are some things you should take into consideration before selecting a partner:
Main Products: Most sourcing companies are specialized to a certain extent. For example, Seditex is primarily geared towards garments, while Create Global is all about home and furniture. For obvious reasons, this also shapes their local supplier network – and therefore their ability to help you find a qualified manufacturer. The first thing you need to consider is, therefore, their product focus.
Local Office: Some sourcing agents operate as freelancers, without having an actual office or company entity in the country. While that doesn’t necessarily make them any less qualified, I still recommend that you ask if they have an actual business operation in Vietnam.
Minimum Order Volumes: Some sourcing companies are willing to work with smaller buyers, while others exclusively work with major brands and retailers. You’re always better of working with an agency that values the business you bring.
Transparency: Some sourcing agencies act more like trading companies than procurement service providers. Don’t forget to ask them if you’ll be buying directly from the factory, or if you’re actually buying the products from the sourcing company.
Can I buy directly from factories in Vietnam?
Yes, there’s nothing stopping you from buying directly from factories instead of going through a sourcing agency. But, keep in mind that it’s much harder to find verified company data in Vietnam compared to China – assuming you can even find suppliers online in the first place.
Your other option is to send someone from your team to attend trade shows and factories in the country. That said, this can cost more than the commission you’d otherwise pay a sourcing agency.
Why are most sourcing companies based in Ho Chi Minh City?
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s commercial epicenter. The city is currently one of the world’s fastest-growing export manufacturing and logistics hubs.
This trend is set to increase, as we see more of our customers in the United States, Europe, and Australia coming to Ho Chi Minh City, looking for alternatives to China.
That said, there’s a lot of manufacturing in the middle and northern parts of Vietnam, all within close reach of the Ho Chi Minh city-based sourcing agencies.
How do sourcing companies in Vietnam make money?
Some companies, such as Seditex, offer a range of flat-rate services, such as supplier introductions. Sourcing agencies also offer other cost models, including the following:
- Project-based pricing (installments)
- Order value commission (%)
- Recurring monthly service fees (ongoing procurement services)
- Flat rate services fees (quality checks, RFQ support, etc)
It’s common that sourcing agencies require smaller companies to pay an upfront fee, before starting a new project – while offering commission-based pricing to larger companies and their established clients. Some agencies also charge a flat-rate fee if the order value is below a certain threshold.
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