I'm trying to figure out the best way to pay my supplier for my next order. My first order was cash on delivery because I was in China at that time. I had the order sent to my apartment there, after which I checked the quality of the goods, paid the supplier, and then sent the goods to the US.
Now that I'm back in the US, COD is not really an option. My supplier isn't on Alibaba, so a trade assurance payment is out as well. Hence I'm looking for other options (wire transfer is too risky at this point).
I'm looking for a company that can act as an intermediary for me in China. I'd like the supplier to send the goods to this company, have them check it over and confirm that there are no problems, and then after that notify me to release payment to the supplier (or maybe I could just send the payment to this company to release to the supplier when ready). Ideally this company could also send the goods to me in the US rather than having to pass that job on to someone else.
Has anyone used a company like this before? Have a recommendation? Or do you have a different idea for how I can safely pay my supplier?
Appreciate any insight from WF community.