When talking about the Chinese market the two main regions where trade prospect is mainly concentrated are Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Be it a small retail company or a corporate giant, both send to their delegations to these regions every now and then in order to exercise the benefits of trade, but a common problem shared by all these delegations is the language barrier.
Despite the modern era globalization, China is still considered to be culturally reserved, thus still English is not the primary mode of conversation. In these two regions alone five different languages are spoken including Cantonese and Mandarin. This problem can quite easily be terminated through having a good Chinese English interpreter.
The purpose of your visit will primarily be business; therefore it is essential that the interpreter should be able to convey your requirements and specifications to the local dealers and vice versa. Doing business with any one for the first time is always risky, be it with a local merchant in your region or with a vendor in China. Therefore it is crucial that the interpreter should know the local market like the back of his hand and be well versed with official paper work and documents to make sure nothing is missed out.
What primarily differentiates a bilingual person from an interpreter is the knowledge of business. Through out the trip your Shenzhen Guide and Guangzhou Guide will be your sole representative forth the local market, therefore it’s important that an interpreter should be formally educated in Business English so that all the terms, contracts and documents are compiled as per your convenience.
Once the deal has been signed, it’s quite obvious that you will not stay in China until the goods are prepared, tested and then shipped. Due to this reason it is quite important to have a guide who can also act as your Guangzhou and Shenzhen Sourcing agent. It is important that your sourcing agent is a trustworthy person who can act as regional representative in China and carry out all the tasks from verifying that the quality of goods is exactly what was agreed upon and also take care of the shipment of goods so that your main focus is on preparing your local market for the imports you have ordered rather than being worried about what’s happening back in China.