english speaking driver and sourcing products

Hi

I will be in Shenzhen and Guangzhou  from October 7th.

I am wanting prices for english speaking driver who will also interpret, translate and assist in sourcing and purchasing goods in Shenzhen

1. price to drive from to & from Shangri La Hotel in Shenzhen to fabric  market.

2. price charged to assist with sourcing & purchasing of goods.

3. price to drive from Guangzhou with purchased goods & 2 passengers back to Shangri La Shenzhen.

4. price to drive from Shangri La Shenzhen to Hong Kong airport express.

Thanks

Regards Jean

Hello, Jean. You should be probablly thinking more of a buying agent than of a driver. An agent is more likely to meet all of your needs (driving, assisting with sourcing and purchasing) whereas few drivers working for car rental comapnies, even English-speaking ones, can do a whole lot for you with the trading part as the latter kind of work takes expertise. 

If you look for a driver, you can hire a car or a little van and a driver from a car rental company in Shenzhen (there should be quite a few of them; you can look around). You can hire on a daily basis or hourly basis. For a day (7:00 am to 7:00 pm) ita takes ¥500-800. An English-speaking one costs a little more. If you hire by hours, it's about ¥80-120 per hour. It is unlikely, however, such a driver would be a reliable guide or aide on sourcing and buying. In China, few professional drivers are college-educated whereas interpreters, guides or business agents are generally are.

A buying agent or agency can provide a series of services, including transportation, sourcing, purchasing, inspecting goods, customs paper work, shipping, etc. The thing with this is probably that you have to work with them on a more formal basis, and this may not be necessary for a foreign business person who is purchasing a small amount of goods. Buying agencts often charge by percentage of the value of goods, like 3-5%. One can negotiate based on one's own needs.

You can also try interpretating/translation/guiding businesses in Shenzhen. Some of them also provide services in transportation and purchasing assistance. You can probably hire such an interpreter/guide for  ¥400-1000. There are also individuals who freelance in this kind of work. It is important, of course, that you work withreliable people, regardless if they're drivers, buying agents, interpreters or guides.

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