Concerning inspections, it is customary to find that some are willing to take ill-advised measures as opposed to following the suggestion of the inspection company. Risks are being taken, involving the premature inspection of goods. It is suggested that one conduct said inspection after 100% of the goods have been produced and 80% have been packed. Choosing not to follow this particular advice can compromise the accuracy of the inspection. Continue reading
“I spoke with our Director and as we have dealt with this supplier before, we are not going to do quality control this time.” Many SME importing from Asia employ this strategy to reduce spending for repeat orders. However, the quality of repeat orders evolve within time, it usually goes down. In such situation, which strategy can save cost and minimize risk? Continue reading
Vacuum cleaners are in the news recently because of EU new regulations. Laboratory tests and product inspections help importers and manufacturers to meet the requirements. Since product inspections are more frequently done than laboratory tests, specifying the correct on-site tests for vacuum cleaners inspection is paramount. Which aspects are most important for the quality control of vacuum cleaners? and which on-site tests? Continue reading
Buying from China is quite a bit more complex than pointing out a few products from a supplier’s website and telling them to make the same items for you. Defining product quality in terms of technical product specifications (e.g. dimensions, materials and components) is critical when importing from China. Fredrik Gronkvist of Chinaimportal kindly explains why product specifications is the first, and often most important, step when importing from China. Continue reading
As a non-profit organization, the CSIC publishes content each month for buyers who want to learn how to source safely in China. The best of CSIC resources for December 2014 offers videos about how to make the most of the visit to a sourcing fair and to find the right partners such as suppliers, trading companies and service providers in China.
The European Union has introduced labelling requirements and power restrictions on vacuum cleaners, starting on September 1st, 2014. The new regulation affects the maximum electrical input power. While this is a challenge primarily for manufacturers to design more efficient vacuum cleaners for the EU, importers are more interested than ever to test the claims of manufacturers. What are the EU requirements and which tools can help importers to comply with EU vacuum cleaner regulations? Continue reading
The LED trend in China keeps growing, factories receive more and more demands. The quality is sometimes skipped to maintain the agreed deadline, it is compulsory to perform LED inspections before the shipment of the goods. An adequate quality control on those types of products involves a wide range of on-site tests. The lighting source test for LED inspection in China is one of the most specific.
The Chinese market is offering huge business opportunities thanks to its production capacities, know-how in a wide range of products and affordable prices. However, every year, thousands of entrepreneurs are hesitant to buy in China; they worry that their journey could become a failure.
They are right to worry if they think finding a random supplier online, making contact, exchanging emails and confirming prices would be enough. Here are the three steps to secure imported products quality and their shipment.
When performing a pre-shipment inspection the non-conformities identified usually oblige the supplier to rework or replace the goods that the buyer can not accept. However the buyer should know that he is taking risks by taking such decision. Which are the risks when reworking or replacing goods? What are the solutions to avoid them? Continue reading
When buying from trading companies in Asia, buyers are often asked to perform the quality control inspection at a warehouse. This solution is best to be avoided because there are many factors that affect the reliability of a final random inspection at a warehouse in China. Nevertheless if that’s the only choice offered to the buyer it is better to perform some quality control than none. Continue reading