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
The term “AQL 2.5″ forms part of hundreds of purchase orders sent to Chinese manufacturers however what does AQL 2.5 mean? Buyers and suppliers understand and agree that it is some kind of tool to measure the quality during a pre shipment inspection. While this is true, buyers, suppliers and third party inspection companies may interpret it differently therefore more precise information are required to avoid misunderstandings. Continue reading
When performing any kind of inspection, it is always better to provide the approval sample to the QC inspector. It ensures a more reliable inspection result however in the case of the furniture, it becomes more complicate for the buyer to send the approval samples, they are usually too big and the cost of sending the approval sample is high. What are the solutions for the buyer then? Sending swatches for furniture inspection is the most suitable. Continue reading
During a furniture inspection a wide list of tests are performed in order to check the product usability and conformity to the buyer’s requirements. Also, some of the tests are determined based on the BS EN 581 safety requirements. The on-site tests during furniture inspection related to BS EN 581 are as followed: 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 October 2014 offers articles about what should be known when importing team gear, why a supplier won’t accept a letter of credit, some updates regarding more scams exposed, how to source safe and an insider’s look at product liability Issues.
The corporate social audit, most commonly called social audit or CSA, is suitable for buyers interested in verifying if the factory of interest respects the social rights based on the SA 8000 standard. For a reliable social audit, we should get a clear view of the audit scope and supplier requirements for a corporate social audit based on SA 8000. Continue reading