If you are visiting China to look for new suppliers chances are that your time will be very limited – you will arrive feeling tired and more than a little bit lost! You will likely need to carry out a quick China factory inspection at each of the businesses you visit.
It can be a very costly exercise, so you want to make sure you can maximize your time by checking out a wide range of suppliers to get as clear a picture as possible of what the factory is really like.
One option is to engage the services of a specialist inspection or consulting company, who can help you to review potential suppliers without having to make the long trek to China.
Another sensible tactic is to first verify your list of suppliers to make sure you only visit legitimate companies that fit the profile you need.
However, there are also many reasons why it is a good idea to see the supplier’s facilities with your own eyes, and for those wishing to embark on a sourcing trip we have created a simple 10-point China factory inspection checklist of what you should look for.
Also be careful to avoid making some of these common mistakes that inspectors regularly encounter when visiting Chinese factories.
Although many factory's have their own laboratories, few of these are independently certified so requesting testing by external testing body is a wise move in many circumstances.
These testing bodies should be accredited and you can make sure of this by requesting a copy of their China laboratory accreditation certificate.
Most large economies have systems in place for categorizing their companies, and China is no different.
The China Industry Classification system is widely used in the collection of official statistical data on companies and organizations throughout Mainland China.
With so many products being made in China it comes as no surprise that China shipping ports are among the busiest in the world.
We've looked up the figures, and in this article present the 8 China shipping ports which handle the most shipping containers.