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.
This article has been written to introduce our Chinese Company Ownership Charts - a popular element of our company verification reports.
Introduced as a feature in our "Pro" & "Full Scope" company verification reports since October 2017, these charts help clients to better comprehend a Chinese company's shareholding structure by providing a visualization of available ownership data.
Understanding whether you are dealing with a solely-owned business or a complex array of stakeholders can be vital information and is easily identified with our Chinese company ownership charts.
Since establishing the first China Free Trade Zone in Shanghai in 2013, Chinese authorities have moved swiftly to establish a further 10 zones, with even more planned.
Although the Shanghai Free Trade Zone is now fairly well known among foreign companies, awareness of the other zones is still relatively low.
This article gives an overview of the 11 China Free Trade Zones currently in operation and outlines where they are located.
Read this article to learn about the 7 key China supplier documents which you should request from your supplier to help protect your business.
Requesting, checking and verifying Chinese certificates can be a great way to build trust with your supplier, and if they are serious about doing business then they should be willing to provide them to you.
Chinese companies often display dozens of certificates in their showroom, or on their website, but many are of little relevance. In this article we highlight seven of the most important China supplier documents you should focus on.