List of Quality Control and Inspection Companies in China

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Quality control is a mandatory part of the process when importing products from China, regardless of the order volume. Hence, finding the right quality control partner is crucial. In this guide, you will find some of the leading quality inspection companies, with offices in China.

We compare them based on capability, pricing, and customer focus – to help you choose the right partner for your quality assurance needs in China.

Listed Companies

  • Sofeast Limited (Qualityinspection.org)
  • QIMA (Formerly Asiainspection)
  • Asia Quality Focus
  • Bay Source Global
  • InTouch Manufacturing Services
  • V-Trust
  • SGS
  • KRT Audits
  • HQTS
  • Pro QC International
  • ATI
  • Tetra Inspection
  • China Inspection Service
  • STC Group
  • Bureau Veritas InSpec

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How to Find a Design Freelancer for Your Customized Products

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In the age of Amazon brands, Aliexpress and Wish, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to succeed with generic private label products. Creating unique, custom designed, products is the only way forward for smaller E-commerce businesses that can’t compete on price alone.

Yet, while many E-commerce businesses have great ideas for custom designed products they want to bring to market, they lack the in-house design expertise, or budget, to turn their visions into practical 3D design files and technical drawings.

But, as I explain in this article, the creation of a custom-designed product is not nearly as complex or difficult as you might think. Continue reading How to Find a Design Freelancer for Your Customized Products

What’s the Difference Between OEM and ODM Products?

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Many suppliers on Alibaba.com, and other supplier directories, claim to offer Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) products. In this article, we explain what OEM and ODM mean in the context of manufacturing in China, and other Asian countries.

Whether you decide to get an OEM or ODM product manufactured impacts the entire process, from supplier sourcing and RFQ to product samples and manufacturing. Continue reading What’s the Difference Between OEM and ODM Products?

Top 16 Sourcing Companies and Agents in China 2021

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Looking for a qualified sourcing company in Mainland China or Hong Kong? In this guide, we list some of the leading China-based sourcing companies based in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and many other cities.

Each company profile covers company history, product expertise, services, office location, and more.

Note that we are not affiliated with any of the companies listed in this guide. Further, the companies are not listed in any particular order.

List of Sourcing Companies

  • Imex Sourcing Services
  • Jing Sourcing
  • Asiaction Sourcing
  • 80/20 Sourcing
  • Dragon Sourcing
  • Bay Source Global
  • LINC Sourcing
  • Easy Imex
  • Guided Imports
  • Importdojo.com
  • Sourcing Allies
  • BizShenzhen
  • China Sourcelink
  • SourceOne
  • Keen Sourcing

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Price Negotiation with Chinese Suppliers: A Complete Guide

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Price negotiation with Chinese manufacturers, when executed properly, can offer significant product price reductions and keep future cost increases at bay. That said, cut too deep and you may inadvertently also drive down the quality of your products – or reduce your supplier’s profit to such a low level that they simply don’t care for your orders anymore.

In this guide, I explain why suppliers raise prices, and some tactics you can use to counter price increases. Further, I also share some of the price negotiation scripts we use for different situations.

This is covered

  • Common reasons for raising prices
  • Price negotiation scripts
  • How to better counter price increases
  • Other ways to get a better price from your factory
  • FAQ

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Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) Requirements in China: A Complete Guide

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The Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) requirement sets the minimum number of units that you can buy from a supplier. For example, an MOQ of 500 pcs means that you cannot order anything less than 500 units of a certain product. The MOQ requirement can therefore be an obstacle for small buyers, especially as it tends to be set on a per-product basis rather than on a per order basis.

That said, there are ways to reduce the MOQ requirements, while also allowing the supplier to keep a fair profit margin. This, and much more, is explained in this guide covering everything importers must know about MOQ requirements in China.

Overview

  • MOQ Examples
  • What is the Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ)?
  • How to confirm the MOQ requirement
  • Minimum Order Value (MOV)
  • MOQ and COVID-19
  • Why the MOQ exist
  • Different types of MOQs
  • How to reduce the MOQ
  • MOQ in China VS Vietnam & India
  • Issues when buying below the MOQ
  • MOQ reduction strategies

MOQ Examples

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Chinese New Year 2021 : How Importers Can Prevent Disaster

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The Chinese New Year (CNY) of 2021 starts on Friday, 12 February, and officially lasts for 7 days in Mainland China. While many of us who work in Asia are painfully aware of the Chinese New Year, and the coming disruption to all production, many importers and Amazon sellers are caught completely off guard.

As if the rush to get your shipments in time for Christmas was not enough, you now have to make sure that your goods are ready well before your supplier closes the shop for CNY 2021. During this holiday, all factories are shut down, without exception. This year we also have the COVID-19 factor to take into consideration.

While the official holiday only lasts for about a week, most factories are closed for an entire month, with disruptions lasting even longer. This time of the year is especially risky for businesses importing seasonal products, such as outdoor furniture and swimwear.

Article Overview

  • How importers can prepare for CNY
  • Why and how CNY disrupts manufacturing in China
  • How to avoid delays to the CNY
  • CNY 2021 timeline and dates
  • Lunar holiday disruption in Vietnam and Southeast Asia
  • How COVID-19 may impact CNY 2021

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Importing Products to Brazil: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import products to Brazil? In this guide, we explain what you must know about import duties, taxes, product safety standards, labeling, licenses, and shipping to Brazil. Continue reading Importing Products to Brazil: A Complete Guide

Importing Products to Israel: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import products from China, Vietnam or elsewhere to Israel? In this article, we cover what importers must know about Israeli import duties, customs processes, product regulations, labeling requirements, permits, and shipping.

  • Trade Agreements
  • Import Duties
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Electronics Safety Standards
  • Toy Safety Standards
  • Labeling requirements
  • Licenses and Permits
  • Shipping from China to Israel
  • List of China to Israeli Freight Forwarders

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Buying Product Samples from China: A Complete Guide

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Product samples are essential when importing products from China, and elsewhere in Asia. Obviously, you want to see and feel the product before you start production. However, ordering product samples is also a way to test if your supplier is truly up to the task.

In this guide, you will learn everything importers must know about product samples, including costs, types and lead times.

Product sample types

  • Factory samples
  • Custom made product samples
  • Production samples
  • Virtual samples
  • 3D printed samples
  • Counter-samples

Other Topics

  • Product sample costs
  • How to pay for product samples
  • Injection molds and tooling costs
  • Sample production time
  • Import duties and taxes
  • Interview: How to Get a Prototype or Sample Made in China – By Kevin Lee

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