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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 based 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.
Sofeast Limited (Qualityinspection.org)
Sofeast is a Shenzhen based project management and quality assurance company that offers a wide range of QA services to importers, buying from suppliers in China.
The range of their services includes in-depth factory auditing, quality consulting, and assessment of technical documents.
In addition, the company also provides project management software specifically designed for importers – which makes Sofeast rather unique.
The company is founded in 2006 by Renaud Anjoran, from France, and is well known from his blog – qualityinspection.org.
Sofeast is a full-service quality agency, helping all types of business. We have worked with Renaud’s team for several years, with fantastic results. Inspections start from $299, which is slightly lower than many of Sofeast’s competitors.
Bureau Veritas is a leading testing and certification company that’s been around for almost two centuries. They launched BV InSpec in 2019, an online quality inspection booking platform which enables importers to schedule inspections in just a few minutes – up to one day before the inspection.
1. InSpec by BV is a new online product inspections booking platform powered by Bureau Veritas. BV’s dedicated product inspection specialists are located in close to 20 countries around the world, including China, Vietnam, and India.
2. You can book your product quality inspections weeks in advance, or even for the next day, and receive your inspections report on the day of inspection. In addition, the platform helps you to reschedule your inspection as necessary.
3. We carry out over 400,000 inspections and audits every year. Our product inspection team undergoes weeks of intensive training and yearly refresher courses on the latest technologies and processes. Included in this training and the courses are reminders and reinforcements of BV’s Code of Conduct
4. Our inspections are carried out using BV inspection protocols which are based on our best practices and decades of experience from assessing millions of factories and products. All our protocols are optimized to meet today’s requirements.
QIMA (Formerly Asiainspection)
As it is an accredited lab by European and North American countries along with major standardization authorities, getting your products tested and certified from Asiainspection provides your products easy access to North America and the EU.
Asiainspection offers inspection services for consumer goods and food products. Other services include pre-shipment inspection, production monitoring, during production check, initial production check, container loading check, and food inspections.
Some of the tests, protocols, and standards they check products for are ISO 9001, EN-71 for toys, California Prop 65, REACH, C-TPAT, SA8000, Sedex, etc.
Asiainspection is accredited by the China National Service Accreditation for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) and also authorized by AQSIQ to conduct laboratory tests and inspection.
The regional offices of Asiainspection are situated in Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Wenzhou in China in addition to their head office that is situated in Hong Kong.
The pricing details are as follows:
a. Product inspections from $309 per man-day for Zone A which includes China and other neighboring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. The rate for Zone B countries which include Europe, North America, Brazil, and some other Asian countries is from $409 per man day.
b. Supplier audit programs are offered for $649 per man-day for Zone A including China while for Zone B, the rates are $849 per man day.
c. The prices for laboratory tests are based on the type of tests you want to conduct.
The industries they cover include garments & apparel, footwear, textiles & fabrics, cosmetics, electrical & electronics, eyewear, jewelry, promotional products, toys & recreational, fresh produce food items, processed foods, seafood, meat & poultry, beverages, food containers, machinery, automotive parts, and precision tooling.
The address of their head office is Sino Plaza, 255-257 Gloucester Rd, East Point, Hong Kong.
Asiainspection is a good option for medium and large importers. If compared to other similar companies, the prices offered by Asiainspection are average in the industry. However, they have no minimum requirements, and welcome startups and small businesses.
Established in 2007 as China Quality Focus, the company renamed as Asia Quality Focus in 2011 when it extended its services to 13 more Asian countries other than China.
Based in China with multiple offices in different Chinese cities, the company offers a wide range of inspection and quality control services to importers in China.
Some of these services include social audit, supplier qualification audit, extensive factory audit, environmental audit, pre-production inspection, during production inspection, pre-shipment inspection, container loading supervision, defect sorting, production monitoring, US safety compliance testing, and EU safety compliance testing.
The products and industries they offer their services to include textiles & garments, bags & accessories, footwear, fabrics, furniture, homeware, kitchenware, building materials, automotive parts, household electronic appliances, consumer electronics, lighting, children or baby toys, and pet toys.
The company is also accredited by major organizations and governments in the world. It is currently accredited by AQSIQ and ISO 9001.
The company has two head offices located in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
It fits well with the needs of small and medium businesses.
Bay Source Global
Bay Source Global is a US-based company that offers a wide range of services from contract manufacturing to quality control and focuses more on importers who want to import Chinese products to the US.
The company focuses on outsourcing manufacturing. This includes managing offshore manufacturing, product design improvements, and coordinating shipping and logistics for manufactured products.
They offer quality assurance services as the secondary service so probably not suitable for large and medium business looking for a primary quality control and inspection company.
The head office of the company is situated at in Tampa, Florida, but also has a strong presence in China.
InTouch Manufacturing Services
Mainly known as InTouch, the Quality Control and inspection company is based in Shenzhen, China. Established in 2008, it provides quality control services to factories and importers in China along with a wide range of inspection services.
It was founded in 2008 by an American, Andrew Reich, in China to provide high-quality inspection and Quality Control services to Chinese importers to the US.
Andrew, who was working in China as a quality control inspector since 2003 was not satisfied with some of the industry practices, and eventually created his own inspection company to provide better services where others were lacking.
Its services include product specific inspections, social compliance audits, supplier verification, automotive production inspection, factory audit services, QC document development, production monitoring, Pre-production inspection and more.
It is also a good fit for small and medium-sized importers looking for high-quality standards for their products.
V-Trust is another China-based Quality Control and Inspection company that offers a wide range of QC services to Chinese importers. The head office of the company is based in Guangzhou with a number of offices in other Asian countries like Vietnam and India.
Established in 2003, the company under CEO Dr. Ted Zhang becomes one of the top choices for importers due to its high quality inspection services.
In addition to inspection services, their other core services include laboratory testing, certifications, and supplier evaluation.
Other services include pre-shipment inspection, during production inspection, production monitoring, container loading supervision, factory audit, and social compliance audit.
The products and industries they provide their services for are hard goods, electrical & electronics, industrial products, soft goods, mineral products, bakery goods, cosmetics, fabric, apparel, etc.
The prices of their core services are as follows:
$268 per man-day for product inspection
$498 per factory audit
$368 per basic factory audit
$298 per credit audit
$498 per social compliance audit
Due to their low prices compared to some larger companies, they are also a good fit for small and medium-sized importers who are looking for average quality standards.
The address of their head office is 1107-1109 West Tower, Poly World Trade Centre, 1000 Xingang Road E., Guangzhou, China.
SGS is one of the oldest, well-known, and most recognized quality control and inspection companies in the world. Established more than a century ago with head office based in Geneva, Switzerland, SGS provides its services to importers in all parts of the world with hundreds of its offices established in China striving to provide high-quality services to Chinese importers.
As one of the leading and largest quality control companies in the world, SGS offers certification, testing, verification, and inspection services to Chinese importers. It is a good fit for medium and large importers who are looking for the best quality standards.
The company has near to one hundred thousand employees and over two thousand offices and laboratories in different parts of the world with China as their main focus.
You can find their office in every industrial city of China that include Beijing, Huizhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Beihai, Qingdao, Qinzhou, Shenzen, Dalian, Fangchenggang, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Yantai, Zhanjiang, Nanchang, Changchun, Changzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Ningbo, Lianyungang, Shanghai, Wuhan, Suzhou, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Zhengzhou.
The services offered by SGS include inspection, testing, certification and verification of product quality.
SGS is also accredited by the FDA as well as FCC, which means food and electronic importers to the US and Europe can use its services.
Established initially as a grain inspection house, SGS now offers quality assurance services to a wide range of industries that include energy and finance, consumer goods, logistics, life sciences, industrial manufacturing, agriculture and food, construction, chemical, oil and gas, and automotive and aviation.
Qazoom is not a quality control or inspection agency (like the other companies listed in this guide), but a China-based online platform that allows businesses to find professional inspectors in China.
This is a good fit for small importers who cannot afford large Quality Control companies with high prices. Qazoom allows small businesses and importers to negotiate the price and get tailored services from professional quality control inspectors.
But as these inspectors are private contractors, it is not a right fight for medium and large importers with complex products as these inspectors often lack the tech and lab infrastructure needed for high-quality inspection, lab testing and certification.
If you’re looking for high quality for your products, a well-established company with equipped labs and testing capabilities is a better option than working with private quality control inspectors.
KRT Audits is a US-based company that offers a wide range of quality control and inspection services to importers in China and other Asian countries.
The company was established in 1990 and offers its inspection and quality control services in China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
KRT Audit is most active in China with most of its offices located in China. The regional head offices within China are situated in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tianjin.
The wide range of services offered by KRT Audits includes final shipment inspection, in-process inspection, container loading supervision, first article inspection, manufacturing process monitoring, defect sorting inspection, complete factory audit, complete reseller audit, basic factory audit, complete social audit, business license check, and anti-terrorism audit.
The products and industries they cover include textiles, garments, footwear, food, pharmaceuticals, electronics, appliances, eco-environmental, physical properties, and children’s toys.
KRT offers some of the lowest rates in the industry for Chinese importers that make them a good fit for small and medium importers.
The details of their prices are as follows.
$195 for quality control inspection for first-time clients
$295 for quality control inspection for other clients
$348 for factory audit
In addition to low rates, KRT audit also offers 12 hours inspection work-day instead of 8 hours workday, which means importers can get additional samples checks during a one-day inspection.
How do I find the best quality inspection company?
Quality inspections are today a commodity service. Most established QC companies share the same qualifications, served areas and product expertise, making them more or less equals in most aspects. Pricing is also standardized, so don’t expect to see much difference between quality inspection companies in China.
In my opinion, it mainly comes down to the quality control checklist that you provide, and whether you prefer to use an online booking platform or talk directly to an account manager.
How do I know if they are experienced enough for my product?
Essentially all established quality inspection companies can handle everything from textiles and accessories to electronics and machinery. Companies like Sofeast, QIMA, and Bureau Veritas are generally not specialized in a single product category but may use specialized QC staff when needed.
What is the standard quality inspection price in China?
Most quality inspection companies charge from $180 to $300 per quality inspection. This also includes transportation and the creation of the checklist. Some QC companies also offer discounts if you book an inspection a few days in advance.
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Co-founder of Asiaimportal (HK) Limited and based in Hong Kong. He has been quoted in and contributed to Bloomberg, SCMP, Alibaba Insights, Globalsources.com, China Chief Executive, Quartz Magazine and more.
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