• 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 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 (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.

    Our Starter Package customers can request a free quotation from Sofeast, directly via the Dashboard.


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    Asiainspection.com

    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 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.

    Other than inspection services, Asiainspection also offers a wide range of supplier audit programs, lab testing, and certifications.

    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.

    We also cooperate with Asiainspection as our lab testing partner. Our customers can login and request a free quotation directly from the Asiainspection sales manager in Shenzhen, via the Dashboard.

    Asia Quality Focus

    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 to 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 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

    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 for factory audit
    • $368 for simple factory audit
    • $298 for credit audit
    • $498 for a 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

    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 approved by 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

    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 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 that working with a private quality control inspectors.

    KRT Audits

    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 their 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 textile, 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 makes 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 client.
    • $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 work day, which means importers can have more inspection time for the price.

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  • 24 Responses to “List of Quality Control and Inspection Companies in China

    1. Renaud Anjoran at 11:44 am

      Thanks Fredrik for the mention! Glad to see such positive comments about our service. :-)

    2. Miles Wilson at 12:57 am

      Great post with useful information! Thanks for sharing!

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 11:55 am

        Hi Miles,

        I see that you are based in Shenzhen.

        Do you suggest any other companies for this list?

        1. Daisy zhang at 11:40 am

          CCIC inspection is also a reliable 3rd party inspection company in China.

    3. shafqat ali at 4:26 pm

      we have a requirement for third party pre shipment inspection for our client in oil & gas sector. email your company profile and client/ project reference list. my contact details are given below

    4. Angel at 11:33 am

      Hello Fredrik,

      I enjoyed reading your various suggestions for Quality Inspectors.
      I have a question. What’s the difference between “Chinaimportal” vs “Sofeast”
      I would appreciate clarification.
      Regards,
      Angel Hortiz

      1. Ivan Malloci at 7:33 am

        Dear Angel,

        Sofeast is mainly an agency that offer quality inspections, factories inspections and similar.

        Chinaimportal is a platform that offer you all the tools you need to manage the importing process by yourself (with our help and the help of our partners). You find a lot of more details here (including videos): https://www.chinaimportal.com/ and here https://www.chinaimportal.com/about/

    5. Sohail qureshi at 2:10 pm

      Thanks for sharing helpful information.

    6. Ava at 2:16 pm

      Hello! Thank you for this information. Do you happen to know reputable inspection companies in Ganzhou province (Jiangxi, China)? Thank you!

      1. Ivan Malloci at 4:07 am

        Hello Ava, I think Sofeast also operate there!

        1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 10:59 am

          Yes, Sofeast Limited can help you with that.

    7. dashinspectorate at 3:54 pm

      Another awesome article. Very detailed and informative. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 12:50 pm

        Thank you!

    8. SYED QALAB ABBAS JAFRI at 3:17 am

      Hi,

      I have 20 years of experience in inspection field. I have good knowledge of inspections of consumer products like soft line, hard line, leather products, shoes, surgical and beauty items, socks, rock salt products, Furniture etc.

      Currently I am associated with Two international companies for inspections and audits in Pakistan. I have a network with experienced inspectors and auditors for Lahore, Karachi, Sialkot and Faisalabad and all over Pakistan.

      I wish to join some companies as a free lance inspector.

      Thanking in anticipation.

      Syed Qalab Abbas Jafri.

    9. Rachel at 10:44 pm

      So much valuable information but you always have to look for companies that follow up with services all the time. I found Tetrainspecetion to be terrific in communicating with clients all the time.

      1. Brian at 8:12 am

        Thank you for the recommendation! we used http://www.tetrainspection.com service for our last Amazon FBA shipment from China, we were impressed by the quality of their work.
        They have a specific service for Amazon FBA sellers which we couldn’t find anywhere else.

    10. david at 3:58 pm

      which one is best to use? could you recomend? we are going to hire someone to inspect our goods ready soon.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 3:49 pm

        Hi David,

        I’d say all companies on this list are quite good. But, we cooperate with http://www.sofeast.com so I will always recommend them.

      2. Francis at 4:14 pm

        Just send them your requirements and compare the services and prices, then you will choose the satisfied one.

      3. Patrick at 1:55 pm

        we’ve tried many but ended up choosing V-Trust which has a very responsive customer service. the point is that we had some bad experience in the past which our contact at other QC companies couldn’t understand our requirements properly, but our account manager at V-Trust really knows our product category well

        1. AQI Service at 9:19 am

          Glad to know you have a satisified QC company to work with together

          1. Wender at 12:00 am

            I knew https://aqiservice.com also a reliable China inspection company too. Thanks AQI

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