About to place your first order with a factory in Vietnam? Then you should contact one of the quality inspection companies listed in this article to verify that your products match your requirements – before it’s too late.
Keep in mind that the risk of quality issues is not lower in Vietnam compared to other low-cost manufacturing countries in the region.
- Pro QC International Ltd
- Quality Control Inspections Vietnam
- Vietnam Quality Control
- OFCO Group
- AS International
How much does a quality inspection in Vietnam cost?
Most companies charge between US$350 to US$400 per inspection in Vietnam. This is significantly higher than in China, where an inspection sometimes can be booked for less than US$200.
While labor costs are lower in Vietnam, the supply chain service industry is not nearly as developed or competitive as in China.
Why are so many China-based QC companies offering inspection services in Vietnam?
If you’re currently importing products from China you’ll probably be familiar with many of the companies listed in this article. The ‘on-demand’ quality inspection industry was essentially born in Hong Kong and Mainland China – and where their customers go they follow.
Note that many of these companies don’t have their own offices in Vietnam, but operate through partner agencies or even individual inspectors. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it’s their internal procedures and protocols that really matters – in house staff or not.
Further, many of the Hong Kong and Mainland China-based agencies, such as QIMA and Sofeast, have invested in sophisticated online booking platforms. It will take a while before the Vietnam headquartered firms are on par with their northern competitors – but they’ll get there eventually.
Pro QC International Ltd
Pro QC International has maintained a presence in Vietnam for nearly two decades, providing a variety of quality solutions to both local and international clients.
Their nationwide network of qualified and knowledgeable engineers allows them to offer custom and cost-effective quality solutions to meet their clients’ needs. Their experienced team is available with short notice in case support is required for inspections, factory audits or supplier development projects in Vietnam, and elsewhere in Asia.
Further, in light of the current global trade and tariff challenges, they also offer a variety of tailor-made services specifically for those companies that are looking to shift or are in the process of shifting their supply chain to a country such as Vietnam. This include supplier identification research as well as recruitment support for critical roles.
- Quality inspections
- Factory audits
- Supplier development
- Supplier identification
- Recruitment support
Head Office Address: Room B. 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, N.T., Hong Kong
Founded by Renaud Anjoran, Sofeast — “Smooth Operations in the Far East” is a Western-owned quality inspection, production and project management agency.
While their headquarter office is based in Shenzhen, China, they offer their quality checking services in Vietnam. The services they provide are quality assurance, product engineering, and supply chain management.
- Quality Assurance
- Product Engineering
- Supply Chain Management
Head Office Address: Room B. 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, N.T., Hong Kong
Quality Control Inspections in Vietnam
Owned by Vietnam B2B Direct, Quality Control Inspections Vietnam is a quality checking agency based in Vietnam. Vietnam B2B Direct is specialized in sourcing products and manufacturers in Vietnam, along with 14 years of experience in quality control inspection.
They have offered their quality checking service to startups and billion-dollar enterprises worldwide. They offer factory quality control services by sending agents to track record of products, ensuring the product quality and reliability.
Oftentimes, many foreign customers encounter issues of their product (i.e. language barrier, buying demands, expectations regarding product quality) with Vietnam manufacturers. As not many Vietnamese suppliers are experienced to deal with foreign customers directly.
Therefore, service provided by Quality Control Inspections Vietnam can help you to deal with suppliers directly by making sure that there is no misunderstanding regarding the quality, packaging, design issues.
- Factory Quality Control
- Product Quality Assurance
Vietnam Office Address: 2A/20 Bach Dang Street, Ward 2, District Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Vietnam Quality Control
Vietnam Quality Control is a third-party quality control company based in Ha Noi City. They aim to provide customers with direct and accurate information regarding their production process.
Their services help you to be efficient during your product development, this includes factory audits, quality inspections, and product testing. They guarantee on sending a factory inspector to your supplier within 48 hours and a quality checking report in the next 24 hours.
Even if your product is being manufactured in another continent, you can still ensure the quality by using their highly convenient and efficient quality control services.
- Quality Inspection
- Factory Audit
- Product Testing and Laboratory Certification
OFCO Group is a third party Vietnamese seafood quality control agency founded by Jean-Charles Diener in 2011 providing both sourcing and inspection services to companies that purchase their goods in Vietnam.
Their two main inspection services include pre-shipment inspection and loading inspection, in order to minimize the risks of rejection at customs of the importing country.
While pre-shipment inspection service helps buyers to ensure there are no misunderstandings regarding quality and specification with the suppliers; loading inspection is a supervising service provided directly from the Quality Control department.
- Pre-shipment Inspections
- Location Supervision
- Customized Services
- Sourcing and Agent
- Trading Services
Vietnam Office Address: 18 Nguyen Quy Canh, An Phu-An Khanh Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
With 35 years of experience, AS International has become one of the most important networks specialized in textile quality control services across the globe. They have created subsidiaries in 19 countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
Their services help to support from developing the right quality control strategy, design prototypes development, production quality monitoring to export.
Their quality inspection service in Vietnam is based in the region of Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi.
- Inspection of raw materials & accessories
- Production monitoring
- Online quality control
- Checking/ supervision of loading
- Hub quality control
Vietnam Office Address: Room 402, 4F, 30 Phan Thuc Duyen Street, Ward 4, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Being the first certified private-sector organization operating under the law, Vinacert aims to offer good quality testing services for enterprises on exporting aquaculture, agriculture and post-harvest processed products.
Moreover, their services are also authorized by the imported goods testing sector of the Vietnamese government.
- Commercial inspection
- Imported goods quality inspection
- International Accreditation certificate
- Designated competence
Vietnam Office Address: 130 Nguyen Duc Canh Str, Tuong Mai Ward, Hoang Mai Dist, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
Founded in Hong Kong, QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection) is undoubtedly one of the biggest quality inspection company in the world.
Their quality and risk management services in Vietnam include sending inspectors to assess manufacturing process and pre-production schedules to supporting enterprises in the product development process.
Their development in industry-leading IT service infrastructure, a team with 20 working languages and strong core values helps them to provide one of the highest-quality services in quality control.
- Quality and Risk Management
- Compliance Testing
Vietnam Office Address: 2/F, 33 Nguyen Thi Huynh, Quan Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Quality Inspections in Vietnam: Pro QC International Ltd Q&A
In this Q&A, Daniel Ben-Ezra of Pro QC International Ltd explains what they have learned after more than 15 years performing quality inspections in Vietnam.
What types of products do you normally inspect in Vietnam?
For clients requesting standard quality control such inspections, we have traditionally inspected products such as:
- Furniture (both indoor and outdoor)
- Fashion accessories
- Household goods
More recently and with Vietnam beginning to move up the value chain, we have seen a significant increase in requests for electronics, tools (hand & power), hardware goods and mechanical and industrial parts (e.g. castings, forgings, stampings, etc.).
Along with these new, higher-value products, we are also seeing more requests for supplier capability, quality system, social accountability, and sustainability audits.
Do you notice any difference between Vietnam and China in terms of quality issues?
As a rule, quality issues are quite standard in the 88 countries in which we provide services. As such, the defects you find on an inspection report from a factory in Vietnam are largely the same as in China.
That coupled with the fact that many factories in Vietnam (especially in the north of the country around Hanoi) have Chinese management or even Chinese ownership, the level of quality is largely the same.
The challenges can come in when conducting more ‘invasive’ services such as audits or supplier development where the local Vietnamese staff are not as used to having outsiders asking questions or looking over their shoulder.
In which cities and provinces in Vietnam do you normally carry out inspections?
Pro QC carries out inspections and other quality solutions in the major industrial hubs around Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Factories are normally located between 30 minutes and 2 hours from the city center which is convenient and keeps travel costs to a minimum.
When looking in more detail at the map of Vietnam, we have resources that can easily reach the following provinces: Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, Long An, and Dong Nai.
As the country is much smaller than China, reaching all these provinces on a standard MD rate is no issue.
Are there any particular QC-related challenges in Vietnam that importers should be aware of?
As mentioned, a buyer can expect similar quality issues wherever they would produce in Asia or the rest of the world for that matter. We do not recognize Vietnam as having a particular set of quality problems vs. other countries, but naturally, there are challenges to consider.
The first is that the infrastructure in Vietnam inferior to China. Vietnam does not have a high-speed rail network or any significant motorways. You can usually reach your factory, regardless of location, in one-stop by air from abroad, however, after arrival car travel will be slower than one might expect if used to city to city travel in China.
As mentioned above, with Chinese and Korean management and ownership of some factories, you might we’ve found clients who require both Vietnamese and Chinese speaking quality engineers.
How do QC costs in Vietnam compare to China?
QC costs are largely the same around Asia and Vietnam is no exception. Although the average cost of labor is lower in Vietnam than, say, China, there is a dearth of engineering talent which means everyone is trying to get their hands on the same few resources.
The Vietnamese economy was already booming before the onset of the trade war and protectionist measures. As such, the labor market has gotten even tighter over the last couple of years with young talent regularly switching jobs to increase their earning power.