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Owning and operating a sourcing company in China, I get to speak with a lot of people importing and manufacturing. It amazes me how often importers neglect to utilize China Quality Control services during their production.
How to decide when to do an inspection
- Pre-Production Inspection (PPI)
- During Production Check (DUPRO)
- Container Loading Check (CLC)
- Pre-shipment Inspection (PSI)
Provide a SPEC Sheet: Are your product requirements clear and organized? – Provide a SPEC Sheet (more can be found in our other article, What to do before the order is placed to reduce risk of quality problems).
Plan Before Moving Forward: Make sure you have added all your product specifications BEFORE production starts. No one wants to deal with a buyer that makes changes mid-way through production!
Have a Plan B: Make sure corrective actions are included, planned and understood between you and your supplier.
In-Process or During Production (DUPRO) Inspection
In-Process or During Production Inspections (DUPRO), takes place when 10 ~ 50% of your goods are completed and packed. Inspectors can be sent to the factory to identify problems as they occur while your products are being manufactured; units are selected randomly from the production line and compared to your product specifications. Potential delays caused by production errors and quality defects can be caught early, and reworked on site.