The Costly Business of Product Returns

According to the National Retail Federation, in America alone, retailers receive $ 260 billion in merchandise returned to retailers. Most of these returned products are either returned due to substandard quality of the product, damage during transportation or because of the substandard manufacturing process used by the vendors. This can be extremely dangerous for your business, as retailers, in turn, get back to the suppliers, who go mad on the vendors and the chain ends on the vendors who experience a loss in their business. amount of money in returned products, standards non-conformity and other defects that can be easily avoided by rendering the services of a quality inspection organization like Tetra Inspection.

Services Offered

Tetra Inspection offers quality inspection services that are internationally acceptable and digitally backed. All the services will help you in improving your final product and reducing the amount of revenue loss.

We offer a variety of quality control solutions like:

Product Inspection

Tetra Inspection QC

  • Pre-Shipment Inspection
  • During Production Inspection
  • Initial Production Inspection
  • Container Loading Check

Supplier Audit Services

  • Supplier Verification Audit
  • Social Audit (SA8000)
  • Factory Audit (IS9000)

Amazon FBA Inspection

  • Amazon FBA inspection

Countries we Cover

Currently, we cover a range of countries and their quality inspection processes are mastered by our specialist auditors. The countries that we currently operate in include:

Inspection coverage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As such, Tetra Inspection covers a vast area of operations from East Asia to Africa and Europe. This gives Tetra Inspection the versatility to operate in different regions, with different country policies and master them.

Asia Africa Europe
China Morocco Portugal
India Egypt Turkey
Bangladesh South Africa
Vietnam
Cambodia
Myanmar
Taiwan
Hong Kong
South Korea
Philippines
Thailand
Indonesia
Pakistan

Our Expertise

We at Tetra Inspection deal with all products ranging from electronics to garments.

Product inspection

Hardline Products

  • Furniture Inspection
  • Homeware Inspection
  • Kitchenware Inspection
  • Construction Material Inspection

Softline Products

  • Garments
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Other Apparel Products Inspection

Toys

  • All sort of toys made of all materials

Electronic Products

  • Household Product Inspections
  • Lighting Products Inspection
  • Consumer Electronics Inspection

How Will You Benefit from Seeking Tetra Inspection Services?

Quality Inspection is extremely important for your products. As you can be at ease from the last-minute hassles of product rejection from the client. Furthermore, you can avoid the millions of dollars’ worth of re-work price that you might have to pay for sending the products back to vendors after client rejection. Also, you can stay in line with the local regulations of the different countries where your products are sold to.

Conclusion

Thus, you can save thousands of dollars on your shipments by using the quality inspection services of Tetra Inspection and maintain your reputation and market presence no matter what. With Tetra Inspection’s quality monitoring techniques, you can enjoy seamless supply chain management from the moment the raw material leaves the vendor to the point when it reaches your client

Please contact us on info@tetrainspection.com

 


Amazon FBA Labelling and Packaging complete guide

Digital revolution and technical drifts have catapulted our lifestyles and standard of living in great shape. Virtual stores now allow people to shop from the coziness of their homes without the pressure of a salesperson and online marketplaces providing an innovative and more expedient venue for the exchange of virtually all types of products and services. Both businesses and customers have embraced online buying as an economical and more convenient way to shop.

In this era where we have a countless degree of online shops and store to help people with their purchase temptations here, we will be looking at some interesting dimensions of the world’s largest American E-commerce company,  Yes..!! You guessed it right, it’s “Amazon”.

Amazon has built up customer service, inventory, and shipping empire that enables the site to offer whole kit and caboodle from clothing to furniture to home appliances. It retails digital content like movies, music, and apps. Its Amazon Web Services section is a multibillion-dollar provider of cloud-based services for millions of business customers around the world, including institutes, organizations, and universities.

To become a successful Amazon seller you are required to have thorough understating of the entire Amazon FBA labeling and packaging requirement.

  1. AMAZON FBA LABELING REQUIREMENT:

Let’s look at all the labeling requirement criteria one by one:

  • FNSKU Labelling

FNSKU is the way that Amazon recognizes a product as unique to the seller that has sent it to the Amazon fulfillment center.

FNSKU Label

Amazon has 11 different kinds of FNSKU label specifications available on their menu. Whereby, the seller can choose one of the labels for their product. These different types of labels allow you to identify the type of product being sold.  Most used label for Amazon products is “40-up labels 52.5 mm x 29.7 mm on A4”.

Below you can find all the options for printing out the FNSKU labels.

FNSKU Label Dimensions

Guide to download FNSKU Labels:

In order to download the FNSKU label from Amazon, you can use the following procedure.

Amazon FNSKU label

  • Go to inventory On the Top Menu Bar

Amazon FNSKU label download

  • Tap on the small button next to the edit

FNSKU label guide

  • Choose print item labels

FNSKU print item label

  • Choose the number of labels required to be printed

Picture of FNSKU labels

  • Then select labels size as per your product and Print

FNSKU label size 

  • Sold as set Labels:

The units that are supposed to be sold in sets must not be separated and sold individually. Such products are required to be marked & labeled as sets on their outer package to let Amazon know that these products will be sold as one complete unit and not be treated as a single entity.

Amazon sold as set label

  • Suffocation Labels:

Suffocation warning: “To avoid any danger of suffocation, it is essential that you keep all plastic bags away from babies and children. Do not use these bags in cribs, beds, carriages or playpens. These bags are not toys for kids to play with”.

Products that are being protected by polythene bags must meet the following criteria:

  1. Suffocation warnings labels are mandatory for poly bags with 5 inches opening or more.Amazon suffocation label
  2. Warning labels must be placed in a legible font and on the prominent face of the product. You can use the following table to decide the font size of the warning labels.

Amazon warning label size

  • Shipment Labels:

Shipment labels are labels that are required to be placed on the outer most packaging/cartons of the product to let Amazon know about shipment details. These shipment labels can be generated in sellers system in new shipping plan.

Guide to create a new shipment plan for Amazon FBA:

Amazon inventory

  • Tap on the small button next to the edit

Amazon shipment preparing

  • then select send/replenish inventory

Replenish inventory amazon

  • select shipping plan

Amazon Shipping Plan

  • select packaging type, fill in address information & click “continue”

Amazon Inventory

  • Select “quantity”

Amazon inventory quantity

  • Prepare products

Amazon product preparation

  • Label the products

Amazon product labels

  • Review shipment

Amazon Shipping plan review

  • View shipment

View Shipment

  • Prepare shipment

Once you are done with entering all the relevant details of the shipment, the next stage is to finalize the shipment details.

Firstly, you will need to select the shipping service that you want to use for the shipment. For this, you will have 2 options to choose from:

  • Small Parcel Delivery (SPD)

The SPD is used for small units that are packed in individual boxes and are marked individually on the boxes.

  • Less Than Truckload/Full Truckload (LTL)

This type of shipment will load your shipment along with products from other vendors too. Also, the entire shipment might have multiple dropping points on the way before dropping off your shipment.

  • Select Shipment Service

Amazon shipment service

  • Shipment Packaging

Once you are done with the shipment preparation, you will need to select the shipment packing method. You can either have everything in one box or have multiple boxes for the shipment depending on the size of the box, weight of the shipment and other specifications, etc.

Amazon shipment packaging

  • Printing Shipping Label

After that, you will have to print the shipping labels to stick on the packaging box.

Shipping label printing

  • Give your Shipment a Tracking Number

After everything has been finalized, you should give your shipment a tracking number for ready reference and easy tracking.

Amazon FBA tracking number

  1. PACKAGING REQUIREMENT:

Being Amazon FBA seller, we are required to fulfill the set criteria for the packaging to minimize or to elude any chances of cancelation or re-packaging. In case one fails to fulfill the prerequisites, this may end up leading them to pay an additional cost for the packaging.

  • Loose Products

Each product must be contained in one complete secure package and each package will have unique FNSKU. Amazon refuses to accept products that require Amazon’s help to assemble before dispatch.

  • Sold as Set:

All the products that are required to be sold as sets must be marked as “do not separate”, “sold as a set” or “this is a set”. These types of products will be received and dispatched as sets.

Amazon sold as set label

  • Poly Bagged Units

Suffocation warning: “To avoid any danger of suffocation, it is essential that you keep all plastic bags away from babies and children. Do not use these bags in cribs, beds, carriages or playpens. These bags are not toys for kids to play with”.

Products that are being protected by polythene bags must meet the following criteria:

  • Suffocation warnings labels are mandatory for poly bags with 5 inches opening or more.
  • Warning labels must be placed in a legible font and on the prominent face of the product. You can use this figure to determine the print size of the warning labels.

warning label size

  • The thickness of polybag must be 1.5mils
  • The bag must be clear
  • The bag must have a barcode (UPC, EAN, etc.) or X-00 label which can be scanned through the bag.
  • The bag must be sealed completely.
  • The polybag must not protrude more than 3″ past the product’s dimensions.
  • Scented products must be sealed to avoid fragrance absorption into other products.
  1. Conclusion

Summing up, we are sure that after reading this you will have a better idea about the Amazon packaging requirements. We recommend you to follow these instructions meticulously in order to avoid having any rejections or call-backs of damaged products because of improper labeling. In case you need any help on this please feel free to contact Tetra Inspections for this.

 


Mold Prevention – 8 Tips to get rid of mold in your production area

  1. What’s mold and why it’s considered a critical defect?

Mold is a type of fungus that can be categorized as one of the most dangerous microorganisms for your brand. You might be wondering how a seemingly harmless strand of Fungus can affect your brand image.

Though Mold is seemingly harmless, it can cause serious health issues for a specific class of people including children, pregnant women and the elderly to list a few. As such, imagine if a consumer observes mold growth on his or her newly bought shoes, jacket, cap or any food item what do you expect their reaction to would be about your brand?

In addition, if the mold is found in a food product there can also be a lawsuit against your brand causing it serious damage in terms of revenue and prestige.

As a result, mold prevention is extremely important at your production site, retailers store, and storage facility in order to avoid any occurrence of molds in your products.

Before we move to the prevention strategies for mold let’s have a look at the environmental factors that support mold growth.

Molds are of numerous types and can grow depending on the support they get from the environment. Among a few common ones are the black molds, Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus to name a few.

Generally, mold can grow rapidly in areas where the conditions support their growth.

Following are a few ideal characteristics of an environment that support Mold growth.

  • Humid and Damp Areas

Humid and damp conditions are ideal breeding grounds for mold. It has been observed that areas, where there is water dripping from nearby sources or a leakage in the piping, can create a moist environment that is ideal for Mold growth.

Further, in garments that soak up water or are placed in warehouses that have high humidity can result in high mold growth.

  • Moderate Temperature

Another important factor required for Mold growth is a temperate environment. This makes warehouses, factories and retailers stores as the ideal places for mold growth as the temperature is mild.

  • Areas with Organic Matter

And last but not least, Mold does not produce its own food and as such relies on organic matter in the environment to consume. Interestingly, molds produce enzymes that act on organic substances and make them consumable. That is why you can observe molds on products like leather shoes, jackets or other organic products.

Keeping the devastating impact that mold can have on your brand here are the 8 tips for you to control Mold in your business environment and ensure a great brand image.

  1. Control humidity

Mold thrives in conditions with a relative humidity greater than 65%, as a result, the first thing you need to control is the humidity at your production/storage facility.  If you can keep the relative humidity of the facility below 65% then the growth rate for mold spores will decrease substantially.

As a result, maintaining the relative humidity of your facility below 65% is extremely important to avoid mold growth.

In order to keep the relative humidity of the facility below 65% or as suited for your product, certain mold inspections need to be carried out that determine the vulnerable areas where mold can grow.

Once the weak areas have been determined steps are taken to ensure that humidity does not increase above the set value. These steps range from proper ventilation of the facility to placement of Silica Gel and Cargo Dry packs to protect the products from Mold growth. A few of these tips as follows.

  1. Proper Ventilation of the Facility

One of the most important steps that you can take to avoid mold growth is by ensuring proper ventilation of your facility. This can include measures from the design phase of the facility to onsite additions after the construction has been completed.

Mold inspections are part of the factory audit checklist, it includes a survey of the facility and points out the design flaws regarding its ventilation. Once the audit is complete, the comprehensive report on the flaws of the design features is shared with you so that you can take effective measures to avoid mold growth at your facility.

Possible design suggestions include:

  • Upgrade of the HVAC system in areas that are prone to mold growth
  • Re-routing or addition of ventilation facilities in areas that are currently not properly ventilated
  • Optimizing the temperature and efficiency of your ventilation system in order to maintain the required temperature/humidity requirements
  • Setup a dry room

By implementing these effective measures you will be able to better control the ventilation of your facility and thus will be better off at avoiding mold growth.

  1. Avoid carton or product direct contact with floor or walls

One good way to avoid mold growth in your facility is by keeping the cartons or your products away from floors and walls. This is because mold usually creeps in from the floor or walls that have substantial moisture and a suitable temperature to support mold growth.

As a result, you should use high-grade plastic support bins/racks for your products/cartons. Also, you can store the cartons/products at a place away from the walls and floor by using special stands that can hold the weight of the product.

This is a very effective method to avoid mold from affecting your product and will ensure your brand image stays intact.

  1. Water, food, oil and other liquid substance should remain outside the production workshop

Furthermore, as you know that mold needs an external source of nutrition to survive, this source usually comes from the organic substance that is found in your facility. Usually, food leftovers, leather products, oils, fuels, and other similar organic substances become major contributors to mold growth at your facility.

In order to overcome this, you must take proper mold quality control measures.

These measures include:

  • Keeping Organic substances in controlled environments and away from the other products at the facility.
  • During production special measures should be taken to avoid spillage of fluids or other food products in the facility.
  • Measures should be taken to keep the work environment clean from any food leftovers by the employees.
  • A strict housekeeping policy should be in place to avoid mold growth.

These are just a few suggestions to keep the mold growth at your facility in check. In order to discuss the complete set of measures that you can take, please feel free to contact Tetra Inspection and discuss with our mold experts.

  1. Use Silica Gel

Silica gelAnother great way of controlling humidity in the vicinity of your products is by using Silica Gel. As a rule of thumb, 1 gram of Silica Gel is required for a container of 1 liter and so on. Here is a table that gives an estimate for the amount if Silica gel you need for the varying container sizes.

Note: These are only estimated values, in order to get the exact values calculated for your environment, please contact Tetra Inspection.

In addition, you can also use Silica gel for your storage facility as it keeps the humidity under control even in extreme cases.

Hence Silica Gel is a good way to keep in the vicinity of your products to reduce the humidity and avoid mold growth in your products and packaging.

  1. let dry after steam ironing, don’t pack into polybag straightway

One major reason for mold growth in garment factories and the related product is the left-over moisture that stays in the garment after steam pressing. As a result, in order to avoid mold growth from affecting your garment products, it is recommended to let the cloth naturally dry before you pack it into the polybag.

Since polybags are impermeable the moisture stays within the packing long after the clothes have been packed and provides an ideal growing environment for mold.

Tetra Inspection can help you in this regard by developing stringent procedures that would ensure the proper time between steam-pressing and packaging of the clothes to avoid mold growth.

  1. Use cargo dry inside the container

Cargo DryWhile Mold can also affect your product during the transportation phase, Cargo Dry is a great way of protecting your products from Mold growth due to moisture during transportation. According to desiccare you may need 1.5 kg of Cargo Dry for a 20ft container. Subsequently, the amount doubles for a 40ft container to 3 kg per container.

Plus, the amount Cargo Dry required also varies with the product being shipped. In order to confirm the actual amount of Cargo Dry required please feel free to contract Tetra Inspection to optimize your calculations as per the Mold Quality Control Program.

  1. Use radiation companies to kill all mold

In case Mold growth has been observed at your facility it is extremely important to take necessary measures to kill the mold at the earliest and avoid it from spreading any further.

As a part of the Tetra Inspection Mold inspection program, we determine the areas that are affected the most from mold growth and then recommend the best way to exterminate it.

One of the best and most effective ways to kill mold is by using the radiation method of extermination. Specialized companies use radiations, especially, UV radiation to kill the mold spores in your goods.

Conclusion

As a result, it is understandable that Mold is potentially a very serious issue for your product and ultimately your brand image.

Also, mold does not only affects your production or storage facility it can also affect your product while it is being shipped to your clients.

As such you must be ready to protect your products from mold growth at all costs and ensure a mold free delivery to your clients.

Tetra Inspection can offer turn-key Mold Quality Control solutions for your business that focuses on all areas of the supply chain from the point the raw material leaves the supplier to the time the final product reaches the client that your product stays safe from Mold.

Our solutions are based on thorough mold inspections that focus on:

  • Production/Storage facility
  • Packaging and Cargo loading
  • Company Procedures and Processes
  • And other aspects of the supply chain that will help you in controlling the mold growth in your products

In case you have any queries related to the mold inspection or the mold quality control program you can contact us via the details provided below.

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Introduction to Proposition 65

If you are operating in the state of California or have consumers who use your products in the state of California, you must be aware and comply by the “the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986” also commonly known as the Proposition 65 or Prop 65.

Prop 65

1. What is Proposition 65?

According to the Prop 65 regulation:

“Any person doing business in California who knowingly and intentionally exposes California consumers to one of 900 listed chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity must give a “clear and reasonable” warning to those consumers.”

Proposition 65 is the set of laws that require businesses to keep Californians aware of the compositions of their products if they contain certain chemicals that are carcinogenic, cause childbirth anomalies or other harms to the reproductive system of the consumers.

The Prop 65 was passed as law in the Californian state by a majority of 63%-37% and actually aimed at keeping the water sources clean from any contamination from the cancer-causing chemicals or other chemicals that can have toxic effects on the reproductive system of the consumers.

As a result of the regulation, now businesses are required to clearly mark their products that contain a certain amount of the specified chemicals with “WARNING” labels.

The entire process of Proposition 65 and its enforcement is monitored by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

Lab testing heavy metals

2. What chemicals are on the Proposition 65 list?

For Prop 65 compliance businesses are required to put a clear WARNING label on the products that contain known chemicals that cause cancer or other reproductive anomalies in the consumers.

According to the Proposition 65 regulation, the list of chemicals that are categorized as the “known chemicals for causing birth defects and cancer” is published on the OEHHA website and is required to be updated at least once a year (Health and Safety Code section 25249.8).

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The affected chemicals range from a variety of products including natural and synthetic chemicals that are widely used in a number of daily use products. For instance, specific pesticides, food colors, drugs, dyes, and certain solvents are listed on the Proposition 65 list of affected chemicals.

A few of the products that may contain the affected chemicals can be of any of the following categories of products (the list is non-exhaustive):

  • Paints and other solvents
  • Shoes and other footwear
  • Toys and plastic products
  • Cosmetics and Beauty products
  • Papers, banners and other stationery products

Interestingly, the affected chemicals may not only be directly a part of the product being sold, but it can also be a by-product of the part after a chemical process, for instance, the fumes from the car exhaust that can be containing the affected chemicals.

As such it is extremely important for businesses to know about the affected chemicals on the Prop 65 list and put a clear warning label to make the consumers aware of the harmful effects of the products.

3. What does a Prop 65 warning mean

A Prop 65 warning label on a product indicates that the business manufacturing the product is aware of the harmful chemicals contained in the product or will be released into the environment after a chemical process.

In case the business understands that the level of Prop 65 chemicals in the product are low enough to cause any harm to the consumers then such a label can be avoided (in order to do this a business will have to prove by the Prop testing methods that the current level of chemical in the product will not cause any harm to the consumers as listed in Proposition 65 regulations.)

Also, it is important to note that the warning labels must be “clear and reasonable” and can be posted on the affected product/area of production in multiple ways. The instructions for the warning as available on the p65 warning website are as follows:

  • The name of at least one listed chemical that prompted the warning
  • The Internet address for OEHHA’s new Proposition 65 warnings website, P65Warnings.ca.gov, which includes additional information on the health effects of listed chemicals and ways to reduce or eliminate exposure to them
  • A triangular yellow warning symbol on most warnings

As a result, you must be aware of the products that your business is producing that contain the chemicals listed in the Proposition 65 list.

Prop 65 label

4. Does California Proposition 65 Apply to Your Product?

The California proposition 65 requirements apply to all businesses that are either situated and operating in California State OR are supplying products for consumers in the state of California. There are only 3 exceptions to the rule:

  1. If a business can show that the exposure level due to their product falls at or below the “safe harbor” level. OEHHA has devised the safe harbor levels for the listed chemicals and you will have to prove it to the office of environmental health hazard assessment by Prop 65 testing rules that the affected chemical in your product is below the “safe harbor” level.
  2. Businesses having 10 or more employees are subject to the regulations (in case you are supplying to a larger group of distributors then even with less than 10 employees your business will have to comply with the Prop 65 compliance)
  • Businesses who do not sell products to Californian consumers are also exempted from the Proposition 65 compliance (in case you are supplying products to a distributor that operates in the Californian region then you must also comply with the Prop 65 regulations).

As such it is a complex process for companies to know when they fall under the Prop 65 compliance criteria. This is why Tetra Inspection is here to help you out comply with the Prop 65 regulations because a violation of the rules can lead you into deep trouble.

5. What Are the Consequences of Non-Compliance?

In case a product that you are supplying to Californian consumers fails the Prop 65 testing criteria AND the product does not contain a “clear and reasonable” warning label then your product will be held in violation of the regulations and the associated penalties will apply.

Once a product is found in violation of the Proposition 65 compliance rules the business will be issued a 60-day notice by the Attorney General’s Office. During this period the Attorney General’s office can initiate an action against the manufacturer and if the AG office does not take an action a private party can file a lawsuit after the 60-day notice period.

The penalty for non-violation can rate as high as $ 2,500 per violation per day. An out of court settlement is then solicited that can price as high as $ 60,000 for the medium-sized organizations and $1000, 000 for larger ones.

It has also been discovered that a lot of bounty hunters are in search for the businesses that are non-compliant with the Prop 65 regulations and earn a fortune from them.

6. The Impact of Consumer Product Recalls

Violations of the Prop 65 will not only cost you the various penalties, but it will also damage the reputation of your product in more ways than you can possibly think of.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of US, all manufacturers are required to comply with the regulations for products that can be hazardous for the general consumers and especially children from the ages of 0-12. Once your product has been found in violation of the Proposition 65 regulations you will have to “call-back” your products.

As a result, consumer confidence in your product will plummet and it might take a lifetime for you to regain the level of market share after the violation.

Also, recalling the products from the market may cost a fortune due to all the transportation costs, investigation costs, customer reimbursements and many more costs that might even send you into bankruptcy.

Once the product has been removed from the market, it will take you a substantial time to reach the same level of market share and penetration as people will not be confident to buy a product that has been found in violation of the regulation.

Competitors will fully capitalize on this and will try their best to push you out of business during your downtime.

7. How Can Tetra Inspection helps you avoid Prop 65 Violations?

Due to all the hassle associated with the Proposition 65 requirements and the potential harm a violation can cause for your product you must solicit the services of an expert quality inspection organization like Tetra Inspection.

Tetra Inspection will not only help you keep clear from harm’s way by pointing out the potential violation of the regulation by your products it will also suggest you ways of improving the product and increasing its quality.

In this regard, we have designed special Initial Product Inspections and During Production Inspections (DUPRO) that enable you to identify the compliance of your end-products with regulations.

As such, you will have substantial time to take the corrective actions and avoid suffering from the product call-backs.

Furthermore, the Proposition 65 chemical list and other associated requirements are updated regularly. As a result, Tetra Inspection will keep you posted on the relevant updates in the regulation and how you should take the necessary changes to avoid any violations and ensure the smooth running of your business with the highest quality of deliverables.


For every product manufactured, whether in batches or not, there is always a need to inspect them, as to whether or not the manufacturers meet the standards set for the product. Most manufacturers mass produce in batches. It would be a big waste of time, money and energy to go through all products one after the other. In fact, it might even be impossible to do so. That is why the AQL was introduced.

The AQL, acronym for Acceptance Quality Limit or Acceptance Quality Levels in some quarters, is an international standard for the ascertainment of quality in any product being inspected. The AQL is defined as the least tolerable quality level of a product. That is, the highest number of defective units of the product, of which anything above will lead to the rejection of the entire batch of the product.

Although the AQL is an internationally recognized standard of ensuring the quality of products, different countries, and importers set different levels of acceptable quality for minor, major and critical defects in a batch of products. This is because, different products require different AQLs, with respect to their means of production as well as other factors to be considered while varying the AQL. What are these factors manufacturers should consider while setting AQLs for their products?

Is it really necessary to set a suitable AQL for your production? Yes of course. Setting the right AQL for your production cannot be overemphasized. It helps you check and ensures the maintenance of the quality level of your products. Perfection is an abstract concept, especially in the line of production and manufacturing. Therefore, it is not expected that a manufacturer will deliver the good that is 100% without any form of defective. It is thus the job of the AQL to control the number of defective units in every batch produced.

1. How To Set a Suitable AQL Balance Between Acceptance And Refusal of Your Batch?

As stated on the onset, AQLs are international standards for ensuring the quality of products from any manufacturer’s production line. The AQLs, however, vary from product to product. There are various factors that can cause this variation in AQL across products. These factors are what every manufacturer should consider in setting suitable AQLs for their production.

First of all, in choosing a suitable AQL for your production, you as a manufacturer have to determine your level of tolerance. When this has been determined and understood, it becomes easier to set the AQL. Tolerance levels of products are usually set and determined in the following manner: Categorize The Defect Levels For Your Production

2. There are 3 categories for every form of production. Namely, Critical, Major and Minor Defects.

AQL Inspection

Critical Defects

 A production batch or a unit thereof that is categorized as having a critical defect is one that is totally unacceptable by any standards and are subject to outright rejection. Products in this category have to fail to comply with the basic standards required of such a product. That is to say that, regulations laid down to control the quality of the product has been disregarded. A fine example is an electric bulb that smokes out each time it is connected to electricity. This product is dangerous and therefore has a 0% rating.

Major Defects

Products deemed to have major defects are those that might not be considered acceptable by the consumer, not necessarily because they failed to respect regulations controlling their quality, but because of the condition, they are in at the time of production. One of such products may be a batch of vehicles that includes cars with poor body spraying. This does not make it unacceptable but will go a long way in reducing the value of the car. Products in This category are usually rated at 2.5%.

Minor Defects

 A product that deviates slightly from its specifications is regarded as one with minor defects. Usually, the end consumer may not mind the deviation, so, it may not really matter, like an electrical appliance with one or two missing screws but the product still works just fine. This will earn a rating of 4.0%.

Every production has one or two defective units. That is, not every unit produced in a batch, meets up to the standard of quality set by the manufacturer. In order to adequately control the quality, it is imperative to classify the various levels of defect On Your products. When this is done, it will aid you in setting the suitable AQL Level For your production line.

3. Factors To Consider While Setting Your AQL Limit

Textile Inspection

Choosing the proper AQL Limit for your product is very critical. You, however, have to consider the following factors.

The Market

If your products have an international scope and usage, you will have to adjust your AQL according to the market your products are going to sell. The point, therefore, is this, the Acceptance Quality Levels for every product varies from place to place and from market to market. If you are going to sell in markets in North America or Europe, the tolerance standard for critical, major and minor defects are 0%, 2.5%, and 4.0% respectively. Having a sound knowledge of this will help you to properly set the AQLs for your products. Armed with this, the manufacturer will be able to adjust his AQL to be milder or more severe.

The sensitivity of The Product

Products such as airplanes, drugs, and other edibles and consumables cannot afford to have a high defective rate. This is because the slightest derailment from quality standards set could have very dire circumstances, such as even loss of life. Therefore, it is imperative for manufacturers of products with this much sensitivity to be less tolerant of defects in their products. It is common practice nonetheless in these fields of industry manufacturing sensitive products, to have tools to ensure the reduction of defects in their manufacturing processes. It is hence not out of place to see this kind of products with 1% or less defect rate.

Consumer Preferences

The manufacturer also understanding the preferences of his end consumers will also be instrumental to him choosing his acceptance quality levels in a way and manner that it tallies with his consumer’s preferences. If the manufacturer knows what exactly his consumers want, he would know precisely the standard of quality expected of his product, and will, therefore, according adjust his AQL Level.

There is no hard and fast rule in the choosing of AQLs for your products. As a manufacturer, you just have to understand your products, the market you want to sell it and the end consumer of your products. The decision of defect tolerance lies with you. If you decide that the defect tolerance for the whole batch of your products should not be beyond 1.5%, then that is your AQL.

It is very important therefore for every manufacturer to know that it is a very competitive market out there and therefore there is a need to suitably choose their AQL. The need for an expert to help you prepare AQL for your product is as important choosing the AQL itself.  Terra inspection, with several years of experience in providing quality control services to manufacturers and the products. Tetra Inspection Management is committed to ensuring that your products meet all internationally recognized standard of quality; they will help you choose the most suitable AQL for your production.


How to spot trading companies and middle man

Most importers prefer to work with factories instead of placing their order to a trading company or middle man. However, almost all Chinese suppliers claim that they are factories, including Alibaba suppliers, although, in reality, they are commercial companies or worse; they are scammers. You will find many articles and guidelines that teach importers how to conduct a supplier verification, but most of the solutions they suggested did not solve their problem in reality.

In this article, we will offer you the correct ways to find out what or who your provider really is.

Ways to verify if your supplier is a factory

1. Verify the business license

The most important part is to look for the company business scope (经营 范围) when verifying the commercial license of the supplier. This is the easiest and most direct way that your provider can not fake. The scope of a factory’s business must include one of these Chinese characters (生产, 加工, 制造), the meaning in English is (manufacture or producer), the trading company won’t have such words.

If you aren’t confident to do this by yourself, you can always send the supplier’s business license to a trusted friend who can speak Chinese well to conduct the supplier verification, or you can find an independent professional for the translation.

Please refer to the below example for more information:

2. Check the supplier’s MOQ

The minimum order quantity of the factory is typically higher than a trader, and it is almost common sense in the trade. So, you can verify your suppliers by asking to sell you products of lesser quantity.

For example, you are looking for a supplier to buy 10,000 ceramic plates; you can ask the supplier that you are buying only 250 pieces to test, and you will make a large order in the future if the quality is good. If it is a factory, the expected reply is no since its MOQ will not be less than 1,000 pcs. But a trading company can accept small orders. Therefore, the MOQ is considered as one of the main elements when conducting supplier verification

Supplier Verification in China

3. Check the (VAT) on your supplier’s invoice during supplier verification audit.

The Chinese government offers a refund for many types of exports to stimulate manufacturing and export activity. But in order to do this, a VAT invoice is required, which can only be issued by a factory.

Request from your factory contact to issue an invoice with 17% VAT. If the supplier refuses or hesitates, it is likely to be a commercial enterprise or a scammer.

But if they accept to issue the invoice with VAT, you can request a high-resolution scan of the VAT invoice, then verify that the company name in Chinese matches with company name on the supplier’s business license.

Business licence verification as part of supplier verification audit

4. Conduct a supplier verification audit

If the supplier informs you that they had already exported to famous clients in US or EU markets, then you can ask them to provide a factory Audit report i.e. ISO 9000, BSCI, SA 8000…etc.

For factories who say that they don’t have such a report, you can book a Supplier Verification Audit to ensure that you are working with the right partner.

Tetra Inspection auditors will visit your vendor’s site to ensure that the factory exists and has the legal documents to export the goods.

Supplier verification during Tetra Inspection visit

5. Supplier expertise is a key element in supplier verification audit

Factories in China are usually specialized in one product category; if there are many types of products in the catalog of your supplier, then it is more likely that it is a trading company.

For example, a factory that produces high-end leather handbags will less likely make school backpacks or promotional pouches.

If you see a variety of products in supplier’s catalog or in his showroom, then, there is a high chance that your supplier is actually a trading company or a factory that will subcontract your order to another factory.

6. Means of payment and shipping

Scammers will never accept Letters of Credit. Although this might not be your standard payment method, it always worth checking with your supplier if they accept Letter of credit.

Most scammers will reject the proposal even if you increase the price by 5% to cover the bank charges involved in opening an LC. If such a thing happens, there is a high chance that you are dealing with a scammer who will disappear after receiving the 30% deposit.

Verify that beneficiary name is the same as the business license, any payment to a personal account or Western Union should be rejected. Actually, it’s very suspicious that a factory even a trading company would ask you to make payment to their personal account instead of a company account.

7. Supplier’s location in China.

All the products have their own industrial zones in China, and let’s take the Electronic products as an example. Most electronic products are produced mainly in Guangdong province, especially in Shenzhen.

Because this city has the complete supply chain for all electronic components, such as the PCB, the screens, wires…etc. The factory only needs to design the carcass and packaging, then assemble all the pieces together. Producing electronic products in other cities will be more complicated and more expensive than in Shenzhen or other Guangdong cities, so the factories are not likely to be located elsewhere.

You also need to verify the actual location of a factory using google map or Baidu map, factories are mostly located in specific industrial zones in the outskirt of cities, however, if the supplier address is located in the city center or main street of a big city like Guangzhou, Shanghai or Shenzhen, then it’s most likely a trading company, not a factory.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUPPLIER THAT INTENDS TO CHEAT.

Prices Cheaper Than Normal.

The most common. It is possible that you have already compared prices from many suppliers in your sector, and have an average price. If any supplier offers you prices that are below 20% -30% of this average, you suspect.

Deepen the supplier’s research, following the steps we have defined in this article. Value your professionalism and keep in mind some of the key factors that define the good Chinese supplier.

 Some suppliers know the procedures followed by importers who have no experience. They take advantage of it for their profit, with pre-established tools and procedures.

CONCLUSION:

There are many ways to verify a Chinese supplier. But there is one that really works very well. This is to visit our supplier directly in China.

If our goal is to start in China with small businesses, or you simply there is no budget to conduct a business trip to China, we highly recommend you to hire a 3rd party inspection company.


Quality Control for Amazon sellers plays an important role in the supply chain. This step will ensure that your goods are pre-inspected before shipment to avoid stories that touch the heart. Once your products are paid in full and shipped, you are beyond the point of no return. If you had to find quality problems once the goods arrive, it’s too late.

 

Instead, you must ensure that your products meet all technical specifications and quality requirements before paying the balance.

In this article, I will point out the advantages of quality control for Amazon sellers, in fact for online sellers and I will also answer the most common questions about the practicalities of ordering quality control in China.

Why do I need quality inspections as an Amazon seller when I import from China?

Manufacturing is not an exact science. The question is not whether there are quality problems, but how serious these problems are.

I’ve inspected hundreds of orders in person, and that’s what I’ve often found:

  • scratches
  • Dirt
  • brands
  • Minor cosmetic issues

We must even expect it. However, there are also more serious quality issues:

  • Detached pieces
  • Incorrect labels
  • Incorrect design
  • Invalid colors
  • Damage

Note: Quality issues are, in a way, as safe as death and taxes. It is not unique to China, but it is the case when it is manufactured in any country.

However, what is unique in China, and most other Asian countries, is that you can not return the goods if you find quality problems in your own country or in your hand. As an Amazon seller, you can’t afford any loss which may occur from product impairment which you can prevent before time.

For this reason, quality controls are a crucial step in the process. You simply can not skip this part of the process for it is one of the most important parts of your Amazon selling strategy.

What types of quality control for Amazon can be done by the 3rd party company?

All that can be done with the equipment available.

Some examples follow:

  • Take pictures of the product and labels
  • Dimensions and measures
  • Visual inspection (search for damage and defects)
  • Functional tests
  • Verification of the label
  • Drop tests
  • Water pressure tests
  • Packaging
Pre-shipment inspection

Note: The objective is to verify that the product meets all specifications and quality requirements that you want for your customers.

What do I receive after quality control for Amazon?

Within one business day after the quality inspection, Tetra Inspection will send you a PDF report with photos and other data collected.

Example: They can include dimensions, descriptions of defects, number of defects found and more.

You can also request videos. Bear it in mind that the PDF statement will correspond to the quality checklist.

How is the Pre-Shipment Inspection performed?

The pre-shipment inspection is done at the place of production when your order is between 80% and 100% of produced and before loading the products in the containers. In this procedure, the following are verified:

  • Quality
  • Weight
  • Measurements
  • Colors
  • Packaging
  • Barcode
  • That the conditions of purchase are fulfilled 100%

All this with the purpose that the buyer does not receive any unpleasant “surprise” when he receives his merchandise.

What am I going to do with the quality control report?

The report shows the number of defects, as well as images and descriptions. Therefore, the report can help you decide whether or not you approve the order.

Tip: Keep in mind that you must set an accepted default rate before placing the order. Otherwise, it is difficult to say whether the number of defects is acceptable or not.

How do I know if my supplier accepts quality control?

First of all, you should never consider a supplier who does not fully accept quality control.

Warning: Suppliers who refuse or even hesitate to accept quality control have something to hide.

These suppliers intend to rip you off or subcontract your order to a local sweatshop.

Do I have to inform my supplier in advance?

Yes, you must inform your supplier that you intend to obtain control of the quality of the order as soon as possible before even placing a sample order.

It is crucial to make the supplier understand that you are a buyer with a serious quality assurance process in place — not one of those gullible buyers who lean back to accommodate the suppliers.

Experience: Believe me when I say that some foreign suppliers have no respect for buyers who easily give in to their demands. They like to test their customers by rejecting the most absurd demands, for example by suggesting that quality control is not even necessary.

Do not fall into the trap.

How can I reserve a quality check online?

Tetra Inspection have online reservation systems.

All you need to do is log in and submit the following information:

  • Name of supplier
  • Contact details
  • Factory Address (if applicable)
  • Product specifications
  • Amount
  • Control List
  • Inspection date
  • And then, sit back and relax we will take care of the remaining job, and I assure you; you will appreciate our services.
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When should products be inspected?

 At a minimum, you should have the products inspected before shipping and pay the balance. However, you can also consider on-site quality control during production.

Quality control during production can help you find quality problems at an early stage (i.e., colors or wrong materials) and correct them while there is still time.

Tip: If your order volume is over US $ 10,000, I strongly suggest that you do both during production and pre-shipment inspections.

How do I know what kind of checks Tetra Inspection should do?

The purpose of the inspection is to show you the status of your products. You can ask them to report anything that can be obtained while they are in the factory.

For example, you want product photos, dimensions, packaging control, and visual inspection.

Council: The inspector will use a specific checklist to check your products and add all checkpoints you ask him to do and any other fault that we think that it should be necessary to check on your product, so do not forget. Keep in mind that we are the expert in the in product inspection and quality control industry.

In addition, Tetra Inspection officers take a closer look at potential quality issues discovered during the sampling process.

How do I know if the inspector is qualified to check my products?

For all inspections, Tetra Inspection uses the internationally recognized ANSI (American National Standard Institute) and ASQ Z1.4 statistical sampling standard. The inspection covers an examination on the features, performance, overall appearance, durability and dimensions of the merchandise. An inspection certification will be allotted to you (in the case of a payment to the manufacturer by letter of credit).

What is important is that we have a strong track record and that you provide a clear and measurable checklist.

Do I have to send pre-production samples to the agent?

You do not have to do this, but it can help the agency better understand the product. That said, most of our customers do not send samples before production.

Reference samples can be very useful for checking fabrics and other materials during an inspection, as it is also difficult to confirm whether the product is correct.

Will the inspected samples be destroyed?

Not in most cases, but some quality tests may damage the product to a certain extent. This includes flame retardants, material weight controls, and water pressure testing.

Note: You only need to use one unit for most of these tests.

Can I go to China and do the inspection myself?

Of course, you can fly to China and visit the factory for yourself. In fact, this is something I encourage you to do, before placing your first order.

However, when it comes to quality control, not only will you save money on hotels, flights, and visas – but you will also find that the quality inspector does a better job than you would yourself.

Note: There are of course exceptions, but a professional inspector will almost always do a better job of finding defects than a novice buyer.

Should I do a quality check on each order?

Yes, you should have each order inspected. As we said, manufacturing is not a science, and a faulty or damaged component can ruin the whole lot.

Warning: A defective lot can ruin your reputation, giving you bad reviews and you know that bad reviews scare potential buyers away. You must always check the quality before shipping. In addition, your supplier is much more likely to minimize defects if he knows you will have the lot inspected. If you start to relax, they will too.

Can the quality control company also verify that the products comply with mandatory safety standards?

Our agents check labels and verify compliance with mechanical compliance requirements (i.e., loose parts or sharp edges).

However, we have the equipment to perform more complex product safety tests (i.e., electrical or EMC tests), or chemical and heavy metal audits.

Keep in mind that the lab test is paid for separately, and is often more expensive than quality control.

What happens if they notice quality problems?

It is very likely that you will find quality problems. If the inspector finds only a few minor quality issues, the problems will be corrected, and you can go ahead and approve the order.

Tip: You must ask your supplier to redo or repair the products and have the order inspected again.

Remember that you will have to deal directly with the supplier. The agent will not negotiate compensation or anything of that nature with the supplier.

Can I just do a quality check when the goods arrive at me?

No, of course, but what’s the point?

Note: Assuming you find quality problems, there is nothing to do. You can not return the products to the supplier, nor force them to reimburse you.

And even if they are willing to accept a return, it is difficult to get the goods through Chinese customs.

Prevention: The repayments are also complicated because of the control of the capital. But it is very likely that you will not have to deal with customs or control of capital because the supplier can simply refuse any compensation and leave.

Most quality problems are caused by misunderstandings or vague data sheets. No supplier will lose profit, equivalent to 20 orders, simply because the products do not confirm the perceived (and even imaginary) idea by “good quality” buyers.

Advantages of pre-shipment quality inspection for Amazon sellers

Quality inspection (PSI) is a division of supply chain management and an important method of quality control to verify the quality of products that customers buy from suppliers.

Quality and Pre-Shipment Inspections ensure that the production complies with the buyer’s specifications and the terms of a purchase order. The pre-shipment inspection reduces the risks inherent to web commerce such as fraud or disappointment with products below the desired quality.

A PSI can be done in different stages before shipment to verify the total amount of goods and packaging, check the quality or consistency of the goods, check all documentation, such as test reports, packing list or verification of compliance with the country of destination standards such as ASME, CE mark and import duties.

How Tetra Inspection can Help

For the seller, having a pre-shipment inspection is the guarantor of a quality product, is the endorsement of a serious company that complies with the provisions of the law and its client.

At Tetra Inspection we make sure that your purchases are made under the highest quality standards and every aspect of the buying and selling process we monitor directly, in this way we eliminate any error framework, and you can be sure that your product will be as you chose, in the exact quantities and of superior quality.

Visit our Pre-shipment inspection page to learn more.


Summary of the USA-China tariff war benefits to Myanmar’s industry

Historically, USA presidents have taken the rather diplomatic approach in dealing with Beijing on different issues such as Cyberspace, human rights records etc. However, the business leader turned current president of the United States, Donald Trump decided to treat China like a strategic competitor most previous presidents had failed to mention.

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From claims of China stealing proprietary technology and resource from the US, to its extermination of scores of US informants, and even to the annual loss of millions of jobs, the US’s stance is stringent on China. President Trump has chosen to shun diplomacy and declare an all-out trade war on China.

The ensuing trade war has just begun as it is quickly spreading to diverse aspects of the economy, even going as far as affecting China’s cultural and language programs in US colleges.

Why would the U.S. embark on such an activity?

All the reported strategies the US is embarking upon are well calculated as their intention is to bend Beijing to its knees, in conformance to the set global rules and regulations. China remained silent till the worth of Chinese imports slammed with tariffs by the US reached the $34 Billion mark.

China made the decision to retaliate, from Soybeans to electric cars, China’s retaliatory tariffs matched the US tariffs in worth. Diverse media has touted these tariffs as a sort of bullying. However, as with everything else, nothing seems to be exactly what they appear to be.

Read about: Product Inspection Services in Myanmar

Which regions stand to benefit from this trade war?

In reaction to the ongoing and soon-to-escalate trade war between these nations, various manufacturers are relocating their factories from China to other equally productive but less risky nations such as Myanmar.

Myanmar like its counterpart Asian countries has invested heavily in maintaining a delicate trade relationship with the USA. This is a huge economic benefit in the face of this trade as the country is strategically positioned to be a prime location for corporations seeking to hedge their risks.

From textile to tires, even to bicycle plants, major exporters to the US are actively seeking to move their production base to these nations because the labour costs is even lower than the Chinese.

One of the major concerns these companies have with their move to the region is with ensuring the quality of the products and services that the factories within the nation can churn out. This poses a great challenge and a great opportunity to the Quality Control industry in Myanmar.

The United States as we all know maintains some of the most stringent quality standards in the world for all their importation. These standards have such a huge impact on the success of businesses, therefore must be done with utmost efficiency.

From supplier audit (social, factory and verification) all the way to the product inspection (during production inspection all the way to container loading checks), the requirements are strict. To navigate this murky yet profitable waters, retailers and brands need to partner with renowned quality control experts in Myanmar such as Tetra Inspection.

How exactly would Myanmar benefit from such a rift?

Various benefits exist for nations such as Myanmar in these trying times. Some of these are listed below.

  • Increased technological inclusion: Movements such as those executed by Hl Corp from China to Vietnam of its bike part manufacturing facility exemplifies the transfer of technology benefit. Such cross-border transfer of factories, plants and personnel has a widespread impact on the technological landscape of the country.

Myanmar, for example, could experience an increase in the level of manufacturing technologies directly utilized within the borders. This leads invariably to the increase in industry-education partnerships that leads to further technological development in the state.

  • Increased trade surplus: Another benefit that the recent USA-China trade war would have on Myanmar is the diversion of considerable trade to Myanmar economy. At the moment, the USA has ear-marked over $500 billion worth of trade for the 25% tariff.

Should only 10% of these affected companies chose to move their facilities to Myanmar, that would be an amazing $50 billion dollars. This represents 72% of the current Myanmar GDP (Myanmar’s 2017 GDP was $69.32 billion). This could literally increase the trade surplus to the USA, thereby saving us foreign exchange.

  • Increased economic diversity and stability: In an economy such as Myanmar’s that relies heavily on services (about 46%) and agriculture (about 26%), diversification is necessary. With the revamping of the quality control industry in Myanmar, there is poised to be a total alteration of the economic dynamics.

Manufacturing would be poised to surpass the service industry within the medium term, thereby leading to increased economic viability. A major supply-chain-induced or technological depression or fluctuation in the agricultural scene or service scenes would do minimal harm to the sustainability.

  • Heightened development: From major toy makers Hasbro to fashion brands such as Steve Madden, global companies are seeking to relocate their supply chain centers and manufacturing factories. This indicates that most companies would move one or more parts of their supply chain assets out of China in order to remain globally competitive.

The impact of this supply chain move on Myanmar would be increased nationwide development. Almost every aspect of the nation’s economy is poised to experience development; from education to health care system, utilities, governance etc. There would be a widespread increase in the quality of these sectors due to the trade war.

  • Foreign investment attraction: Over the years, China has suffered a great deal of environmental impact due to its exceedingly rapid rate of industrialization. This has led to an exorbitant environmental protection cost and rising labour cost that has deterred some investors. These investors are left with limited options (countries) within Asia to move their activities to.

Myanmar benefits from such disruption since companies are forced to act in self-preserving manners, that leaves them willing to invest in Myanmar. Additionally, the global supply chain disruption that would ensue might trigger additional foreign investment within the country. Since such investments are capital intensive, their cascading effect keeps on going even long after the USA and China settles their grievances.

  • Global recognition: Also, a prominent benefit that the ongoing trade war promises to give Myanmar is the global recognition it deserves. Not only would we be known for the agricultural exports but also for the 21st century-relevant technological products and services.

This is not a direct financial benefit of the war, but it is poised to alter the dynamics of the country for years to come and potentially leading us into an era of sustained economic and social prosperity. Being home to globally prominent factories go a long way in defining the story of any country; whether it’s an auto firm, a dressmaker or even a mattress company.

The importance of quality control in Myanmar’s success

Given Myanmar’s positioning itself as the new manufacturing hub, quality control and adherence to standards are major competitive factors. Intricate and comprehensive systems exist to facilitate the Production of quality products that meet the USA’s specifications. This often involves the use of Quality Management systems and also the receipt of the relevant quality certifications.

In order to reap the projected benefits of the USA- China trade war, Myanmar must update its quality standards for various value offerings and establish sufficient implementation parastatals and systems. With other countries such as Vietnam and Mexico having similar economic layouts like Myanmar, quality is a major competitive factor in attracting and retaining such businesses.

The USA’s quality requirements go way beyond meeting the product’s specifications to giving the customers more value than requested (exceeding customer’s expectations). This is a strategic policy for the USA as it helps them avoid being a dump for useless products that would end up in landfills.

This goal to attain excellence is what has led the USA to become the world superpower from its humble start… and it is hat would lead Myanmar to its desired economic status. The dedication to excellence via a regimented quality control industry would take us to the pinnacle of success faster than any other country.

Myanmar’s textile rush

At the moment, Myanmar has struck gold – Textile industry is poised to become one of the most competitive in the world. After years of economic redundancy due to the military instability and the economic hindrances they created or induced the EU and US to enact, the industry is on the rise. However, things seem to be on the rise with the current president – President Sein that is dedicated to improving the economy.

In terms of quality, Myanmar is blessed with vast mineral resources and a globally competitive textile industry that has been leaping in bounds in recent years. The long-lacking government support for the industry has returned and has sparked the interest of investors globally. Being net exporter of textiles already, the sky is the limit for Myanmar with this commodity.

At the moment, diverse organizations are sourcing for their textile materials within Myanmar and particularly the historic Yangon region. With the advent of 21st-century technology and ample quality checks and standardization, we can build the best textile grade in the known universe.

Additionally, Myanmar’s low labour cost which hovered around 50 to 60 dollars, coupled with the influx of investments from all over the world has led to this dynamic rush for Burmese textiles. In a bid to satisfy the western purchasers, the government is keenly eliminating all embargoes and increasing international relations.

Why Tetra inspection is your best-in-class solution in such dynamic economic situations?

With all that has been said, one thing remains important, the level of global recognition a firm in Myanmar would receive right now depends greatly on its product quality. Also, the increasingly uncertain business environment the world is spiraling into means businesses must be as competitive as ever before in order to remain profitable.

Tetra inspection offers a world-class range of quality control solutions that are unmatched in Myanmar. Not only are we capable of certifying every aspect of our client’s production process, but we are also able to help them analytically solve any hindrance they might be facing within their supply chain quality section.

Moreover, our global prestige offers us the ability to put our credibility at stake for the benefit of our clients’ businesses. We are able to certify all your processes, products and controls in line with globally accepted standards that major purchasers such as the EU and the US recognize.

At Tetra Inspection, we believe that “Our client’s success is our success”. So, regardless of your product category; toys, furniture textiles, building materials etc. we have the perfect service for you. Feel free to check our service page for more information.


Product Inspection Services in Myanmar.

Product inspection is a must, during production, buyers and quality managers must track manufactured goods to ensure they comply with local regulations in the area where the products will be sold.

These goods must meet the quality standards of their company and shipments must be made within the deadlines. Thanks to an on-site inspection system, you can control the manufacturing process and ensure that the products evaluated correspond to the specific requirements defined. The purpose of these product inspections is to reduce and eliminate as much as possible most of the risks that customers may face when importing goods from overseas.

These controls cover the entire needs of the product supply chain and can be achieved at various stages of production:

What are the available inspection services in Myanmar

Most products require strict testing and certifications. So in order to comply with international regulations and enhance your product quality, inspection at source is mandatory to mitigate all import risks.

Initial production check

A check of raw materials and accessories carried out just before the start of production helps to minimize the risk of using inferior raw materials.

The IPC is an inspection carried out in the factory premises before the production of your product begins and which ends once 20% of the production volume has been completed. Being a preliminary inspection of all machinery and materials that will be used in the manufacture of your product, the IPC is the first step to ensure a uniform quality of your product throughout the production. An IPC is an early prevention system that, for an amount of USD 240, protects your product against various risks that could lead to very high import charges.

Read about: What is Pre-Shipment Inspection

During Production Inspection

An inspection during production (DUPRO or DPI), or online production inspection (IPI), evaluates finished and semi-finished products within some of the stages of the production process. In general, it is carried out from the moment that 40% of your order has been prepared and 20% has been packed for export.

This inspection increases your control over production and allows you to correct defects and improve quality at the right time.

Advantage

• Verify that your order is ready on time

• Guarantees that your products conform to the initial sample

• It allows introducing adjustments within the production cycle on time

Pre-Shipment Inspection:

This type of inspection provides a representative sample of what has been produced and assesses the quality of the goods once packaged and ready for shipment. The final inspection is based on statistical rules and is based on globally recognized sampling methods (ANSI / ASQCZ1.4 / ISO 2859-1) that include the Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) determination.

Container Loading Check

During a Container Loading Check, we will monitor the loading of your container, from the 1st carton till the container is fully loaded and sealed. This is an important step to safeguard your shipment and ensure your goods transit under optimal conditions.

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Pre-Shipment Inspection Explained

If you order goods or materials from anywhere, you need to be sure, before you pay for them and ship them to their destination, that they are fit for purpose. That’s the reason for a pre-shipment inspection, the quality inspection team visit the factory site and verify the quality of the finished products and their packaging.

Upon completion of the pre-shipment inspection and quality control. A certificate of conformity is prepared to assure that your products are in perfect condition.

After inspection at the factory, the inspector prepares the on-site draft and reviews it with the factory manager. However, the draft is different from the final report, and the buyer must be clear about the differences to avoid any misunderstanding as to the result of the quality inspection.

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A  pre-shipment inspection for obvious reasons takes place at the end of or near the end of the manufacturing process when between 80% and 100% of the order is complete and packaged for shipping.

There are standards for pre-shipment inspections based on the AQL (Acceptable Quality Level) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards which ensure that the sample size drawn from any given shipment is statistically significant enough to represent the whole shipment.

What is inspected during a pre-shipment inspection?

• Product safety

• Product conformity to specific standards required by the purchaser, or country of destination

• Product quantity 

• Product workmanship

• Product color conformity

• Product size

• Packaging conformity to standards

• Packaging safety

• There are many other variables which can be checked at this stage of inspection too.

The value of final inspection is that reduces the need for quality control at the receiving end of the supply chain. You know that your goods conform to the standards you require before they are shipped, giving you peace of mind and preventing costly recalls and repair.

You can talk through your requirements with a quality testing specialist if you have any doubts before embarking on a process of final inspections or outsource the whole process if that is more convenient or cost effective.

At this stage of testing, it is vital that turnaround times from inspection to reporting are minimal, and you have all the information you need to make key decisions that reduce delays in receiving high-quality finished products, pre-shipment inspections are the essential part of any quality control process.

product-inspectionThe pre-shipment inspection report

The quality inspection report gives us an overview of the quality of the merchandise:

It is done to show the manufacturer the main defects found while the inspector is in the factory. The first page includes the defects found as well as the nonconformities compared to the reference sample or the product specifications given by the buyer

Each of the defects, non-conformities, and conformities are mentioned and explained

All completed tests are listed

Photos of each failure are attached in order to ensure a good understanding of the situation by the buyer

The final report must be controlled in detail by the inspection supervisor before sending it to the buyer. The objective is to ensure that all the specifications of the order have been checked, all tests have been completed and that the explanations for each detail are clear. This explains why discrepancies can be found between the draft and the pre-shipment inspection quality inspection report, as well as the reason why the draft should not remain in the factory.

The final inspection statement is one that the buyer must take into account to decide if the quality of the merchandise is acceptable or if some corrective actions should be implemented in collaboration with the manufacturer. The draft only serves to have an overview of the products and needs to be digested and verified.

The inspector is required to perform the draft quality inspection report to the manufacturer to recognize the quality problems encountered during the inspection (the manufacturer must sign the draft and thus confirm that he is informed of the failures found during the inspection).

Note: in this case, neither the draft nor any other document indicating the defects found during the inspection can be left in the factory unless the buyer requests it before the day of the inspection.

The random final inspection can only occur once production has been completed and packaged and ready for shipment. Through the use of a statistical method used by industry standards, inspecting companies carry out a sampling of the products to verify:

•   Product safety

•   Quantity

•   Workforce

•   Function

•   Colour

•   Size

•   Container

•   And others…

This inspection will guarantee that your products are consistent and comply with the industrial and country-specific requirements and that there are no major and minor defects that may be critical.

At each stage of the production cycle, the inspector provides a complete and detailed inspection report within 24 hours along with images that enable you to visualize the work developed. We have a global network of inspectors that allow us to execute your inspection within five working days after receiving your order.

A final inspection (PSI) by Tetra Inspection will give you expert insight before the production begins giving you the safety and quality network and the confidence that your suppliers will offer you products of the highest quality, which favors the values of your brand.

Why choose Tetra Inspection?

During the last random inspection, we do a full survey of the merchandise including (but not limited to): appearance, workmanship, size, weight, functionality, appendices, illustrations, packaging, packaging and other specific items on your checklist. QA.

Our quality assurance specialists can help you identify the steps you need to take to correct any non-compliances found before shipments take place. We can save you money by deploying our professionals, even in the most remote areas.

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