With the world getting back to normal slowly, you might be looking to get your manufacturing back on track again. Your business might even be considering an alternative to your regular production pipeline. This is a good thing because one of the better things to come out of a worldwide pandemic is a more level playing field for manufacturing.

Turnkey Manufacturing in Turkey

Turkey has quietly been building their manufacturing capabilities over the last decade. The country offers a wide range of top-quality manufacturing for European product suppliers. The ten highest growth industries in Turkey currently range from vehicle manufacture and machinery (as well as computer components) to precious metals and gems, to clothing and textiles as well as mineral fuels.

Manufacturing in Turkey

As you can well imagine, Turkey has experienced several growth problems during this time as well. The central location of the country and the varied access routes to Asia and Europe make Turkey a prime location for any manufacturing. Yet the location also comes with a significant political situation that does need to be considered. However, in the last couple of years, the manufacturing sector has been relatively free of interference from these factors.

The workforce in Turkey is another positive for manufacturing. In recent years the young workforce has become more educated and more professional. This means that manufacturing in Turkey gives you the same level of quality as in other countries. Yet in Turkey, you do get a slight price advantage. The truth of the matter is that in Turkey the labor cost is still lower than in other countries due to exchange rates and local cost. This factor gives you as the manufacturer the advantage of a slightly more cost-effective manufacturing process, yet with higher levels of quality.

Manufacturing in Turkey – Pros and Cons

The above-mentioned factors have created a unique environment in the Turkey marketplace. Those favorable conditions for labor and manufacturing have created a vacuum for management skills in the upper structures of the industry. The industry has responded well to new markets opening and higher production rates by seeking the skills outside of the country to manage the transition to major manufacturing players. So, when you are looking to establish a new manufacturing location Asia/European market, Turkey might just be the right place for your business.

Textile Inspection in Turkey

Producing your products in a centrally located country with ample transport to both Asia and Europe could just be what your business is looking for. Your competitive edge is key for your growth in the “new” post-pandemic market. Markets are opening up again and the playing field has been leveled – that is a fact. And your business needs the best manufacturing support to make the most of these opportunities.

Another key factor in your future Turkey manufacturing is the large relatively untapped consumer market in Turkey. With more than 75 million people living in Turkey, the second largest in the EU, your business could be looking at a huge growth market for your products. Building a strong relationship with the local manufacturers must be high on the list for objectives when you are looking at expansion into the Turkish manufacturing markets. There are already a host of large global manufacturing names in the local market and your business could benefit from these high-quality product lines.

Quality Control in Turkey – Get the Best for Your Brand

There are a few practical challenges with manufacturing in Turkey. For starters, there are still a number of travel restrictions in place in the region that could hamper site visits and quality inspections. However, there are several ways to make these challenges advantageous for your business. Tatra Inspection Services have the perfect solution for your business in Turkey.

Quality Control in Turkey

Our services include Supplier Verification Audits, Social Audit (SA 8000), and Factory Audit (ISO 9001) that will provide you with the professional audit and verification data that you need for your business. We have worked tirelessly before and during the pandemic to maintain our ability to provide you with the manufacturing opportunities that you need.

Within the manufacturing sector in Turkey, we can provide you with up-to-date and ongoing manufacturing inspection data that will give you peace of mind that your manufacturing continues without any problems. We also specialize in Pre-Shipment Inspection, During Production Inspection, Initial Production Check, Container Loading Checking that make your European/Asia manufacturing and shipping more cost-effective and reliable.

These services might seem like high-level solutions to minor issues that you often experience with out-of-country manufacturing. Yet the new norm in the world economy has made these services even more crucial to your manufacturing.

Top Quality Manufacturing in Turkey 

The current opportunity in Turkey is the wide range of manufactured goods that are currently being delivered out of the region. As mentioned, Turkey is located centrally between Asia and Europe. It is well known that the region has been the link between these two large consumer markets. It has for many centuries already been seen as the vital commerce link between these markets. Your business could be taking advantage of this lucrative market with the right manufacturing partner.

The major industries that are currently seeing huge growth in the Turkish market offer a significant competitive advantage for your business. One of the most important aspects of this growth in manufacturing is that the related industries are also seeing a significant increase in revenue. This means that with the right quality control partner your business could be looking at substantial revenue increases. Tetra Inspection has been providing top-quality factory audit and supply chain inspection services to the industry for many years. As one of the top providers in the industry our services will not only make your manufacturing streamlined and cost-effective. But you will get access to the best-manufacturing outlets that Turkey has to offer.

So, if you are thinking of breaking into the European/Asian markets or need to ensure that your business is getting the best manufacturing support in Turkey, then there is only one name that you should remember – Tetra Inspection


COVID-19 Supply Chain disruption

In the last year, the world has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects of this crisis were felt in every sector of our lives and business. Our lives have forever been changed through loss and the forced change in our social habits. One of the biggest effects on our business lives has been the forced overhaul of our understanding of our supply chain networks.

Post Covid-19 Supply Chain

This infrastructure has come under huge pressure especially in the supply of PPE to the front line personal. Early on China recognized the need for copious volumes of PPE and changed the way these products were produced and distributed within China. But how has the rest of the world reacted to this supply chain crisis? Is the world able to change the way we rely on international supply chains to better equip ourselves for the new future that is dawning?

To better understand this issue it is worthwhile to examine the past and how we created the infrastructure that has dismally failed this past year.

Pre COVID Pandemic Supply Chain Infrastructure

Despite the trade war raging between the USA and China, most of the world production happened in China. Consumers demanded low prices and the only way suppliers could deliver on that demand was to source from the cheaper Chinese labour market. Even though the labour cost in China has been on the rise recently it still presented a cost-effective production house for the world. Manufacturers all over the world were purchasing raw materials and semi-finished products from mainland China. This single-source supply chain was working well and aided the consumer demanded delivery with cheap electronics and other products.

A simple example of this thinking was the global move to China for the production of high volume consumer goods like electronics and clothing. In particular, this phenomenon was evident when shoe manufacturers moved their manufacturing to China. It started with Nike and soon afterwards the other shoe brands like Adidas and Reebok had to follow suit just to stay competitive. Electronic manufacturing has long been the domain of the Chinese producers mainly because of the lower cost of labour and internal supply chain infrastructure.

Globally there was an ability to source your products for international suppliers whilst still keeping your stocks low and maintaining on-time delivery both for clients and for your warehouse. This was a comfortable system that worked well. However, when the pandemic raced across the world ignoring borders and trade routes, this perfect supply chain world was shattered.

COVID-19 Supply Chain Issues

Early in February 2020, the world was in the grips of the pandemic, and borders were closed, flights were canceled and most everybody went onto lockdown. As a remedy to the pandemic, it was the best action to take but the unforeseen result was the total breakdown in supply of any, now vital products. These products like PPE were manufactured in China and the world needed the now more than ever. But they could not get these products due to the lockdown conditions. Not only that, China rerouted all manufacturing of PPE internally so that they can deal with the demand for these products locally. This meant that the world had an enormous shortage of these products when they needed it most.

This shortage became daily news the world over. For months the largest economies were battling to find PPE products from their international partners and this cause a few close calls with allies. Several incidents were recorded where armed escorts were employed to get the vital goods from supplier to end-user. Even a few heists were recorded amongst former close “international friends”.

Although the full effect of the supply chain breakdown was felt specifically in the medical industry, where most countries relied on the cheap manufacturing out of China. The rest of the business world also suffered the consequences of the breakdown in supply. Where before countries would shy away from stockpiling supplies due to operational cost issues, it now appeared that supply routes were forever changed.

In particular, companies and many countries as well were needing to recreate their supply networks to fulfill the demand from the industry. The disruption to the supply chain was multifaceted. For example, if a producer of electronic goods used to have the many components for their products come from various suppliers globally, that network has been forced to shut down in recent months. Or imagine a car manufacturer that requires touchscreens or other electronics for their vehicles, supplied from manufacturers in China or even Korea. These trusted, vital supply networks will have to be redesigned to deal with the post COVID world.

The real question is, however, how do countries do this and what do they need to keep in mind when they are re-creating their supply infrastructures.

Identify your Risk and Exposure

If your company wants to survive in the post COVID world, you are going to have to do some serious introspection. Introspection into the full extent of your supply network, and how you can streamline it in the new environment we find ourselves in. for the most part companies in the past have only done this by looking at their most vital and strategic supply infrastructure. But to deal with the current challenges you are going to have to delve deeper than ever before. You will have to get right down to the very first step in the supply chain and analyze it all the way back to your doorstep.

Supply Chain Strategy

This exercise is a costly one, and might even be time-consuming. Yet it is vital to your survival. The cost and time it will take is a small comparison to the losses that you will suffer if another disruption like COVID comes around. You should look at everything from logistical centres and transportation hubs for every detail of your final product.

It is also crucial that you identify your exposure if one of these cogs in your machine stops working. If a single spoke of your supply wheel breakdown what will your cost be in the loss of production as well as what the cost of finding a new supplier will be. This would have to also address the change in manufacturing on your part. Would your manufacturing process be adaptable to a new supply of a single component? Understanding this will result in your business being able to switch the supply chain if one of your suppliers suffer a disruption in production.

Consider a Supply plus One strategy

Many experts in the world of supply chain management have started to promote a Supply plus One strategy. This means that you have an alternate supply source for your components that would give you the flexibility to switch suppliers in times of disruption.

This strategy should also take into account that if your supply used to come from mainland China you should at least have an alternate supplier outside of the Asian region to further create redundancy in your supply chain.

For example, many developed countries relied on China for their PPE supplies until recently. But when the COVID pandemic struck and China became its own biggest customer, the world at large suffered the loss of supply. This was seen in the early months of 2020 when many developed countries closed their borders to protect against the pandemic. But they were more vulnerable due to the lockdown as they cut themselves off from their supply network as a result.

This was a huge factor in the response-ability of these countries, as their medical response was hampered by the lack of PPE products and supplies. Many of these countries and in turn their local manufacturers had to scramble to get new suppliers of the vital products they needed to produce these life-saving products.

The situation was made even more severe when the USA and UK realized that their stockpiles were depleted due to a previous medical crisis and were never replenished. Further legal and internal conditions made the situation almost untenable.

In Conclusion

Countries and companies that are in the midst of a supply chain crisis should be looking inward to solve the problems. In the past decade alone there have been great advancements in the manufacturing process with automation and new processing technologies that could lead to better local supply infrastructure. These techniques could reduce the reliance on global supply chains for your most vital components. Also, you could investigate the viability of continuous-flow manufacturing especially in the medical sector for the production of vital pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines.

The introduction of 3D printing technology has made the production of complex metal parts and components far simpler. You could potentially reduce your reliance on external supply by as much as 80% if you reinvest in the local manufacturing sector for your components.

These are just some of the strategies that you could employ right now to make your business more stable in the current environment and the future. The time is now to get the planning and investigation of your supply chain underway if you want to survive in the ever-changing supply and demand of the post COVID economy.

Tetra Inspection

Finding the right suppliers and keeping your manufacturing going through the turmoil of the current supply chain challenges is what Tetra Inspection can help you with. Our Supplier Audit helps you get the materials to your production centres on time and with the highest quality of delivery. If your supply chain is taking strain due to current social and economic challenges let Tetra Inspection help you get it back on track. Check out the wide range of supply chain services on our website – Tetra Inspection.


A few days ago, in Morocco, there was a factory tragedy that has rocked the manufacturing world. During seasonal rain in Tangier, a residential neighbourhood in an underground factory 29 people died when the basement flooded. This event is just one of the many that often happen all over the world. The workshop is one of many worldwide that are often used by unregistered suppliers to the textile and accessories industry.

Corporate Responsibility and Unregistered Workshops

Much has been said about the relationship between corporate vendors like shoe and clothing manufacturers and the use of unregistered workshops or sweatshops as they are commonly known. These facilities often employ many out of a community from young adults to the elderly and even children. The communities that they operate in are reliant on the income to support themselves and without it, the whole area would suffer economically.

Yet the dangers associated with these workshops become all too real when something happens like what did in Tangiers. The Moroccan workshop was in a residential area underneath a villa in the basement. Due to the heavy rainfall in the area over the last couple of days, the basement flooded before the labourers could escape. At last count 29 unfortunate souls were lost and more than 10 suffered serious injuries.

Rescue workers reported that the deaths were mainly caused by electrocution was the main cause for the loss of life. One of the rescued laborers commented that it was just a normal working day and the flash flood changed everything. When rescuers got to the scene, they could not even confirm how many people were trapped in the basement. The tragedy has sparked new outrage from the corporate vendors as well as watchdog groups all over the world.

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Among the dead are workers between the ages of 20 to 40 and all these workers are from the local community. Informal workshops like this one are very common in the Moroccan textile and leather industry which mostly serves the European markets.

Many corporate vendors are constantly looking for more cost-effective ways of producing their goods and wares. And over the years it has become the driving force behind many social responsibilities drives to make the conditions of manufacturing more humane. The problem is that when we shop in our chain stores, we do not consider where the fashion and goods come from. Well for some it is of great concern. And these are the “watchdog agencies” that are taking up the torch to protect the workers in these environments.

Corporate social responsibility is now being placed in front of the international brands and the questions are being asked what can be done to prevent further tragedies. The short answer is that there is not much that can be done from the outside of the situation to prevent the use of informal workshops. Yet many are calling for more regulation and oversight but this initiative is hitting a wall.

How to implement Socially Responsible Measures in your Business

When a tragedy like this occurs it always reignites the need for more control over the manufacturing process used for your products and materials. The current global situation is that corporates are always looking for better ways and cheaper processes. Often these processes are presented with a veil that obscures the true source of the goods and materials. Unfortunately, this is more common in the 3rd world countries.

Social and Ethical compliance Morocco

So, what can your business do to maintain safe conditions for your staff throughout the whole supply chain? Anti-Sweat shop agencies are calling for more governmental regulations yet this is often a problem as well. The governments of these countries are often just as reliant on the income from these “sweat-shops” as the community is. The income comes in the shape of bribes and under the table dealing between shop owners and officials.

So, the question again, how do you as a corporate vendor make meaningful changes in the supply chain of your business? How do you keep your supply chain free of the social responsibility nightmares that are sweatshops and other informal workshops?

The solution is one that takes a bit of work and effort yet still simple enough to earn your business the stature that it deserves as a socially responsible vendor or manufacturer. Supply chain management and factory audits give you the peace of mind that your goods and products are sourced and manufactured in regulated facilities.

Simple Implementation of Supply Chain Audits

When asked what they are doing to prevent tragedies like the one in Morocco a few days ago, Corporates often respond “as much as possible”. And where it is true for most large corporates there are still many that can benefit from outsourced supply chain audits. The benefit comes from using a recognized specialist when you are auditing your supply chain and source factories. Tetra Inspection is one such provider.

Ethical Audit Morocco

In recent years Tetra Inspection has carved a name for itself in the certification industry. With a host of services that help corporates just like you, maintain an exceptional level of quality and corporate social responsibility. These services are especially important when it comes to ensuring that your sourced goods come from reliable suppliers. Tetra Inspection offers both Supplier Verification Audits and Factory Audits that not only give you clear and concise details on your suppliers. But also make your business more socially responsible in your industry. Although it might seem like a marketing ploy due to the misuse of the information, being able to state without a doubt that your entire supply chain and source factories are fully compliant, is no small accomplishment.

If you need any more information on how to evaluate your supply chain or to have your source factories audited to ensure compliance, there is really only one name to remember. Tetra Inspection. You are just a simple call away from being one of the shining stars in your industry that have a fully socially responsible supply chain.


You have made the decision to get your company ISO 9001 certified. You might have even read some info online on how to do it but you are not sure how to get ready. Well, all the information you need is right here in this article. Companies all over the world that carry the ISO 9001 badge have all gone through the same concerns and maybe even anxiety as what you have. But you need not worry at all. Over the years we have created a sure-fire way of getting your company ready for the certification inspection. All you need to do is follow this simple step-by-step guide and of course, put the plan into action.

What is ISO 9001 Certification?

An ISO 9001 certification means that your company complies with the highest standard of manufacturing principles to deliver your product to your client at the highest satisfaction. In simple terms, it is the highest international standard for any production, service orientated business. ISO 9001 standards are aimed at getting your management protocols at their absolute best. That means your clients get the best products and services from your company and that your management systems compare with the best.

ISO 9001 certification is all about your management processes and style. The 9001 standard applies to Quality Management Systems and not your products. Being ISO 9001 certified means that your business uses the highest quality systems and processes when it comes to managing your production or services.

It also requires you to have a constant improvement process. This means that your business must focus on continual improvement within these systems and processes.

Where to Start

To get certified ISO 9001, you need to start by implementing the QMS within your company. There are many providers out there that will bid to facilitate this process for you. But if you follow this simple guide you will not only save yourself some money. But you will gain in-depth knowledge about how the ISO 9001 processes work and your business will all the better for it. To start the process you need to follow these steps:

  • Get acquainted with ISO 9001

To say that there is a mountain of literature on ISO 9001 certification is an understatement. However, QMS is a recognized management process and you will do well to read and study the material for your industry. Whether you get it online or offline it will only serve you well throughout this process.

  • Plan your Implementation

This involves getting the right people to implement the management systems in your organization. QMS is a process that needs buy-in from the whole company, top to bottom. So you need to create an implementation plan that will require each person in your company to raise the standard to the ISO 9001 standard.

  • Identify Objectives, Policies, and Responsibilities

As mentioned before ISO 9001 is an international standard for the management process. These processes will determine the quality of the products or services that your client will enjoy. So once you have created an implementation plan, you should use the QMS principles to identify the policies and processes that need to adjust to meet the standard. This will take you some time so remember don’t rush this process.

  • Document Everything

Part of this certification process is the documentation that will guide your current staff and new employees. Maintaining your quality control is the most important part of your ISO 9001 certification preparation and certification. You need to compile the management documentation so that the auditor can inspect them at any time. Likewise, they need to be able to see the responses and rectifications that you have planned for any eventuality.

  • Begin your Implementation

Once you have studied the literature, created your implementation plan, and documented the process, you are ready to start the implementation. This is the biggest step of all. This is where you see if your planning will deliver the goods. You will have to train your entire staff complement on the QMS and help them integrate it into their daily work schedules. You will start seeing the results of your planning and procedures within weeks of implementing the QMS.

  • Review the Performance

In preparation for your certification, you need to get acquainted with the review process. Once you have implemented the process you need to review the progress regularly. We suggest that you start with a review every 2 weeks for the first 2 months. Thereafter you can review your progress monthly until you have secured the certification. Thereafter you will review the QMS process as per the stipulations in the ISO 9001 guidelines.

  • Register for Certification

Once your implementation has been completed and you are confident that you can present a sufficient QMS process in your organization. You must register with your local ISO 9001 authority and request a registered auditor to come and review your hard work. The review process will involve the auditor going through all your documentation and resolution processes. Much the same as you have been doing until now. For a pre-audit, you can request a “trial run” audit where the auditor will review your documentation and offer you advice on any areas that might be lacking.

  • Constant Improvement and Review

ISO 9001 certification is not a do it once exercise. It involves your organization constantly reviewing your QMS process and updating your systems and procedures on an ongoing basis. This will not only help you during the certification process but will also help to keep you on point with any developments in your business.

Final Audit for Certification Process

Before the final audit, there are a few things that you should know. Firstly you don’t have to go it alone. You can contract an ISO 9001 consultant to assist you with the implementation process. These consultants are up to date with the latest details on the auditing process as well as what you need for the certification process. The certification path could look anything like the below examples:

  • Internal Implementation – this is where you do everything yourself. This approach might be low in cost to the company, but it requires you to do all the work yourself. That in itself is not a deterrent as your staff will learn more about the process than any other method. Because your team will be learning and creating as they go along the depth of knowledge gained is often far more than doing it any other way. This might also take longer than the other methods.
  • ISO 9001 Consultant, In-House – hiring a consultant to work with your team in house to achieve certification is often seen as the fastest way to get the process completed. However, there are some aspects that you should keep in mind. Firstly you should understand that although you will complete the process rapidly, you might not have as much internal ownership of the QMS process. This could cause some issues after completion as you will be wholly responsible for the sustainability of the system. Lack of ownership might result in failures and integration issues later on.
  • ISO 9001 Consultant, Hands-Off – considered the most expensive way of doing the certification, it does however have certain positive aspects. With an external consultant, your team will have more buy-in regards the internalization of the process. The staff will have to put in the time during the integration and implementation which will get you significant ownership of the process. Experienced external consultants will be able to improve your internal processes to achieve your certification.
  • Registered ISO 9001 Certification Kit – this method offers your organization 2 vital aspects for your certification. Firstly, it gives you a lower cost to implement as these kits are not very costly but have a huge amount of information within. Secondly, your team will not need to spend huge amounts of time developing internal processes and procedures as the kits will have easy to understand guidelines on how to set them up. This wi\ll cut down the time to implementation and ultimately the final certification. A positive of the certification kits is that your team does not need to have any prior experience with any of these systems or processes. So you can get the job done no matter the size or experience of your team. It just takes a little effort.

Conclusion

Achieving an ISO 9001 certification is a commitment by your company to service excellence and superior management systems and procedures. It will elevate your business to a new level of customer experience that will ultimately reward you with higher revenue. That is of course if you sustain the system and follow the guideline as set out above. In truth, the certification itself does not make your business better. But it is the constant review and correction of any problematic areas within your business that makes your company shine brighter than your competition. ISO 9001 is a constant commitment to superior internal systems and management style. So when you go through the process make sure that you have the best team behind you. That is the only surefire way to success.

How can Tetra Inspection help?

With our factory audit services centering on the core Quality Management Principles, we will help you audit your suppliers. These principles cover the 7 main areas that you can improve your ISO 9001 certification process and continue the excellent work in your facilities. These principles are:

  • Customer focus
  • Leadership
  • Engagement of people
  • Process approach
  • Improvement
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Relationship management

Get in contact with Tetra Inspection today and we will help you get your ISO 9001 certification done right. Tetra Inspection is the leading Quality Assurance Specialist in the industry and you can rely on our superior staff. Review our services on Tetra Inspection.


Sourcing from Vietnam: The New Free Trade Agreement

The 1st of August 2020 marked a new beginning for trade between the EU and Vietnam with a comprehensive trade agreement that came into effect and will open up trade between these two regions and make sourcing from Vietnam a lot easier. The trade agreement will vastly reduce the trade duties on 99% of all goods that are traded between the EU and the South-Eastern Asia region. This FTA (Free Trade Agreement) will usher in a new era of labor relations in the Vietnam region as the stipulations include a higher commitment to better labor rights and environmental standards. The enforcement of this new trade policy will result in far-reaching benefits for the Vietnamese industrial sector as well as the European consumer market as both regions are looking to recover from the economic and social effects of the current COVID pandemic.

Advantages of Sourcing from Vietnam

In the current economic situation around the world, the drive to recover and rebuild economies has never been stronger and therefore both parties are looking to take full advantage of the regulations put forth in the FTA. Looking at future trade sourcing companies that are looking to get involved in the EVFTA (European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement) several beneficial trade options will come to bear over the next 10 years. With 99% of all traded goods benefiting from the EVFTA, EU manufacturers can already enjoy No-Duties on machinery and chemicals as well as pharmaceutical products – implemented on 1 August 2020. Within 3 years, agricultural products like beef products, olive oil, and rice will have no duties attached to it, with dairy products and produce like fruits and vegetables to be duty-free inside of 5 years. By 2025 the trade between the EU and Vietnam will be virtually duty-free and that makes for a very lucrative opportunity for manufacturers and producers in the EU trade region. As the trade routes begin to open and produce begins become widely available these advantages in costing and availability will be the major advantage for the whole industrial and manufacturing sector.

Challenges of Sourcing Goods from Vietnam

Historically there have been several challenges when trading with Vietnam as they have not always had a good reputation for labor and working conditions. With the new FTA and renewed trade interest in this region, many of these conditions will be a thing of the past but there are still some issues that need to be addressed in the course of seeking new trade relationships with the Vietnamese producers and manufacturers. Early adopters should also be aware of the regulation that governs that “duty-free” nature of materials and products that are sourced from the region. 2 very clear rules will guide sourcing agents and EU buyers alike regarding the goods and products:

  1. Items that are 100% sourced and manufactured in Vietnam from local parts and material will form part of the agreement.
  2. Items that are sufficiently worked or machined in Vietnam will also be included in the EVFTA

Although these seem like minor challenges, careful attention should be given to the stipulations as there will be significant penalties if your sourced goods turn out to be unclassified within the trade agreement. This will result in significant losses if not closure. This is why you should be extremely mindful of the quality rating of your sourced goods so that you can prevent any negative consequences.

Why Quality Control is Vital when Sourcing from Vietnam

Sourcing from Vietnam will at least for the foreseeable future has significant quality control aspects to it and this could be the deciding factor in your ongoing trade in the region. With the wide range of products that the region produces and the high level of quality that the EU market is used to, you need to have specific product inspection and quality control measures set in place for your goods from Vietnam. In the past, with other newly enforced trade agreements with developing countries, the source buyers have relied on pre-shipment inspections and quality control agents to ensure that the good conforms to the various quality standards and that the stipulations of the trade agreement are adhered to. To take full advantage of the Vietnam Trade Opportunity, importers in the EU will need in-country inspection agents with the relevant experience to deliver on the expectation.

How Tetra Inspection can help you Trade with Vietnam

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With 100 inspectors across 15 countries including Vietnam, our quality inspection services are designed to make your life as a producer or manufacturer of imported goods easier and more convenient. We have the experience and the industry knowledge to deliver fully customizable inspection reports for all your imported goods. Our services are packaged to be more than just cost-effective but to become an integral part of your business process so that you can increase your focus on other areas that need your attention. This gives you the peace of mind to grow your business knowing that your imported goods are of the highest standard, fully inspected, and of the highest quality. Our inspections reports are fully customizable and we will even improve your experience by adding in video calls with your inspector that will give you the visual and auditory assurance that your goods are on the standard. By using technology in our service offering you can get sample collections with GPS coordinates as well as defect review via video call with your inspector.

Using the services of Tetra Inspection will ensure that you always have a reliable inspector on-site where your goods are and when they ship your goods you know that they are of the highest quality in both material and production. Below are the main areas where our inspectors will benefit your business:

Contact us now and we can further explore your opportunities in Vietnam with the EVFTA.


Third-Party Inspection Companies Explained

First party inspection involves the manufacturing house self-assessing the product’s quality while second party inspection is undertaken by the buyer or the buyer’s in-house quality examination team. Third-party checks, on the other hand, are performed by an independent company to verify the quality claims. The third-party inspection contractors are generally hired by the buyers to ensure that the product specifications match its standards. Buyers utilize autonomous inspection service providers to validate that the manufacturing process meets international standards in terms of the quality management system, environmental management, and corporate social responsibility. Since they provide an impartial perspective on the quality of the goods, most companies find hiring a third-party inspector a justifiable expense.

Independent and Impartial Analysis

Third-Party Inspection (TPI) is the assessment and the inspection of services conducted by a 3rd party quality company. The purpose of getting the product or service examined by a third is to ensure the compliance of purchased products or services to the international code of standard, customer specifications, and environmental norms. The process involves inspection during and after the product’s manufacturing or rendering the said service. A third party inspection company usually provides the following services.

  • Technical control and support
  • Testing and inspection
  • Unbiased scrutiny
  • Approval services

third party inspection company provides around the clock assessment services to their clients. The inspections performed by third parties are certified. A TPI enterprise team is experienced, well-trained, and specialized in either a few or multiple product categories.

Benefits of Availing the Services of a Third Party Contractor

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Importers and business organizations can gain the following advantages if they employ the services of a third-party contractor.

  • Effortless Communication- The client manager provided by a third-party quality control company is less likely to misunderstand the expectations prescribed by importers. Individuals appreciate the presence of a reliable figure that can comprehend the standard specifications and implore the suppliers to deliver the right product.
  • Cost-effective and efficient- TPI is more commercial than alternate modes of inspection since self-examination can require to travel abroad to gauge the quality of the product. However, 3rd party quality companies have local experts stationed at various locations to assist their clients with standard testing. It improves the operational efficiency and guarantees certified product delivery.
  • Better consumer relations– The relationship between a supplier and an importer is based on the thread of trust. The importer keeps faith in the supplier for the delivery of quality goods while the seller cannot receive any feedback until the buyer sees the product and reviews it. The time lag and miscommunication can turn the relationship sour. Therefore, a third-party contractor acts as a mediator and improves the consumer relation by giving an unbiased feedback.
  • Preventing a disparity between expectations- The level of transparency is limited between a supplier and an importer. TPI eliminates the problems by placing your expectations upfront before the commencement of the production process. By employing a third party supervisor, a supplier can exert guarantee under the following situations.
  • Verify with the customer the actual terms of the contract and exhibit the condition and status of the production process.
  • Gather immediate feedback from the buyer related to non-conformity or violation of any code standard or specifications.
  • Foster a relationship based on faith and trust.

The inspectors will ensure that the factors mentioned above are carefully examined, and the verification is undertaken most professionally.

  • Avoiding order withdrawal– Suppliers and buyers prevent the shipment of substandard goods since it induces inconvenience on both sides. Importers will not tolerate a consignment of products with defective pieces because it hurts their supply chain and relationship with the clients. Therefore, they often tend to charge the suppliers heftily for faulty items exceeding the prescribed number. Third-party inspection companies assist suppliers in mitigating losses on the grounds of product rejection.

Re-iteration of these aspects is significant to establish the vitality of 3rd party quality control companies. Importers and suppliers must build a chain of trust. However, the uninterrupted delivery of superior quality products is guaranteed by independent contractors who try to make ends meet and assist their clients by working around the clock.

When to Hire a Third Party Inspection Company

There can be several instances when companies require the services of a third-party inspector. Business owners continuously face a dilemma as they struggle to outsource inspection to a random company. However, we have enlisted the situations where your company will require the assistance of a 3rd party inspection company.

  • Enterprises must employ the services of a third party inspection organization when working with new suppliers. The experts retained by the company are well-versed in multiple product categories. Evaluating the acceptable standards of the product offered by a new supplier will be an easy task.
  • If your in-house quality verification team is falling short on the benchmark results, you need a third party inspection company to remove the inefficiency.
  • If your enterprise purchases premium items, including high-end electronics or industrial equipment, you will need hands-on experts in your corner to examine the quality and technical specifications of the goods delivered.
  • Experts advise that it is better to assess the goods at different stages during production than to solve the issues with the supplier, when the product is already shipped. It is less costly and convenient on both ends. Repeated product quality issues reflect flaws in the production chain, which requires immediate rectification and the unbiased eye of a third-party inspector.

Business owners must realize that it is less costly to employ an autonomous third party contractor than having the entire shipment of goods revoked. Independent quality inspectors examine the product with a bird’s eye view and provide a completely impartial evaluation. Since they are familiar with the technical specifications of multiple product categories, proprietors must put third part inspection companies on retainers. Should there arise the necessity of a third-party quality control inspector, you can contact Tetra Inspection with your requirements.


Coronavirus disruption to the world’s supply chain is unprecedented, it has affected so far all industries and services across all continents.

Experts are comparing the Coronavirus outbreak to the SARS outbreak in 2003, but the implications this time are more severe. China’s larger role in the global economy compared to 17 years ago is affecting more than just a few niche regions.  

Coronavirus Disruption
Market Diagnosis (Year-on-year GDP)

So far, major airlines have canceled flights to China, while customs agents are cracking down on goods entering the U.S. It’s estimated that the areas accounting for 69% of China’s GDP will be halted for more than a week after the Lunar New Year, which will leave factories idle, shipped docked at port, and household spending at a record low — effects that are expected to spill over into countries who rely on Chinese companies as part of their supply chain.

5 Ways Coronavirus Impacts the Global Economy

Share of all imports of intermediate manufactured products coming from China in 2015

China accounts for about 17% of global GDP. Its $2.7 trillion in exports have earned it the title of the manufacturing center of the world. But when critical provinces like production-powerhouse Wuhan are suddenly shut down, locals aren’t the only ones who pay the price.

Coronavirus is creating disruptions to companies around the world in the following ways:

Labor

With more than 40,000 people in China being infected with Coronavirus and 60 million people under quarantine, there are far fewer workers to operate factories to keep production going. As a result, production schedules fall behind, or in some cases, are non-existent for the time being.

Materials

Fewer workers mean fewer materials being produced and transported, which can cause bottlenecks in production. Supply shortages will be more prevalent in China’s most impacted areas.

Logistics

Travel restrictions are abundant in China right now, both on a local and international level. Because of lower labor availability, established logistics providers and hubs may experience limitations in capacity and availability. Supplies and materials that aren’t experiencing a shortage may be delayed in arriving at their destination.

Sourcing

Due to travel restrictions, businesses may be limited to find new sourcing partners that can fill in the gaps if their current suppliers are unable to accommodate them.

Customers

Quarantines, travel restrictions, and labor limitations are expected to reduce household spending. In addition, consumers around the world may be more mindful about the products they purchase, both in-store and online, to limit their potential exposure to the virus.

Best Practices for Mitigating the Coronavirus Effect in the Future

Though hindsight is 20/20, companies should recognize the opportunity to mitigate future risk of contamination issues in the supply chain so that business can continue thriving, even in catastrophic situations like Coronavirus.

Diversify Suppliers

Similar to the phrase “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” companies shouldn’t put their business in the hands of a single supplier. Though you may have one or two core sources for specific items, it’s prudent to make additional partnerships that can fill in the gaps when your first choice can’t deliver.

An effective way to diversify your supply strategy is to conduct a Supplier Verification Audit, which checks each supplier against internationally recognized standards. Those who pass the audit operate at the highest level of standards and give you deeper insight into their legal, operational, and functional components.

As a result, you can create confident partnerships with suppliers that will be able to provide ongoing sourcing with a high caliber of service.

Conduct Pre-Shipment Inspections

During situations like Coronavirus, it’s more important than ever to recognize how supply chain inefficiencies can impact your bottom line. Companies should use this as an opportunity to identify potential bottlenecks that could heighten the effects of disasters.

One solution is to conduct pre-shipment inspections that can avoid potential hang-ups due to not meeting regulatory requirements. Companies who run into last-minute regulatory issues may experience costly delays and reworks, creating a negative ripple effect through the rest of your supply chain. Also, ensuring that products meet regulatory requirements prior to being shipped can help you avoid fines imposed by governing agencies.

Pre-shipment inspections should be considered an essential part of the quality control process. The earlier you can find issues in inconsistencies in your supply chain, the better you can mitigate their effects on timeliness and financial impact.

Develop a Strategic Control Partnership

Companies can rely on global partners to perform pre-shipment inspections and other quality control measures on their behalf.

 As a third-party inspection company, Tetra Inspection helps brands, retailers, and international importers to inspect their products at the source to ensure compliance with regulatory and quality requirements.

When bottlenecks in the supply chain occur at the top, such as the current predicament with Coronavirus, companies must be able to fluidly shift to alternative sources and eliminate as much of their margin of error as possible. Being prepared gives you an automatic competitive advantage during critical times, and starting now will enable you to be better prepared for the next disaster.

OceanOps
OceanOps

OceanOps reduces delays in container transport. With a dynamic platform for route change, the brand-new company from Rotterdam enables forwarders and importers to keep their cargo under control and find the best route. The international start-up (British, Serbian and Russian) will soon be pitching in Silicon Valley.

CEO Saif Khalaf provides some background information.

What was the reason for founding the company?

After twelve years in the container shipping industry at various levels, I was frustrated with the speed of progress in this sector. In 2018, I joined Avantida, a freight technology start-up that works for several large shipping and transport companies. Here I learned how to develop a concept and work with software developers, a fantastic experience. I resigned and joined the Antler program, a startup generator, in May 2019 to find co-founders for OceanOps.

What does OceanOps do?

One third of the sea containers have to deal with delays due to, among other things, operational problems. OceanOps wants to do something about this for customers of container shipping companies by means of dynamic route changes. We offer alternative routes as soon as there is the risk of a delay so that cargo can arrive at its final destination on time. It’s a similar concept to Waze, but instead of diverting a car when it’s stuck in traffic, we do it with containers. OceanOps’ platform is software as a service and easy to use.

What distinguishes OceanOps from its competitors?

There are several start-ups that try to avoid these delays through prediction or internet of things (IoT), but forecasting has its limitations. For example, how do you predict a port strike? The same goes for IoT. What do you do when you realize that your cargo has been delayed, even if you can trace it? You can switch to air freight, which is much more expensive than sea freight. So it’s not enough to use just one of those solutions.
That’s where OceanOps comes in. We can be seen as the real-time solution to divert cargo when problems arise. At the moment, we are the only startup that applies algorithms for optimal container routes from ship to destination.

It is done by combining different data sources and not only from port to port but also inland. It involves planning data for more than four thousand vessels from more than one hundred carriers, together with domestic routes.

Founders Yulia Vlasova, Saif Khalaf and Vladimir Avramov of OceanOps

How has the industry reacted?

Since the development of our first version of the platform, we have agreed on trials with forwarders and cargo owners in less than a month. And now we will start our first paid trial in January with a Dutch freight forwarder. This is pretty fast for a B2B startup in the conservative shipping industry.

What obstacles have you encountered?

It’s an exciting time in shipping and logistics, because these industries are now focusing on digitalization. Due to their old IT systems, these sectors are lagging behind other industries. For example, customers have a lot of choice when it comes to the delivery of small parcels such as track and trace, delivery point or even the choice of which day a parcel should be delivered. For containers, there are no guarantees on the delivery date.

This makes customers of shipping companies doubt whether they can change the route of their shipments. Our aim is to dispel the myth that shipping companies do not want or cannot help their customers solve delays. It is in shipping companies’ interest to improve their customer service from a commercial and operational point of view. Based on our practical experience in the shipping industry, we have ensured that our platform provides our customers with all the details a shipping company needs to know to be able to reroute the shipment quickly and effectively.

What has been the highlight so far?

There have been many highlights in such a short time. For example, it was an experience to pitch venture capital early on for a couple of major investors. Also, I never thought we’d be invited to give a presentation in Silicon Valley after just five months in business.

What happens next year?

We will focus on getting our product in line with the market through trials with customers. This will help us understand all the different problems they face when routing containers and managing their logistics. We also expect to conclude some important partnership agreements in the coming year. And, of course, we will prepare to provide economies of scale.

Where will OceanOps be in five years’ time?

We will be able to show our customers the most extensive capabilities of all routes, including intermodal domestic connections. We will use artificial intelligence to fully automate exception management for container transport.


What is greyscale?

Grayscale is used for assessing the color shading in between products and the customer’s approval sample or among pieces in production. Gray scaling has grades 1-5 and increases by half of the grade (1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2 and so on.) with 5 being the greatest. General speaking, many overseas clients can accept above grade 4, while some can accept the grade 3-4.

Grayscale textile inspection

There are two types of Grayscale (Gray Scale)– one for evaluating ‘color modification’ and one for evaluating ‘staining’. The color change scale consists of nine sets of gray-colored chips, from grades 1 to 5.

For color staining. It mainly is used for examining staining after rubbing by dry and wet white cotton cloths, in a professional lab. The employee usually attaches one white cotton cloth to the sample. Then, they will put them together into a washing maker and observe the outcome. An inspector usually cannot perform this test on-site given that the equipment and time are restricted. Rather, an inspector may carry out a rub test for color staining. To do this, the Inspector ought to prepare 2 pieces of white cotton material: one wet and the other dry. The inspector will rub the production sample 10 times with both with a force 9N( 1KG).

Nowadays, a lot of 3rd party inspection companies are increasing their inspectors’ skills and training on how to utilize special tools to examine product quality. For example, during a soft-goods or fabric inspection, the most essential tools that will be used are newton meters, metal detectors, barcode scanners, Pantone books, and so on. One of the most important for a textile inspection is a Grayscale in order to assess the color shading or staining.

Anticipated result:

  1. There needs to be no color transfer even worse than grade 4 on a Grayscale (between the initial white fabric and the colored one) after the dry test.
  2. There must be no color moved even worse than 3-4 on a Grayscale (in between the initial white fabric and the colored one) after the wet test.
  3. In order to get the most from your outcomes, the inspector must make certain to analyze the technique and outcome and discuss it to the factory plainly.

The factory must be able to help, such as in providing great quality 100% cotton white fabric and supplying excellent room lighting and conditions. In a textile inspection, the inspector’s experience is extremely essential when performing this test, so make certain to utilize a trustworthy Quality Control Company provider!


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.

AsiaAfricaEurope
ChinaMoroccoPortugal
IndiaEgyptTurkey
BangladeshSouth 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 sales@tetrainspection.com