by Renaud Anjoran in 'Quality Inspection Blog'
A few days ago I wrote about the danger of relying on Chinese manufacturers’ certificates. So, if you import products that are subject to regulatory standards in your country, what should you do?
First, you should look for a supplier that already works with other importers in your country. If possible, call a couple of reference customers (warning: it won’t be easy to get their contacts from your potential suppliers).
Second, you can contact a quality control firm to check what safety/regulatory standards are applicable to your importing project.
Third, you can ask your suppliers if they have certifications from a international lab. Then you can contact that lab, tell them the report number, and ask whether it is legitimate. It does not eliminate risks on your side, but it is better than nothing.
Fourth, you should tell your supplier from the beginning that you will run lab tests on their goods. Some of them will increase their prices, others will refuse your order. It is an easy screening method.
Fifth, you are strongly advised to take the process in your own hands and to follow these steps:
Is this expensive? Yes it is, for small orders.
Is this too expensive for you to make enough margin? Then do not import directly.
Remember, if you import potentially unsafe products, you (as the importer) carry the same legal risks as if you were the manufacturer…