December wrapped up another exciting year of blogging for the Asia Quality Focus Blog. An apparent theme throughout December seemed to be, ‘people don’t do what you EXpect, they do what you INspect.’
AQF included a blog about a new anti-dumping policy aimed at Chinese ceramic imports and put into practice by the European Union. Three blogs talked about different types of inspections. Should buyers show up to suppliers unannounced and audit the manufacturer? Another blog discussed having an Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine license. This license is provided by the Chinese government. AQF also noted a harmful product some Chinese suppliers have been spraying on their products, Dimethyl Fumarate, found in Chinese imports.
Author Godefroy Delteil tells us of new European Union policies regarding Chinese ceramics and kitchen utensils being imported into the EU. The policy provides an anti-dumping stipulation as well as new taxes ranging from, 17.6% to 59.8%. Buyers are now seeking non-Chinese suppliers to avoid these new duties being imposed. With regard to this article, recently, the EU ambassador to China, Markus Ederer, spoke, and ‘flatly rejects,’ a trade war with Beijing. “European anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties affect less than 1 percent of Chinese exports to Europe, Ederer said. The European Union is China’s biggest trading partner while for the EU, China is second only to the United States.”
The AQF Coordination team tells us how, many buyers want to audit his or her suppliers with unannounced inspection visits. Buyers believe that these unannounced inspections will prove that the supplier is observing the contract agreements. AQF goes on to tell us that while it’s not a bad idea to have unexpected audits, it is abnormal for Asia quality control. Unannounced visits can cause a supplier to distrust the buyer thus creating a negative relationship. According to AQF, unannounced audits to a supplier is inadvisable.
The AQF Operations team explains how a four year old child became disfigured after being exposed to a fungicide, known as ‘dimethyl fumarate.’ This fungicide stops fungus growth. Chinese manufacturers have been known to spray it on finished products set for exportation. The substance was found on the child’s t-shirt and skirt. Usually dimethyl fumarate is sprayed on sofas and footwear. AQF advises buyers to be vigilant in laboratory testing in order to prevent, ‘importation of tainted goods.’
AQF shows us the proper license foreign inspection companies must possess in order to perform an inspection. The Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) license ensures some of the following:
- An AQSIQ license can prove a company is legitimate and safe.
- The license guarantees quality control.
If a buyer is working with an AQSIQ unlicensed firm, the buyer is taking a risk. Many firms do not have this license because obtaining it proves difficult. It takes about a year to complete the licensure. AQF tells us, only about a quarter of the applicants receive the license after applying. AQF recommends to always work with an AQSIQ licensed firm.
Thank you, Asia Quality Focus blog, for providing the latest information on safety within sourcing. We look forward to next month’s best of blog posts.