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Common Types of QC inspections For Product Orders from China

by William

Just imagine: You spent months researching, designing, and negotiating to bring your dream product to life. Finally, the first shipment from your Chinese manufacturer arrives. Excitedly, you tear the boxes and the first touch and view is a disaster. The design does not match your original specifications and is of subpar quality. It is a scenario that can sink your business venture.

That’s where QC [Quality Control] inspections come to your rescue. These inspections are your watchful eyes within your Chinese factory. They protect your brand from costly defects, production delays and disappointed customers.

Why does QC inspection matter?

Sourcing products from China offers multiple benefits, including competitive prices and access to a vast manufacturing network. Nevertheless, geographical distance and language barriers can be a challenge to ensure consistent quality. Quality assurance inspection bridges this gap.

You can identify manufacturing defects or deviations from specifications as agreed, and any potential red flags before your order leave China.

QC inspection is like an investment in peace of mind. A proactive approach towards detecting early allows for timely corrections before the entire order is affected.

It saves money and time associated with returns or reworks, as well as your brand reputation. If customers receive a subpar product, your credibility is dented…..just the thought sounds discouraging!

QC types and what they cover

Maple Sourcing Company helps you to conduct strategic QC inspections throughout the manufacturing process.

1) PPI or Pre-Production Inspection

PPI is conducted before the production of your bulk order starts. The inspection team verifies –

– Raw materials

– Components

– Production setup

This helps to avert quality issues later, thus minimizing the risk of using defective or incorrect materials.

2) DPI or During Production Inspection

The manufacturing process has started, and the inspectors evaluate –

– The semi-finished goods

– Workmanship

– Compliance with specifications

DPI allows for mid-course corrections for any deviations [if detected] and corrections.

3) FRI or Final Random Inspection

It is also called Pre-shipment inspection. When your order is 80% complete, the inspectors choose samples randomly and evaluate them against your –

– Product specifications

– Packaging requirement

– Labelling

4) CLC or Container Loading Check


It is a final inspection, which ensures that –

– The products and quantities loaded are correct

– The container is in good condition

– Sealing is according to standards

What is included in the QC inspection report?

A comprehensive QC inspection report has loads of information like –

– Detailed product evaluation: Findings on product appearance, functionality, workmanship, safety, measurements, labelling, packaging and compliance to specifications.

– Defect classification: Defects are categorized as critical, major, or minor. It gives you an insight into the severity of the product’s usability.

– Images & videos: Visual documents support inspectors observations and evidence.

– Onsite test results: Safety and functional test is conducted onsite and results are included in the report.

– Statistical sampling: The sampling method is specified in the report and how defects were tallied.

– Overall pass/fail verdict: A clear recommendation on whether the order fulfils your quality standards.


Quality control eliminates risks but ensures to work with reputable third-party inspection companies. Maple Sourcing highlights the importance of the Follow on Facebook strategy, which helps you to stay updated about their sourcing activities and share real-time updates. It ensures a seamless and reliable sourcing experience.

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