As an importer or buyer when importing from China, you might heard that some of the behaviors that can trigger corruption in product inspection. Though some gestures from supplier staff are more direct than others. There are a number of various supplier staff in position may offer anything that can compromise that inspector’s judgement, including prevent integrity issues in product inspection.
What are the 6 specific actions can trigger corruption in Product Inspection?
- Cash bribes – in China and some Southeast Asian countries, suppliers may attempt to bribe an inspector outright, typically by offering a Red envelope, which calls “hóng bāo” (红包) in Mandarin. Red envelopes normally contain money and are commonly exchanged among friends on special occasions.
- Transportation – inspectors typically rely on public transportation to travel from their home or office to the inspection site. But factory managers sometimes offer to send a car for them, especially when the factory is located in a remote area.
- Meals – inspectors are normally responsible for their own lunch, but factory staff sometimes offer to provide a meal.
- Packaged gifts – such as alcohol, tea, cigarettes or other small goods.
- Accommodation – inspectors usually return home immediately after they complete inspection. But they will find local accommodation to stay overnight if the factory they’re visiting is far from home. Factory staff will sometimes offer to provide this accommodation.
- Invitations to after-service social activities – including dinner, karaoke or other social activities.
Some of these may seem like innocuous, friendly gestures. But they’re often the first step by factory staff to building a rapport with the inspector. And as inspectors and factory staff become close, this relationship can make inspectors biased.
What some symptoms of corruption do you know in product inspection reporting? how the corruption can affect the quality of reporting you receive for your products?
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