Corruption in Production Inspection
As an importer or buyer, when importing from China, you might hear 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 the position that may offer anything that can compromise that inspector’s judgment, including preventing integrity issues in product inspection.
What are the 6 specific actions that can trigger Corruption in Product Inspection?
1. 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 typically contain money and are commonly exchanged among friends on special occasions.
Inspectors typically rely on public transit 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.
Inspectors usually are responsible for their own lunch, but factory staff sometimes offer to provide a meal.
4. Packaged gifts
Such as alcohol, tea, cigarettes, or other small goods.
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.
6. Invitations to after-service social activities
Including dinner, karaoke, or other social events.
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 can corruption affect the quality of reporting you to receive for your products?