China Factory Audits

A factory audit is usually carried out once the “supplier identification & shortlisting” process is complete. The China Factory Audit service is designed to help importers substantiate the various claims made by suppliers & analyse the capabilities of potential suppliers, so that they can have full confidence before entering into contracts.


Factory Audit’s are suitable for importers who are either placing large orders or intend to work with a factory on a regular basis & involves a physical audit of the supplier’s premises and verification of their documentation, licenses, processes, capabilities, product lines and other critical factors.


The service includes:

  • Arranging a visit to the supplier’s premises – to ensure that the company is physically located there and carrying out an audit of their services/production lines etc. This is done by our trained auditors.
  • Checking & Evaluation factory’s manpower resources i.e. total number of workers, workers per production line, number of admin and sales staff, number of people in management, etc.
  • Verifying existence of internal QA/QC Procedures and identities of relevant managers.
  • Checking third party certifications, such as ISO certifications.
  • Reviewing factories production processes, such as Welding, SMT, Testing & Assembly.
  • Evaluating factories annual and seasonal production capabilities.
  • Evaluation of Factory’s working hours, minimum wage compliance, overtime payments, and other working conditions of workers.
  • Evaluation factories export experience and capabilities, for e.g. checking export licences as well as understanding the mix of domestic sales VS exports.
  • Checking company’s product documentation such as “quality control checklists” or “lab testing documentation”.
  • Checking & verifying the companies contact info and talking to their representative.
  • Verifying identity of senior management.
  • Checking the consistency of the contact & address information over a period of time (i.e. does the company change numbers every 2 months).
  • Checking the relevant registration certificates of the company and checking the validity of these documents with the relevant departments to ensure that they are genuine.
  • Checking the company’s standing with other third party organizations.
  • Consistency of phone codes and area codes
  • Other reliability & existence checks


A report in PDF Format is submitted within 72 hours of the factory audit being completed. If you would like to see a sample of the “Factory Audit” report, please ask us.


Why IMEX Sourcing Services?

  • Safety: Our trained auditors ensure international audit procedures are followed and strict standards applied to all audits
  • Experience: Our experience of various industries as well as that of dealing with Chinese manufacturers adds further value to the audit process
  • Auditor Network: IMEX has an extensive network of auditors covering most major industrial cities of China which enables us to carry out audits in most parts of China
  • Dedicated Account Manager: You will be allocated a dedicated account manager with good English communication ability to ensure that communication is never a barrier
  • Reporting: Get a detailed audit report in PDF format covering various aspects of the audit along with pictures & our recommendations. Our factory audit report would enable you to select & maintain a high quality supplier base.
  • Speed: A Factory Audit can be scheduled within 48 hours in most cases