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Checklist for Due Diligence on Overseas Manufacturers  and Suppliers 

While sourcing and outsourcing manufacturing overseas is a widespread practice of businesses to operate with low heavy asset investment, it is also an area with the risk of intellectual property infringement, fake production, non-consistent quality and unstable supply. Businesses need to have proactive risk management in place, including a pre-contract check on the manufacturing partners and suppliers. The assessment should include the legitimacy status, competency and commitment.

Here is a checklist for conducting due diligence on manufacturers and suppliers:

  1. Business legitimacy: Obtain a copy of their business licence and, if possible, check with the local government agency on the legality of the business;

  2. Competency:

    • Operation scale: what resources and facilities does the business have to meet the demand of your business growth?

    • R&D and prototyping capabilities: Do you need it to have R&D capabilities? Does it have prototyping capabilities?

    • Production capacity: Does it have the spare production capacity for your orders? for hong long?

    • Experiences in supplying to reputable businesses: Has it worked with any reputable company before? When and for what? And what is the outcome?

    • Export capabilities: Can it export directly to you or via an export agent?

    • English capabilities: Does it have dedicated staff who will work on your project and can communicate in fluent English?

    • IP protection measures: Does it have its IP? How does it guarantee to protect your intellectual property?

    • Quality control and international accreditation: Has any international quality standard body accredited the business?

    • Legal issues: Does the business have any past or current legal issues? Will it affect your business? What is the implication?

3. Commitment:

  • Why are they interested in working with you? Is your business vital to their business? Do they work with your competitors? What are the terms and conditions in their contract?

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