by rodney • February 16, 2016 • No Comments
So you are looking to source products from China? Before you rush in and buy from Alibaba, it’s vitally important to understand the systems they have in place to verify suppliers, whats involved in those processes, and the differing levels that suppliers can achieve.
The verification of sellers on Alibaba.com serves to safeguard buyers by ensuring sellers are legally registered companies. Inspections of the companies are carried out by both Alibaba.com and/or independent verification companies. Alibaba does not verify the authenticity of any goods listed for sale by sellers (including without limitation to “Gold Suppliers” or “Assessed Suppliers”) or the authority of sellers to offer any listed goods for sale. Alibaba does not and cannot guarantee the authenticity or genuineness of any of goods listed for sale by sellers.
A&V Checked suppliers are Gold Suppliers who have passed authentication and verification inspection by Alibaba.com as well as a third-party verification company. All legal business licenses and contact persons are verified for those who have been A&V Checked.
Onsite Check is a verification process for China Gold Suppliers. The supplier’s company’s premises are checked by Alibaba.com’s staff to ensure onsite operations exist there. The suppliers’ legal status and other related information are then confirmed by a third-party verification agency.
Assessed Supplier is an Alibaba.com service providing you with fully independent and impartial third-party verification of your prospective suppliers. We commission several agencies based on their international reputation and proven credibility to test the claims made by suppliers. For buyers, this means that instinct and trust are based only on concrete evidence. Assessed Supplier includes Assessment Reports Verified Videos and Verified Main Products.
|Type of Verification Service||Who carries out the inspection and verification||Required/Optional|
|Third-party verification company||Required for all Global Gold Suppliers|
|Alibaba.com personnel & third-party verification company||Required for all Gold Suppliers in Mainland China, Taiwan Gold Suppliers and Hong Kong Gold Suppliers|
|A third-party company, such as Bureau Veritas or TÜV Rheinland, carries out the inspection and verification.||Optional for all Gold Suppliers in Mainland China, Taiwan Gold Suppliers and Hong Kong Gold Suppliers|
Suppliers on Alibaba.com must pass the A&V check or the Onsite check to be eligible to be a Gold Supplier.
|Business type (e.g. trading company, manufacturer or both)||yes||yes|
|Ownership status of the premises||yes||yes|
|Photos of supplier’s operations||yes||yes|
|Certifications from subsidiaries, partners, and contractors||yes||yes|
|Main product lines/services||yes|
|International trade capabilities||yes|
|Production process management||yes|
|Company development/expansion plans||yes|
|Verified Main Products||yes|
Understanding the different levels of verification can help you to choose between suppliers and correctly factor in the confidence that may provide to the pricing that’s on offer. You can view more information on safe buying at the Alibaba website in their Help Center.
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