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Importing - ISO 9000 9001 Certificate - Does My Supplier Need ISO Certification?
Posted by Live Now Education G Support Team on 19 August 2019 03:00 PM

From our experience, Amanda has never personally dealt with a supplier that doesn't have an ISO Certification and how important this is will depend on the products you plan on importing, how important the ongoing quality control is and how much money you plan on spending long term.

For example, smaller off the shelf orders won't be as important compared to larger orders, or when the products are modified, a lot of capital is being invested and ongoing quality management systems needs to be in place.

Also keep in mind a supplier that doesn't have an ISO Certificate may also not be as familiar with products standards or be able to provide the necessary standards to comply with the countries requirements where you plan on importing, which may result in problems with the goods clearing customs or being allowed to be sold online. 

Whilst the original samples may be better with suppliers that don't have an ISO Certificate, you need to think about the long term big picture, when you're importing large quantities and don't want to have delays with your orders due to the supplier not having quality management guidelines in place to deliver high quality products without unnecessary hold ups or defects that could have been avoided.
 
Therefore whether you decide to use a supplier that doesn't have an ISO Certificate needs to be your decision and you may find these links helpful to find out more information about this:

https://falconfastening.com/lean-learning/inventory-management/why-should-you-work-with-an-iso-certified-supplier/
https://www.chinacheckup.com/blogs/articles/china-iso-9001-certificate#targetText=What%20is%20a%20China%20ISO,provided%20documents%20from%20Chinese%20suppliers
Lastly we recommend contacting Amazon directly to see if they require this particular product to have an ISO Certificate as some categories (such as but not limited to the health and beauty category) need the products to be certified as genuine and produced under a recognised quality management system.

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