China to boost trade inspections
China will ramp up inspections of goods bought online, a regulator said yesterday, seeking to root out low-quality goods that have plagued firms like Alibaba Group as well as the country's broader image.
The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) plans to step up random quality checks for goods bought online, according to a statement on its website. The SAIC will take into account consumer reports, and press for co-operation from e-commerce platforms.
Companies like Alibaba, rival JD.com and others have been called out by China's regulators for enabling the sale of low-quality and counterfeit products. Authorities are keen to improve the reputation of Chinese goods.