Following on from the news we covered in regards to China’s surge of fake eCommerce goods, it has been announced that officials will ramp up inspections of goods bought online, a regulator said today (Tuesday 17th November). The idea is to root out low-quality goods that have plagued businesses, as well as saving the country’s wider image, globally.
The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has revealed it has put in place measures to step up random quality checks for goods bought online, according to a statement on the regulator’s website. The SAIC will take into account consumer reports, and press for cooperation from eCommerce platforms.
There’s been a number of companies who’ve been ‘called out’ for the sale of counterfeit merchandise, but authorities are understandably said to be keen to shake off China’s broader reputation as a market inundated with consumer safety scares and widespread intellectual property infringement.
The SAIC said merchants who are caught selling goods that fail to meet the regulator’s standards will be made to stop sales. The eCommerce platforms on which they operate will also bear responsibility for removing the products, it said.
Businesses and platforms who are found not cooperating will have the matter referred to their local regulator, the SAIC added.
Earlier this month, China’s cabinet said it planned to eradicate intellectual property rights infringement on the Internet before reaching the end of 2018.
Fortunately, there’s still a plethora of reliable eCommerce Magento UK platforms available for you to use while China sorts itself out, so you won’t be getting ripped off unwittingly anytime soon.