(Yicai Global) Jan. 31 -- China was unhappy with the quality of imported consumer goods last year after 28.3 percent of incoming products failed spot checks.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine checked 6,769 batches of imported and exporter commodities, and 1,891 failed tests, spokesman Li Jing said in a press briefing yesterday, describing the figure as unsatisfactory. Some 27 percent of exports were also unsuccessful.
As China's economic advancement has slowed, the nation has turned to consumers to ease up on the brakes. The Ministry of Finance rolled out tax cuts among 187 product categories in December as it sought to grant consumers access to quality products that aren't widely made at home. Foreign goods are often seen in China as higher quality than domestically made products.
The spot checks covered an array of products, including rice cookers, lithium batteries, condoms and sunglasses. Some of the standout failure rates among imports were
Rice cookers -- 13.5 percent
Air purifiers -- 38.4 percent
Electronic toilet seats -- 34.9 percent
Automotive brake linings -- 46.6 percent
Baby clothes -- 15.2 percent
Failure rates among exported products included 65.1 percent for power banks, 0.9 percent for lithium batteries and 24.6 percent for toys.