Exports account for 20% of the GDP of Bangladesh, 75% of which comes from apparel and garment
export. In 2015, Bangladeshi export earnings increased to $3.2 billion, setting a new record for a South
Asian country. This remarkable success in exports is generally attributed to the growing apparel industry
of the country. The demand for affordable clothing is increasing, a fact that has strengthened
Bangladesh’s position as the second largest apparel and garment exporter of the world. Leveraging its
low labor cost, high-quality production processes, and strategically located ports, Bangladesh’s export
game is going strong. However, producing export quality products requires great emphasis on quality,
and many Bangladeshi companies have adopted internationally acceptable quality control measures.
This enabled Bangladeshi apparel industry to earn more at the same time equipped it with the tools to
produce highest quality products.
We at Apparel Sourcing Agency also put great emphasis on quality control management to ensure that
our clients get exactly what they want. For us, quality management is not just a process we must follow,
it is something that defines us. Moreover, our roster of Bangladeshi apparel manufacturers only include
companies who never compromise on quality. Apparel Sourcing Agency only works with the companies
that follow the best apparel quality control management. But, you must be thinking how a garments
sourcing agency can ensure the best apparel quality control management? Let this article be your guide
about the quality control processes our network of apparel and garment manufacturers follow to
facilitate our clients in getting what they want.
APPAREL QUALITY CONTROL MANAGEMENT
Being an apparel sourcing agency, we
ensure that the garment manufacturers
we work with follow the best quality
control management policies, which
should guarantee that each and every
production activity remains efficient and
effective, so that clients’ expectations can
always be exceeded. From fabric weight to
design specifications and from cuts to
stitching, the garments manufacturers we work with follow our clients’ requirements to deliver
outstanding results. In the garment manufacturing facilities of the companies we work with, they
believe that there are three main elements of quality management including: quality control; quality
assurance; and quality improvement.
HOW DO GARMENT MANUFACTURERS ENSURE QUALITY MANAGEMENT
IN PRODUCTION PROCESS
We being a garments sourcing agency and apparel buying agent assigned each and every client a project
manager who is expected to coordinate and communicate with the client about everything. Whether
there is a problem with quality, approval, or delivery, the project manager will stay in touch with the
client about everything, and keep the client aware about every situation. And the best part is, our
project managers are individuals who are abreast with all the prevalent production norms and
understand the entire quality control process. However, quality control is a two way street and
therefore we also expect our clients to understand:
Garment quality in terms of visual, measurement, and construction;
Testing quality in terms of fabric, trims and garment; and
APPAREL MANUFACTURING FACILITIES’ QUALITY CONTROL
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (QCMS)
Quality Control Management (QCMS) is a set of interconnected techniques, processes, and tactics that
helps us identify and remove any defect as soon as they occur or if they occur. Moreover, Bangladeshi
garment manufacturers’ robust QCMS has several countermeasures in place, which help them ensure
that any defect does not return, once it has been identified. The QCMS that companies in Apparel
Sourcing Agency’s rosters follow is designed in such a way to ensure smooth production of defect free
products. Moreover, our policy of educating our employees and partner organizations about the
importance of following highest quality standards empowers us to provide high quality products to our
STEP BY STEP QUALITY CONTROL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (QCMS)
When we claim that our garment manufacturers follow the best quality control management practices,
we are not just saying it, they actually do it. The measures that they adopt to produce high quality
products as part of QCMS allow them to deliver high quality products that are free from all defects. The
system has been put in place in almost every facility of our partner garment manufacturers to ensure
that no defects emerge at all, however, there’s always room for improvement that is why they do have a
well-defined preventive course of action in place as well. Following is the step by step quality control
process Bangladeshi garment manufacturers follow to ensure that defect free and high quality goods
can be produced as per our clients’ requirements:
Ensuring production of highest possible quality products by inspecting all the incoming, in-
process, and finished products.
Ensuring all patterns and pattern grading are just perfect.
Examine the marker making process, the markers, and efficiency of the markers.
Detailed review of spreading, cutting, and numbering methods.
Providing proper relaxation time needed for knit fabrics.
Placing in-line quality inspectors in the sewing lines.
Examining and evaluating quality in production line using various systems.
Comprehensive inspection of products after sewing lines.
Employing various statistical techniques to examine the table quality inspection for garments
that are passed from the sewing lines.
Proper handling of rejected products to ensure they don’t get mixed with quality passed
Controlling repairable and washable products to double check them as per the quality
standards. Inspection of finished products in the right conditions using different machines, tools, and
Inspection of ironing, and folding methods.
Inspecting the products one more time before packaging.
Inspection of packaging to ensure that they are as manufactured as per the client’s
Ensuring that packaging process and carton measurements are in line with the client’s
Before shipping, one final inspection.
Keeping our quality assurance personnel updated with the latest quality control methods to
identify the best ways to ensure quality, and keep products defect free.
Continuously improving our quality management processes and techniques.
ISO CERTIFIED BANGLADESHI APPAREL MANUFACTURING
More and more apparel manufacturing units of Bangladesh are improving their quality control and
production processes to get international certifications. Currently, there are plenty of garment
manufacturing companies in Bangladesh with ISO certificates. These certifications are basically a living
proof of how apparel manufacturers of the country are working hard to achieve excellence and increase
their exports as well as business.
Having acquired various national and international certifications regarding quality control, waste
reduction, and total quality management, Square Fashion is one of the leading exporters of circular knit
fabrics and readymade knit apparels including: polo shirts, t-shirts, tank tops, trousers, hooded jackets &
cardigans, sportswear, undergarments, men’s & women’s fashions wear, and kids wear. With a huge
production capacity and over 13,000 employees, Square Fashion has proved that high quality products
can be produced by putting in place a robust quality control management system.
Ha-Meem is one of the biggest companies in the textile and garments sector of Bangladesh and has over
26 manufacturing units across the country. The company has numerous international certifications, and
is considered a quality leader in the country. Ha-Meem Group works with the leading fashion labels of
the world and has to some extent helped the entire Bangladeshi apparel industry by implementing an
exemplary quality control system.
GREEN LAND GARMENTS
A manufacturer of high quality knit garments, Green Land Garments claims to be one of the first few
Bangladeshi companies to get ISO-9002 certifications, which is now upgraded to ISO-9001: 2008. This
quality driven company has proved that success, stability, and sustainability can only be achieved
through effective management of quality. In order to ensure continuous improvement in the production
processes, Green Land Garments has put in place an integrated and comprehensive quality management
system in every process.
APPAREL SOURCING AGENCY’S QUALITY CONTROL
Apparel Sourcing Agency being one of the leading apparel buying agency of Bangladesh also follows
certain quality control methods to inspect every shipment before delivering it to the client. The quality
inspection methods we as apparel buying agent follow are at par with international standards. Not only
the QCMS the garment manufacturers we work with have adopted in their manufacturing unit meets all
the international standards, but we also follow a set of quality inspection rules to ensure our clients
receive what they paid for. As a garments buying agency, it is our duty to work towards ensuring
complete customer satisfaction, and the quality control management we follow is part of it.
TIMELY DELIVERY USING THE BEST SHIPPING COMPANIES
Even the highest quality products are of no use to clients, if a manufacturer/exporter, or apparel
sourcing consultant cannot ensure timely delivery. Fashion trends never stay constant and this fact has
made it mandatory for companies to receive their quality shipments on time. Therefore, global fashion
brands rely on air cargo to get their products shipped wherever they want. Air deliveries mean that
companies have to pay a lot more, which either make their products expensive or reduce their profit
margins. Apparel Sourcing Agency knows that air freight generally cost four to five times that of sea
transport, and therefore helps companies plan accordingly. We commit a delivery deadline for every
shipment and we stick to it. We prefer to use major Bangladeshi sea ports including Chittagong Port, and
Mongla Port to ship your products. If your company believes that the financial benefits of choosing air
freight are higher, then you should go for it. We suggest you not to. We ask you to plan ahead and get a
delivery deadline from us and we will ensure that your products are available to you, whenever you
need them. Sea ports is one of the most economical options to get your shipment delivered on time, all
we expect from our clients is their full cooperation.
To ensure that your products reach safely to you within the stipulated timeline, we rely on shipping
companies with national or international certifications. The cost of shipping may vary from one shipping
company to another and the port from where your shipment will be dispatched. This is because every
port in the country is managed by autonomous bodies who define the charges.
When you place your order with us, at that very moment we talk to certified shipping companies and
certified garment manufacturers in our network and give you a delivery deadline. This is how we deliver
your shipment on time. We know each and every legal requirement of our country and learn about the
legal shipping requirements of target country and then ask you to provide the legal documents
necessary to avoid any delays. The average delivery time vary on the basis of your location and thus can
only be confirmed after the order placement.
We work with local as well as international shipping companies to get your shipment delivered on time.
DFS Worldwide and Maersk Line are the two companies we prefer to ship your products. However, if
you wish to opt for a more cost-effective option then we would go with any renowned national
company like A & A Ocean & Air Services.
There are three major ports that are considered best for apparel exports including: Dhaka Port,
Chittagong Port, and Mongla Port.
Dhaka Port is a major river port that smoothens the process of export from
the city. There is a container terminal on the port and over 53 million
tonnes of cargo was handled there during 2014-15.
An inland port and container terminal, Pangaon Port serves as a cargo port for
the capital city of the country, Dhaka. The port, in July 2017, started to serve
ships travelling from Dhaka to Chittagong, Mongla, and Kolkata. Pangaon Port
is part of the Dhaka Port.
The busiest port on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal, Chittagong
Port is managed by Chittagong Port Authority. Before 2006, only
gear vessels with their own crane were allowed to land on this port,
however, now modern ships are also allowed to land after the
installation of modern gantry cranes, and Rubber Tired Gantry
After Chittagong, Mongla port is the second busiest port of the country. After the
congestion of Chittagong Port, many international shipping companies are using this
port as an alternative.
The presence of these ports has benefited the country’s exports greatly. Moreover, due to the strategic
position of these ports in the world map, shipping products to and from Bangladesh has become easier.