Pre-shipment inspection (PSI) is a vital element of trading with some countries. It provides an importing country with an objective third-party report about goods and materials before shipment.

Definition

Pre-shipment inspection (PSI) provides an objective third-party opinion about goods and materials before shipment.

Once it covered only quality, quantity and export market price in order to safeguard the client countries’ foreign exchange reserves. Then, programmes were expanded to include verification of the import eligibility of the goods (ie compliance with regulations) and, subsequently, verification of the value and classification of the goods for customs purposes. Thereafter, a growing number of clients also requested that specific checks be made to certify that imported goods met relevant safety standards and health and labelling regulations.

Country by Country

The following are the agencies contracted by each of the named countries to carry out PSI on their behalf

Country

Agencies Contracted

Algeria

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, Intertek, SGS, TUV Rheinland UK

Bangladesh

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Benin

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Botswana

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, Intertek, TUV Rheinland UK

Burkina Faso

Cotecna

Burundi

SGS

Cameroon

SGS

Central African Republic

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Chad

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Colombia

Cotecna

Congo

Cotecna

Ecuador

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Egypt

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, SGS, Cotecna

Ethiopia

TUV Rheinland UK, Cotecna, Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Gabon

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Ghana

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, Cotecna (destination inspection only)

Guinea-Conakry

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Haiti

SGS

Indonesia

SGS, Bureau Veritas/BIVAC (steel and glass), Cotecna

Iran

Cotecna

Iraq

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, TUV Rheinland UK, Cotecna

Ivory Coast

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Kazakhstan

SGS

Kenya

SGS, Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Kurdistan

SGS, Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, TUV Rheinland UK

Kuwait

Intertek, Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, TUV Rheinland UK

Lebanon

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Liberia

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Libya

Intertek, Cotecna

Mali

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Mexico

Intertek

Mozambique

Intertek

Niger

Cotecna

Nigeria

Intertek, SGS (for certification of certain products, under the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme
(SONCAP)), Cotecna (SONCAP)

Philippines

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, Intertek, Cotecna

Qatar

Intertek, TUV Rheinland UK

Republic of Central Africa

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Russia

Intertek, Bureau Veritas/BIVAC (GOST)

Saudi Arabia

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, Intertek, SGS, TUV Rheinland UK, Cotecna

Senegal

Cotecna

Somalia

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Sudan (North)

Cotecna

Tanzania

SGS, Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Togo

Cotecna (for destination inspection only), Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

Uganda

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC, Intertek, SGS

Uzbekistan

Intertek

Zimbabwe

Bureau Veritas/BIVAC

For their contact details – please email s.warrington@chamberelancs.co.uk

Checking Whether Your Consignment Needs Pre-shipment Inspection

Not all countries require PSI and it is important to check from the outset whether it is needed. Apart from referring to the list under Country by Country, this is most easily done by taking guidance from buyers or agents.

It should be noted that any PSI contracts listed reflect the position as at the time of updating this page. The situation can sometimes change quickly andsubscribers should check with a company that it still carries out PSI for any specific country.

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