More and more businesses exporting to countries such as Egypt, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are coming un-stuck when it comes to the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) process.
Our expert Account Managers agree, it’s not hard to see why. With frequent changes to regulation and new requirements that all too often pass unnoticed or are misjudged.
Understanding Pre-Shipment Inspection
Government’s around the world require pre-shipment inspection to ensure that imports comply with their regulations, they are not substandard or prohibited, and to protect valuable duty and tax revenue.
The Pre-Shipment Inspection Process
- A physical inspection of goods is carried out. This takes place in the country of export, before the goods are shipped. The aim is to establish the exact type of goods, condition as well as the markings of goods you are shipping.
- Once the commercial invoice, other export documents and Inspection Report is found satisfactory you will be issued with a Certificate of Conformity which will allow your importer to clear customs in the Import country
Pre-Shipment Inspection – 5 Things to Consider
- Does the country in question require certification/inspection? Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan are amongst the countries that have implemented mandatory pre-shipment inspection programme. Need help? Call Us>>
- Which Agent provides the programme? Each country’s pre-shipment inspection programme is implemented by an agent. The agent differs from country to country. Need help? Call Us>>
- The procedures for the destination country and the product being shipped. This includes timescales, documents and testing.
- What will be checked? Each pre-shipment inspection process is different for each Import country, and understanding what an inspector will check is vital. This includes markings, quantities, packaging and general quality.
- How long will it take? This is dependent on several factors, including the country you intend to import into and the agent implementing the process. For countries that require 100% pre-shipment inspection the process may involve a physical check of each individual product…so can be between 2 hours and a full day.
Pre-shipment inspection – Top three challenges you’ll face
- The wide variation of rules and requirements. Considering the multiple Conformity Programmes and agencies.
- Conflicting information. Frequently different agencies will provide different information relating to estimated timescales or the export documents required.
- Incorrect packaging. Exporters come un-stuck time and time again when it comes to packaging, markings and labelling. Language, dates, County of Origin must all meet a strict set of mandatory requirements.
XDS export document advice – “The most common problem faced by exporters is time. Or the lack of it. Be realistic about the time to allow for preparation of documentation, and the inspection itself. Failure to do this often results in freight movements being blocked and consequently cancelled. Impacting the supply chain and bringing the possibility of financial penalty”.
How we can help
At XDS Solutions our team of expert Account Managers is dedicated to helping exporters to streamline and speed up the export document process.
By individually examining all aspects of your export documentation, we will establish a clear and coherent audit trail for each shipment to ensure customs compliance.
We can support your pre-shipment inspection process to countries across Africa and the Middle East, including Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Talk to us today>>
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