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Pre-Shipment Inspection

Pre-shipment Inspections

You might have heard the term pre-shipment inspection or PSI before. Here is a simple definition: Pre-shipment inspection is a part of supply chain management and an important quality control method for checking the quality of goods clients buy from suppliers. PSI helps ensure that production complies with the governing specification, contract, or purchase order. This may happen at the manufacturer’s premises, or anywhere along the supply chain, at a freight forwarder’s premises, or at port.
In other words, a PSI inspection often involves checking quantity and quality of a product before it is dispatched from its country of origin. This type of inspection may be triggered by anyone interested in securing a detailed inspection report before goods are shipped. It allows for a bit of time to take corrective actions if the goods are not in conformity with required specifications.
Regulatory “PSIs”: PSI or VoC (Verification of conformity) inspections may also be made mandatory by certain governments; in this case an importer is required to get a pre-import verification of conformity inspection done, which will mostly result in the issuance of a Certificate of Conformity (CoC), or in a Non-Conformance Report (NCR). These types of inspection are sometimes also called Consignment Based Conformity Assessments (CBCA).

Egypt VoC Program An Introduction to SASO Exports and Imports into Libya

Ensure efficient, mandatory VOC certification for your products with our support services

The Ministry of Trade and Industry – General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOIEC) has mandated a verification of conformity (VOC) program for Egypt (decree 991-2015) enforcible starting March 16, 2016. Based on this decree, exporters of regulated products are to provide proof of the following before their goods enter the Arab Republic of Egypt: company registration with GOIEC and shipment conformity (certificate of conformity).
We are authorized to issue certificates of conformity and provide support services to help you register your company with the GOIEC. Partnering with us means short lead times and benefitting from our established working relations with local authorities.

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) is a government body founded in 1972 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). SASO is entrusted with governing tasks related to quality, metrology and standards in the KSA and manages the country’s product safety program, called SALEEM.
What Is a SASO Certificate of Conformity?
A SASO Certificate of Conformity affirms that a product complies with all the specifications outlined in the Saudi market’s applicable technical regulations and standards under their product conformity program, SALEEM.
The Product Conformity Program (SALEEM) mandates that regulated products that are imported to the country must be accompanied by a Product Certification of Conformity (PCoC) and a Shipment Certification of Conformity (SCoC) for every shipment. These certifications are only granted once you comply with the applicable standards and technical regulations for that product category in the product safety program.
Take a look at the video below where our trade services manager from the government provides an overview of the SASO certification and important regulations applicable in Saudi Arabia.
What Is the Meaning of the SASO Certificate?
The SASO certificate meaning and purpose of the Saudi Product Safety Programme SALEEM is to ensure all goods placed on the market in Saudi Arabia are of good quality and safe to use, including:
• To prevent unsafe and non-compliant products from entering the Saudi market.
• To reduce the number of counterfeit consumer goods placed on the Saudi market.
• To ensure a hassle-free clearance at Saudi customs.
What Products Need a SASO Certificate in Saudi Arabia?
The products required to have a CoC Certificate in Saudi Arabia are referred to as “Regulated Products” in the Technical Regulations. They include:
• Textile
• Mechanical
• Electrical and Electronics Products
• Construction and Building Materials
• Chemicals

These products are categorized as high-risk/medium-risk based on the Product Certification Scheme and may be subject to additional requirements and control, depending on the risk level.
Certificate of Inspection for Exports and Imports into Libya
Certificate of Inspection for Letters of Credit for Libya
According to the Resolution No. (96) of 2015 of the Central Bank

Certificate of Inspection for Letters of Credit for Libya
According to the Resolution No. (96) of 2015 of the Central Bank of Libya and the publication n°9-2020, which regulates the use of foreign exchange for opening documentary Letters of Credit (L/C), all goods exported to Libya under a Letter of Credit require a Certificate of Inspection (CoI) issued by an inspection company. This certificate will be requested by commercial banks upon the opening of the Letter of Credit.
Intertek is able to assist exporters to Libya in complying with these requirements and is qualified to issue the mandatory CoI.
How to obtain the Certificate of Inspection?
• Contact your local Intertek office.
• Our export consultants will go through the submitted documents and will contact you and supply you with a quote for the work with details of our terms and conditions on the same day.
• Then supply us with your export documents, these can include LC, Final Invoice and Packing List.
• Upon acceptance of the quote, we will arrange with you a mutually convenient date, time and location for the inspection to be carried out. This can normally be arranged within a maximum of 48 hours of your initial call to us.
• Your CoI will be made available upon receipt of the inspection report and all other related shipping documents.