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Preshipment Inspection (PSI)

For greater reliability in trade facilitation within Government contracts

Business Challenge

Governments need to ensure that the correct revenues are collected on imports/exports. They need a reliable global partner to help them reach this goal.

Solution

What is PSI? This service carried out for governments combines confirmation of the buyer's specifications, and quantity and value controls of imports/exports. It is done in compliance with WTO (World Trade Organization) requirements. In carrying out preshipment inspection of goods on behalf of Customs authorities, Bureau Veritas helps international trade operators to comply fully with current legislation. This improves their business efficiency and eliminates risk wherever possible.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Bureau Veritas acts as a trade facilitation services provider on five continents and is one of the world's leading providers for inspection services. ISO certification and accreditation Bureau Veritas is certified ISO 9001 and was the first inspection body in the world to have its network accredited ISO 17020 within the scope of its Pre-Shipment Inspection and Verification of Conformity activities. Efficiency guaranteed by worldwide presence Our global presence offers you the convenience of international expertise combined with local service where you need it. Proven experience Bureau Veritas was founded in 1828 and has a strong experience in trade facilitation services performed on behalf of numerous clients and governments entities. Founding member of IFIA (International Federation of Inspection Agencies) The trade association for inspection agencies and other organizations that provide inspection, testing and certification services internationally. Bureau Veritas complies with the IFIA Compliance Code and PSI Code of Practice.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are all goods subject to inspection?

    No, some goods may be prohibited and others are exempted depending on the destination country (see corresponding datasheet on Web site).

  • What is the minimum value subject to inspection?

    The minimum value is designated by the client country. If goods are covered by several commercial invoices, all issued by the same exporter, arriving by the same means of transportation, consigned to the same importer and having a combined value above the established minimum, they will be subject to Preshipment Inspection.

  • Should the goods be packed prior to inspection?

    Goods should be presented along with the packaging to be used. However, if the packaging does not allow the inspector to correctly identify the items, it would have to be reviewed and repacked under inspection control.

  • Who pays for the inspection?

    It could be the government, the importer or the exporter, depending on the destination country (see corresponding datasheet on Web site).

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