When customers in your supply chain want quality assurance, add that extra element of trust, facilitate shipping procedures, and secure prompt payment with pre inspection reports and certificates (PSIC).
This article will help you understand the following:
Who needs a pre shipment inspection?
A pre shipment inspection certificate is a trade document issued by an independent inspection agency. The document accompanies shipments from the factory to certify that the goods conform with specifications stated on the sales contract and/or letter of credit.
The PSI report or certificate is usually included in the package of documents for the shipment such as the bill of lading, certificate of origin and packing list. A manufacturer or seller can also use the PSIC to initiate the transfer of payment from an intermediary bank.
Inspectors use internationally recognized sampling standards such as the ANSI/ASQ Standard to select a random number of finished products based on the batch volume.
A pre shipment inspection comprises the following checks:
Style / Construction
Verify the general quality and design of the product against samples approved by the client.
Physical measurement of individual products to verify whether they match the dimensions specified by the client. The client should also specify acceptable limits for imperfect dimensions in the pre inspection checklist.
Compare the colors of finished product with pantone color codes provided by the buyer as outlined in the product specifications given to the manufacturer.
Product Artwork & Labels
Products are weighed on scales to verify conformance. An underweight or overweight sample could reveal that the manufacturer has used alternative or inferior materials or textiles to those specified by the client.
Packing & Packaging
Tests and special requirements
Pre shipment inspections can include basic on-site tests to check whether the products function properly and will withstand the wear and tear of the everyday use they are designed for.
Examples of tests for garments and apparel (softlines)
Examples of tests on kitchenware (Hardlines)
Examples of tests on packaging
Drop tests can be done on packaging to determine whether the shipping cartons can withstand rough treatment and protect the products during transit.
For a relatively small outlay to have a pre shipment inspection performed before products leave the factory, you’ll save time and money and anxiety in the following ways:
QIMA is an accredited inspection agency with over 2,000 inspectors worldwide, speaking more than 20 languages.
Our professional inspectors can be on site within 48 hours. We perform impartial and transparent inspections. All reports made available online the same day as the inspection.
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