HQTS Quality Control

Pre Shipment Inspection

The Pre Shipment Inspection (PSI) is one of many types of quality control inspections conducted by HQTS. These quality inspections are an effective method to ensure your product’s quality meets your standards before the shipment.

What Is a Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)?

A Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) is a quality inspection where your products are inspected before shipment. The quality inspectors at HQTS will select random samples of finished products when at least 80% of the order is packed to ensure that the products are in full compliance with your specifications. The statistical sampling method used in the pre-shipment inspection is MIL-STD-105E (ISO2859-1), and the number of items inspected will vary depending on the agreed Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL) method.

What Is the Purpose of PSI Inspections?

The primary purpose of a PSI inspection is to ensure the manufactured products comply with your specifications and the terms of the purchase order or letter of credit before they are sent to shipment for import/export.

What Are the Benefits of Pre Shipment Inspection?

Inspections before shipment are a cost-effective method to spot-check a product lot for any defects or deviations before shipment.

The main benefits of pre-shipment inspection include:

  1. Identify potential defects before the goods are shipped to you.
  2. Ensure the quantity of products is correct.
  3. Reduce the risk of delivery delay and unsatisfactory products.
  4. Affordable and quick inspection method.
  5. Ensure the products meet your specifications and the destinations’ safety requirements.


What Is the Standard Pre Shipment Inspection Procedure?

The inspector will select a sample size according to the statistical sampling procedure ISO 2859-1. The sample size and inspection procedures will vary depending on the product characteristics and your company’s requirements. The procedure is always non-discriminatory, transparent, and in no conflict of interest between HQTS, the manufacturer, or the client.

A general guideline of pre shipment inspection procedures:

  • Sign compliance documents before PSI inspection services are performed.
  • The inspector will visit the manufacturer on-site at the warehouse or production house.
  • The inspector selects a sample using a statistical sampling procedure (ISO 2859-1), and the number of items (AQL) will be defined in the contract.
  • Perform a quantity verification to ensure the number of boxes and items is correct.
  • Verify the integrity of the boxes, labels, tags, instructions and other relevant documents.
  • Conduct a visual check, checking for any damages and flaws in workmanship.
  • Volumetric verification by comparing the physical attributes (i.e. length, colour, weight, height, marking) with the client’s specifications.
  • Testing the item’s functionality to ensure there are no functional defects.
  • The inspector conducts a carton drop test and seal of the package to verify the packaging quality.
  • All information is gathered into an inspection report, including the passed and failed tests and sent to the client.


When Do I Need a Pre-Shipment Inspection?

As businesses become more global, international companies are at a greater risk of quality issues from manufacturers, which are often located thousands of miles away.

Fraudulent trade activity, differences in national standards and requirements, and the cost of compliance are some obstacles that should be considered when purchasing goods. PSI inspections are an affordable method to reduce risks associated with bad quality, compliance and delays.

Hire HQTS for Your Next Pre-Shipment Inspection

Are you in need of a quick and reliable inspection pre shipment? Our experienced inspectors are qualified and accredited to perform a wide range of inspections according to international standards. In many places across the globe, our inspectors can be on-site within 72 hours. You also have the option to add a video of your inspection for another layer of authentication.

  • Fast, Flexible and Transparent
  • Local Expertise
  • In-House and Accredited Technicians
  • Personalised Service
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