The Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) is one of many types of quality control inspections conducted by HQTS. It is an important step in the quality control process and is the method for checking the quality of goods before they are shipped.
Pre-shipment inspection ensures that production complies with specifications of the buyer and/or the terms of a purchase order or letter of credit. This inspection is conducted on finished products when at least 80% of the order has been packed for shipping. This inspection is done according to standard Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL) specs for the product, or based upon customer requirements. Samples are selected and inspected for defects at random, according to these standards and procedures.
A Pre-shipment Inspection is the inspection performed when goods are 100% completed, packed and ready for shipment. Our inspectors select random samples from finished goods according to the international statistical standard known as MIL-STD-105E (ISO2859-1). The PSI confirms that finished products are in full compliance with your specifications.
What is the purpose of PSI?
Pre-shipment inspection (or psi- inspections) ensures that production complies with specifications of the buyer and/or the terms of a purchase order or letter of credit. This inspection is conducted on finished products when at least 80% of the order has been packed for shipping. This inspection is done according to standard Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL) specs for the product, or based upon customer requirements. Samples are selected and inspected for defects at random, according to these standards and procedures.
Benefits of Pre-Shipment Inspection
The PSI can diminish risks inherent to Internet commerce like phishing and fraud. PSI services can help buyers to understand the product’s quality and quantity before receiving the goods. It can significantly reduce the potential risk of delivery delay or/and fix or redo products.
If you’re looking to add a quality assurance service like pre shipment inspection in Indonesia or another location, contact us to learn more.
When PSI Inspections are required?
With global development, international buyers will continue to face significant impediments to growth in World markets. Differing national standards and requirements, an increase in fraudulent trade-conduct are some of the obstacles that distort the trade equation. A solution with minimum cost and delay needs to be found. The most effective method is Pre-Shipment Inspection.
Which countries require pre-shipment inspection?
More and more developing countries are ready to enter the Global supply chain aggressively, integrating into the world economy, and further developing and adding to globalization. The surge in imports from developing countries with its increasingly burdensome workload for customs, result in efforts by some suppliers or factories to take illegal advantages of customs’ difficulties. Thus importers and governments all need Pre-Shipment Inspection to verify the quality and quantity of products.
Pre-Shipment Inspection Procedure
- Visit suppliers with the necessary equipment and instruments
- Sign compliance documents before PSI inspection services are performed
- Perform quantity verification
- Conduct final random inspection
- Package, label, tag, instruction checking
- Workmanship checking and function test
- Size, weight measurement
- Carton drop testing
- Bar code testing
- Sealing of carton
Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate
The buyer can contact a qualified Pre-Shipment Inspection company to look for help. Before signing the contract, the buyer needs to confirm if the company meets the requirements, e.g. having enough full time inspectors in inspection location present. The inspection company can then issue the legal certificate.
Video of a pre-shipment inspection
Pre-shipment inspection for infant car seats at Zazababy. This brand is focused on high-end maternity, baby and children products with a focus on safety.
Process of a pre-shipment inspection
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