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Pre- shipment inspection during Export


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  • 1. PRE-SHIPMENT INSPECTION Course Instructor: Sneha Sharma
  • 2. Three Methods of Inspection Consignment wise inspection In-process Quality Control Self Certification
  • 3. Consignment-wise inspection  Under this system, each consignment, in packed condition, is subjected to detailed inspection by the Export Inspection Agencies. They conduct the inspection on the basis of statistical sampling plan. If the goods conform to the stipulated quality, they issue the inspection certificate. The certificate also carries a validity period before which the export consignment must be shipped. In case of consignment-wise inspection, actual export consignment, in packed condition, is taken for inspection.
  • 4. In-process Quality Control  Certain commodities like paints and allied products, linoleum, ceramics, printing ink, sanitary wares etc. come under the purview of In-process quality control.  In case of continuous process industries, an option is given to them to become approved “export-worthy” unit, as they possess the requisite infrastructure for manufacturing/processing products of standard quality.  This status enables them to conduct inspection and give declaration and based on their declaration, they get inspection certificate.
  • 5. Self-Certification  It is a self-certification system  It is based on the concept that the manufacturing unit which has in-built responsibility for quality control should have the freedom to certify its own product for export.
  • 6. PROCEDURE FOR PRE- SHIPMENT INSPECTION  There are different procedures for obtaining pre-shipment inspection certificates.
  • 7. 1. Consignment-wise Inspection  The following procedure is applicable to all the notified products by the Export inspection Council. Application to EIA Deputation of Inspector Inspection and Testing Packing and Sealing of Goods Submission of Report to EIA and issue of Inspection Certificate Issue of Rejection Note Appeal against Rejection Note
  • 8. 1. Application to EIA  The exporter has to apply in the prescribed „Intimation for Inspection‟, well in advance, to the date of shipment to avoid delays, along with the following documents:  Copy of export contract;  Copy of letter of credit;  Details of packing specifications;  Commercial invoice giving evidence of FOB value of export consignment;  Crossed cheque/DD in favour of EIA towards inspection fees and  Declaration regarding importer‟s technical specifications.
  • 9. 2. Deputation of Inspector After getting the ‘Intimation for Inspection’,  EIA deputes an inspector to conduct an inspection of the consignment, in packed conditions, at the factory/warehouse of exporter.  The exporter should keep the consignment, in packed condition for export, ready for inspection at the appointed place and time.
  • 10. 3. Inspection and Testing  The inspector conducts inspection on a random basis.  He will conduct inspection with reference to the agreed specifications, which should not be inferior to the notified specifications.  Samples may be drawn and sent to the laboratory, if required.  Where testing facilities are not available at the exporter‟s place, sample may be sent to the private independent laboratories.  Inspector submits the field report based on his inspection and test results obtained.
  • 11. 4. Packing and Sealing of Goods  If the inspector is satisfied with the quality of goods, he issues order for packing of goods in his presence.  After packing, the consignment is marked and sealed with the official seal of Export Inspection Agency.
  • 12. 5. Submission of Report to EIA and issue of Inspection Certificate  Based on the field inspection report,  the Deputy Director, Export Inspection Agency issue the Inspection Certificate to the exporter, in triplicate, which will be disposed as under:  The original copy is to be submitted to the customs.  The duplicate copy is dispatched to the importer.  The triplicate copy is retained by the exporter for his record.
  • 13. 6. Issue of Rejection Note  If the inspection report is not favourable, the Deputy Director of EIA issues Rejection Note.
  • 14. 7. Appeal against Rejection Note  Exporter can file an appeal against the order of the Deputy Director, EIA.  The appeal is to be made within 10 days from the date of receipt of Rejection Note.  On receipt of the appeal, EIC arranges to convene a meeting of the Appellate Panel. The appellate panel reviews the inspection report and examines the consignment again, if necessary.  The decision of the Appellate Panel is final and binding on both the parties i.e. Exporter and Export Inspection Agency
  • 15. 2. In Process Quality Control  Manufacturing/processing units, having continuous processing system, are given an option to become “export-worthy” status units so that they get the inspection certificate, based on their own declaration.  These units are highly quality conscious and conduct thorough quality control at each and every stage of production that includes:  Raw materials and bought out components,  Process control,  Product control and  Packing and packaging control.
  • 16. Export-worthy Status Units  These units possess the required infrastructure facilities for manufacturing/processing standard quality products.  To secure recognition and approval of “export- worthy” status, export-oriented manufacturing/processing units have to submit a application, in the prescribed format, to Export Inspection Agency.  Based on the declaration of the unit that the goods have been manufactured/processed, as required under the prescribed regulations, the agency issues certificate of inspection.  The EIC and inspection agencies ensure that adequate
  • 17. 2. In Process Quality Control  After a preliminary visit by the officer of Export Inspection Agency, it appoints a panel of experts to investigate the quality control facilities available in the unit.  The panel thoroughly investigates the quality control facilities available from the stage of raw materials to packing. It submits its report to the agency.  On the basis of those recommendations, the unit is accorded the status of an “export-worthy” unit.  The Export Inspection Council may recognise a manufacturing unit as an “export-worthy”, only after ensuring that the unit is adequately supported with facilities for the enforcement of quality control standards required by the Council.
  • 18. 2. In Process Quality Control  Such a unit is allowed to inspect and clear the goods for export, without inspection by the Export Inspection Agency.
  • 19. 3. Self Certification  Certain manufacturing units are given the freedom to certify their inspection certificates.  The philosophy behind the scheme is that manufacturing units, with proven track record of maintenance of quality, deserve to enjoy the freedom for issuance of pre-shipment inspection certificate themselves.  The essential condition is that the unit has not received any complaint during the last three years.
  • 20. 3. Self Certification  For the purpose of qualifying to become eligible, the reputed manufacturing unit should comply with the prescribed norms that include the following:  Product Quality  Design and Development  Raw materials/Bought out Components  Organisation and personnel for quality control  Process Control  Laboratory  Quality Audit  Packaging  After-sales-service and
  • 21. 3. Self Certification  After conducting inspection, EIC recognizes the units for issue of self-certification.  The approved unit under this system is recognised by notification under section 7 of the act as the Agency for Quality Control and Inspection of specific products, manufactured in the unit.  Validity of such recognition is for a period of one year.  Period may be extended provided the unit continues to enjoy the above facilities.
  • 22. Exemption from Pre-Shipment Inspection  The following units are exempt from the requirement of compulsory pre-shipment inspection: (A) Export House, Trading House, Super Trading House and Super Star Trading House; (B) 100% Export oriented unit set up in the Export Processing Zones or Free Trade Zones; (C) Where the overseas buyer does not want pre-shipment inspection certificate and (D) Products bearing ISI mark or the AGMARK for exports.