Lets Understand About Pre-shipment Inspection Agency First
As an overview the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency is an independently accredited Inspection agency that performs the Pre-shipment inspection to verify the product’s quality, Quantity, packing, marking and other parameters requirements agreed upon between Buyer and Supplier. The Pre-shipment Inspection are being adopted in the supply -chain for a very long back, but in the year 1994, it was introduced by World Trade Organization (WTO) officially, and then onwards it was accepted and adopted by all the business sectors as professional services to further strengthen the Supply-chain to enhance the consistency of quality, Quantity and timely delivery of Products.
The Process and procedure of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency are very simple – Receipt of Inspection call from Buyer or supplier, Perform the Inspection as Inspection Requirements and submit the Inspection report to the Client. More detailed procedures of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency will be Explained below for a better understanding of the completed Procedure/ Process of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency.
What is the process and procedure of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency?
Generally Independent and experienced Third-Party Inspection Agency – who are established and have sound Inspection experience perform the Pre-shipment Inspection activities. The Third-Party Inspection Agency which has sound market credibility has established Process and Procedures to Perform the Inspection as per ISO 17020 accreditation Standard being accredited by Accreditation Body. In this Blog, we have introduced the two different terms PROCESS and PROCEDURES of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency. Where the Terms are explained below
What are the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency Procedures?
Generally, the Procedures of Pre-shipment Inspection Agency are the requirements ISO 17020 for performing the Third -Party TYPE- A – Inspection Agency- Where Inspection Agency – Develop the Different Type of Procedures to meet the requirements of Third-Party Inspection Agency – such as
- Quality Policy and Objective of Third-Party Inspection Agency
- Impartiality Statement of Inspection Agency along with Declaration Transparency & Confidentiality
- Competency Requirements of Inspection Engineers for different Types of Inspection
- Selection Criteria of Inspection Engineers
- Induction Training and Mentoring period of Inspection Engineers
- On-Going Performance Monitoring of Inspecting Engineers
- Contract Review procedures
- Inspection Reporting Procedures
- Handling of Appeal and Complain procedures
- Internal Audit and Management Review Procedures
These are the Key Procedures of Third-Party Type- A Inspection – Agency Performing the Pre-shipment Inspection. But These procedures are not limited, there may be several other procedures required to be maintained to meet the ISO 17020 requirements by the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency in India.
What is the process of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency?
As above Explained the Procedures of the Third-Party Inspection Agency, performing the Pre-shipment Inspection – so-called Pre-shipment Inspection Agency in India or any part of the world. The Procedures are generally Implemented in the Inspection Agency to demonstrate the Compliance of requirements to perform as a Type-A Inspection Agency. But the process of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency is when the organization performs the Third-Party Inspection or Pre-shipment Inspection to its clients.
The Process of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency is, as given below
- Receipt of Inspection Call Request from Clients
- Review of Feasibility of Pre-shipment Inspection – which reference – Inspection Day and Time Suitability, Inspection Competency Requirement, Technical Specifications of Products, & other related client’s requirements, etc so on.
- Once Inspection Agency Found it is suitable / Feasible to perform the Pre-shipment Inspection – The Contract Sign – Up is made between Inspection Agency and Its Clients along with other terms conditions as agreed and accepted
- Perform the Pre-shipment Inspections
- Submit the Inspection Report to Its Client.
These are the general Process of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency in India.
What are the detailed activities covered during the Pre-shipment Inspection?
Generally, the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency in India covers the Following under the Pre-shipment Inspection, but it is not limited as every product has its own requirements of Inspection. So, sometimes the Pre-shipment Inspection can be customized as per the Buyers/supplier requirements also the ensure the requirement of Safety and other key paraments.
The Important key activities of Pre-shipment Inspection
Sampling Plan Selection – How many numbers Samples to be selected for Inspection – Sometimes it is a requirement for 100 % Inspection. But generally, it is a Random Sampling Inspection as per AQL level – 2 or agreed by Clients.
Inspection of Products– The Products are Selected from Lot and Inspection is Performed as per Inspection Instruction / Specification / Sample / Drawing.
Testing of Products – If there are any requirements of Testing of products – Then Inspection Engineers – will do the witness of Testing of products, to ensure the products are meeting the testing paraments requirement.
Quantity Verification – The inspection Engineer will Verify the Quantity to match the PO of the Client, to ensure the full Quantity of Products are available for Inspection and Shipment once the Products are accepted, after Inspection.
Functional Testing – If there are any requirements for verification of the functional Test of the Product, the Inspection Engineer will verify the Functional Test – and record the Function Performance in the Inspection Report, Capture the Picture and Video. Functional Test.
Workmanship Verification – If there are Buyer requirements for verification of the Workmanship of the Product, the Inspection Engineer will verify the workmanship of products and record the Workmanship verification finding in the Inspection Report, Capture the Picture, and Video.
Product Marking Verification – If there are requirements for Product marking verification the Inspection Engineer will verify the Product Marking, record the Product marking verification in the Inspection Report, and Capture the Picture and Video.
Safety Verification – If there are any requirements of Products Safety verification requirements related to OHS and Handling of Product or Safety Marking – The Inspection Engineer performs the Safety Verification and the same is recorded in the Inspection report along with the Photographs.
Packaging and Marking verification – The Inspection Engineer will verify the product’s Packaging as per PO or client’s requirements – and that Boxes are marked & packed properly for shipment of Products.
These are the general activities & processes of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency. But This is not limited to the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency in India can customize to suit the Client’s Inspection requirements.
In this Blog, we have tried to provide a general overview of the Procedures and Processes of the Pre-shipment Inspection Agency, in view that the user can have a better overview understanding of the Pre-shipment Inspection agency and Processes. So that when there is any requirement for a Pre-shipment Inspection, they can have a better understanding of the selection of a Pre-shipment Inspection agency.