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What is a Pre-Shipment Inspection?

Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) is a type of quality control inspection conducted by a third-party inspection agency or service provider. It is typically carried out before shipment to ensure that the products being exported or imported meet the agreed-upon quality standards and specifications.

The purpose of pre-shipment inspection is to verify that the goods conform to the buyer's requirements, including the quality, quantity, packaging, labeling, and documentation. The inspection is done based on the specifications and criteria agreed upon by the buyer and the supplier in the contract.

During a PSI, the inspection agency will typically inspect a representative sample of the goods being shipped. They will examine the products to ensure they meet the agreed-upon quality standards, and also check the packaging, labeling, and shipping documents to ensure they are accurate and complete.

The results of the pre-shipment inspection are documented in an inspection report, which is provided to both the buyer and the supplier. The report includes details on any defects or issues found during the inspection, along with recommendations for corrective action. Based on the results of the inspection, the buyer may approve the shipment or request that corrective action be taken before shipment.

Pre-shipment inspection is an important step in the import/export process, as it helps to ensure that the buyer receives the products they ordered and that the supplier meets their obligations under the contract. It can also help to prevent costly and time-consuming disputes between the parties.

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Why choose us to get your pre-shipment inspection?

  • You don't have to search for inspectors. We save you time as we have a global footprint with hundreds of inspectors waiting for your requests.
  • You are not at the mercy of the industry. You are in full control of the process with tools like defining the timeframe for inspections, assigning deadlines for the report submissions.
  • You are not limited. You can appoint multiple inspectors in multiple countries to inspect multiple specifications.
  • Experts at your fingertips. Our inspectors have experience and proven track records with pre-shipment inspections.
  • Global reach. Any industry, any product, anywhere, anytime, has you covered.

You can use our global database of professionals to get an inspection at your  supplier's location before you ship!

At, we provide a variety of inspection quotes for pre-shipment inspections, so that you know exactly what you're getting every time you make a purchase. We pride ourselves on being the quickest and most cost-effective way for you to get the right inspections done for your imports. Simply sign up and post a request for services and our network of qualified inspectors will bid for your project. Select the quote that suits your budget and timeframe and an experienced inspector will examine your shipment and send you a report in your chosen time frame - it's never been easier to ensure your shipment's quality and quantity. 


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