Pre Shipment Inspection
A Pre-shipment Inspection , or pre-shipment inspection is the last opportunity to identify and correct defects “on time”. It checks the quality and conformity of the goods on the basis of the order form and the specificities sent to the manufacturer. It is a decisive inspection, one of the most commonly used. Did you know that the reliability of a pre-shipment inspection depends, in part, on the level of production at the time of quality control?
Pre-shipment inspection: finished products
In the standard procedure, the goods must be manufactured in full (100%) on the day of the inspection. Why ?
- With the rush the goods can be finished faster than expected, the quality level is then lower than the one available on the day of the inspection.
• Some suppliers are able to pack semi-finished goods, especially before the Chinese New Year.
Pre-shipment inspection: products packaged or ready to be packaged
In addition to requiring the merchandise to be manufactured in its entirety, a minimum of 80% of the total order must be packaged in its export cartons. Why such a minimum?
- The method of packing can damage the product during its transport, it is essential to control the goods in its cartons.
• Products may be packaged without any prior control on the grounds that “deliver the goods on time”.
Generally the date of the inspection is fixed on the date of boarding, or “closing date”. The best thing is to determine the date according to the production level limits. This request must be clearly specified to the manufacturer and the quality control company: 100% of the goods must be finished and 80% (or 90%, 100%) must be already packed. The final result of the inspection is much less representative of the general quality of the products inspected if these conditions are not respected.