What are the differences between pre-shipment inspection and container loading supervision?

The practice of employing independent companies to control and certify shipment details such as price, quantity and quality of goods ordered overseas, before the goods are dispatched from the seller's promises, is known as 3rd party inspection.

These kinds of inspection services are very beneficial to importers and exporters for various reasons. It is also supported by WTO (World Trade Organization) because 3rd party inspection services are also protect importing counties' interests by prevention of capital flight and commercial fraud as well as customs duty evasion.

Pre-shipment inspection and container loading supervision are types of surveillance audits that are frequently used in international trade transactions.

There are some similarities exist between these two inspection types such as :
  • both of them are conducted by independent audit companies in order to prevent shipment of poor quality goods.
  • both of them are conducted before goods are dispatched from the exporter's factory
  • both of them are conducted at the exporter's premises.

Apart from above mentioned familiarities, there are certain core differences exist between pre-shipment inspection and container loading supervision that I would like to explain them in detail today's post.

What are the differences between pre-shipment inspection and container loading supervision? 

Inspection Time: Timing of the inspection is one of the main differences between pre-shipment inspection and container loading supervision.
  • Pre-shipment Inspection: Pre-shipment inspection will be held after 80% of production of goods completed, but before goods are either packed or dispatched from the exporter's factory.
  • Container Loading Supervision: Container loading supervision will be held after 100% of production of goods and packing have been completed. The inspector conducts this survey while goods are being loaded to a container at the exporter's factory.

Inspection Purpose: Purpose of the inspection is another difference between pre-shipment inspection and container loading supervision.
  • Pre-shipment Inspection: Pre-shipment inspection's purpose is to determine whether or not the quality of the goods are in conformity with the sales contract.
  • Container Loading Supervision: Container loading supervision's primary purpose is to determine whether or not the shipment has been arranged according to terms and conditions of the sales contract. Container loading supervision's first concern is not the quality of the goods, but the correctness of the packaging, condition of the container and soundness of the container stowage. 
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