Pre-shipment inspection

Inspection services aimed at guaranteeing compliance with i/e requirements

Pre-shipment inspections include both Quantity and Quality site inspections. Quantity ones ensure that outgoing/incoming goods’ quantities effectively correspond to those ones indicated in the transport documents, while the Quality inspections ensure that the goods have not suffer any visual defects during the carriage and meet the requirements set forth in the related documents.

This service is intended for manufacturing companies, agricultural products’ exporters, trading companies, final customers' purchasing offices, food aid organizations, banks and insurance companies.

Service details

In the international trading, clients search the guarantee on the conformity of the ordered goods; suppliers seek the certainty to release payments by documentary credit or documentary remittance and Governments to safeguard national interests against fraud and import of substandard or prohibited goods. These are the main goals of pre-shipment inspections.

Main involved documents are:


The checks to be carried out depend on the type of goods but in general, consist of a visual inspection to identify the goods, check the quantity, check the packaging and marking, review the documentation required and be present during the dispatch and/or delivery phase.

On completion of these activities, a narrative and photographic report is issued to confirm the positive outcome of the carried out inspection.


In view of its consolidated experience on both product certification and auditing, RINA is in the position to offer a valid and solid contribution to all the players in the goods’ trading market.

To ensure a prompt response, we have established an internationally widespread inspectors’ network. Should more detailed checks be required, our two laboratory facilities, one for chemical and mechanical tests on materials and the other specialized in physical-chemical analyses on agricultural food products, may be involved.

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