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Syllabus of the Subject: Pre-shipment inspection (Course Non-tariff Measures)

  1. Introduction to the pre-shipment inspection in Foreign Trade;
  2. Types of pre-shipment controls;
  3. Agreement on Preshipment Inspection.

The objectives of the subject “Pre-shipment inspection” are the following:

  1. To understand the key concepts related to the pre-shipment inspection;
  2. To analyze the types of pre-expedition controls implemented by the Governments;
  3. To know the requirements that can be demanded in a pre-shipment inspection.

Pre-shipment inspection:
Agreement on Preshipment Inspection of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Non-tariff Measures to Trade. Online Education (Courses, Masters, Doctorate)

E-learning Courses, Diplomas (Global Business, Foreign Trade)

The Subject “Pre-shipment inspection” belongs to the following Online Higher Educational Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Courses: Non-tariff Measures, Foreign Trade Management.

Online Education (Courses, Masters, Doctorate): Foreign Trade Management

Diploma: Foreign Trade.

Online Professional Diploma in International Trade

Masters (MIB): International Business, Foreign Trade, International Transport.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB) - Online Education

Doctorate (DIB): World Trade.

Professional Doctorate in International Business (DIB). Online Education

Learning materials in: Courses, Masters, Doctorate in International Business and Foreign Trade in English Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Inspección previa a la expedición Study, Course Master Doctorate in International Business in French Inspection avant expédition Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Inspeção Pré-Embarque.

Area of Knowledge: Foreign trade.

Trade Facilitation - Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) - Revised Kyoto Convention - International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods (UNECE).

Trade Facilitation Programs. TFA Agreement. Online Education (Courses, Masters, Doctorate)

Preshipment Inspection

In foreign trade, the pre-shipment inspection (prior to the shipment) is a non-tariff technical measure whose main objective is to safeguard the national interest (avoiding the fraud in a certain product, controlling the evasion of capital and Customs duties...).

  1. Pre-shipment inspection is mandatory for the exporter;
  2. Pre-shipment inspection (expedition) must be carried out by an independent company (inspecting agency) acting on behalf of the importing country;
  3. Pre-shipment controls usually inspect the price, quantity or quality of the products.

Types of pre-shipment inspection (PI)

  1. Pre-shipment inspection;
  2. Direct dispatch (consignment) requirement (prohibition of stopping at a third country);
  3. Requirements for passage through a specific port of customs;
  4. Monitoring and supervision requirements for product imports (price, volume).

Agreement on Preshipment Inspection of the World Trade Organization.

  1. Application of the principles of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT);
  2. Obligations of governments: transparency, non-discrimination, confidentiality, clear guidelines for the inspection of the export prices, technical assistance...

Related information:

  1. Customs and World Trade Organization;
  2. Anti-dumping Measures and safeguards (WTO Agreement on Safeguards);
  3. Import license and contingents;
  4. SPS Agreement;
  5. TBT Agreement.


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