Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Exporting to Kenya - Import Standardization Mark (ISM) now required.

Exporting to Kenya - Import Standardization Mark (ISM) now required. In accordance with the revised Import Standardization Mark (ISM) procedures issued by the Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS), all imported finished products that will be placed in the Kenyan market are required to be labelled with the ISM sticker effective from 1st September, 2015. KEBS have made ISM mandatory for all imported products that comply with the requirements of the relevant Kenya Standard or approved specification. The objective of this new regulation is to assure Kenyan consumers about the product’s safety and conformity to the Kenyan standard requirements. Imported products already in the market can be sold without the new ISM stickers' up to 30th June, 2016. For full details of the ISM requirements and how to apply for the ISM label and mandatory Certificate of Conformity visit www.intertek.com/government/product-conformity/kenya-ism

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Exporting to Gabon - PROGEC Gabon's Conformity Assessment Programme enforced from 1st August 2015

Intertek is provider of Certificate Services for Gabon’s new Conformity Assessment Programme The Agence Gabonnaise de Normalisation (AGANOR) in Gabon , Central Africa, is to implement its new Conformity Assessment Programme "PROGEC" (Programme Gabonais d Evaluation de la Conformité) from 1st August 2015. Intertek GTS is approved to provide the certification service to exporters to Gabon. The PROGEC programme will verify the conformity of all regulated products in the respective exporting countries, ensuring they comply with applicable national, regional or international standards and technical regulations, to protect the health, safety and environment of Gabon's citizens from sub-standard imported goods. From 1st August 2015 it will be compulsory for exporters to Gabon to provide a Certificate of Conformity for Customs clearance. This certificate can only be obtained from Intertek. Intertek's global services network, located in over 100 nations, will help the AGANOR to ensure products imported from around the world are delivered in good order to the people of Gabon.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Exporters to Niger now need a Certificate of Conformity to clear Customs

Conformity Assessment Programme for Exports to Niger enforced from 1st April. All regulated products now need Certificate of Conformity to clear Customs. As of 1st April 2015, The Agence Nationale de Vérification de Conformité aux Normes (AVCN) in Niger, West Africa, enforced its new Conformity Assessment Programme (CAP) The CAP programme verifies the conformity of all regulated products in the respective exporting countries, ensuring they comply with applicable national, regional or international standards and technical regulations, protecting the health, safety and environment of Niger’s citizens from sub standard imported goods. Exporters to Niger are required to provide a Certificate of Conformity for Customs clearance and this is compulsory. This certificate can only be obtained from an Approved Inspection Body such as Intertek. Shipments arriving in Niger without the Certificate of Conformity will not clear Customs and could incur heavy fines or be returned to the country of export. Intertek have over 18 years experience in helping exporters meet the requirements of Conformity Assessment Programmes having introduced the very first one. We are approved by AVCN to issue the mandatory CoC for Niger and are available now to assist you. Full details of the Niger programme including the regulated product list can be found at www.intertek.com/government/product-conformity/exports/niger/ Contact us now at info.government@intertek.com to avoid your shipments being rejected in Niger or visit www.intertek.com/government for details of your local Intertek Country Office.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Intertek awarded a further contract by KEBS to operate the PVoC programme on KEBS behalf

Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, has been awarded a further contract by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to support its on-going Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programme (PVoC) in providing certification service to exporters to Kenya. In addition KEBS has also expanded the country zones of responsibility for which Intertek can issue the mandatory Certificate of Conformity, allowing us to support more exporters in more countries. Intertek can now assist exporters to Kenya based in the following zones: • United Kingdom • China Region including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia • India Subcontinent including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Myanmar • Pakistan • Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia Islands • Central America and the Caribbean • USA and Canada • Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark • UAE • Western Africa The PVoC programme verifies the conformity of all regulated products in the respective exporting countries, ensuring they comply with applicable national, regional or international standards and technical regulations, protecting the health, safety and environment of Kenya’s citizens from substandard imported goods. Exporters to Kenya are required to provide a Certificate of Conformity for Customs clearance and this is compulsory. This certificate can only be obtained from an Approved Inspection Body allocated for your country such as Intertek. If you have any questions on the requirements for Kenya please contact your local Intertek Country Office or visit www.intertek.com/government

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Intertek Signs New Contract with the Government of Gabon as Sole provider of Certificate Services to support their new Conformity Assessment Programme

July 01, 2013

(London) Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, has signed a new contract with the Agence Gabonnaise de Normalisation (AGANOR) in Gabon , Central Africa, to support its new Conformity Assessment Programme "PROGEC" (Programme Gabonais d Evaluation de la Conformité) in providing certification service to exporters to Gabon.
The PROGEC programme verifies the conformity of all regulated products in the respective exporting countries, ensuring they comply with applicable national, regional or international standards and technical regulations, protecting the health, safety and environment of Gabon's citizens from sub standard imported goods and will commence 5th July 2013.
Exporters to Gabon are required to provide a Certificate of Conformity for Customs clearance and this will be compulsory from 1st October 2013. This certificate can only be obtained from Intertek.
David Gregory, Vice President of Intertek's Government and Trade Services said: "We are delighted to be working with AGANOR in supporting them with the implementation of this highly crucial PROGEC and participate in improving consumer safety in Gabon. Having introduced the very first conformity assessment programme over 18 years ago, Intertek has the required experience and expertise to provide the authorities with this technical service, and exporters to Gabon, with rapid and excellent certification, inspection and testing services."
Intertek's global services network, located in over 100 nations, supports this programme, helping the AGANOR to ensure products imported from around the world are delivered in good order to the people of Gabon.
Further Information:
www.intertek.com/government/certificate-of-conformity-for-exports-to-gabon/

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) implements new SONCAP programme

SON Implement New SONCAP from 1st March 2013.
in January 2013, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) officially released a new SONCAP regime with a completely revised conformity assessment structure. The programme now encompasses conformity assessment and verification procedures applicable to all products imported into Nigeria except for those under the exemption list.

The implementation date for this new SONCAP structure was 1st March 2013. The compliance verification process under the new structure will involve physical inspection of the consignment and if necessary, sample selection for testing based on a risk assessment criteria. The shipment certification document under the new structure issued by the SONCAP Independent Accredited Firms (IAF) such as Intertek is called a “Certificate of Conformity (CoC)”. SON will issue the SONCAP Certificate to the Importer on the basis of a CoC.

Whilst the requirements of this new SONCAP regime have become quite complex Intertek assures all Exporters of its full support and assistance in meeting these new requirements.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Uganda PVoC reinstated from 3rd December 2012

Exporting to Uganda? Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme to be reinstated from 3rd December 2012.
As you may be aware in November 2010 the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) suspended the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme.

Intertek has received official notification from UNBS that this programme will now recommence from 1st November 2012 and will be fully enforced from 3rd December 2012.

The PVoC is in place to assure Ugandan consumers of the quality and safety of imported goods. The PVoC programme covers the verification of all ‘Regulated Products’ to be in compliance with the Uganda/ other approved standards on the basis of which a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is issued.

Intertek has been awarded a contract by the UNBS to issue this certificate.
The CoC is needed to ensure customs clearance of shipments in Uganda. Obtaining the CoC also confirms that the products comply with the relevant Ugandan technical regulations and/or national, regional or international standards. Failure to present this certificate can result in severe delays in Customs clearance, penalities or even shipments being returned to the country of export.