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.

Intertek signs new 5 year contract to support SONCAP

Intertek has signed a new contract to support The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Conformity Assessment Programme, which aims to improve the quality and safety of goods being exported to Nigeria and protect its citizens from substandard and dangerous goods.

Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide and leading provider of Conformity Assessment Programmes services for Nigeria and the rest of world, signed the five year contract to continue to provide certification services in line with the Nigerian Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).

The programme, which has been in place since 2005, was implemented to improve the quality and safety of goods being exported to Nigeria and to protect its citizens from substandard and dangerous goods. It requires that every consignment of regulated products being exported to Nigeria meets both international and local standards and that exporters obtain a Certificate of Conformity which enables Customs clearance. Samples are also taken at the country of origin and the container duly sealed to prevent tampering and substitution of products to further strengthen the programme.

Intertek, the longest serving and most experienced provider of Conformity Assessment Programmes services worldwide, has been approved by SON to issue the mandatory Certificates of Conformity.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Register to receive Intertek's free guide to Exporting to Tanznia

Register to receive Intertek's free guide to Exporting to and Trading with Tanzania, a 32 page booklet containing lots of useful information on Tanzania, its economy, its opportunities, how to do business and many useful links and contacts. Simply complete the register form by visiting http://www.intertek.com/government/product-conformity/exports-to-tanzania/ and we will send you our informative e-book.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Intertek is registered and approved by GOIEC to issue the Certificate of Inspection for Exports to Egypt


  • 626/2011
  • 660/2011

These decrees implement new import regulations for Textiles, Garments, Carpets, Footwear and Bags. Compliance to these regulations involve obtaining Certificate of Inspection (CoI) for each shipment containing these regulated products.  CoI  can only be issued by an ISO 17020 accredited inspection body, approved and registered by GOIEC. 

Intertek is registered and approved by GOIEC to issue the Certificate of Inspection.

Exporters are advised that shipments of regulated products will require a Certificate of Inspection for clearance through Egyptian Customs at all Egyptian ports and border entry points. Regulated product consignments have to be verified for compliance to relevant E gyptian  sanctioned standards and essential requirements. The compliance verification process will involve physical inspection of the consignment and if necessary, sample selection for testing purposes  or submission of test reports .  Exporters who already use Intertek for quality and safety testing of these types of goods can expand the scope of their testing to include these new requirements.

Intertek is qualified, in line with the ministerial requirements to review and analyze shipments containing these products in conjunction with applicable Egyptian Standard and issue a Certificate of inspection (Coi) that will be formally recognized by Egypt Customs Authorities.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Tanzania PVoC starts 1st February 2012

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) officially confirms requirement of COC in compliance with the new Tanzania-PVoC from 1st February 2012.

On the 7th December 2011, Intertek signed a formal contract with The Tanzania National Bureau of Standard (TBS) to become one of its PVoC service providers. The start date of the programme has now been confirmed as the 1st February 2012.

Exporters are advised that shipments of regulated products having a Bill of Lading date (B/L date) greater than or equal to 1st February 2012, will require a Certificate of Conformity for clearance through Tanzanian Customs at all Tanzanian ports and border entry points.