Certificate of inspection
A document certifying that merchandise (such as perishable goods) was in good condition at the time of inspection, usually immediately prior to shipment. Pre-shipment inspection is requirement for importation of goods into many developing countries. When used as a required document under letter of credit terms, the details and identity of the party providing the inspection should be mentioned. If this not done, banks will accept any document appearing on its face to be an inspection certificate issued by any party other than the beneficiary. Companies specializing in the inspection of goods at ports such as the Swiss SGS or the French Bureau Veritas have offices in the main exporting countries. There are also companies that specialize in inspections in certain countries such as Asia Inspection in China and other Asian countries. See pre-shipment inspection. Model of Certificate of Inspection.