The practice of employing private companies to check shipment details such as price, quantity and quality of goods ordered overseas. The Agreement on PSI recognizes that principles of the GATT Agreement apply to such activities. The purpose is to safeguard national financial interests (prevention of capital flight and commercial fraud as well as customs duty evasion, for instance) and to compensate for inadequacies in administrative infrastructures.
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Preshipment Inspection in the WTO
Links to the section on Preshipment Inspection in the WTO guide “Understanding the WTO”.
Summary of the Agreement on Preshipment Inspection
A technical summary
Browse or download the text of the Agreement on Preshipment Inspection from the legal texts gateway
Find decisions of WTO bodies concerning the Agreement on Preshipment Inspection in the Analytical Index — Guide to WTO Law and Practice
Work in the WTO and official documents on Preshipment Inspection
In the WTO the Preshipment Inspection agreement is a responsibility of the Committee on Customs Valuation.
Disputes involving Preshipment Inspections
The agreement establishes an independent review procedure(1) to settle disputes on Preshipment Inspection between an exporter and a PSI agency. It is administered jointly by an Independent Entity with participation of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA), representing inspection agencies, and the International Chamber of Commerce, representing exporters.