Preshipment Inspection

Past Experiences and Future Directions

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Over 40 developing countries use the services of preshipment inspection companies for verification of prices prior to exporting. The objective in using these companies is to assist customs administrations in the detection of under or overvaluation. Analysts are divided, however, on the desirability of using these services. This study presents the results of a seminar arranged by the Commonwealth Secretariat in cooperation with the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization, which provided an opportunity for the free exchange of views on using preshipment inspection services. The book describes the experience of developing countries, examines the differing viewpoints and offers suggestions as to how developing countries can maximise returns from using preshipment inspection services.



Are PSI Services Useful in Improving Revenue Collection and Promoting Customs Integrity?

Viewpoint of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Preshipment inspection (PSI) companies operate in more than 30 countries, especially in Africa, providing mainly valuation verification of imports. Developing countries have often resorted to PSIs as a readily available vehicle to help boost customs revenue and combat corruption in customs administration. In a number of these countries, the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) of the IMF has provided technical assistance in the areas of tariff policy and customs administration, and has therefore had the opportunity to form some preliminary views on the appropriateness and effectiveness of PSI programs.


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