SGS Comments on Import Inspection (ICIGI)

By Rickie Cole of SGS, in response to our Iraq Business News article on importation inspection:

On 1st May 2011, the Central Organisation of Standardisation and Quality Control (COSQC) in Iraq implemented the Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing & Certification of Goods to Iraq (ICIGI) programme. This programme is designed to monitor the quality of regulated goods being imported into Iraq. SGS has been mandated by COSQC to provide inspection and certification services in line with this new programme.

In the months since the programme’s implementation, SGS has been working closely with the Iraq Commercial Attaché, the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and the Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce to ensure that UK exporters are aware of the new requirements. SGS has already assisted many companies with ensuring that their exports comply with the programme. However, despite our efforts there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the programme.

Should you require any assistance in complying with the programme, please contact SGS on +44 (0) 1276 697 773 or email [email protected].

What is Product Conformity Assessment?

With the ever present threats and risks associated with the growing international trade of sub-standard and counterfeit goods, there is a growing need for international governments to ensure that imported goods are genuine and of a suitable quality.

Product Conformity Assessment (PCA) programmes assist governments worldwide in verifying the quality of imported goods and are already popular in the Middle East & North Africa with long standing programmes in place for countries such as Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Kuwait, Kenya, Nigeria and Syria.

PCA services provided by independent third party bodies such as SGS ensure the safety and overall performance of imported goods with a view to protecting the end-users’ health, safety and security. Some clear benefits of these programmes to the government and citizens in the importing country are:

  • Increased ability to monitor the quality of goods entering the country
  • Assistance in reducing the incoming flow of sub-standard and counterfeit goods
  • Greater assurance that imported goods are not harmful to the public or environment

Why Choose SGS?

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, we employ more than 64,000 people and operate a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.

SGS is constantly looking beyond customers’ and society’s expectations in order to deliver market leading services wherever they are needed. As the leader in providing specialized business solutions that improve quality, safety and productivity and reduce risk, we help customers navigate an increasingly regulated world. Our independent services add significant value to our customers’ operations and ensure business sustainability.

SGS also provide inspection and certification services in line with PCA programmes in Algeria, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Syria – for further information please contact SGS on +44 (0) 1276 697 773, email us [email protected] or visit our website www.uk.sgs.com.

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