August 2, 2017 at 8:22 AM
SGS means Société Générale de Surveillance (French). It is an international inspection agency working all over the world in the field of improving quality and productivity, reducing risk, verifying compliance and increasing speed to market.
SGS has offices worldwide to facilitate exporters to improve the best quality of products being exported. SGS is a free independent body specialized in various levels with a motto of serving best quality. Since the distance from buyer and seller is very far, the buyer can appoint an international inspection agency like SGS to make sure on the quality of goods he buys. Inspection charges of SGS are met by either buyer or supplier as per mutually agreed terms before export.
Some of the foreign buyers require the suppliers to get the inspection done by SGS with a certificate of approval. This type of inspection helps buyers to make sure about the quality of goods as per his/her required parameters. While placing a purchase order, the buyer provides the complete specification of goods. The buyer insists SGS inspection as one of the terms and conditions of the export contract. The exporter arranges SGS professional locally to inspect export goods, SGS satisfies the quality as per buyer’s requirements and certifies. Once after completion of a satisfied inspection by meeting all required specification as per buyer’s requirements, the SGS issues a certificate of inspection. This certificate has to be enclosed along with other shipping documents to the buyer.
SGS charges are paid either by the exporter or importer as agreed at the time of contract.
The advantages for the supplier is that he makes sure on the quality of goods exported and the reliability and business relationship strengthens between buyer and seller.