Pre-shipment inspection: Preparing for shipment with thorough inspection

What is pre-shipment inspection?

Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), also known as Final Inspection, stands as the prevalent form of inspection aimed at validating the overall quality of an entire shipment. Typically, it necessitates the completion of production and packaging of at least 80% of the goods into cartons.

Samples for inspection are chosen randomly, aligning with established international standards and procedures. At Inspaction, we adhere to the international (AQL) guidelines, serving as our benchmark for sampling standards and acceptable quality levels.

When to conduct a pre-shipment inspection?

It’s advisable to schedule a Pre-Shipment Inspection at least 2 working days before the intended loading date. This provides the buyer with enough time to review the inspection report and make informed decisions about proceeding with the planned shipment release or engaging in discussions with the manufacturer regarding any necessary corrective actions.

The process


Pre-inspection planning

Collecting your product/project related requirements.



We Get in touch with the factory to schedule the inspection.


On-site inspection

Our inspectors attend the factory to conduct the inspection. 


Defect identification

Identifying inconsistencies or deviations from specifications.


Corrective action recommendations

Providing insights to rectify identified issues.



Delivering a detailed report with findings, photographs, and recommendations.

Why conduct final pre-shipment inspection?

Confidence in shipment

Know that your products are ready for the market.

Avoid costly mistakes

Minimize the risk of returns and post-shipment corrections.

Quality assurance

Ensure that your products meet all quality requirements.

Why Inspaction?

20 years of combined sourcing experience

We work with the leading QC experts in China

Wholistic knowledge of the Chinese business and legal ecosystems

Sharp industry based expertise

Continuous improvement

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