Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) Certificate - Part I
On the previous page we have explained Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programme. We have covered following topics on the subject : benefits of pre-export verification of conformity programmes, countries that are using pre-export verification of conformity programmes, transaction flow of the pre-export verification of conformity programmes.
Today on this article we will have a look at the application of Pre-Export Verification of Conformity, which will be called as PVoC from now on, in letters of credit transactions. This page is part one. Part two will follow shortly.
Rule Number 1 : Letters of Credit deal with the documents only not the actual work
Letter of credit which is a payment method in international trade has a clear distinction between other payment methods. Letter of credit transactions are executed by the help of banks according to internationally accepted rules. When banks handle letter of credit transactions they deal with the documents only.
As an example banks will not be interested in an actual shipment but they check the transportation documents in order to determine whether shipment has been made according to lc terms or not. This is also true for PVoC programme. Banks deal with the Certificate of Conformity which is issued by approved independent inspection companies after carrying out necessary tests. As a result in a letter of credit perspective scope of PVoC is restricted to the Certificate of Conformity only.
Understanding Certificate of Conformity under PVoC Programmes:
"Certificate of Conformity" which is also known as "Type Approval" is granted to a product that meets a minimum set of regulatory, technical and safety requirements. Generally, type approval is required before a product is allowed to be sold in a particular country. In order to be getting to the Certificate of Conformity you should follow these steps :
Step 1 : Make sure that Certificate of Conformity (COC) is a must on your export. You have to verify that you are expoting to one of the countries that apply PVoC programmes and your product is covered by these regulations. In simple words you have to make a country and product verification to understand whether or not you have to supply a Certificate of Conformity.
Step 2 : Apply to one of the independent inspection companies which is authorized to carry out test under PVoC programmes by the importer country's National Standards Body.
Step 3 : If your product pass the required tests independent inspection company will be issuing the Certificate of Conformity.